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Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:38:00 EST ~ New research suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth's land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning. Find out more...

European forests might not be realizing their full potential

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:58:01 EST ~ European forest managers can have their cake and eat it, because according to a new study maximizing timber production in a forest does not necessarily have to come at a cost of reduced species diversity or the capacity to regulate climate change by the same forest. However most European forests fall well below their possible maximum levels of these three capacities. Find out more...

Photomosaic technology finds order in chaos of coral reefs

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:49:13 EST ~ Scientists have created and analyzed detailed photomosaics of the coral reef at Palmyra Atoll using advanced imaging and digitization technology. Find out more...

Amazonian streams found teeming with fish species are lacking protection

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:24:07 EST ~ Hundreds of thousands of Amazonian streams are teeming with highly diverse populations of fish species, a new study reveals. Find out more...

Organic farming can make an important contribution to world nutrition, research shows

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:21:44 EST ~ A global conversion to organic farming can contribute to a profoundly sustainable food system, provided that it is combined with further measures, specifically with a one-third reduction of animal-based products in the human diet, less concentrated feed and less food waste, shows new research. Find out more...

Additive manufacturing and sustainability: The environmental implications of 3-D printing

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:23:43 EST ~ Cutting-edge research on the emerging field of 3D printing provides important insights into its environmental, energy, and health impacts. Find out more...

Low dose, constant drip: Pharmaceutical, personal care pollution impacts aquatic life

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:33:28 EST ~ Traditional toxicity testing underestimates the risk that pharmaceutical and personal care product pollution poses to freshwater ecosystems. Criteria that account for ecological disruption -- not just organism death -- are needed to protect surface waters, which are under pressure from a growing population and escalating synthetic chemical use. Find out more...

Seals, birds and humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:47:07 EST ~ In Sweden and in other parts of Europe there are concerns that seals and birds compete with humans for fish resources. For the Baltic Sea, an international study now shows that this competition is a reality. Find out more...

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:55:07 EST ~ Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. Researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales -- from individual trees to whole communities -- using remote sensing by aircraft. Their work paves the way for future airborne and satellite missions to monitor global plant functional diversity. Find out more...

Seagrass biodiversity is both a goal and a means for restoration

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:18:36 EST ~ Planting multiple seagrass species, rather than a single species, could be better for restoring damaged coastal ecosystems in Indonesia's Coral Triangle. Find out more...