One-fifth of ecosystems in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like

Humans have caused ecosystems to collapse on purpose for millennia, to grow food or build settlements. But unplanned collapses are a different matter.

John Dearing, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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How medieval Christian ideology changed the Polish environment forever – new study

Historians and scientists discovered how colonisation in eastern Europe changed ecosystems – and the societies embedded in them.

Amanda Power, Associate Professor of Medieval History, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Chemicals banned for decades still show up in terns

Chemicals banned in the US for almost 50 years still show up in bodies of migratory terns. "These chemicals are still there. They don't just go away."

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Restoring seagrasses can bring coastal bays back to life

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.

Karen McGlathery, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 20, 2020 ~11 min

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Restoring California's forests to reduce wildfire risks will take time, billions of dollars and a broad commitment

Restoring western forests – thinning out small trees and dead wood – is an important strategy for reducing the risk of massive wildfires. But these projects aren't fast, easy or cheap.

Martha Conklin, Professor of Engineering, University of California, Merced • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

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Sick livestock up emissions and vice versa

The relationship between sick livestock with parasite diseases and climate change may be a "vicious cycle," say researchers.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Sick livestock up emissions and vice versa

The relationship between sick livestock with parasite diseases and climate change may be a "vicious cycle," say researchers.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Climate change threatens the birds people love most

"The birds that people find charismatic and lovable are the ones living in the areas being deforested and dried out as the planet warms."

Sarah Cafasso - Stanford • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Four reasons why restoring nature is the most important endeavour of our time

We must turn pledges into immediate action and restore our ecosystems on a global level.

Jake M. Robinson, Ecologist and PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~8 min

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These leaf droplets are great food for insects

Tiny droplets on the edges of blueberry bush leaves offer beneficial insects more than a drink, research finds.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~4 min

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