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Towards a liveable future

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:16:55 EDT ~ Humans have influenced nature since as early as the Ice Age, and over the past century our impact has become even greater with our many new technologies and a growing world population. Researchers have studied this impact and how we can keep it within reasonable limits so that nature can be preserved. We cannot do without nature: we need it for our food and for raw materials, as well as for relaxation. Find out more...

New research unlocks forests' potential in climate change mitigation

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:23:45 EDT ~ For the first time, scientists have created a global map measuring the cooling effect forests generate by regulating the exchange of water and energy between the Earth's surface and the atmosphere. The information offers a valuable new tool in efforts to mitigate climate change, according to a new article. Find out more...

Coral reefs struggle to keep up with rising seas, leave coastal communities at risk

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:37:17 EDT ~ In the first ecosystem-wide study of changing sea depths at five large coral reef tracts in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawai'i, researchers found the sea floor is eroding in all five places, and the reefs cannot keep pace with sea level rise. As a result, coastal communities protected by the reefs are facing increased risks from storms, waves and erosion. Find out more...

Seven years later: BP oil spill settlement funding new way to manage fish populations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:03:03 EDT ~ Understanding the severity of the BP oil spill has led researchers to a barcoding fish eggs. This will help them to determine where fish are spawning, hopefully leading toward the creation of protected areas and a baseline should another oil spill occur. Find out more...

Prescribed forest fire frequency should be based on land management goals

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:08:20 EDT ~ Researchers have studied forests subjected to different frequencies of fires to determine what effects fire can have on oak forests over long periods of time. They found that the frequency of prescribed forest fires should be determined based on the long-term goals of land managers. Find out more...

Tracking down water pollution through DNA of algae

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:43:44 EDT ~ The degree of pollution of rivers resulting from human activities is assessed using different biotic indices. The latter reflect the ecological status of a river based on the quantity and diversity of organisms selected as bioindicators, due to their ecological preferences and tolerance to pollution. This is the case of diatoms, algae consisting of a single cell surrounded by a silica skeleton, recommended by researchers as one of the ideal bioindicators for rivers and lakes. Find out more...

Arctic river ice deposits rapidly disappearing

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:14:51 EDT ~ Climate change is causing thick ice deposits that form along Arctic rivers to melt nearly a month earlier than they did 15 years ago, a new study finds. Find out more...

New era of Western wildfire demands new ways of protecting people, ecosystems

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:29:35 EDT ~ Current wildfire policy can't adequately protect people, homes and ecosystems from the longer, hotter fire seasons climate change is causing, according to a new article. Find out more...

Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:29:15 EDT ~ Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture. Find out more...

Behind the iron curtain: How methane-making microbes kept the early Earth warm

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:10:16 EDT ~ Using mud pulled from the bottom of a tropical lake, researchers at have gained a new grasp of how ancient microbes made methane in the complex iron chemistry of the early Earth. Find out more...