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December 11, 2018

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December 11, 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

Transforming Our Food System to Ensure a Sustainable Future

Dec. 6, 2018 — By 2050, the world will have almost 10 billion people. It will be impossible to feed everyone without exacerbating poverty, accelarting deforestation and increasing GHG emissions unless we start ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — How much of a reef's ability to withstand stressful conditions is influenced by the type of symbiotic algae that the corals hosts? New work investigates how the nutrients algae share with their ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — More than two centuries before initiatives to increase the number of women in STEM fields, Maria Sibylla Merian was a professional artist and naturalist whose close observations and illustrations ... read more

Analysis Estimates Mortality from Fungal Infections of Ash Trees

Dec. 5, 2018 — A recent analysis of surveys of ash dieback across Europe reveals mortality rates as high as 85 percent in plantations and 70 percent in ... read more

Human Environmental Effects Favor Cosmopolitan Species Over Local Iconic Species

Dec. 4, 2018 — Human habitat modification is favoring the same species everywhere, while unique species are disappearing, finds a new ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — Lake Constance, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe, suffered from eutrophication, or nutrient contamination caused by agricultural and waste water run-off in the mid-1900s. A study has now ... read more

Inactivating Genes Can Boost Crop Genetic Diversity

Dec. 4, 2018 — Researchers recently showed that inactivating a gene, RECQ4, leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The discovery could speed up plant breeding and ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — Encouraging people to change their behavior through social marketing campaigns can help the recovery of threatened wildlife ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — Scientists have found a chronic shortage of females in a critically endangered parrot species has led to love triangles, sneaky sex on the side, increased fighting between males and fewer ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — Fires that contribute to deforestation spiked six-fold in Colombia in the year after an historic 2016 peace agreement ended decades of conflict between FARC guerrilla and government forces, according ... 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

Dec. 3, 2018 — A new approach uses data analytics and machine learning to predict the conservation status of more than 150,000 plants worldwide. Results suggest that more than 15,000 species likely qualify as ... read more

First Jellyfish Genome Reveals Ancient Beginnings of Complex Body Plan

Dec. 3, 2018 — The first in-depth look at the genome of a jellyfish -- the moon jelly Aurelia aurita -- shows that early jellyfish recycled existing genes to gain the ability to morph from polyp to ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — New research has found that prescribed burning, a controversial technique where fires are intentionally used to manage vegetation, is not as damaging to peat growth as previously thought if carried ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — Global warming increases frost damage on trees in large areas of Central Europe, according to a new study. Late frost damages are economically important in agriculture and forestry. In certain years, ... read more

Dec. 1, 2018 — Researchers conducting a 5-year-long study examining snow cover in a northern hardwood forest region found that projected changes in climate could lead to a 95 percent reduction of deep-insulating ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — A new fossil analysis suggests the earliest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia, as previously ... 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

Thriving Reef Fisheries Continue to Provide Food Despite Coral Bleaching

Nov. 29, 2018 — The unexpected results of a 20-year study into reef fisheries showed fisheries being maintained despite extreme coral bleaching. Remarkably, rapid proliferation of fishes with low dependence on ... read more

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