A UK cruise ship's destruction of pristine coral reefs on Raja Ampat in Indonesia calls for action that goes beyond compensation. It reminds of the need to develop ways to prevent massive destruction of coral reefs by similar incidents in the future.
Earth/Environment March 15, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is in trouble but it is not the end of it. Scientists are finding ways how to save the world's coral ecosystem from dying.
Earth/Environment March 13, 2017
A non-native, invasive fish species with human-like teeth was recently pulled out of a pond in San Francisco. How do invasive species such as this affect ecosystems?
Animals June 2, 2016
Starving honey bees when they are in their larval stage apparently proves beneficial to them as well as the larger ecosystem. Starved bee larvae grow to become resilient pollinators in the global food chain.
Animals April 2, 2016
The rapid spread of the Harlequin Ladybirds across the world has inspired researchers and biologists to study the process of invasion on a global scale.
Earth/Environment April 2, 2016
Top predators could serve a valuable service in ecosystems by altering the behavior of their prey, a new study finds. How could this finding help protect ecosystems?
Earth/Environment February 23, 2016
Contrary to popular belief, earthworms are not always harmless and beneficial. The abundance of these annelids could threaten certain species of plants and may cause unwanted effects on the ecosystem.
Animals January 28, 2016
Despite availability of increased carbon dioxide plants need to grow, increases in global plant growth are lower than predicted. That suggests climate models assuming help from plants in lessening climate change need reevaluation, researchers say.
Earth/Environment December 10, 2015
The public can explore three ecosystems that are threatened by climate change using Google Street View as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference kicks off on Monday.
Earth/Environment November 30, 2015
Wildlife experts in Zhejiang, China have expressed concern about the release of thousands of hairy crabs into the local Qiantang River, which could result in the disruption of migratory patterns for other aquatic animals. Reports said an unidentified man bought the crustaceans from a market in the city of Hangzhou.
Earth/Environment November 23, 2015
Researchers found that the hunting and fishing behaviors of humans are often overlooked. Humans exhibit exploitation techniques that may be harmful to the ecosystem thus, experts suggest that human catching methods should be made unsustainable.
Earth/Environment August 25, 2015
A flatworm included on the "100 Worst Invasive Species" list has been detected in Florida. Considered a threat to native species, the invader is sparking fears that it could spread throughout the country.
June 23, 2015
The annual frog and toad survey is important because these animals are the first indicators of an ecosystem becoming sick.
Earth/Environment March 4, 2015
An area's smallest predators may hold the key to ecosystem health, study finds. Findings suggest link between declining biodiversity and increase in infectious diseases, scientist say.
Animals February 24, 2015
You wouldn't want them in your home, but termites perform a valuable service by keeping ecosystems from collapsing into deserts, researchers say. Termite mounds can be a safe haven for vegetation, holding the desert's advance.
Animals February 6, 2015
Loss of pollinating species could put global crops at risk, increase malnutrition levels. Problem is especially acute in some developing countries, researchers say.
Earth/Environment January 28, 2015
Science to the rescue if you're too lazy to rake the leaves off your lawn. Leaving them alone is good for the environment in a number of ways, experts say.
November 22, 2014
Experts found that the ancient Egyptians kept records of animals that reveal a significant amount about extinction. The study found that there were 37 large-bodied mammal species in Egypt approximately six millennia ago.
Internet Culture September 9, 2014
Arctic ice is rapidly thinning, possibly threatening wildlife in the region, according to a study covering a century of observations.
Earth/Environment August 17, 2014
Fires caused by deforestation and climate change could lead to additional loss of rain forests, according to a new study. Too much stress could push the Amazon past a tipping point for easy recovery.
Earth/Environment April 16, 2014
Students on a field course in Malaysia practiced real-world science, submitting a new spider species they discovered to a major biology journal.
Animals March 29, 2014
Asian grass carp could pose a significant threat to the Great Lakes by possibly pushing other species into extinction.
Earth/Environment March 12, 2014
Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes that is home to 45 million people in the United States and Canada, is experiencing very high levels of algal blooms, and its water quality has been deteriorating for a decade now. Phosphorus runoffs from diffuse land use have caused the blooms, and the International Joint Commission has issued a report that has outlined recommendations for rehabilitating the lake.
Earth/Environment March 2, 2014
More than half of the world's big carnivores including lions, wolves and bears are disappearing at an alarming rate and the loss of such species could be extremely damaging for our ecosystems through out the world, a new study has found.
Earth/Environment January 10, 2014
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