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Ecosystem services: Looking forward to mid-century

Ecosystem services: Looking forward to mid-century

As population grows, society needs more — more energy, more food, more paper, more housing, more of nearly everything. Meeting those needs can lead to changes in how land is used. Native grasslands, forests and wetlands may be converted into croplands, tree plantations, residential areas and commercial developments. Those conversions can, in turn, diminish the […]

Close-up of coral bleaching event

Close-up of coral bleaching event

Ecologists have shed light on exactly what happens to coral during periods of excessively high water temperatures. Their study documents a coral bleaching event in the Caribbean in minute detail and sheds light on how it changed a coral’s community of algae — a change that could have long-term consequences for coral health, as bleaching […]

Origin of biodiversity in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil

Origin of biodiversity in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil

The Atlantic Forest of Brazil is one of the world’s most important biodiversity hot spots; it still harbors a high number of endemic species. To know the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity is a major and controversial topic in evolutionary biology with large implications for conservation management. A research group has performed a comprehensive […]

Japonia, implicata intr-un nou scandal nuclear

Japonia, implicata intr-un nou scandal nuclear

Japonia nu a inclus 640 kg de plutoniu neutilizat in rapoartele sale anuale catre Agentia Internationala pentru Energie Atomica (AIEA), in 2012 si 2013, in ceea ce expertii au numit „o omisiune nepotrivita“, scrie publicatia japoneza „The Japan Times“. Stocul este parte dintr-un amestec de oxid de plutoniu-uraniu (MOX), combustibil depozitat intr-un reactor care a […]

The ‘microbial garden’ taking the shine off glaciers

The ‘microbial garden’ taking the shine off glaciers

The first ecological study of an entire glacier has found that microbes drastically reduce surface reflectivity and have a non-negligible impact on the amount of sunlight that is reflected into space. Observing how life thrives at extreme cold temperatures also has important implications for the search for life on distant worlds, such as Jupiter’s icy […]

Форд будет перерабатывать отходы томатов Хайнц в новый легкий биопластик для автозапчастей

Форд будет перерабатывать отходы томатов Хайнц в новый легкий биопластик для автозапчастей

Каждый год компания Хайнц использует мякоть более двух миллионов тонн томатов для производства знаменитых кетчупов, супов и соусов, ну а куда деваются отходы производства? На днях авто-концерн Форд объявил о сотрудничестве с гигантом пищевой индустрии по созданию технологии переработки шкурок помидоров (а также листьев, стеблей и семян) в сложный биопластик, который потом может быть использован […]

Restoring grasslands: Ant diversity indicates restored grasslands

Restoring grasslands: Ant diversity indicates restored grasslands

When it comes to restoring grasslands, ecologists may have another way to evaluate their progress -— ants. The more diverse the ant population, the closer a restored section of grassland is to its original state, according to one expert. When it comes to native grasslands, ants are “ecosystem engineers.”   South Dakota State University graduate […]

Biologii sunt uimiti de transformarea pasarilor din “zona interzisa” de la Cernobil

Biologii sunt uimiti de transformarea pasarilor din “zona interzisa” de la Cernobil

  Unul dintre efectele profund negative ale exploziei de la reactorul atomic din Cernobal, a fost recent dat publicitatii de catre o echipa de ornitologi care a descoperit cu stupoare ca pasarile care traiesc in zona afectata de explozie acum 25 de ani, au creierele mai mici decat pasarile din aceleasi specii care traiesc in […]

Deep sea fish remove one million tons of carbon dioxide every year from UK and Irish waters

Deep sea fish remove one million tons of carbon dioxide every year from UK and Irish waters

Deep sea fishes remove and store more than one million tons of CO2 from UK and Irish surface waters every year, according to a new study. This natural carbon capture and storage scheme could store carbon equivalent to Ј10 million per year in carbon credits Fish living in deep waters on the continental slope around […]

Double trouble for the Mediterranean Sea: Acidification and warming threaten iconic species

Double trouble for the Mediterranean Sea: Acidification and warming threaten iconic species

Scientist have finalized their findings about the threat of Mediterranean Sea warming and acidification on key species and ecosystems after a 3.5 year study. They have found that this sea is warming and acidifying at unprecedented rates – the main reason is emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. This increases […]

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