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Future climate change revealed by current climate variations

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:11:32 EST ~ Uncertainty surrounding the extent of future climate change could be dramatically reduced by studying year-on-year global temperature fluctuations, new research has shown. Find out more...

New research to help reduce number of algae blooms that form annually

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:16:44 EST ~ A new study shows that sampling headwaters where streams form can identify which landscapes are resilient enough to handle the rigors of farming and which are vulnerable to leaching toxic residue into waterways. Find out more...

Europe's lost forests: Coverage has halved over 6,000 years

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:11:21 EST ~ Research shows more than half of the forests across Europe have been lost over the past 6,000 years. Find out more...

Marijuana farms expose spotted owls to rat poison in northwest California

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:16:57 EST ~ Spotted owls and barred owls are being exposed to high levels of rat poison in northwest California, with illegal marijuana farms the most likely source point, according to a new study. Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state, went into effect this month and is expected to intensify the issue. Find out more...

Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:49:41 EST ~ Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists have unraveled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest. The findings can help to understand the effect of climate change on forest biodiversity and what we can do to protect it. Find out more...

The ecological costs of war: Conflict a consistent killer of African megafauna

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:15:16 EST ~ Researchers report that war has been a consistent factor in the decades-long decline of Africa's large mammals. But the researchers also found that wildlife populations rarely collapsed to the point where recovery was impossible, meaning that even protected areas severely affected by conflict are promising candidates for conservation and rehabilitation efforts. Find out more...

Combined effects of climate change and forest fires

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:10:22 EST ~ A new study has tracked the ebb and flow of ecosystem changes over the last 10,000 years, showing patterns that could shed light on current climate change and its role in shaping the world's forests. Find out more...

Worldwide importance of honey bees for natural habitats captured in new report

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:10:05 EST ~ An unprecedented study integrating data from around the globe has shown that honey bees are the world's most important single species of pollinator in natural ecosystems and a key contributor to natural ecosystem functions. The report weaves together information from 80 plant-pollinator interaction networks. The results clearly identify the honey bee (Apis mellifera) as the single most frequent visitor to flowers of naturally occurring (non-crop) plants worldwide. Find out more...

Parasites and hosts may respond differently to a warmer world

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:49:33 EST ~ Organisms infected by parasites may respond differently to changes in temperature than their uninfected counterparts, according to new research. Find out more...

Dead trees are alive with fungi

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:24:10 EST ~ So far, little research has been conducted on fungi that live on dead trees, although they are vital to the forest ecology by breaking down dead wood and completing the element cycle between plants and soil. Soil biologists have now discovered that the number of fungus species inhabiting dead trees is 12 times higher than previously thought. Once trees die they are also colonized by different fungal communities depending on their species. Find out more...