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High IQs won't be enough to prevent ecological disasters

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:52:28 EST ~ High IQs aren't going to be enough to stop an ecological disaster. It's going to take social intelligence, too. That's the conclusion of a new study. Find out more...

Good news: Habitats worthy of protection in Germany are protected, study finds

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:29:48 EST ~ The world's largest coordinated network of protected areas is not located at the South Pole or in Australia, Africa, Asia or on the American continents -- but in Europe. An international team of researchers has examined how effectively Natura 2000 protects listed habitat types in Germany. The result: although the existing network includes sites of special interest, not all habitat types are represented proportionally. Find out more...

How coral bleaching threatens Caribbean communities

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:04:25 EST ~ A new study uses environmental, socioeconomic and management data from 30 Caribbean islands to identify which communities may be most at risk from the social and ecological effects of coral bleaching, which occurs when warm water causes coral polyps to expel algae living in their tissue. The analysis shows that independent island nations, such as Cuba and Jamaica, may be less vulnerable to coral bleaching than island territories like Saint Barthlemy. Find out more...

Ecosystem responses to dam removal complex, but predictable

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:04:23 EST ~ In the United States, the removal of dams now outpaces the construction of new ones -- with more than 1,400 dams decommissioned since the 1970s -- and a new study suggests that the ecosystem effects of dam removal can be predicted. Find out more...

Protecting small forests fails to protect bird biodiversity

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:22:06 EST ~ Simply protecting small forests will not maintain the diversity of the birds they support over the long run, a new study says. Forests need to be carefully monitored and managed to maintain their ecological integrity. Find out more...

Complete world map of tree diversity

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:34:12 EST ~ Researchers have succeeded in constructing, from scattered data, a world map of the diversity of tree species. Climate plays a central role for its global distribution; however, the number of species in a specific region also depends on the spatial scale of the observation, the researchers report. The new approach could help improve conservation. Find out more...

Ocean acidification harms cod larvae more than previously thought

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:17:23 EST ~ The Atlantic cod is one of the most important commercial fish species in the world. Recent studies have shown that ocean acidification threatens the early life stages of this species. So far it was hoped that at least the larvae that survive might be more robust and therefore may aid in the adaptation of this population. A new article suggests otherwise. Find out more...

Forest fires as an opportunity for ecosystem recovery

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:17:07 EST ~ It is estimated that globally there are more than two million hectares of land in need of restoration. The fires that occurred in those places provided the people who manage them with an opportunity to change, via a suitable process of ecological restoration, the previous bad forestry practices. Find out more...

Natural resources valued differently by men and woman

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:16:51 EST ~ Men and women value, access and use resources from the natural environment in distinct and different ways, a new study has shown. Find out more...

Biodiversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:31:29 EST ~ The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs. Find out more...