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August 2, 2015

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August 2, 2015

Nonprofit Calls for Less Talk, More Action to Make the Scientific Enterprise Sustainable

July 20, 2015 — Scientists have described eight steps that should improve the sustainability of the scientific ... read more

Countries Have Boundaries, but Fish Do Not

July 8, 2015 — Many species transcend political boundaries, so countries must work together on environmental management practices, marine science researchers argue in a new ... read more

Recreational Fish-Catch Data Can Help Save Money in Monitoring Invasive Largemouth Bass

June 30, 2015 — Largemouth bass are native to North America, but they have been distributed worldwide for recreational fishing. When they’re in waters outside North America, largemouth bass can cause declines in ... read more

Federal Agencies Lose Track of Endangered Species Protection Measures, Research Finds

June 18, 2015 — A researcher has found significant gaps in how public agencies keep track of endangered species agreements. These findings demonstrate key concerns with monitoring and enforcement of endangered ... read more

Better Way to Evaluate Conservation Policies Found by Researchers

June 16, 2015 — Protected forested areas in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand have prevented the release of more than 1,000 million additional tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, an economic service ... read more

Polarized Public Perceptions of the Polar Regions Revealed

June 16, 2015 — A fascinating new academic study suggests that peoples’ political orientation affects their perceptions and knowledge regarding basic facts about the North and South ... read more

June 16, 2015 — A more tailored approach to ocean management is required in the North Atlantic if the permanent loss of an increasingly valuable commercial fish stock is to be avoided, reveals new ... read more

View of 'Nature as Capital' Uses Economic Value to Help Achieve a Sustainable Future

June 15, 2015 — A series of reports outlines how governments, organizations and corporations are successfully moving away from short-term exploitation of the natural world and embracing a long-term vision of ... read more

Changes in Shipping Routes and Speed as Piracy Declines in the Western Indian Ocean

June 15, 2015 — With the decline of piracy incidents in the Western Indian Ocean, vessels have gradually returned to travelling along the shortest route, closer to Somalia, and to sailing again at normal speed, ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Petrel fledglings leave the nest after dark, but these marine birds' maiden flights towards the sea are hampered by city lights. Many collide or fall to the ground where they are in danger of ... read more

Stricter Limits for Ozone Pollution Would Boost Need for Science, Measurements

June 4, 2015 — A tougher federal standard for ozone pollution, under consideration to improve public health, would ramp up the importance of scientific measurements and models, according to a new ... read more

Study Cites Federal Policy as Key to Primary Care Access and Nurse Practitioner Workforce Development

May 28, 2015 — With demand for primary care expected to increase sharply over the next five years– due to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), population growth and aging – the role of advanced-practice ... read more

Thirteen Corporations Control Up to 40 Per Cent of World’s Most Valuable Fisheries

May 28, 2015 — Just thirteen corporations control 19-40% of the largest and most valuable stocks and 11-16 % of the global marine catch, according to new research. These “keystone” corporations of the global ... read more

Climate Change Debate Fueled by 'Echo Chambers,' New Study Finds

May 26, 2015 — A new study demonstrates the highly contentious debate on climate change is fueled in part by how information flows throughout policy networks. Researchers found that 'echo chambers' -- ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Researchers have developed a model to assess how dams affect the viability of sea-run fish species that need to pass dams as they use both fresh and marine waters during their lifetimes. The aim is ... read more

May 18, 2015 — A new approach to the difficult tradeoffs that environmental managers face when choosing between environmental sustainability and profitability has been recommended by experts. The findings could ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Projects that stimulate sustainable fishing in developing countries often get no further than good intentions. Thus, some of the imported fish sold in European and North American shops may be less ... read more

May 12, 2015 — The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has been awarded funding to upgrade the South Atlantic Tide Gauge Network. This network has now been continuously operating in some of Earth's most remote ... read more

May 6, 2015 — A new tool ranks the vitality of a fishery by looking at its economic and community benefits as well as its ecological health. Since 2010, researchers have visited and studied fisheries ranging from ... read more

Simulating Seasons: Researchers Use Supercomputing to Assess Impact of Climate Change on Malawi's Growing Season

May 5, 2015 — Malawi, a small landlocked country in southeast Africa, is home to 13 million people and is one of the least-developed countries in the world. Its security is highly dependent on rain-fed ... read more

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