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Severe declines in Everglades mammals linked to invasive pythons, researchers find

Severe declines in Everglades mammals linked to invasive pythons, researchers find

Collaborative research, led by Michael Dorcas of Davidson College and John «J.D.» Willson of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, has linked precipitous declines in formerly common mammals in Everglades National Park to the presence of invasive Burmese pythons. The study, published on Jan 30, 2012, in the Proceedings of the National Academy […]

Severe python damage to Florida’s native Everglades animals documented in new study

Severe python damage to Florida’s native Everglades animals documented in new study

Precipitous declines in formerly common mammals in Everglades National Park in Florida have been linked to the presence of invasive Burmese pythons, according to a study by Michael Dorcas, an associate professor of biology at Davidson College, and colleagues. The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, the […]

Long-term response plan for possible Cuban oil spill

Long-term response plan for possible Cuban oil spill

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Florida International University (FIU) researchers have drafted a plan to best prepare South Florida for an oil spill off the coast of Cuba. The proximity of intended Cuban oil drilling and production puts the U.S. coastal zone at risk from Florida to the Carolinas and northward. Oil from a spill […]

Livestock, not Mongolian gazelles, drive foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks

Livestock, not Mongolian gazelles, drive foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks

Wildlife health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society have published evidence which supports the conclusion that Mongolian gazelles — one of the most populous large land mammals on the planet — are not a reservoir of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a highly contagious viral disease that threatens both wildlife and livestock in Asia. Outbreaks of FMD […]

When the heat’s on, some fish can cope: Certain tropical species have greater capacity to deal with rising sea temperatures than thought.

When the heat’s on, some fish can cope: Certain tropical species have greater capacity to deal with rising sea temperatures than thought.

Australian scientists have discovered that some tropical fish have a greater capacity to cope with rising sea temperatures than previously thought — by adjusting over several generations. The discovery, by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University and CSIRO sheds a ray of hope amid the rising concern […]

What do killer whales eat in the Arctic?

What do killer whales eat in the Arctic?

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are the top marine predator, wherever they are found, and seem to eat everything from schools of small fish to large baleen whales, over twice their own size. The increase in hunting territories available to killer whales in the Arctic due to climate change and melting sea ice could seriously affect […]

Acid rain poses a previously unrecognized threat to Great Lakes sugar maples.

Acid rain poses a previously unrecognized threat to Great Lakes sugar maples.

The number of sugar maples in Upper Great Lakes forests is likely to decline in coming decades, according to University of Michigan ecologists and their colleagues, due to a previously unrecognized threat from a familiar enemy: acid rain. Over the past four decades, sugar maple abundance has declined in some regions of the northeastern United […]

80 percent of ‘irreplaceable’ habitats in Andes unprotected

80 percent of ‘irreplaceable’ habitats in Andes unprotected

Hundreds of rare, endemic species in the Central Andes remain unprotected and are increasingly under threat from development and climate change, according to a new Duke University-led international study. «These species require unique ecological conditions and are particularly vulnerable to changes in the environment or climate. Yet our analysis shows that region-wide, about 80 percent […]

How should society pay for services ecosystems provide?

How should society pay for services ecosystems provide?

Over the past 50 years, 60 percent of all ecosystem services have declined as a direct result of the conversion of land to the production of foods, fuels and fibers. This should come as no surprise, say seven of the world’s leading environmental scientists, who met to collectively study the pitfalls of utilizing markets to […]

В районе крушения «Costa Concordia» назревает экологическая катастрофа

В районе крушения «Costa Concordia» назревает экологическая катастрофа

Итальянские власти огласили чрезвычайное положение в районе крушения лайнера «Costa Concordia» из-за опасности экологической катастрофы. По последним данным, судно медленно сползает с рифов и существует угроза его затопления. В связи с этим полным ходом идет подготовка к операции по откачке 2300 тонн топлива из полных баков судна. «Мы пытаемся проверить как можно быстрее, каким путем […]

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