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Melting polar ice, rising sea levels not only climate change dangers

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:20:52 EST ~ Climate change from political and ecological standpoints is a constant in the media and with good reason, suggests a new study, but proof of its impact is sometimes found in unlikely places. Find out more...

Last year's El Nio waves battered California shore to unprecedented degree

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:47:51 EST ~ Last winter's El Nio may have felt weak to residents of Southern California, but it was one of the most powerful weather events of the last 145 years, scientists say. Find out more...

Hot spots of marine biodiversity most severely impacted by global warming

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:27:37 EST ~ A new study aimed at identifying areas of highest conservation priority in the world's oceans found six 'hot spots of marine biodiversity' that are severely impacted by climate change and fishing pressures. Find out more...

Farther from the forest: 'Eye-opening' study shows rural US loses forests faster than cities

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:03:00 EST ~ Between 1990 and 2000, the average distance from any point in the United States to the nearest forest increased by 14 percent, a new study shows. The distance can present challenges for wildlife and have broad effects on ecosystems. Find out more...

Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:22:56 EST ~ Plant populations in wetland areas face increasing isolation as wetlands are globally under threat from habitat loss and fragmentation. Researchers show that the daily movement behavior of wintering mallards is highly predictable from the landscape they live in and that their daily flights contribute to maintaining the connections between wetland plant populations across increasingly fragmented landscapes. Find out more...

Forests worldwide threatened by drought

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:25:37 EST ~ Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, researchers have found. An analysis suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of droughts. Find out more...

Winners, losers among fish when landscape undergoes change

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:49:17 EST ~ As humans build roads, construct buildings and develop land for agriculture, freshwater ecosystems respond ? but not always in the ways one might expect. Find out more...

Science vs. the sea lamprey

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:06:57 EST ~ A promising -- and natural -- solution to curb destructive the sea lamprey population has been developed by a team of researchers. Find out more...

More warm-dwelling animals and plants as a result of climate change

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:51:26 EST ~ Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study across ecosystems in this regard to date. The most obvious increases occurred among warm-dwelling birds, butterflies, beetles, soil organisms and lichens according to a new study. Thus, it appears possible that rising temperatures due to the climate change have had a widespread impact on the population trends of animals in the past 30 years. Find out more...

Congo River fish evolution shaped by intense rapids

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:10:05 EST ~ New research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and deep canyons. The study reveals that fishes in this part of the river live in 'neighborhoods' that are separated from one another by the waters' turbulent flow. Find out more...