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August 10, 2020

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New Global Study Shows 'Best of the Last' Tropical Forests Urgently Need Protection

The world's 'best of the last' tropical forests are at significant risk of being lost, according to a new article. Of these pristine forests that ...

New Native Hawaiian Land Snail Species Discovered, First in 60 Years

Auriculella gagneorum, a small candy-striped snail from Oahu's Waianae Mountains, represents the first new species of a living Hawaiian land snail described in 60 ...

Genome-Mapping Reveals 'Supermutation' Resulting in Cryptic Coloration in Stick Insects

Biologists discuss findings from an investigation of genetic mutations in seven species of North American stick insects (Timema) resulting in cryptic ...

Coral Reefs Show Resilience to Rising Temperatures

Rising ocean temperatures have devastated coral reefs all over the world, but a recent study has found that reefs in the Eastern Tropical Pacific region may prove to be an ...
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Fragmented Forests: Tree Cover, Urban Sprawl Both Increased in Southeast Michigan Over the Past 30 Years

The extent of Southeast Michigan's tree canopy and its urban sprawl both increased between 1985 and 2015, according to a new study that used aerial photos and satellite images to map individual ...

First Record of Invasive Shell-Boring Worm in the Wadden Sea Means Trouble for Oyster

n October 2014, the suspicion arose that the parasite worm Polydora websteri had found its way to the Wadden Sea. Researchers now confirm that they have found the shell-borer in oysters near Sylt and ...

New Studies Show How to Save Parasites and Why It's Important

An international group of scientists have laid out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. Another group of researchers found that the responses of parasites to environmental change are ...

Massive Seagrass Die-Off Leads to Widespread Erosion in a California Estuary

The large-scale loss of eelgrass in a major California estuary -- Morro Bay -- may be causing widespread erosion. Over the last century, Morro Bay has been building up sediment quickly. After the ...

Scientists Record Rapid Carbon Loss from Warming Peatlands

Scientists have demonstrated a direct relationship between climate warming and carbon loss in a peatland ecosystem. Their study provides a glimpse of potential futures where significant stores of ...

Artificial Intelligence to Identify Individual Birds of Same Species

Humans have a hard time identifying individual birds just by looking at the patterns on their plumage. An international study has now shown how computers can learn to differentiate individual birds ...

Livestock Expansion Is a Factor in Global Pandemics

A new study looks at the growth of global livestock farming and the threat to biodiversity, and the health risks to both humans and domesticated ...

African Vulture Poisoning Has Global Disease and Biodiversity Implications

Researchers have produced recommendations for vulture poisoning control in Southern Africa. Vultures act as nature's most critical scavengers, working as ecosystem garbage disposals and ...

How Does Cooperation Evolve?

In nature, organisms often support each other in order to gain an advantage. However, this kind of cooperation appears to contradict the theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin: Why would ...

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Thrive at Paiute's Summit Lake in Far Northern Nevada

Summit Lake in remote northwest Nevada is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, North America's largest freshwater native trout species. Research ...

Eating Habits of Baby Predator Starfish Revealed

The varied diet of juvenile crown-of-thorns starfish complicates scientists' ability to age them. This makes plans for the management of this invasive species more difficult, as outbreaks of ...

Changes in Farming Urgent to Rescue Biodiversity

Humans depend on farming for their survival but this activity takes up more than one-third of the world's landmass and endangers 62% of all threatened species. However, agricultural landscapes ...

The Azores: Exotic Insect Species Increase on Islands Through Human Impact

A new study reveals that the diversity of exotic species of insects, spiders and other arthropods in the Azores is increasing. This pattern has also been observed in other islands around the world, ...

Michigan Coyotes: What's for Dinner Depends on What the Neighbors Are Having

Michigan coyotes in most of the Lower Peninsula are the ''top dogs'' in the local food chain and can dine on a wide variety of small animals, including rabbits and rodents, along ...

Predicting the Biodiversity of Rivers

Biodiversity and thus the state of river ecosystems can now be predicted by combining environmental DNA with hydrological methods, researchers have found. Using the river Thur as an example, the ...

Scientists Identify New Species of Sea Sponge Off the Coast of British Columbia, Canada

A research team has published a study on the discovery of a new sponge that is abundant in the region, making up nearly 20 per cent of the live sponges in the reefs off the coast of British Columbia. ...

Marine Drifters: Interdisciplinary Study Explores Plankton Diversity

Researchers have combined mathematical models, marine science, and metagenomics to answer a decades-old question - why are there so many species in the ...

Tree Planting Does Not Always Boost Ecosystem Carbon Stocks, Study Finds

Planting huge numbers of trees to mitigate climate change is 'not always the best strategy' - with some experimental sites in Scotland failing to increase carbon stocks, a new study has ...

Burrowing Crabs Reshaping Salt Marshes, With Climate Change to Blame

Given higher sea levels and softer soil in the wake of a shifting climate, Sesarma crabs, which have already decimated salt marshes in the Northeast, are now rising to prominence in southeastern ...

Social Media Inspired Models Show Winter Warming Hits Fish Stocks

Mathematical modelling inspired by social media is identifying the significant impacts of warming seas on the world's ...

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