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Life on the hidden doughnuts of the Great Barrier Reef is also threatened by climate change

Mon, 01/03/2021 - 19:10
We are only just beginning to understand the importance of this deep and hidden area of the inter-reef that supports a rich diversity of marine life. Mardi McNeil, Postdoctoral researcher, Queensland University of Technology Andrew Hoey, Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University Jody Webster, Professor of Marine Geoscience, University of Sydney Luke Nothdurft, Senior Lecturer - Earth Science, Queensland University of Technology Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Disappearing glaciers are threatening rare alpine plants with extinction

Fri, 29/01/2021 - 14:25
Glaciers support a unique community of plants, many of which are found nowhere else. Robert Baxter, Associate Professor of Plant Ecology, Durham University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Biodiversity: why foods grown in warm climates could be doing the most damage to wildlife

Tue, 26/01/2021 - 10:31
Food farmed in tropical and Mediterranean climates comes at a higher cost to biodiversity than that grown elsewhere. Tim Newbold, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment, UCL Adrienne Etard, PhD Candidate in Biology, UCL Gonzalo Albaladejo Robles, PhD Candidate in Conservation Biology, UCL Jessica J Williams, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, UCL Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Invasive tawny crazy ants have an intense craving for calcium – with implications for their spread in the US

Thu, 21/01/2021 - 13:13
The spread of tawny crazy ants may be driven, in part, by their need for calcium. Ryan Reihart, Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate of Ecology, University of Dayton Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communities

Thu, 14/01/2021 - 21:59
Despite their enormous value, mangroves are being removed at an alarming rate. A new tool aims to help communities reverse mangrove loss and tap into conservation programs and funding. Trevor Gareth Jones, Adjunct Professor of Forest Resources Management and MGEM Program Advisor, University of British Columbia Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Worried about Earth's future? Well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp

Wed, 13/01/2021 - 05:00
Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts. Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Matthew Flinders Professor of Global Ecology and Models Theme Leader for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Flinders University Daniel T. Blumstein, Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles Paul Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

The K'gari-Fraser Island bushfire is causing catastrophic damage. What can we expect when it's all over?

Tue, 08/12/2020 - 06:27
The Australian landscape’s need for fire isn't straightforward, and a fire of this magnitude will alter the island's ecological balance. Gabriel Conroy, Environmental Management Program Coordinator, University of the Sunshine Coast Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Bird poop and lake mud 'time machine' reveal dramatic seabird declines

Mon, 07/12/2020 - 20:32
Seabird colonies are thought to be in rapid decline. But knowing just how severe the loss is can be a challenge, so some scientists are turning to bird poop for the answer. Matthew Duda, PhD Candidate, Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory, Queen's University, Ontario John P. Smol, Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, Queen's University, Ontario Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Tiny treetop flowers foster incredible beetle biodiversity

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 13:33
In the Amazon, beetles and flowering trees have developed a tight bond. Hundreds of beetle species thrive off of and pollinate blossoms, helping to maintain some of the highest biodiversity on Earth. Caroline S. Chaboo, Adjunct Professor in Insect Systematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

This is how microorganisms can produce renewable energy for us

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 03:26
Research by author and her students about palm oil waste water processing using Microbial Fuel Cells at the Faculty of Biotechnology, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia Renna Eliana Warjoto, Lecturer at Faculty of Biotechnology, Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Flooding can help resurrect wetlands and slow climate change – here's how

Wed, 25/11/2020 - 14:54
Flooding isn't always destructive – it can be part of our toolkit for restoring ecosystems. Neil Entwistle, Reader in River Science, University of Salford George Heritage, Honorary Research Fellow in Hydromorphology, University of Salford Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Humans are changing fire patterns, and it's threatening 4,403 species with extinction

Sun, 22/11/2020 - 18:55
A major new research paper reveals which species are most at risk from changing fire regimes around the world. Luke Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Centenary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne Annabel Smith, Lecturer in Wildlife Management, The University of Queensland Katherine Giljohann, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne Michael Clarke, Professor of Zoology, La Trobe University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.