Humans have caused ecosystems to collapse on purpose for millennia, to grow food or build settlements. But unplanned collapses are a different matter.
Nov. 24, 2020 • ~7 min
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A skin-eating fungus from Europe could decimate Appalachia's salamanders – but researchers are working to prevent an outbreak
The Bsal fungus is not yet here in North America, or any place in the Western Hemisphere, but there is concern that the pet trade is the most likely route for introduction here.
Nov. 6, 2020 • ~8 min
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New research points to 'heavy metals' having unseen effects on a much larger scale than previously thought.
Nov. 5, 2020 • ~7 min
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Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it's getting harder for them to bounce back.
Oct. 28, 2020 • ~9 min
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Healthy seagrasses form underwater meadows teeming with fish and shellfish. A successful large-scale restoration project in Virginia could become a model for reseeding damaged seagrass beds worldwide.
Oct. 20, 2020 • ~11 min
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House plants were our link with nature in lockdown – now they could change how we relate to the natural world
House plants enrich our domestic lives in ways we often fail to notice. But lockdown may have changed all that.
Oct. 19, 2020 • ~7 min
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For the first time in the US, a ballot measure will ask voters whether to restore wolves to a place where they've been eradicated. Coloradans have strong views on both sides.
Oct. 16, 2020 • ~11 min
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By unlocking the full potential of rhino ovaries, we hope to produce enough eggs to revive the northern white rhino in the wild.
Oct. 15, 2020 • ~6 min
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Evolution on the smallest of scales smooths out the patchwork patterns of where plants and animals live
Local adaptation allows plants and animals to thrive in a diversity of places. Sometimes adaptation sharpens patterns of where organisms live, but 85% of the time, it creates a more homogeneous world.
Oct. 2, 2020 • ~10 min
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The effect of a warmer climate on ecosystems and large and small vertebrates is being widely studied. But warmer temperatures seem to alter the microbes that live in and on these animals and plants.
Sept. 28, 2020 • ~9 min
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