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May 3, 2016

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May 3, 2016

Remote Sensing Maps Threats to Malaysia’s Mangroves

May 2, 2016 — Remote sensing data reveals land use and land cover changes over an 18-year period at one of the best-managed mangrove forests in the ... read more

Landscape Ecology Must Play a Role in Policymaking

Apr. 27, 2016 — Landscape ecology considers the influence of time and space on environmental patterns. Because of this focus, it is uniquely positioned to inform crucial policy decisions -- in particular, those ... read more

Apr. 22, 2016 — Climate change is likely to worsen the situation of the largely drought-stricken hypersaline Urmia Lake in Iran. Even in the most optimistic climate change scenario and without any further human ... read more

Better Data Needed to Stop Sixth Mass Extinction

Apr. 21, 2016 — To prevent a new mass extinction of the world's animal and plant life, we need to understand the threats to biodiversity, where they occur and how quickly change is happening. For this to ... read more

US National Forests and Grasslands Could Yield Less Water in Future Climate

Apr. 21, 2016 — A warmer climate may lead to higher growth and productivity on US national forests and grasslands, but researchers say this could reduce quantities of freshwater flowing from most of these lands, ... read more

Crayfish May Help Restore Dirty Streams

Apr. 21, 2016 — While macroinvertebrates are a tasty food source for crayfish, a new study reveals a surprising finding: when crayfish were present in in-stream experimental enclosures, macroinvertebrate density was ... read more

1.5 C Vs 2 C Global Warming: New Study Shows Why Half a Degree Matters

Apr. 21, 2016 — Researchers have found substantially different climate change impacts for a global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C by 2100, the two temperature limits included in the Paris climate agreement. The ... read more

Mystery Solved: Traits Identified for Why Certain Chemicals Reach Toxic Levels in Food Webs

Apr. 20, 2016 — Researchers have figured out what makes certain chemicals accumulate to toxic levels in aquatic food webs. And, scientists have developed a screening technique to determine which chemicals pose the ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Researchers working on the African flowering plant genus Macowania -- mostly endemic to the Drakensberg of South Africa and Lesotho, and a relative of the sunflower -- have shown that one of its ... read more

Apr. 19, 2016 — Impacts associated with shoreline armoring can scale up to have cumulative, large-scale effects on the characteristics of Salish Sea shorelines and the diversity of life they support, new research ... read more

The Size of City Parks Can Predict Residents' Well-Being

Apr. 18, 2016 — Rapid expansion of cities around the world has raised concerns about deteriorating quality of life in urban areas. Experts say people often struggle to find ways to preserve health and happiness ... read more

Apr. 15, 2016 — Clear-cutting loosens up carbon stored in forest soils, increasing the chances it will return to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and contribute to climate change, a new study ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Researchers visited Christmas Island, the world's largest coral atoll, to measure the effects of El Nino. Eighty percent of the coral is dead, they report. Corals are communities of animals that ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — New evidence has been provided to explain why deep sea creatures were able to survive the catastrophic asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — Researchers have created a novel method using micro-computed tomography scans to expose how bioerosion and secondary accretion of corals -- critical processes for reef sustainability -- respond to ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — Plastic pollution limits the mobility of water fleas, new research indicates. Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic less than five millimeters in size. They are polluting rivers and ponds along ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — A growing synchrony has been revealed in ring-width patterns of trees in response to global warming. This study shows the existence of an increase of spatial synchrony of ring width patterns in Spain ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — Global carbon dioxide emissions are triggering permanent changes to ocean chemistry along the North American West Coast that require immediate, decisive action to combat. That action includes ... read more

The Ecological Role of Fruit Aroma

Apr. 12, 2016 — Fruits are a highly valuable source of food. They are packed with tasty and healthy nutrients and are often characterized by alluring colorful displays and an attractive aroma. Yet it is still ... read more

Apr. 11, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have come up with a way to estimate on a large scale how phosphorus flows through an environment over many decades. By doing so, researchers are gaining a better ... read more

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