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Government transparency limited when it comes to America's conserved private lands

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:48:09 EDT ~ A new study examined why private-land conservation data is sometimes inaccessible and found that limited capacity within some federal agencies as well as laws prohibiting others from disclosing certain information are to blame. Find out more...

Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:39:19 EDT ~ Biologists have shown what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events. Find out more...

Predicting threats to rainforests: New approach

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:56:37 EDT ~ A new study highlights novel approaches to tackling deforestation. The team focused their research on Borneo, an island that has lost a staggering 30 percent of its forest since the 1970s and is among the most biodiverse and threatened on the planet. The loss of Bornean forests threatens species such as the orangutan, Sumatran rhino, and the Sunda clouded leopard; as well as emitting significant amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Find out more...

Effective restoration of aquatic ecosystems

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:03:28 EDT ~ Despite having increased human wellbeing in the past, intense modifications by multiple and interacting pressures have degraded ecosystems and the sustainability of their goods and services. For ecosystem restoration to deliver on multiple environmental and societal targets, the process of restoration must be redesigned to create a unified and scale-dependent approach that integrates natural and social sciences as well as the broader restoration community, say researchers. Find out more...

Increasing aridity and land-use overlap have potential to cause social and economic conflict in dryland areas

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:12:56 EDT ~ Drylands are of environmental concern because broad-scale changes in these systems have the potential to affect 36 percent of the world's human population, suggests new research. Find out more...

Rethinking role of viruses in coral reef ecosystems

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:20:00 EDT ~ Viruses are thought to frequently kill their host bacteria, especially at high microbial density. A state called lysogeny, in which viruses lie dormant but don't kill their hosts, has been thought to be relatively rare , mostly occurring at low bacterial concentrations. A new study suggests lysogeny might be much more common than previously believed. These findings could lead to a better understanding of degraded coral reef ecosystems and how to preserve them. Find out more...

Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predation

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:38:12 EDT ~ A new study revealing the world's prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine 'dummy caterpillars.' The new study has revealed a global pattern of predation on insect herbivores. The trends observed were surprising, revealing that predatory behavior in the tropics is not driven by birds or mammals but by ants and other small arthropods. Find out more...

Myanmar's extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:36:20 EDT ~ The loss of intact forest cover in Myanmar has accelerated over the last decade, according to a new study. Find out more...

When birds of a feather poop together: Excessive birds feces and algal blooms

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:36:09 EDT ~ Algal blooms deplete oxygen in lakes, produce toxins, and end up killing aquatic life in the lake. Researchers are tracing the role of bird feces, which are rich in phosphorus and nitrogen. Find out more...

Regular coral larvae supply from neighboring reefs helps degraded reefs recover

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:06:26 EDT ~ For reefs facing huge challenges, more coral larvae doesn't necessarily translate to increased rates of coral recovery on degraded reefs, a new study has showed. Find out more...