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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...

Microbial ecosystem at Laguna La Brava may contain novel microorganisms

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:41:20 EST ~ An investigation of the microbial environment at Laguna La Brava in Chile may suggest that novel microorganisms might be at work in the absence of cyanobacteria, according to a new study. 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...

Public and researchers skeptical about climate engineering

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:22:33 EST ~ What does the general public know about climate engineering, and what do they think about what they know? These were questions asked by researchers. 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...

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...

How a 'shadow zone' traps the world's oldest ocean water

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:39:53 EST ~ New research has revealed why the oldest water in the ocean in the North Pacific has remained trapped in a shadow zone around 2km below the sea surface for over 1000 years. Find out more...

Changing climate to bring more landslides on logged land, say researchers

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:32:39 EST ~ Researchers say landslides on logged forests will be more widespread as the Northwest climate changes. In a study modelled on clear-cut lands on the Olympic Peninsula, they anticipate the climate of 2045 and conclude that there will be a 7 -11 percent increase in the land that is highly vulnerable to landslides. The researchers say their findings are applicable to the Cascade Mountain Range area as well. 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...