Ecosystems

Louisiana Faces Faster Levels of Sea-Level Rise Than Any Other Land on Earth
January 10, 2017 08:49 AM - , Care2

Louisiana—which faces faster levels of sea-level rise than any other land on Earth—could lose as many as 2,800 square miles of its coast over the next 40 years and about 27,000 buildings will need to be flood-proofed, elevated or bought out, the New Orleans Advocate reported.

U of T researchers find plants evolving to adapt to urbanization-driven environmental conditions
January 9, 2017 11:52 AM - University of Toronto

A tiny plant is providing big clues about how urbanization is driving the evolution of living organisms.

New research from U of T reveals the first evidence that the common white clover changes genetically to adapt to urban environments.

An ecological invasion mimics a drunken walk
January 9, 2017 11:32 AM - PennState

A theory that uses the mathematics of a drunken walk describes ecological invasions better than waves, according to Tim Reluga, associate professor of mathematics and biology, Penn State.

An ecological invasion mimics a drunken walk
January 9, 2017 11:32 AM - PennState

A theory that uses the mathematics of a drunken walk describes ecological invasions better than waves, according to Tim Reluga, associate professor of mathematics and biology, Penn State.

Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems
January 9, 2017 10:20 AM - University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR—When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University of Michigan researchers.

NOAA releases draft plans for proposed marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland
January 9, 2017 09:54 AM - NOAA

January 6, 2017 The public will be able to weigh in beginning Monday, January 9, on two proposals for new NOAA national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland that would protect nationally significant shipwrecks.

NOAA releases draft plans for proposed marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland
January 9, 2017 09:54 AM - NOAA

January 6, 2017 The public will be able to weigh in beginning Monday, January 9, on two proposals for new NOAA national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland that would protect nationally significant shipwrecks.

Great Barrier Reef almost drowned
January 6, 2017 10:38 AM - The University of Sydney

A unique analysis of the famous reef during rapid sea-level rise at the beginning of the Last Interglacial found it almost died. The PhD research shows the reef is resilient but questions remain about cumulative impacts.

When the Arctic coast retreats, life in the shallow water areas drastically changes
January 5, 2017 10:39 AM - Alfred-Wegener-Institut

The thawing and erosion of Arctic permafrost coasts has dramatically increased in the past years and the sea is now consuming more than 20 meters of land per year at some locations. The earth masses removed in this process increasingly blur the shallow water areas and release nutrients and pollutants. Yet, the consequences of these processes on life in the coastal zone and on traditional fishing grounds are virtually unknown. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, urge to focus our attention on the ecological consequences of coastal erosion in the January issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to the scientists, an interdisciplinary research program is required, and must involve policy-makers as well as inhabitants of the Arctic coasts right from the onset.

When the Arctic coast retreats, life in the shallow water areas drastically changes
January 5, 2017 10:39 AM - Alfred-Wegener-Institut

The thawing and erosion of Arctic permafrost coasts has dramatically increased in the past years and the sea is now consuming more than 20 meters of land per year at some locations. The earth masses removed in this process increasingly blur the shallow water areas and release nutrients and pollutants. Yet, the consequences of these processes on life in the coastal zone and on traditional fishing grounds are virtually unknown. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, urge to focus our attention on the ecological consequences of coastal erosion in the January issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to the scientists, an interdisciplinary research program is required, and must involve policy-makers as well as inhabitants of the Arctic coasts right from the onset.

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