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2012-01-12 14:37:24

High-priority sites for biodiversity conservation yield many of the world's ecosystem services, and ensuring that the stewards of such areas were paid by their beneficiaries could substantially alleviate poverty Land areas that are a priority for wildlife conservation provide relatively high levels of ecosystem services such as pollination, water purification, food production, and climate regulation, so safeguarding them is expected to benefit people. Assessing these benefits to...

2012-01-09 11:33:16

Those making land use decisions to reduce the harmful effects of climate change have focused almost exclusively on greenhouse gases — analyzing, for example, how much carbon dioxide is released when a forest is cleared to grow crops. A new study in Nature Climate Change aims to present a more complete picture — to incorporate other characteristics of ecosystems that also influence climate. "We know that forests store a lot of carbon and clearing a forest releases carbon dioxide...

2011-12-15 08:00:00

The Science Magazine EurekaMag.com publishes articles in all areas of biological science. The latest articles cover Anomalocaris which is an extinct marine predator feeding on hard-bodied animals, Biome which are are climatically and geographically similar ecosystems. The article on the Limbic System covers brain structures supporting functions including emotion, behavior, long term memory, and olfaction. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) December 15, 2011 The Science Magazine EurekaMag.com...

Image 1 - Climate Change Could Create Big Ecosystem Changes
2011-12-15 04:37:38

By 2100, global climate change will modify plant communities covering almost half of Earth's land surface and will drive the conversion of nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type - such as forest, grassland or tundra - toward another, according to a new NASA and university computer modeling study. Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., investigated how Earth's plant life...

2011-11-09 10:15:38

Growing acceptance for controversial strategies including 'conservation triage' The number of species being recognized as endangered is ever increasing and a new study, published in Conservation Biology, reveals the unanimity among conservation scientists of expectations of a major loss of biological diversity. The survey also shows a growing acceptance of controversial strategies such as triage, a decision to priorities resources and not to intervene to save some highly threatened...

2011-11-08 21:26:59

The world's coastal marine ecosystems are being overlooked, both in terms of their ecological importance and their potential as a rallying point for conservation. Writing in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Project Seahorse Director Dr. Amanda Vincent argues that increased protections are needed for the first 10 metres of depth of the world's oceans, where the richest diversity of marine habitats and animal life can be found and where most ocean-related human activity...

2011-11-04 22:54:14

Experts warn some payment mechanisms to support ecosystems services may be environmentally harmful, different measures needed Over the past 50 years, 60 percent of all ecosystem services have declined as a direct result of the conversion of land to the production of foods, fuels and fibers. "This should come as no surprise," say seven of the world's leading environmental scientists, who met to collectively to study the pitfalls of utilizing markets to induce people to take account of...

Seaweed Records Hint At Ocean Warming Impact
2011-10-28 04:38:12

As the planet continues to warm, it appears that seaweeds may be in especially hot water. New findings reported online on October 27 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, based on herbarium records collected in Australia since the 1940s suggest that up to 25 percent of temperate seaweed species living there could be headed to extinction. The study helps to fill an important gap in understanding about the impact that global warming is having on the oceans, the researchers say. "Our...

2011-10-28 04:22:16

Earth losing species more rapidly than scientists can understand the roles they play Earth is losing species more rapidly than scientists can understand the roles these species play and how they function. With this loss comes, biologists believe, lost opportunities to understand the history of life, to better predict the future of the living world and to make beneficial discoveries in the areas of food, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals and bio-inspired innovation. To characterize the...

Image 1 - Study Reveals Diversity Of Life In Soils
2011-10-18 03:43:01

New species discovered across the globe Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in the tropical forests of Costa Rica as they are in the arid grasslands of Kenya, or the tundra and boreal forests of Alaska and Sweden. That conclusion is found in research results published October 17 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists have generally accepted that a wider range of species can be found above ground at the equator than at the Earth's...


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