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December 15, 2018

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December 15, 2018

Missing the Forest for the Trees: An Unexpected Picture of New York City Forests

Dec. 6, 2018 — An inventory of New York City's expansive yet overlooked 'forested natural areas' reveals that, contrary to previous reports, native species still comprise about 82 percent of the ... read more

Wildfire Ash Could Trap Mercury

Dec. 5, 2018 — Researchers studying ash from recent California wildfires report that burned material in forests might help sequester mercury that otherwise would be released into the ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — When the tiny and invasive spiny water flea began appearing in researchers' nets in 2009, scientists began to wonder how Lake Mendota, one of the most-studied lakes in the world, went from ... read more

Set Your Teeth on EDGE: World's Weirdest Sharks and Rays on the Brink of Extinction

Dec. 4, 2018 — Sharks that use a whip-like tail to stun their prey, rays with saws on their faces, and river rays half the length of a bus are among the most unique species at risk of extinction, according to the ... read more

Climate Change Risks 'Extinction Domino Effect'

Nov. 29, 2018 — New research reveals the extinction of plant or animal species from extreme environmental change increases the risk of an 'extinction domino effect' that could annihilate all life on Earth. ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — In a study with implications for biodiversity and the spread of infectious diseases, ecologists have demonstrated that deforestation and habitat fragmentation can decrease transmission of a parasitic ... read more

Nov. 27, 2018 — A new project shows that animal footprints contain enough DNA for species identification. The study extracted DNA from snow samples collected within animal tracks and applied newly developed ... read more

Nov. 26, 2018 — New research demonstrates that consumer-grade drones are effective tools for monitoring marine species across multiple sites in the wild. The work shows that the technology can be a valuable platform ... read more

Drying Canadian Wetland Drives Muskrat Decline

Nov. 26, 2018 — Over the last half-century, Canada's Peace-Athabasca Delta has been slowly drying. A new study shows this loss of habitat is likely responsible for the decline of semi-aquatic muskrat, and could ... read more

Nov. 26, 2018 — Cows eat grass. It seems simple enough. But just which kind of grass cows and their vegetarian comrades munch on can influence the entire ... read more

Wild Coffee Plants, Christmas Trees and Chocolate's Tree Are Surprisingly Poorly Protected

Nov. 21, 2018 — An indicator to measure plant conservation shows a wide range of wild plants used for food, medicine, shelter, fuel, livestock forage and other valuable purposes are at risk. These include wild ... read more

Australian Mammals at Greatest Risk from Cats and Foxes

Nov. 20, 2018 — New research has revealed which Australian mammals are most vulnerable to cats and foxes, and many much-loved potoroos, bandicoots and bettongs, as well as native rodents, are at the top of the ... read more

PNW Woodlands Will Be Less Vulnerable to Drought, Fire Than Rocky Mountain, Sierra Forests

Nov. 16, 2018 — Forests in the Pacific Northwest will be less vulnerable to drought and fire over the next three decades than those in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, computer modeling ... read more

First Tally of US-Russia Polar Bears Finds a Healthy Population

Nov. 14, 2018 — The first scientific assessment of polar bears that live in the Chukchi Sea region that spans the US and Russia finds the population is healthy and does not yet appear to be suffering from declining ... read more

Tropical Trees in the Andes Are Moving Up -- Toward Extinction

Nov. 14, 2018 — In the most comprehensive study of its kind, biologists have found that tropical and subtropical forests across South America's Andes Mountains are responding to warming temperatures by ... read more

Misunderstood Flying Fox Could Prove Bat Species Demise, Warn Scientists

Nov. 12, 2018 — A large fruit-eating bat native to Mauritius is the subject of controversy over the announcement of a major cull to protect the Indian island's fruit crops, despite a lack of evidence as to the ... read more

Nov. 12, 2018 — A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the ... read more

It's Not Trails That Disturb Forest Birds, but the People on Them

Nov. 12, 2018 — The physical presence of trails has less impact on forest birds than how frequently the trails are used by people, finds the first study to disentangle the effect of forest trails from the presence ... read more

New Tool to Predict Which Plants Will Become Invasive

Nov. 8, 2018 — New research provides insight to help predict which plants are likely to become invasive in a particular community. The results showed that non-native plants are more likely to become invasive when ... read more

Marine Protected Areas Overlook a Large Fraction of Biodiversity Hotspots

Nov. 8, 2018 — Around 75 percent of marine biodiversity in Finnish waters is left unprotected, reveals a performance assessment of the country's current Marine Protected Area network. Increasing protection by ... read more

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