Oil and gas exploration in Ecuador. Credit: Julie Larson Maher/WCS Intact Forest Landscapes are critical for conserving biodiversity and fighting climate change. A new study from WCS and WWF reveals that nearly 20 percent of tropical Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) overlap with concessions for extractive industries such as mining, oil […]

Hundreds of temperate lakes around the world are showing trends toward anoxia, becoming warmer, murkier, and less hospitable to cold-water species. PHOTOGRAPH: ARTUR WIDAK/GETTY IMAGES KEVIN ROSE AND his team loaded their sensors into a boat and began rowing. It was late summer at Lake Giles, a small glacial lake in […]

An at-risk mussel species. Credit: David Aldridge Moving endangered species to new locations is often used as part of species conservation strategies, and can help to restore degraded ecosystems. But scientists say there is a high risk that these relocations are accidentally spreading diseases and parasites. The new report published […]

International study shows that freshwater polluted by fecal material can be determined more quickly and reliably using a new technique. Credit: From Jiao et al, doi:10.1126/sciadv.abc7318. This work is licensed under CC BY-NC. International study shows that freshwater polluted by fecal material can be determined more quickly and reliably using […]

  Global map reveals areas at risk of pesticide pollution. Credit: Associate Professor Federico Maggi, Dr. Fiona Tang, University of Sydney   ENLARGE Global Pesticide Use Is Set to Increase A global map of agricultural land across 168 countries has revealed that 64 percent of land used for agriculture and food […]

Humpback whale and researchers pictured from a drone. Credit: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab The ocean’s mammals are at a crucial crossroads — with some at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, researchers say. In a detailed review of the status of the world’s 126 […]

The system lowered the temperature inside a test system in an outdoor environment under direct sunlight by more than 12 degrees Celsius (22 degrees Fahrenheit). Credit: University at Buffalo Study describes passive cooling system that aims to help impoverished communities, reduce cooling and heating costs, lower CO2 emissions. Passive cooling, […]

Satellite images show the dramatic reduction from 2008 to 2019 in the area covered by kelp forests (gold) off the coast of Mendocino and Sonoma Counties in Northern California. Credit: Meredith McPherson Most of Northern California’s kelp forest ecosystem is gone, replaced by widespread ‘urchin barrens’ that may persist long […]

Māori wrasse are large, colorful fish that can be found on the Great Barrier Reef. In a ground-breaking new study, scientists used innovative molecular techniques to explain how corals on the east coast of Australia survived previous tough conditions—enabling the Great Barrier Reef to become the vast reef it is […]

Amazon deforestation. Credit: Oregon State University A survey of more than 18,000 land parcels spanning 2 million square miles across 63 countries shows that a “protected area” designation reduces the rate of deforestation but does not prevent it. Published on February 11, 2021, in Nature Ecology and Evolution, the findings are […]