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Post-whaling recovery of Southern Hemisphere

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:43:06 EDT ~ By 2100 some Southern Hemisphere whale species will not have reached half their pre-whaling numbers, while other species are expected to recover by 2050. Find out more...

Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:49 EDT ~ Scientists have explored alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change. Find out more...

Environmental policy, pollution and economic growth

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:20:25 EDT ~ Air pollution policy reduces the extent to which population growth in metropolitan areas results in increased pollution emissions without disrupting the economic growth from this urbanization, new research shows. Find out more...

Cause of Atlantic coastline's sea level rise hot spots now revealed

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:01:49 EDT ~ Seas rose in the southeastern US between 2011 and 2015 by more than six times the global average sea level rise that is already happening due to human-induced global warming, new research shows. The combined effects of El Nio (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), both of which are naturally occurring climate processes, drove this recent sea level rise hot spot, according to the study. Find out more...

Some land conservation measures unpopular among property owners

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:52:03 EDT ~ While popular with conservation groups, coastal easements that prevent development in order to protect marshland from changes brought about by climate change and rising sea levels are not favored by property owners. The findings, based on the results of surveys conducted in 2015 of 1,002 owners of Connecticut coastal properties, suggest that relying on education about sea level rise and the ecosystem benefits of marshes alone will not protect land from future changes. Find out more...

Marine reserves a solution to bycatch problem in oceans

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:17:26 EDT ~ Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study. Find out more...

Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:59:54 EDT ~ Researchers investigating nutrients in runoff from agricultural land warn that phosphorus losses will increase, due to climate change, unless this is mitigated by making major changes to agricultural practices. Find out more...

Project to save the Belize coast provides valuable framework

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:29:35 EDT ~ A coastal zone management plan designed to safeguard Belize's natural assets has produced a win-win opportunity for people and the environment, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where overfishing, development, and habitat degradation are increasingly serious problems. Find out more...

Seawalls: Ecological effects of coastal armoring in soft sediment environments

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:31:56 EDT ~ For nearly a century, the O'Shaughnessy seawall has held back the sand and seas of San Francisco's Ocean Beach. At work even longer: the Galveston seawall, built after America's deadliest hurricane in 1900 killed thousands in Texas. Find out more...

Damming and lost connectivity for fish in Northeastern ecosystems

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:09:33 EDT ~ Fish that migrate between freshwater and sea ecosystems play a multitude of ecological roles. In the centuries since Europeans first colonized the Americas, damming and other disruptions to river connectivity have greatly decreased the migration opportunities of these species. A new article outlines the effects of lost habitat and river connectivity for these crucial fish. Find out more...