Two-thirds of Earth's land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms – that's a problem for people, crops and forests

The projected loss of water storage on land as global temperatures rise is especially alarming in the Southern Hemisphere – and in parts of the US.

Yadu Pokhrel, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

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How city roads trap migrating fish

A recent US study found tyre chemicals were polluting rivers and poisoning migratory salmon.

Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Sêr Cymru Research Fellow in Environmental Sciences, Swansea University • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~5 min

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Flooding can help resurrect wetlands and slow climate change – here's how

Flooding isn't always destructive – it can be part of our toolkit for restoring ecosystems.

George Heritage, Honorary Research Fellow in Hydromorphology, University of Salford • conversation
Nov. 25, 2020 ~7 min

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Invasive species: why Britain can't eat its way out of its crayfish problem

We found that signal crayfish traps tend to catch larger males, letting the bulk of the population go free.

Eleri G. Pritchard, PhD Candidate in Freshwater Ecology, UCL • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Pollutants banned for over 30 years linger in UK rivers – our wildlife is the evidence

The ghosts of our industrial and agricultural past continue to haunt freshwater ecosystems today.

Fred Windsor, Research Associate in Network Ecology, Newcastle University • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Culverts – the major threat to fish you've probably never heard of

Fish need to cross roads too. But the tunnels built to channel rivers under roads and railways can block their migrations.

Sayali Pawar, Research Fellow in GIS and Environmental Change, Swansea University • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Microplastics: tiny crustaceans can fragment them into even smaller nanoplastics

The discovery that such a common animal can rapidly produce vast numbers of nanoplastics is particularly worrying.

Alicia Mateos Cárdenas, Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~6 min

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Database tracks climate change’s toll on fish

A new database will help track the impacts of climate change on fish living in rivers, lakes, and other inland waters throughout the world.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Insects: worldwide study reveals widespread decline since 1925

The largest study of insect declines to date gives us the best indication of how species all over the world are faring.

Stuart Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Bath • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Insects: worldwide study reveals general decline since 1925

The largest study of insect declines to date gives us the best indication of how species all over the world are faring.

Stuart Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Bath • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

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