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Linking social science, ecology to solve the world’s environmental problems

Linking social science, ecology to solve the world’s environmental problems

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) at James Cook University are engaging social science to help solve some of the world’s biggest environmental problems. Dr Christina Hicks, an interdisciplinary social science fellow at the ARC CoECRS, holds a joint position with the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University […]

Pine plantations provide optimum conditions for natural forests to develop underneath them

Pine plantations provide optimum conditions for natural forests to develop underneath them

If there is any native forest in the vicinity, tree, fern and herbaceous species typical of these forests penetrate under the pine plantations without any need for action. That way it is possible, to a certain extent, for native forests to be restored, thanks to the process known as ecological succession. This is the conclusion […]

Evidence of mass extinction associated with climate change 375 million years ago discovered in Central Asia

Evidence of mass extinction associated with climate change 375 million years ago discovered in Central Asia

Members of a U.N.-sponsored research team with members from Appalachian State University’s Department of Geology have found evidence for catastrophic oceanographic events associated with climate change and a mass extinction 375 million years ago that devastated tropical marine ecosystems. «The Late Devonian mass extinction was one of the five largest mass extinction events in the […]

Japonia vrea sa inghete pamantul la Fukushima pentru a opri scurgerile radioactive

Japonia vrea sa inghete pamantul la Fukushima pentru a opri scurgerile radioactive

La Fukushima se inregistreaza cel mai ridicat nivel de radiatii atins vreodata in afara unui reactor nuclear Masuratorile arata un nivel de 25 de unitati sievert pe ora inregistrat intr-o conducta care transporta gaze din cladirea in care se afla reactoare nucleare topite in urma dezastrului din martie 2011. Acest nivel este cel mai ridicat […]

Ученые нашли огромные подводные запасы пресной воды

Ученые нашли огромные подводные запасы пресной воды

На днях австралийские эксперты заявили, что они установили существование обширных пресноводных запасов, расположенных ниже дна океана, которые могли бы стать источником питьевой воды для грядущих поколений человечества. Ведущий автор исследования, Винсент Пост из австралийского университета Флиндерса, утверждает, что, по оценкам, не менее 500 000 кубических километров (120 000 кубических миль) воды с низким уровнем солености […]

Growers the big winners in Malawi’s tobacco industry

Growers the big winners in Malawi’s tobacco industry

Tobacco growers are the big winners, while the environment and people who have lost land to tobacco estates are the major losers in Malawi’s expanding tobacco industry. This is according to Alois Mandondo of the Centre for Agrarian and Environmental Studies in Zimbabwe. Mandondo, as leader of a study published in Springer’s journal Human Ecology, […]

Quality of biodiversity, not just quantity, is key: Right mix of species is needed for conservation

Quality of biodiversity, not just quantity, is key: Right mix of species is needed for conservation

For years, scientists have believed that preserving more species, no matter which ones, is a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs. Not so fast, say scientists at Duke University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. In a new study of biodiversity loss in a salt marsh, published this week in the […]

Seven distinct African crocodile species, not just three, biologists show

Seven distinct African crocodile species, not just three, biologists show

African crocodiles, long thought of as just three known species, are among the most iconic creatures on that continent. But recent University of Florida research now finds that there are at least seven distinct African crocodile species. The UF team’s latest discovery, led by then-doctoral candidate Matthew H. Shirley, is that what had been believed […]

Peaceful bumblebee becomes invasive

Peaceful bumblebee becomes invasive

Bumblebees look cute. They have a thick fur, fly somewhat clumsily and are less aggressive than honeybees or wasps. They are very much appreciated by farmers as keen pollen collectors. Particularly in the context of the crisis-stricken honeybee populations, the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, is being bred on an industrial scale for the pollination of […]

Low-cost countries not best conservation investment

Low-cost countries not best conservation investment

Wildlife conservation projects in countries where management costs are low are less likely to succeed and could also have a negative impact on people, according to new research by the University of Kent and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Published in PLOS ONE and titled «Cheap and Nasty? The Potential Perils of Using […]

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