Bumble bees in places with fewer flowers are sicker

Bumble bees in low-quality landscapes with fewer flowers and places for nesting have more diseases and parasites, researchers say.

Chuck Gill-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 7, 2021 ~7 min

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Drowning salt marshes threaten coastal communities

Salt marshes act as barriers against storm surges and natural disasters for coastal communities. But rising sea levels are breaking them down.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Grasshopper cages reveal trouble with shifting habitats

New research looks at what could happen to plant communities on alpine grasslands if grasshoppers from lower elevations settled there.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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‘Pickling’ locks carbon in oxygen-free ocean depths

Collecting sticky stuff from areas of the ocean that have no oxygen shed light on how these zones trap carbon in sediment and rocks.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~8 min

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The savanna isn’t the same after Mozambique’s civil war

More than 40 years after civil war broke out in Mozambique, animals have returned to Gorongosa National Park. But the savanna doesn't look like it used to.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Hare camo backfires as winters get less snowy

With less snow, Scotland's mountain hares don't blend into their surroundings in winter. Researchers say it's bad news for animals in a changing climate.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Prairie with bison indicates origin of ‘lost crops’

The presence of bison in tallgrass prairie ecosystems offers clues to the origins of the "lost crops" on which ancient Native Americans relied.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Nov. 27, 2020 ~8 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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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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