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Unexpected impact of hurricanes on Puerto Rico's watershed

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:57:59 EST ~ Researchers have found unprecedentedly high levels of nitrate, an essential plant nutrient, in streams and watersheds of Puerto Rico for a year after two consecutive major hurricanes in 2017. This high amount of nitrate may have important climate change implications that could harm forest recovery and threaten ecosystems along Puerto Rico's coastline by escalating algal blooms and dead zones. Find out more...

Increasing seal population will not harm largest fish stocks in the Baltic

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:25:30 EST ~ Seals feeding on fish does not decrease fish stocks of Baltic cod, herring and sprat the most -- climate change, nutrient load and fisheries do, shows a new study. Find out more...

One out of three rivers in the Iberian Peninsula is affected by salinization

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:27:38 EST ~ One out of three rivers in the Iberian Peninsula has salinization mainly due the impact of agricultural activity and territory urbanization. This environmental problem will affect hydric ecosystems due global warming, the growing use of water and the exploitation of soil natural resources. Find out more...

Damning evidence of dam's impacts on rainforest birds

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:27:01 EST ~ Conservation scientists have found that a dam built in Thailand 31 years ago has caused the local bird population to collapse. Find out more...

Missing the forest for the trees: An unexpected picture of New York City forests

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:47:32 EST ~ 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 city's forest stands. In the forests' mid- and understory, however, the proportion of native species fell significantly, suggesting that their dominance could decline in coming decades. Find out more...

Could algae that are 'poor-providers' help corals come back after bleaching?

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:47:02 EST ~ 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 coral hosts varies between species and what this could mean for a coral's ability to survive in a changing climate. They determined that in the wake of a bleaching event, even an algal tenant that's poor provider may be better than no provider. Find out more...

Peace, not war, responsible for deforestation in armed conflict zones

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:40:32 EST ~ Rates of deforestation in war zones increase dramatically once peace is declared, according to a new study. Find out more...

Can rice filter water from agricultural fields?

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:37:04 EST ~ While it's an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, too: to clean runoff from farms before it gets into rivers, lakes, and streams. Find out more...

More diversity than before: Indications for recovery after ecosystem pollution

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:11:29 EST ~ 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 revealed that one European whitefish species expanded its genetic variation through hybridization with other whitefish species during the period of eutrophication. Find out more...

Colombia tropical forest fires spike after 2016 Peace Accords

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:03:31 EST ~ 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 to a new study. Find out more...