Category Archives: Ecosystems

Sea temperatures near record high, but marine ecosystems could suffer

Loading Professor Roughan said this January could cross that mark. David Booth, professor of marine ecology at the University of Technology Sydney, said several years ago corals bleached in the harbor when the ocean temperature hit 26 degrees, with all eyes now on towards the reaction of the coral this time. He said it was […]

Cover crops improve our ecosystems

The author is a senior agricultural consultant at the Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, Okla. Noble Research Institute In the fall, many southern growers implement a cover crop plan – perhaps by sowing small grains, winter peas, vetch, or clovers in their seasonal dormant perennial grass pastures. hot. These wheat pastures this winter can plan for […]

Climate change and man-made pollution devastate Florida’s ecosystems (Video)

Homepage ” Politics ” Climate change and man-made pollution devastate Florida’s ecosystems (Video) Posted By: XYZ Social News December 29, 2021 Warming waters and pollutants are destroying manatee, fish and coral habitats in and around the state of Florida. CBS News meteorologist and climate scientist Jeff Berardelli has traveled to Florida to investigate the dilemma […]

MeitY Secretary Releases Report on Economic Impact of National Open Digital Ecosystems (NODE) ​​- Governance Now

The Secretary of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Ajay Prakash Sawhney released the report on “Estimation of the economic impact of national open digital ecosystems” in the post-India Internet Governance Forum (IIGF) workshops that ended today. The report highlights that opening national systems via open APIs would lead to an estimated increase of more […]

Millstein-Turnbach-Perugini: A victory for the protection of Vermont’s ecosystems

This commentary is by Macie Millstein, Cassady Turnbach and Nicholas Perugini, who live in Burlington and are affiliated with the University of Vermont. To address the threats of climate change and natural resource scarcity, our government officials must implement policies that encourage conservation while punishing corporate neglect. While not a silver bullet, the idea of […]

Coastal Bend’s carbon-capturing natural ecosystems can help reduce CO2

Patrick D. Larkin, Ph.D. Whether you’re a gardener, hunter, hiker, or someone who just loves the view from your garden, you’ve probably been impressed with the variety and fertility of plant life at some point. As someone who has worked with plants for over three decades, I am always amazed by their ability to grow […]

Securing Large API Ecosystems – The New Stack

Michal Trojanowski Michał is a Product Marketing Engineer at Curity. He is a developer with over 10 years of experience in web technologies. Working on different projects allowed him to learn different languages ​​and observe different approaches to design patterns – also regarding APIs. APIs are everywhere these days, there’s no doubt about it. As […]

Neanderthals changed ecosystems 125,000 years ago – weren’t ‘primitive hippies’

Hunter-gatherers modified ecosystems 125,000 years ago. These are the results of an interdisciplinary study carried out by archaeologists from Leiden University in collaboration with other researchers. Neanderthals used fire to keep the landscape open and thus had a significant impact on their local environment. The study was published in the journal Scientists progress on December […]

The next big step is the integration of Web2 into the Web3 ecosystems.

Elena Sinelnikova: Metis is building a hub for the entire Web3 economy in 3 steps: Ethereum Layer 2 scaling solution with transactions of seconds and pennies. Starting in Q1 2022, when we launch our new storage layer, these transactions will cost just pennies. With our code-free middleware, our DAC infrastructure and. NO-CODE integration via smart […]

How do extreme weather conditions affect marine ecosystems? • Earth.com

Extreme weather events created by human-induced climate change have been on the rise around the world. Droughts, floods and storms often occur in combinations that intensify impacts. Research on extreme weather events has primarily focused on land-based impacts, and few studies have looked closely at the changes occurring in the largest part of the Earth […]

King Forever Announces Entertaining Decentralized Ecosystem

KING FOREVER is dedicated to building sustainable, user-centric and entertaining decentralized ecosystems. The game is founded on the belief that gamification shouldn’t just be a gimmick. Driven by creating games that are above all else fun and easy to use, KING FOREVER emphasizes the importance of generating value through fun to attract players beyond the […]

King Forever announces an entertaining decentralized ecosystem

KING FOREVER is dedicated to building sustainable, user-centric and entertaining decentralized ecosystems. Cape Coral, Fla., December 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – (via Blockchain Wire) Gaming is founded on the belief that gamification shouldn’t be just a gimmick. Motivated by creating games that are above all fun and easy to use, KING FOREVER emphasizes the importance […]

Fresh water from sea ice delays the biological carbon pump by four months

During the summer months, Arctic sea ice drifts through Fram Strait into the Atlantic. Thanks to the melt water, a stable layer forms around the drifting ice above the salty sea water, producing significant effects on biological processes and marine organisms. This, in turn, has an effect on when carbon from the atmosphere is taken […]

Neanderthals changed ecosystems 125,000 years ago

Credit: Pixabay/Ylvers Hunter-gatherers modified ecosystems 125,000 years ago. These are the results of an interdisciplinary study carried out by archaeologists from Leiden University in collaboration with other researchers. Neanderthals used fire to keep the landscape open and thus had a significant impact on their local environment. The study will be published in the journal Scientists […]

Using Planet satellite data to monitor threats to wildlife and ecosystems

In remote parts of the world or where political conflicts reduce access to protected areas, researchers and conservationists need solutions to monitor activities that threaten wildlife and ecosystems. The Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), an international conservation organization founded in 1858, focuses on maintaining biodiversity and conserving wildlife and ecosystems in protected areas and exceptional wilderness […]

Driftwood Flow Disruption Affects Marine Ecosystems • Earth.com

Throughout history, rivers have carried a large amount of driftwood to the oceans. However, humans all over the world are increasingly interfering with this process. New research from Colorado State University (CSU) has found that disrupting the flow of driftwood from rivers to oceans can have a significant impact on marine ecosystems. “Dead trees, known […]

New Insights into Earth’s Ecosystems Through New Analysis

Voice of editors is a blog from the AGU Publications Department. The data collected by observations are essential to science. Models also make a fundamental contribution to science by helping us understand processes and predict future changes. However, observations and modeling have certain limitations. “Reanalysis” is a way of combining the two, and then building […]

Earth today | Adaptation Fund: Increasing Ecosystem Resilience in Uganda | News

SUBSISTENCE FARMING employs most of the labor force in Uganda and provides livelihoods for 68% of households. The country also experiences high rates of poverty and population growth and experiences a number of climate change impacts such as landslides and floods. Growing pressure and demand on natural resources for agriculture is exacerbating ecosystem degradation and […]

Protect ecosystems first for maximum carbon storage, study finds

When it comes to slowing down climate change, there is a natural solution that has recently taken hold of the world: large-scale tree planting and reforestation. But a new study warns that other natural climate solutions should be considered first. By comparing different natural climate solutions according to four criteria, the study proposes a hierarchy: […]

Ecosystems, justice and development are all linked to Mayor Hancock’s push for a South Platte revamp

Mayor Hancock brought together people who love and need the South Platte River on Thursday, December 2. The opportunity: Sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that could help attract federal funds to improve the river. Twenty-five partner institutions co-signed the mayor’s letter. Some were environmental groups, like Denver Trout Unlimited, and education hubs, like Colorado […]

Invasive ants can threaten ecosystems by damaging plants at the root

Fathead ants reduce carbon sequestration, root and leaf production, leaf water status, and soluble sugar concentrations in the woody tissues of young acacia trees by digging nests around the roots of young trees. . Young trees already have extremely low survival rates to maturity, so this invasive ant will likely reduce the population growth rates […]

Monitoring coastal habitats that support local communities and various ecosystems

Coastal marshes and wetlands are essential to support the health and productivity of surrounding communities and their marine habitats. Strong aquatic ecosystems support local fishing industries and improve water quality for safe recreation. They also serve as “blue carbon” sinks and promote coastal resilience against flooding and erosion. But as climate change and human activity […]

Playing recordings of a healthy ocean can help restore marine ecosystems | Innovation

A growing body of work shows that marine animals are attracted to the sounds of healthy environments. Giovanni Gagliardi/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images In 2016, Stephen Simpson, a marine biologist at the University of Bristol in England, returned to a study site off Australia’s Lizard Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef. Back-to-back cyclones […]

How heat waves distort ecosystems

Bleached kelp on San Juan Island, Washington during this summer’s heat dome. (Courtesy of Robin Fales) During this summer sweltering heat wave, Robin Fales patrolled the same stretch of shoreline on Washington’s San Juan Island every day at low tide. The stench of decaying sea life increased as temperatures hit triple digits – around 30 […]

Invasive species threaten fragile Antarctic ecosystems • The Revelator

We tend to think of Antarctica as remote and remote – biologically speaking, that’s true. But the continent is busier than you probably imagine, with many national programs and tour operators criss-crossing the globe to get there. And every ship, every cargo, and every person could harbor non-native species, hitchhiking to head south. This threat […]

Independent digital ecosystems are the future of wealth management

Ask any advisor and they’ll tell you that the biggest complaint they have about their technology solutions is that they don’t work well together and therefore require manual intervention throughout their processes and workflow. For this reason, many businesses lack capacity, cannot scale, and leave growth opportunities on the table. It’s not a new phenomenon […]

How heat waves are warping ecosystems (the lasting legacy of a temperature spike) — High Country News — Know the West

After the Northwest’s “heat dome” this summer, scientists are looking for signs of ecological ruin – or resilience. A kelp bed on San Juan Island photographed a month before the heat dome. Courtesy of Robin Fales A kelp bed on San Juan Island photographed on the second day of the heat dome. Courtesy of Robin […]

Young forests can help heal tropical aquatic ecosystems: study

Microbial communities are important indicators of ecological degradation in the tropics, often reflecting levels of disturbance and contamination of rivers and streams. To monitor the ecological status of various waterways in central Panama, researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) assessed the impact of various land uses, such as livestock grazing and secondary forest. […]

Growing forests can help heal tropical aquatic ecosystems: study | News | Eco-Enterprise

Scientists have long identified a link between livestock production and deforestation, with extensive research showing the detrimental effect of agricultural activities on natural resources. However, little is known about the impact of these practices on water microbial communities – the tiny organisms that maintain water quality by cycling nutrients and energy. A new study published […]

Invasive Species Threaten Antarctica’s Fragile Ecosystems as Human Activity Grows and the World Warms

We tend to think of Antarctica as remote and remote – biologically speaking, that’s true. But the continent is busier than you probably imagine, with many national programs and tour operators criss-crossing the globe to get there. And every ship, every cargo, and every person could harbor non-native species, hitchhiking to head south. This threat […]

Carbon reservoirs: three quarters of crucial ecosystems are not protected

Ecosystems such as forests and peatlands are vital stores of carbon, but less than a quarter of these areas globally have protected status Earth November 18, 2021 By Chen Ly A map from a new study showing the locations of ‘sunk carbon’ around the world Monica L. Noon et al. (2021) Only 23% of Earth’s […]

Florida farmers protect natural resources and diverse ecosystems

By Cacee Hilliard @FlaFarmOffice Environmental stewardship is the beating heart of Florida’s Suwannee Valley. Home to the most freshwater springs in the nation, the Suwannee Valley encompasses more than 15 Florida counties and includes the largest agricultural area in the state. For more than 20 years, the Florida Farm Bureau, in cooperation with the Suwannee […]

University of Idaho scientists study energy flow in ecosystems using the role of the Tasmanian devil | Idaho

MOSCOW – Researchers at the University of Idaho are studying the influence of Tasmanian devils on ecosystems. As an apex predator and scavenger, and one of the world’s few bone-consuming carnivores, devils play a vital role in Tasmania’s island ecosystem by recycling essential nutrients back into the soil. These nutrients, including phosphorus and nitrogen, would […]

Building Strong Partner Ecosystems in a Saturated Market

Research shows that modern businesses across all industries can benefit from investing in partner ecosystems, especially as customers expect new products and services. A well-rounded partner program can help businesses increase sales, reach new customer segments, improve existing services, and gain invaluable expertise. However, despite the growing presence of partner ecosystems, an analysis of 57 […]

How Habitat Protection Can Help North Carolina’s Coastal Communities, Fish, and Ecosystems

More rain falling on weathered landscapes. As climate change brings ever-increasing rainfall, the changes people have made to the environment (paving of surfaces, draining of wetlands and clearing of forests) are causing low-lying areas to flood and rivers to overflow. streams, rivers and sounds. Riparian ecosystems that could naturally handle smaller amounts of water are […]

New global mapping analysis identifies major exposure hotspots with unprecedented resolution

A high-resolution mapping analysis, the first of its kind, estimates the amounts of nitrogen and pathogens released to coastal ecosystems from human sewage sources worldwide. Cascade Tuholske (now affiliated with the Columbia Climate School) and colleagues at the University of California, Santa Barbara present this research in the open access journal PLOS ONE November 10, […]

Whales are more important ecosystem engineers than previously thought

From 1910 to 1970, humans killed an estimated 1.5 million baleen whales in the freezing waters surrounding Antarctica. They were hunted for their fat, their baleen – the filtering fringe they have in place of their teeth – and their meat. One would assume that from the standpoint of krill – the tiny shrimp-like creatures […]

Large herbivores must be restored to balance ecosystems • Earth.com

Ecosystems structured around the relationship between animals and the plants they eat are becoming unbalanced with the disappearance of large herbivores. A new study has found that there are not enough large wild herbivores left on our planet for these ecosystems to function properly. “Large herbivores provide key ecosystem processes, but have suffered massive historical […]

Today, only African reserves show herbivore biomass matching crop production — ScienceDaily

Biological research has repeatedly demonstrated that the relationship between producer and consumer is governed by a law of scale. An international research team has now looked into the possibility of replicating this law of nature in the relationship between the production of plants in an area and the number of large herbivores that browse on […]

Plankton eaters play a key role in transferring offshore resources to coral reef ecosystems

A new analysis suggests that the movement of plankton and plankton-eating fish plays a central role in driving local peaks of extreme biological productivity in tropical coral reefs, creating ‘sweet spots’ of abundant fish. Renato Morais of James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and colleagues present these findings in a study published November 2n/a in […]

Animal Personalities Can Shape Ecosystems • Earth.com

A new study published in the journal Borders of ecology and environment discovered that individual organisms have different personalities that shape their ecological roles and therefore their contributions to ecosystem services. Understanding how animal personality affects processes such as pollination, seed dispersal, pest species regulation, or ecotourism can provide management guidance for ecologists to maximize […]

Elisa Loncon Antileo wants Chile to prioritize its ecosystems

AAlong with our thirst for fossil fuels, the destruction of nature by man has triggered the climatic and ecological crises that today threaten our life on this planet. A major goal for COP26 delegates is to improve the relationship of humans with nature: restore forests and wetlands to absorb more carbon; slow the loss of […]

Alongside climate change, COP26 must respond to the crisis of ecosystems

Photo: Pixabay/Nordseher The upcoming COP26, which is due to take place from October 31 to November 12, will focus on global carbon emissions and the daunting challenges of keeping the global temperature rise to a manageable level. It’s already a lofty goal, but delegates gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, and their British hosts are also expected […]

Amazon ecosystems and peoples on the brink – time for a new vision (commentary)

Mercedes Bustamante – professor at the University of Brasilia, member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and lead scientist of the Scientific Panel for the Amazon – says the world must announce a “red code” for the Amazon due to growing threats against the largest rainforest in the world. Bustamante cites evidence gathered in a […]

Environmental justice discourse stresses importance of equity ecosystems The Badger Herald

The intersection of equitable ecosystems and social justice takes on increasing importance as the climate crisis deepens. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, CEO and Founder of Empowering A Green Environment and Economy, understands the importance of these intersections as a strong advocate for environmental justice. White-Newsome brought his perspective to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Virtual Conference […]

A dive in time to study the evolution of ecosystems

Editor’s note: Arizona State University photographer and videographer Deanna Dent recently joined researchers from the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center on a trip to southern Arizona, where they collected insects after a heavy monsoon. Here’s what she learned. This year may well be one of the wettest southern Arizona monsoons in recorded history, and that has […]

‘Double standards’: Australia fails to protect ecosystems while supporting global diversity goal | Biodiversity

According to new research, more than 1,500 of Australia’s unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems are not represented in any of the country’s protected areas. The study, by WWF-Australia, comes as countries gather this week for the first leg of the UN biodiversity conference, hosted by China in Kunming. The talks aim to set new goals […]

A new method for predicting the response of ecosystems to marine heat waves developed by an international collaboration — ScienceDaily

Marine heat waves, driven by climate change, are becoming more frequent and intense around the world. Although we know that heat waves kill marine organisms and have devastating effects on ecosystems, there is currently no way to predict these effects or to help ecosystems adapt. An international team of marine scientists from Hong Kong, Japan […]

Parasites may gross us out, but they hold ecosystems together

Many people are completely repelled by parasites, and few would intentionally share their bodies with one. The word “parasite” alone – which comes from the Greek for “to feed on the side” – is enough to give you goosebumps. But parasitism deserves more respect as an “exceptionally successful form of life,” says Jimmy Bernot, an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Opinion: To restore California’s ecosystems, we need to adopt smarter permits | News

California’s ecosystems underpin the state’s economy: they nurture and protect the state’s water supply, shorelines, agriculture, fisheries and wildlife. But many of these ecosystems are in very poor health, and climate change is now accelerating the loss of biodiversity already underway. Ecosystem degradation is having ripple effects across the state. Serious water supply problems, dwindling […]

Guest Opinion: To restore California’s ecosystems, we need to embrace smarter permits | News

California’s ecosystems underpin the state’s economy: they nurture and protect the state’s water supply, shorelines, agriculture, fisheries and wildlife. But many of these ecosystems are in very poor health, and climate change is now accelerating the loss of biodiversity already underway. Ecosystem degradation is having ripple effects across the state. Serious water supply problems, dwindling […]

How light pollution disorients ecosystems

Living things depend on the daily cycle of light and dark which governs behaviors such as reproduction, sleep and migration Looking at the night sky, stars and other astronomical objects is an absolute delight. Who can forget the synchronized movement of fireflies on a dark night? While these phenomena can still be observed in rural […]

What could the disappearance of insects mean for the ecosystems that sustain us?

A few days ago, I opened a jar of honey that I hadn’t touched in months. The thick golden molasses was strewn with black spots – ants that had died after gorging on nectar. It was something I hadn’t seen in years. It now seems far away that a forgotten candy bar, a piece of […]

Plastic foam pellets threaten Thousand Islands ecosystems

August 20, 2021 — Walking along the shore of the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River, the beaches can seem picturesque and pristine. However, on closer inspection, a barely perceptible form of pollution is encroaching on the natural ecosystem. Small blue and white plastic foam particles accumulate along the sand, become entangled in plant […]

How Hurricanes Actually Help Florida’s Ecosystems Thrive

In the middle of hurricane season, most people dread hearing of an oncoming storm, but Kelly Kibler, an associate professor of water resources engineering at UCF, says storms actually benefit people. our state in some respects. Kibler spoke to News 6 anchors Matt Austin and Ginger Gadsden on Florida’s Fourth Estate podcast about the positive […]

Research shows flying birds, schools of fish and other collective movements can stabilize ecosystems | News

In addition to being visually stunning, schools of herring, herds of wildebeest and countless other groups of organisms acting in concert can help complex ecosystems maintain their diversity and stability, according to new research from the Oregon State University. Published today in Nature Ecology and Evolution, the study demonstrates that when individuals come together to […]

Both a research entity and a tourist attraction, Biosphere 2 is home to unique ecosystems

Biosphere 2 rises from the desert in Arizona. (Glen Rosales/For the Albuquerque Journal) ORACLE, Ariz. — Decades ago, the thought of a group of humans locked in a life-cycle experiment was pure science fiction — until a group of visionaries realized this on a pristine 40-acre slice of the Sonoran Desert north of Tucson. For […]

The behavior of organisms can stabilize and diversify ecosystems

August 13, 2021Reviewed by Alex Smith Herds of wildebeest, schools of herring and various other groups of organisms that live together are not only visually stunning, but capable of supporting complex ecosystems for life, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University. maintain diversity and stability. Blue rockfish. Image credit: Oregon State […]

Analyze the impact of agricultural activity on ecosystems

How a multi-stakeholder project, MOCUPP, is moving Costa Rica towards sustainable practices to protect the country’s biodiversity Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places in the world, containing nearly 6 percent of global biodiversity. As a result, its ecosystem provides a range of services, including wood and timber, plants and fruits, among many […]

Study finds kelp is key to California’s coastal ecosystems

A lush canopy is a defining characteristic of most forests on the planet. But canopy-forming species can be particularly vulnerable to disturbance and environmental change – even forests that lie under the sea. But what is a forest without its trees? Researchers from the University of Virginia and the University of California, Santa Barbara are […]

Tyrannosaurs dominated their Cretaceous ecosystems | Science

Paleontologist François Therrien measures the jaws of a Gorgosaurus. Royal Tyrrell Museum tyrannosaurus rex may be the most perfect dinosaur name ever invented. What else would you call a carnivorous, bipedal reptile that could grow to over 40 feet in length and weigh over nine tons? The size and apparent ferocity of T. rex was […]

Researcher focuses on restoring disturbed ecosystems

Bob Shriver, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, focuses his teaching and research on understanding and predicting how local plant population demographics, such as survival and growth, respond to climate, disturbance and human management. As part of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, Shriver’s work centers on restoration […]

Goldfish Thrown Into Lakes Reaching Over 1 Foot, Threatening Ecosystems | Invasive species

Minnesota authorities have called on aquarium owners to stop releasing pet fish into waterways, after several huge goldfish were pulled from a local lake. Officials in Burnsville, about 15 miles south of Minneapolis, said released goldfish can grow several times their normal size and wreak havoc on native species. “Please don’t release your goldfish into […]

We can still save the planet’s fragile ecosystems

It’s “our last chance to avert climate catastrophe, reverse the deadly tide of pollution, and halt species loss.” The planet’s ecosystems, from forests to grasslands to coral reefs, are in a precarious state. If we continue to cut down trees, turn grasslands into farmland and decimate coral reefs, many ecosystems will soon reach a point […]

Mending the broken relationship with nature: tackling the nexus between biodiversity, ecosystems, health and climate change after COVID-19 – World

Summary This policy brief highlights how human health is directly linked to the state of biodiversity and climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. Improving human health and mitigating future health disasters requires addressing these causal factors simultaneously in an integrated manner. The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) coronavirus is a zoonotic disease, transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonotic […]

Climate change could cause ‘irreversible impacts’ on lake ecosystems

By Ayesha Tandon New research shows that lake “stratification periods” – a seasonal separation of water into layers – will last longer in a warmer climate. These longer stratification periods could have “far-reaching implications” for lake ecosystems, according to the article, and can lead to toxic algal blooms, fish kills and increased methane emissions. The […]

The coronavirus pandemic linked to the destruction of the world’s wildlife and ecosystems

By Charlie Shield After the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, it didn’t take long for conspiracy theorists to claim it was made in a nearby lab. The scientific consensus, on the other hand, is that the virus – SARS-CoV-2 – is a zoonotic disease that jumped from animals to humans. […]

Oil-coated water droplets are mini-ecosystems for microbes

Oil-coated water droplets are mini-ecosystems for microbes by Timothy Oleson Tuesday December 9th, 2014 Oil rising from underground is solidifying into asphalt over much of Pitch Lake on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. In places, it also reaches the surface in liquid form. Credit: Rainer Meckenstock. Dark, muddy oil may not seem like a suitable […]