The global study examined hourly records of temperature, cloud cover, specific humidity, and precipitation. (One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this nighttime image showing city lights in at least half a dozen southern states from some 225 miles above the home planet. Lights […]

Mollusks of a sample from Southern Israel: in red, those belonging to species of Red Sea origin, in blue, those of Mediterranean origin. Native species are very few, whereas tropical ones are dominant, marking the transformation of the ecosystem. Credit: © Paolo Albano Most native species are going locally extinct, […]

Coral reefs, such as Los Jardines de la Reina, pictured, have microbes that may help protect the coral against certain nutrient imbalances. Credit: Robert Walker The bacteria scrub out nitrogen, potentially defending against certain nutrient overloads. Corals have evolved over millennia to live, and even thrive, in waters with few […]

Researchers warn that if we don’t act quickly, many species, including species of salmon and southern resident killer whales, are likely to be functionally extinct in the next 25 years. Credit: Fernando Lessa Co-governance model for implementing conservation management plan gives species their best chances of survival. The Fraser River […]

Almond trees are at full bloom in late February. Most almond fields have two or more varieties within the field and require cross pollination by bees. Credit: Sat Darshan Khalsa A favorite healthy snack, almonds are a staple on grocery store shelves worldwide. More than 80% of these almonds are […]

Leipzig is host to the oldest botanical garden in Germany. On an area of only three hectares, around 6500 of the 350,000 plant species worldwide grow here. Credit: Swen Reichhold Leipzig could mean for the future of plant taxonomy what Greenwich meant for world time until 1972: it could become […]

The capacity of the Amazon forest to store carbon in a changing climate will ultimately be determined by how fast trees die – and what kills them. Now, a huge new study has unraveled what factors control tree mortality rates in Amazon forests and helps to explain why tree mortality […]

A recent study examining carbon storage in Pacific Northwest forests demonstrated that although large-diameter trees (21 inches) only comprised 3% of total stems, they accounted for 42% of the total aboveground carbon storage. The researchers highlight the importance of protecting large trees and strengthening existing forest management policies so that […]

Recent years have witnessed a widespread and catastrophic decline in the number of forest elephants in protected areas in Côte d’Ivoire, according to a study published today (October 14, 2020) in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Sery Gonedelé Bi of Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny d’Abidjan-Cocody, and colleagues. In precolonial and colonial times, […]