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      December 3, 2020

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      Cost of Planting, Protecting Trees to Fight Climate Change Could Jump

      Planting trees and preventing deforestation are considered key climate change mitigation strategies, but a new analysis finds the cost of preserving and planting trees to hit certain global emissions ...

      Guam's Most Endangered Tree Species Reveals Universal Biological Concept

      Newly published research has used a critically endangered species to show how trees modify leaf function to best exploit prevailing light conditions. The findings revealed numerous leaf traits that ...

      Strengthening the Climate Change Scenario Framework

      Over the past decade, the climate change research community developed a scenario framework that combines alternative futures of climate and society to facilitate integrated research and consistent ...

      In Fire-Prone West, Plants Need Their Pollinators -- And Vice Versa

      A new study grounded in the northern Rockies explores the role of wildfire in the finely tuned dance between plants and their pollinators. Previous studies have looked at how fire affects plants, or ...
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      Report Assesses Promises and Pitfalls of Private Investment in Conservation

      Scientists, lawyers, investors and economists explore how privately financed conservation projects can generate both financial returns and positive conservation ...

      It's Not Too Late to Save 102 Species at Risk of Extinction

      The Fraser River estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction. A new study says it's not too late to save these species if action is taken ...

      Areas Where the Next Pandemic Could Emerge Are Revealed

      A team of experts has incorporated environmental, social and economic considerations -- including air transit centrality -- to identify key areas at risk of leading to the next pandemic. The research ...

      Vertebrate Biodiversity: A Glimmer of Hope

      A team of biologists found that the picture of dramatically declining vertebrate populations of all kinds is driven by a small number of outlier populations whose numbers are dropping at extreme ...

      A Regular Dose of Nature May Improve Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      A new study suggests that nature around one's home may help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 ...

      In the Amazon's 'Sand Forests,' Birds Play by Different Evolutionary Rules

      The Amazon isn't just rainforest -- patches of habitat grow on white sands. Scientists are starting to turn their attention to these 'sand forests' and the animals that live there. In ...

      Abundance of Prey Species Is Key to Bird Diversity in Cities

      A team of scientists collaborated to analyze breeding bird data gathered by citizen scientists. They found that the abundance of invertebrates such as insects or spiders as prey is a key factor ...

      Tropical Peatland Conservation Could Protect Humans from New Diseases

      Conservation of tropical peatlands could reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood of new diseases jumping from animals to humans, researchers ...

      Henderson Island Fossils Reveal New Polynesian Sandpiper Species

      Fossil bones collected in the early 1990s on Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn Group, have revealed a new species of Polynesian sandpiper. The Henderson Sandpiper, a small wading bird that has ...

      Tiny Cave Snail With Muffin-Top Waistline Rolls out of the Dark in Laos

      Recent cave exploration has turned up a tiny, top-heavy snail that glistens under the light of the microscope lens. Only 1.80 mm tall, this transparent snail bulges at the middle, giving a natural ...

      What Type of Forest to Choose for Better CO2 Storage?

      An international team has studied which types of forest are the most effective in storing carbon. Inventory data from natural forests on five continents show that species diversity is optimal for ...

      COVID-Delayed Arctic Research Cruise Yields Late-Season Data

      Researchers studying the Bering and Chukchi seas for three weeks in October found no ice and a surprisingly active ecosystem as they added another year's data to a key climate change ...

      Late-Season Arctic Research Cruise Reveals Warm Ocean Temperatures, Active Ecosystem

      Arctic researchers have been visiting the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska for nearly 30 years, collecting information about the biological diversity of the watery world under the sea ice. This ...

      Climate-Adapted Plant Breeding

      Securing plant production is a global task. Using a combination of new molecular and statistical methods, a research team was able to show that material from gene banks can be used to improve traits ...

      New Research Identifies 'Triple Trouble' for Mangrove Coasts

      Some of the world's most valuable ecosystems are facing a 'triple threat' to their long-term durability and survival, new research ...

      Researchers Develop DNA Approach to Forecast Ecosystem Changes

      The rapid, low-cost technique is the first to analyze DNA left behind in animals' feces to map out complex networks of species interactions in a terrestrial system. It could help redefine ...

      Climate Change and Food Demand Could Shrink Species' Habitats by Almost a Quarter by 2100

      Mammals, birds and amphibians worldwide have lost on average 18% of their natural habitat range as a result of changes in land use and climate change, a new study has found. In a worst-case scenario ...

      Plastics and Rising CO2 Levels Could Pose Combined Threat to Marine Environment

      Scientists found that after three weeks of being submerged in the ocean, the bacterial diversity on plastic bottles was twice as great as on samples collected from the surrounding ...

      After Election: Making the Endangered Species Act More Effective

      Following the presidential election, a leading group of scientists are making the case that a 'rule reversal' will not be sufficient to allow the Endangered Species Act to do its job. ...

      Eco-Engineered Tiles Enhance Marine Biodiversity on Seawalls

      Marine ecologists have found that the eco-engineered tiles can increase habitat complexity on seawalls in Hong Kong, thereby effectively enhancing the marine biodiversity. The Hong Kong study is part ...

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