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To trade or not to trade? Breaking the ivory deadlock

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:45:46 EST ~ The debate over whether legal trading of ivory should be allowed to fund elephant conservation, or banned altogether to stop poaching has raged for decades without an end in sight. Now, an international team is working to break the policy stalemate. Find out more...

Hydropower dam energy without sacrificing Mekong food supply: New research offers solution

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:17:09 EST ~ Nearly 100 hydropower dams are planned for construction along tributaries off the Mekong River's 2,700-mile stretch. In a new article, researchers present a mathematical formula to balance power generation needs with the needs of fisheries downstream. Find out more...

Polar bear blogs reveal dangerous gap between climate-change facts and opinions

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:14:20 EST ~ Climate-change discussions on social media are very influential. A new study shows that when it comes to iconic topics such as polar bears and retreating sea ice, climate blogs fall into two distinct camps. With little or no overlap between deniers and the available scientific facts. Find out more...

Bridging the 'practice science gap' to optimize restoration projects

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:20:58 EST ~ As restoration projects throughout the country focus on restoring natural ecosystems, researchers are looking for ways to better bridge the 'practice science gap' between practitioners and biodiversity research in an effort optimize these types of projects. Find out more...

Could we predict La Nia drought years in advance?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:42:06 EST ~ Scientists' ability to predict the strength and duration of droughts caused by La Nia -- a recurrent cooling pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean -- has been significantly improved thanks to new research. Their findings, which predict that the current La Nia is likely to stretch into a second year, could help scientists know years in advance how a particular La Nia event is expected to evolve. Find out more...

15,000 scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:11:27 EST ~ Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn. Find out more...

Changing climate to bring more landslides on logged land, say researchers

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:32:39 EST ~ Researchers say landslides on logged forests will be more widespread as the Northwest climate changes. In a study modelled on clear-cut lands on the Olympic Peninsula, they anticipate the climate of 2045 and conclude that there will be a 7 -11 percent increase in the land that is highly vulnerable to landslides. The researchers say their findings are applicable to the Cascade Mountain Range area as well. Find out more...

Great Barrier Reef protected zones help fish in even lightly exploited areas

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:37:23 EST ~ Protected zones of the Great Barrier Reef benefit fish even at the relatively lightly-fished northern reefs, according to a new study. Find out more...

Science can align common interests among the world's superpowers, experts argue

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:06:23 EDT ~ International scientific collaboration in the Arctic can help align common interests among countries experiencing geopolitical conflict, including the United States and Russia, according to a team of scientists and educators. Find out more...

Fisheries given a solution to overharvesting

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:24:16 EDT ~ Many commercial fisheries are threatened by overharvesting. However, they can't address the problem because of inadequate scientific information, from overall population numbers to data on how fast fish grow and reproduce. Researchers have developed a model using information about landed fish catches and prices for any species. This model allows fisheries to net enough to meet rising demand while ensuring adequate income and replenishment of natural stocks. Find out more...