Monthly Archives: September 2021

Study suggests ways to determine ecosystem health

An international research group led by Bev Law, a researcher from Oregon State University, discovers three variables that determine the health of an earth’s ecosystem. Variables include the ability of vegetation to absorb carbon and its efficiency in using carbon and water. Metolius Stream Tower. Image credit: Oregon State University The study is important because […]

BioBlitz: On the Hunt for Plants and Animals

Walking around the NJIT and Rutgers-Newark campuses, looking for animals and plants of all kinds and reporting them to the organizers, that is the “BioBlitz” event in a nutshell. During this year’s BioBlitz, 719 sightings of 220 species were made by 132 observers and identified by 87 identifiers as of Saturday, September 25. According to […]

Pressure mounts to exploit international waters amid questions over ecosystems and benefit sharing

Greenpeace International activists painted the word “RISK! on the starboard side of the Normand Energy, a ship chartered by the Belgian company Global Sea Mineral Resources, on April 21, 2021. Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior was in the Pacific Ocean to “testify”, according to the organization, of the equipment tests carried out by the company to “commercially […]

US declares 23 extinct plants and animals

The Poʻouli (Melamprosops phaeosoma) is one of 8 Hawaiian birds to be declared extinct this week. In … [+] 2004, 2 females and a male remained; the male died in captivity and females were last seen during this same period. US Fish and Wildlife Service (photographer Paul E. Baker?) In a rare case, the US […]

Impact of human settlements on island ecosystems — ScienceDaily

The research has shed new light on the impact of humans on the biodiversity of the islands. The results show how human colonization has altered the forest across the islands of Macaronesia, including the loss of landscape authenticity. Ocean island ecosystems are unique and often contain species restricted to specific islands or groups of islands. […]

UofSC Professor: Human-induced climate change is devastating ocean ecosystems – UofSC News & Events

Erin Meyer-Gutbrod studies the movement of right whales, reef fish in response to climate change Published on: September 28, 2021; Updated on: September 28, 2021By Rose Cisneros and Bryan Gentry, [email protected], 803-576-7239 Warming oceans are pushing some marine populations out of their habitats and putting them at risk, according to a new study by Professor […]

Move or Change: How Plants and Animals Try to Survive in a Warming World

Image credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals Media When it comes to climate change, nature hasn’t had the luxury of waiting for dragging politicians, evasive corporations or science deniers. Countless species are already on the move. “Just as the planet is changing faster than expected, so are the plants and animals that inhabit it,” writes the biologist […]

Species richness keeps ecosystems functioning

Sunbirds are very important in an ecosystem because they pollinate flowers. Credit: Maximilian Vollstädt Micro-organisms, plants and animals perform great feats every day. For example, by breaking down materials, producing plant biomass or pollinating flowers, they keep nature “in working order”, thereby ensuring human sustenance. Many studies have shown that high biodiversity can have a […]

Noise pollution can negatively affect plants and animals, even after the noise stops – Manila Bulletin

It has long been proven that noise pollution has an impact on animals. They say birds sing at higher frequencies, bats have trouble finding prey, frogs have trouble finding mates, and whales speak louder to communicate with each other. The world becomes even noisier due to human activity like construction, infrastructure development, machinery, urban growth, […]

Government commits to make it easier to edit genes in plants and animals

The government has confirmed that it will introduce legislation in the near future to speed up the use of gene editing as a way to improve both crops and livestock. While a full government response to the consultation it conducted earlier in the year is still awaited, a statement from Cabinet Minister Lord Frost said […]

UGA to co-lead NSF center to study ocean ecosystems

The center will be devoted to the study of the microscopic world of the oceans The University of Georgia, along with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will co-lead a new National Science Foundation science and technology center that will pursue and foster a deeper understanding of the microbial worlds and chemical processes that swirl through […]

Freshwater Jellyfish – News and Stories

S impl and complex are antonyms, but not with jellyfish. Jellyfish lack brains, bones, hearts, and lungs. Over 95% of their body is made up of water. Early scientists wondered if jellyfish were even animals, generally calling them “zoophytes”, intermediaries between animals and plants. Jellyfish meet modern biology criteria for classification as animals, but despite […]

How can counting amberjack fish help protect coastal ecosystems?

To find out what’s happening below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico, Steven Scyphers often begins by turning to those who know it best: the fishermen. An assistant professor of marine and environmental science at Northeastern, he helps conduct studies rooted in what he calls “collaborative science,” or the process of partnering with people […]

How Wind Power Could Affect Marine Ecosystems

Many researchers argue that it is essential to reduce emissions from fossil fuels and that renewable energy is the future. Offshore wind is a leading clean energy option in Europe, the US coast and many other parts of the world. Installing turbines is one of the first steps in implementing wind power, but monitoring these […]

Success of Past Reseeding Projects Point the Way to Restoring Damaged Ecosystems | Wildlife

The news that scientists plan to bring woolly mammoths back to the arctic tundra, by fusing the DNA of Asian elephants with that of their extinct ancestors, has raised some eyebrows in the world of conservation science. However, the basic idea of ​​reintroducing large mammals into a vulnerable ecosystem in order to restore and rebalance […]

“Unsuitable dams” and their impact on cold-water ecosystems — High Country News – Know the West

As California ponders water storage, a new study adds nuance to cold water conservation. As drought-stricken California considers construction of new damsa new study reveals that many existing state structures— despite efforts to prioritize healthy water temperatures— are lacking in the cold-water ecosystems that depend on them. The study, Posted in PLOS A, analyzed data […]

Grim warning for Australia’s most endangered plants and animals

Aerial view of deforestation in Daly River, Northern Territory in 2008. Credit: Julian Murphy / WWF-Aus The first comprehensive list of threats to Australia’s most endangered plants and animals reveals brutal news about the future of some of the country’s favorite species. The study led by the University of Queensland compiled a dataset, listing threats […]

Action needed to save Australia’s plants and animals • Earth.com

A new study, conducted with the support of eight universities and seven Australian environmental organizations, has identified the continent’s most endangered plants and animals. This is the most comprehensive nationwide dataset describing threats to Australia’s flora and fauna. Researchers have identified 1,339 species of plants and 456 species of animals that are listed as threatened […]