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Understanding carbon cycle feedbacks to predict climate change at large scale

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:58:27 EST ~ Researches have identified long-disappeared forests available for restoration across the world. They describe how such an effort, could absorb as much as 135 gigatons of atmospheric carbon. Find out more...

New frog species found on remote Ethiopian mountain

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:14:06 EST ~ A new species of puddle frog (order: Anura, family: Phynobatrachidae, genus: Phrynobatrachus), has just been discovered at the unexplored and isolated Bibita Mountain in southwestern Ethiopia. The research team named the new species Phrynobatrachus bibita sp. nov., or Bibita Mountain dwarf puddle frog, inspired by its home. Find out more...

Marine scientists find toxic bacteria on microplastics retrieved from tropical waters

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:03:48 EST ~ A team of marine scientists had uncovered toxic bacteria living on the surfaces of microplastics (which are pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters in size) collected from the coastal areas of Singapore. These bacteria are capable of causing coral bleaching, and triggering wound infections in humans. The team also discovered a diversity of bacteria, including useful organisms - such as those that can degrade marine pollutants like hydrocarbons - in the plastic waste. Find out more...

Skyglow over key wildlife areas

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:32:21 EST ~ Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world's key wildlife areas, new research shows. Find out more...

Rating riverside corridors -- the 'escape routes' for animals under climate change

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 16:14:47 EST ~ While riverside habitats are known to be important for species migrating under climate change, this is the first study to rank riparian areas as targets for restoration and conservation efforts. Find out more...

Think big, at least when it comes to global conservation

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:43:17 EST ~ According to a group of international researchers, the potential for large countries to contribute to environmental protection is being overlooked. The researchers recently examined the leverage an individual country has when it comes to protecting ecosystem values. And they say it isn't--nor should it be -- a level playing field. Find out more...

New way to help increase conservation impact

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 11:13:03 EST ~ A study reveals huge variations in the similarity and breadth of animal roles in nature across different parts of the world. Find out more...

How does the Amazon rain forest cope with drought?

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:45:18 EST ~ The Amazon rain forest isn't necessarily a place that many would associate with a drought, yet prolonged dry spells are projected to become more prevalent and severe because of climate change. The question at hand is how these droughts are going to affect the rain forest, as it has a large influence on global climate and future warming. Find out more...

Species 'hotspots' created by immigrant influx or evolutionary speed depending on climate

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:45:06 EST ~ New research reveals that biodiversity 'hotspots' in the tropics produced new species at faster rates over the last 25 million years, but those in temperate regions are instead full of migrant species that likely sought refuge from shifting and cooling climates. Find out more...

A billion years of coexistence between plants and fungi

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 12:37:49 EST ~ What can a billion years of coexistence tell us about the evolution of plants and fungi? Find out more...