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2012-12-06 11:45:06

While science has often focused on big-scale, global climate change research, a study recently released in the journal Bioscience suggests that long-term, integrated and site-specific research is needed to understand how climate change affects multiple components of ecosystem structure and function, sometimes in surprising ways.

Disappearing Savannahs Threaten African Lions
2012-12-04 15:53:53

A new report from Duke University researchers suggests that Africa's savannahs have been disappearing at an alarming rate, threatening once robust population of lions.

2012-12-03 13:48:40

Around the world, the effects of global climate change are increasingly evident and difficult to ignore.

Antarctic Brine Found To Harbor Ancient Microbes
2012-11-27 09:41:33

A pioneering new study has revealed for the first time a viable community of bacteria that survives and ekes out a living in a dark, salty and subfreezing environment. This community is beneath over 65 feet of ice in one of Antarctica's most isolated lakes; Lake Vida.

2012-11-26 14:15:23

Humans may be able to avert major environmental catastrophes that now loom if we learn to make better use of ‘borrowed time'.

2012-11-20 22:51:03

In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources.

Method To Predict Environmental Collapse Created By Scientists
2012-11-19 13:55:37

Scientists at the University of Southampton are pioneering a technique to predict when an ecosystem is likely to collapse, which may also have potential for foretelling crises in agriculture, fisheries or even social systems.

2012-11-08 00:46:57

A new study led by researchers from the University of York suggests protected areas in East Africa are not conserving plants such as the iconic Acacia tree.

Ecological Tipping Points Examined In Hopes Of Preventing Them
2012-10-31 09:26:37

Predation by otters keeps urchin populations in check, allowing kelp –– a favorite food of urchins –– to flourish.


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  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.