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May 4, 2016

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May 4, 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

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

Western Lifestyle Spells the End of Biodiversity

Apr. 4, 2016 — Contrary to what many economists suggest, 'development is not always good for Nature,' a biologist argues. It is broadly accepted that biodiversity and the ecosystem are both fundamental to ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — Agricultural expansion in Brazil's Cerrado is quickly chewing up rainforests and savannas -- even altering the region's water cycle, a new study ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — A new study analyzes cloud cover around the world over 15 years. It finds that variations in cloud cover can help researchers predict where different species live -- information that could aid ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts, researchers have found. The new ... read more

Simulation Shows How Modern Interventions Can Affect Tropical Forests and Indigenous People

Mar. 25, 2016 — Carefully designing government interactions with rural indigenous people is critical for protecting the sustainability of people, wildlife and the land, a computer simulation ... read more

Water Science Leads Ecological Survival Battle

Mar. 24, 2016 — Scientists have developed tools to help restore vital ecosystems found in tropical mangrove forests around the world. The team conducted fieldwork in three mangrove regions in south-east Asia: Can ... read more

Working to Save Endangered Species in Nicaragua

Mar. 23, 2016 — A proposed canal project in Nicaragua that would connect the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean could seriously deplete and disrupt the habitats of a number of animals, including some that are ... read more

Mar. 23, 2016 — Countries in the tropics are among the largest global exporters of key agricultural commodities such as oil palm, rice, soybean, sugarcane and cassava. Now researchers report that these tropical ... read more

Mar. 21, 2016 — A changing climate is altering the ability of Rocky Mountain forests to recover from wildfire, according to a new study. When warm, dry conditions lead to drought in the years following fires, it ... read more

Mar. 18, 2016 — China's sweeping program to restore forests across the country is working. The vast destruction of China's forests, leveled after decades of logging, floods and conversion to farmland, has ... read more

Plants' Ability to Adapt Could Change Conventional Wisdom on Climate Change

Mar. 17, 2016 — Plants speed up their respiratory metabolism as temperatures rise, leading to a long-held concern that as climate warms the elevated carbon release from a ramped-up metabolism could flip global ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — Researchers recently released 40 varieties of early-flowering sorghum bred for use in cooler, more temperate areas. These early-flowering varieties of sorghum are critical for the spread of the crop ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — A new study is among the first in the world to systematically assess the amount of carbon stored in tropical forests recovering after controversial land-clearing practices in the ... read more

Dissimilar Forests Are Vital for Delivery of Ecosystem Services

Mar. 14, 2016 — A team of ecologists aimed to find out what the effects of forest tree species diversity are on ecosystem services. These services, which include timber production, carbon storage, and forest ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — Rising temperatures worldwide are changing not only weather systems, but -- just as importantly -- the distribution of water around the globe, according to a ... read more

Wildland Fire Emissions Worse in Polluted Areas

Mar. 11, 2016 — When plant matter burns, it releases a complex mixture of gases and aerosols into the atmosphere. In forests subject to air pollution, these emissions may be more toxic than in areas of good air ... read more

Flooding Alleviated by Targeted Tree Planting and River Restoration, Scientists Discover

Mar. 10, 2016 — Strategic planting of trees on floodplains could reduce the height of flooding in towns downstream by up to 20 percent, according to a study by an international team of ... read more

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