Wetlands are being lost three times faster than forests, and the impact on accelerating climate change could be devastating, the Ramsar Convention has warned Wetlands, among the world’s most valuable and biodiverse ecosystems, are disappearing at alarming speed amid urbanisation and agriculture shifts, conservationists said Thursday, calling for urgent action […]

In agricultural regions such as the U.S. Midwest, excess nitrate from crop fertilizer makes its way into rivers and streams through subsurface drainage channels and agricultural ditches. Agricultural ditch with a field of corn on one side and soybeans on the other. Credit: Katie Kemmit High nitrate concentrations in waterways can be […]

Flamingos at the Fuente de Piedra lake. Credit: Javier Almellones An international group of researchers led by the University of Granada (UGR) has proven that the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) facilitates microbial filtering of organic matter in saline wetlands, thus improving water quality and reducing nitrogen loads by promoting denitrification. […]

Credit: FCG / shutterstock The Pantanal in central South America may not be as globally famous as the Amazon rainforest, but it has the continent’s highest concentration of wildlife. Now, however, the region’s endangered plants and animals, along with its still undiscovered secrets, may be wiped out in return for cheap […]

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Image: A. Suchy What’s so bad about wetlands? These mucky, sometimes mosquito-ridden landscapes have a bad reputation, but they offer benefits to their neighborhoods too. Researchers say “accidental” wetlands—pockets of cities that have turned into swamps through flooding and neglect—might be a valuable resource to both the environment and the […]

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The Coorong and Lower Lakes at the mouth of the Murray-Darling Basin are key sites for waterbirds, including Cape Barren geese. Credit: UNSW A landmark 30-year-long UNSW Sydney study of wetlands in eastern Australia has found that construction of dams and diversion of water from the Murray-Darling Basin have led […]

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This map prepared by the researchers shows the Newport-Inglewood fault zone in Southern California and its relative location within the Seal Beach wetlands, as well as the geographic and development features of the region.  Credit: California State University, Fullerton A California State University, Fullerton faculty-student study shows evidence of abrupt […]

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A swamp-to-marsh transition near Houma, Louisiana shows dead trees that are most likely the result of saltwater intrusion. Credit: Torbjorn Tornqvist Without major efforts to rebuild Louisiana’s wetlands, particularly in the westernmost part of the state, there is little chance that the coast will be able to withstand the accelerating […]