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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers analyzed 15 policy decisions worldwide, with outcomes ranging from new coastal preservation laws to improved species protections, to produce the first quantitative analysis of how ... read more

Scientists Find Evidence of Alaskan Ecosystem Health in Harlequin Ducks

Feb. 16, 2017 — Harlequin Ducks in coastal areas of Alaska’s Kodiak and Unalaska islands are exposed to environmental sources of mercury and that mercury concentrations in their blood are associated with their ... read more

Deep Reefs Unlikely to Save Shallow Coral Reefs

Feb. 15, 2017 — Often highlighted as important ecological refuges, deep sections of coral reefs (30-60 m depth) can offer protection from the full force of climate change-related impacts, such as intensifying storms ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Although it was known that the number of alien species increased during the last decades, it remained unclear whether or not the accumulation of alien species has already reached a point of ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Last winter's El Niño might have felt weak to residents of Southern California, but it was in fact one of the most powerful climate events of the past 145 years. If such severe El Niño events ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Both species diversity and habitat diversity are critical to understand the functioning of ecosystems, scientists have concluded in a new ... read more

Desert Songbirds May Face Expanding Threat of Lethal Dehydration

Feb. 13, 2017 — A new study of songbird dehydration and survival risk during heat waves in the desert Southwest suggests that some birds are at risk of lethal dehydration and mass die-offs when water is scarce, and ... read more

Genetic Tool to Improve Arsenic Studies

Feb. 10, 2017 — Arsenic-contaminated drinking water impacts millions of people worldwide. Groundwater contamination is primarily caused by microbes that convert one form of arsenic into another form that can ... read more

Sea-Level Change in Southeast Asia 6,000 Years Ago Has Implications for Today

Feb. 10, 2017 — Sea level in Southeast Asia fluctuated wildly -- and naturally -- more than 6,000 years ago, twice rising nearly two feet in a period of about 200 years, report ... read more

New Research to Help Preserve the Benefits People Receive from Nature

Feb. 9, 2017 — Humans rely on things that come from nature -- including clean air, water, food, and timber. But how can we tell if these natural services that people rely on, are at risk of being lost, potentially ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Mining in the deep sea is technically very challenging and at present not economically feasible. However, deposits in coastal areas beneath the shallow, more accessible continental shelf could help ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. This study was the first to review all the available information on the impacts of small-scale sea-floor disturbances ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — 'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — High levels of selenium have been found in the tissues of fish in North Carolina lakes that receive coal ash effluents from power plants. Concentrations of selenium exceeding EPA-recommended ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — The Amazonian rainforest was transformed over 2,000 years ago by ancient people who built hundreds of large, mysterious ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — For marine protected areas established to help coral reefs recover from overfishing, size really does seem to make a difference, say ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — Nitrogen deposition caused by human activities can lead to an increased phytoplankton production in boreal lakes. The response of boreal lakes to nitrogen deposition will strongly depend on each ... read more

Feb. 3, 2017 — Scientists have determined ecologically valuable areas within China. The country plans to protect these areas as part of an ecological ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — Climate change is one of the most powerful stressors threatening marine biomes. It is hoped that identifying areas of resilience will provide managers valuable decision-making guidance. A survey of ... read more

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