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Climate Engineering, Once Started, Would Have Severe Impacts If Stopped

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:07:00 EST

Facing a climate crisis, we may someday spray sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere to form a cloud that cools the Earth, but suddenly stopping the spraying would have a severe global impact on animals and plants, according to the first study on the potential biological impacts of geoengineering, or climate intervention.(image)



New Study Suggests Coastal and Deep Ocean Sharks Have Different Feeding Patterns

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:59:00 EST

An international team of researchers studying globally declining shark populations report today that they used carbon isotopes as biochemical markers in shark muscle tissue to identify where in the oceans the mobile predators have been feeding, in the hope that such analyses provide a useful tool for conservation. Details appear in the current issue of Nature Ecology & Evolution.(image)



Scientists Unlock Key Information About the World's Soil Microbes

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:10:00 EST

Scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder have created the first worldwide atlas of soil microbes, mapping 500 of the most common kinds of bacteria found in soil across the globe, from deserts to grasslands to wetlands.(image)



Reviled Animals Could Be Our Powerful Allies

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:53:00 EST

Animal carnivores living in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate – but they may provide crucial benefits to human societies.(image)



Fanged Friends: Study Says the World's Most Vilified and Dangerous Animals May be Humankind's Best Ally

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:12:00 EST

An international review led by the University of Queensland and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) says that many native carnivores that live in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate – spelling bad news for humans who indirectly rely on them for a variety of beneficial services.(image)



Researchers find post-fire logging harms Spotted owls

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:05:00 EST

Wildlife ecologists studying the rare Spotted owl in the forests of California have discovered that large, intense wildfires are not responsible for the breeding territory extinction that has been reported recently.(image)



Aid for Oceans and Fisheries in Developing World Drops by 30%

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:13:00 EST

Financial aid to fisheries in developing countries has declined by 30 percent, finds a new study from UBC and Stockholm Resilience Centre researchers, published in Marine Policy. Projects focusing on climate issues in fisheries had a 77 percent decline over the five years studied.(image)