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Munitions at the bottom of the Baltic Sea

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 11:52:45 EST ~ The bottom of the Baltic Sea is home to large quantities of sunken munitions, a legacy of the Second World War -- and often very close to shore. Should we simply leave them where they are and accept the risk of their slowly releasing toxic substances, or should we instead remove them, and run the risk of their falling apart -- or even exploding? Find out more...

Climate change and infertility -- a ticking time bomb?

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 12:59:47 EST ~ Rising temperatures could make some species sterile and see them succumb to the effects of climate change earlier than currently thought, scientists warn. Find out more...

Endangered sharks being eaten in UK

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:42:35 EST ~ Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed. Find out more...

To solve pollinator health crisis, state governments are key

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:16:24 EST ~ For the first time, researchers have catalogued every pollinator protection policy enacted by state governments from 2000-2017. The resulting database of information allows everyone from legislators to the general public to study how state lawmakers have addressed the pollinator health crisis over time. Find out more...

How to send a finch extinct

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 14:05:56 EST ~ An endangered Queensland bird is at risk of extinction because environmental legislation is failing to protect its habitat, according to a University of Queensland-led study. Researchers reviewed Australian and Queensland laws that protect threatened and endangered species, in light of a more than 80 percent reduction in the distribution of the southern black-throated finch's population. Find out more...

Extreme weather and geopolitics major drivers of increasing 'food shocks'

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 11:17:23 EST ~ Global food production is suffering from an increasing number of 'food shocks,' with most caused by extreme weather and geopolitical crises. An international study looked at the incidence of land and marine food shocks -- sudden losses in food production -- between 1961 and 2013. Find out more...

Climate change tipping point could be coming sooner than we think

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:17:00 EST ~ A new study confirms the urgency to tackle climate change. While it's known that extreme weather events can affect the year-to-year variability in carbon uptake, and some researchers have suggested that there may be longer-term effects, this study is the first to actually quantify the effects through the 21st century and demonstrates that wetter-than-normal years do not compensate for losses in carbon uptake during dryer-than-normal years, caused by events such as droughts or heatwaves. Find out more...

Mangrove patches deserve greater recognition no matter the size

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:08:35 EST ~ Governments must provide stronger protection for crucial small mangrove patches, experts say. Find out more...

Marine mammals and sea turtles recovering after Endangered Species Act protection

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:06:26 EST ~ More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a new study. 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...