Tag: ecosystem

Scientists Alarmed Over Predators Showing Up In Unconventional Places: Here’s What’s Really Happening

If you’ve seen an alligator showing up on your local beach lately, it might be because they’re returning to their original ecosystems. The same is true for killer whales, sea otters, and other predatory animals.

Animals May 9, 2018

Cruise Ship Destroys Indonesian Coral Reef: How Sea Vessels Damage Marine Life And Ecosystems

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

Great Barrier Reef In Trouble: Here's How Scientists Try To Save It

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

Fish With Human-like Teeth Caught In San Francisco: How Invasive Species Affect Ecosystems

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

Starvation Of Baby Bees Helps Them Become Stronger Adults

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

Invasive Alien Harlequin Ladybirds Are Spreading Across The Globe: Should You Worry?

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

Researchers Scare Raccoons To Test If Fear Could Help Balance Ecosystems

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

Earthworms May Threaten Plant Diversity In Natural Ecosystems

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

Plant Growth Not Keeping Up With CO2 Rise, Dimming Hopes Of Climate Change Mitigation

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

Google Street View Shows The Effects Of Climate Change On Threatened Ecosystems

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

Mystery Buyer Spends $188,660 To Set Free 33,000 Crabs In China

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

Human 'Superpredator' Hunting And Fishing Methods Are Unsustainable: Study

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

Notoriously Destructive Invasive Worm Shows Up In Florida

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

Michigan Officials Looking For Volunteers To Help Count Frogs

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

Diversity Of Small Predators Has Huge Impact On Ecosystems

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

Termite Mounds Can Hold Back Deserts

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

Pollinator Decline Means Malnutrition for Millions: First Study Confirms Danger

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

Leave the Fallen Leaves Alone! Here's Why

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

Ancient Egyptian artifact reveals history of animal extinction

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

Thinning snow on Arctic sea ice may affect ecosystem of North Pole

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

Amazon rain forest's biggest enemies are fire and climate change

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 get chance to contribute to scientific knowledge, bag a new spider species

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 pose threat to Great Lakes

Asian grass carp could pose a significant threat to the Great Lakes by possibly pushing other species into extinction.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2014

Algae explosion in Lake Erie is posing danger to fish, tourism and locals

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

Big carnivores are dying and humans could be next, warn scientists

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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