Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

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This coral reef is super resilient. Here’s the plan to save it

Red Sea coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba withstand water temperature irregularities that decimate other corals. It's time to save them, say researchers.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~4 min

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Fishing targets the ‘super-urinators’ that ecosystems need

Certain fish are super-urinators, meaning that they contribute more nitrogen to the ecosystem. Unfortunately, they're also prize catches.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Predator overlap keeps prey from getting out of control

Sea urchins boomed after a mysterious disease decimated sea stars off the California coast. Researchers say it shows how redundancy can protect ecosystems.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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Conserving Earth’s ‘giants’ has outsize impact

New findings show the value of preserving Earth's giants, such as elephants, whales, and sequoias.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Giant kelp show the value of foundation species

A wealth of data on giant kelp affirms that foundation species are key to the function of ecosystem.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~5 min

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‘Green’ schools may put kids in touch with environment

'Green' school buildings can serve as 3D textbooks, researchers say, to help kids better understand how their actions affect the environment.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~3 min

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Can snails save coffee from fungus? It’s a risky idea

Coffee rust is a huge problem, but an invasive snail seems to eat its spores off leaves. Scientists say it's a potential strategy, but isn't without risks.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Seabird die-off ‘has no precedent’

"The blob" is responsible for an unprecedented seabird die-off from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, say researchers who studied the common murres.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Focus on new ‘umbrella’ species could save more Aussie animals

The Australian government could improve its conservation efforts by focusing on "umbrella" species like the koala.

U. Queensland • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~3 min

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