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There's a place for us: New research reveals humanity's roles in ecosystems

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:25:18 EST ~ In two back-to-back symposia a cross-disciplinary cohort of scientists will present the first comprehensive investigations of how humans interacted with plant and animal species in different cultures worldwide through time. Find out more...

Understanding carbon cycle feedbacks to predict climate change at large scale

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:58:27 EST ~ Researches have identified long-disappeared forests available for restoration across the world. They describe how such an effort, could absorb as much as 135 gigatons of atmospheric carbon. Find out more...

New clues to predict tipping points for marsh survival

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:44:17 EST ~ Sea-level rise, sediment starvation and other environmental woes pose increasing threats to coastal wetlands worldwide. But a new study could help stem the losses by giving scientists a broader understanding of which wetlands are most at risk and why. The study assessed wetland distribution and resilience in hundreds of US estuaries at five different spatial scales. Its findings will help guide future efforts to preserve or restore threatened wetlands. Find out more...

Ecosystem changes following loss of great white sharks

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:16:48 EST ~ A new study has documented unexpected consequences following the decline of great white sharks from an area off South Africa. The study found that the disappearance of great whites has led to the emergence of sevengill sharks, a top predator from a different habitat. A living fossil, sevengill sharks closely resemble relatives from the Jurassic period, unique for having seven gills instead of the typical five in most other sharks. Find out more...

New deep sea animal discoveries warrant expanded protections in Costa Rican waters

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:29:01 EST ~ Scientists surveyed deep-sea seamounts outside Isla del Coco UNESCO World Heritage site revealing coral communities with surprising diversity. Find out more...

Re-establishing oyster beds to maximize their ecological benefits

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:15:30 EST ~ Researchers have developed a mapping tool that identifies sites for re-establishing oyster reefs that maximize their ecological benefits -- such as water filtration. This Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based tool could inform restoration of other vital, sensitive coastal habitats. Find out more...

Many Arctic lakes give off less carbon than expected

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:42:22 EST ~ New research suggests many lakes in the Arctic pose little threat to global carbon levels, at least for now. Find out more...

Marine scientists find toxic bacteria on microplastics retrieved from tropical waters

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:03:48 EST ~ A team of marine scientists had uncovered toxic bacteria living on the surfaces of microplastics (which are pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters in size) collected from the coastal areas of Singapore. These bacteria are capable of causing coral bleaching, and triggering wound infections in humans. The team also discovered a diversity of bacteria, including useful organisms - such as those that can degrade marine pollutants like hydrocarbons - in the plastic waste. Find out more...

Climate change may destroy tiger's home

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:54:00 EST ~ A scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years. Find out more...

Skyglow over key wildlife areas

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:32:21 EST ~ Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world's key wildlife areas, new research shows. Find out more...