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Orchards in natural habitats draw bee diversity, improve apple production

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:04:04 EST ~ Apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural habitats. Find out more...

Diet and food production must radically change to save planet

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:52:07 EST ~ Transformation of the global food system is urgently needed as more than 3 billion people are malnourished (including people who are undernourished and overnourished), and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries -- driving climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution due to over-application of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, and unsustainable changes in water and land use. Find out more...

Urbanization may hold key to tiger survival

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:55:34 EST ~ A new study says the future of tigers in Asia is linked to the path of demographic transition -- for humans. Find out more...

New zoning tool provides global topographic datasets in minutes

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:43:00 EST ~ With the increased availability of remote sensing technologies, scientists now have access to high-resolution datasets on Earth's surface properties at the global scale. As a result, an international team of scientists, has created the first comprehensive high resolution map of Earth's floodplains. Find out more...

Idled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:23:06 EST ~ Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A new study looked at the conservation potential of marginal farmland in the San Joaquin Desert and found that restoration of fallowed farmland could play a crucial role in habitat protection and restoration strategies for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and other endangered species. Find out more...

Keeping roads in good shape reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:44:51 EST ~ Keeping road pavement in good shape saves money and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, more than offsetting pollution generated during road construction, according to a new study. Find out more...

Understanding physics could lead to big gains in shale oil recovery

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:19:17 EST ~ Oil companies are missing out on vast sums of recoverable oil in unconventional reservoirs, according to experts. Find out more...

Cities could play a key role in pollinator conservation

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:08:28 EST ~ Given the pressures that pollinators face in agricultural land, cities could play an important role in conserving pollinators, according to a new study. The research has revealed that gardens and allotments are good for pollinators, and lavender and borage are important garden plants that pollinators use as food sources. Find out more...

Feds, states can help biochar live up to its soil-saving potential

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:28:54 EST ~ Researchers have assembled current and potential sources of government support to promote the production and use of biochar, which helps preserve valuable soil, enhance agricultural production, improve local air quality and sequester carbon dioxide. Find out more...

Integrated pathways for meeting climate targets and ensuring access to safe water

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:51:27 EST ~ Researchers have led work to develop new pathways showing how the world can develop water and energy infrastructure consistent with both the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) -- ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Find out more...