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This article by Julia Reisser and Charitha Pattiaratchi comes from The Conversation- Australia. Each square kilometre of Australian sea surface water is contaminated by around 4,000 pieces of tiny plastics, according to our study published today in journal PLOS ONE and data repository Figshare. These small plastic fragments, mostly ... keep reading
This article is from Jaymi Heimbuch, originally from Treehugger. So what is with all the dying bees? Scientists have been trying to discover this for years. Meanwhile, bees keep dropping like... well, you know. Is it mites? Pesticides? Cell phone towers? What is really at the root? Turns out the ... keep reading
The untapped potential of marine micro-organisms in the Pacific is massive. Not much research has been done either- but these bacteria could provide solutions from cosmetics, to medicines and biodegradable plastics. Bernard Costa is a Polynesian bio-chemist who established the first biotech company in French Polynesia. Pacific Biotech and three ... keep reading
Researchers at the University of Western Australia have found out that some marine plant ecosystems can develop strategies to adapt to, and even mitigate, climate change. Professor Carlos Duarte, Director of UWA's Oceans Institute said seagrass, mangrove and salt-march ecosystems ranked among the world's most intense carbon sinks ... keep reading
Even without the official tally it looks like the fires that started in Blue Mountains will be the most costly in terms of property since 1968. But how have they come about? Why is the area vulnerable to bushfires? The Sydney Basin is home to unique vegetation that comes from ... keep reading
As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of invasive and endangered birds and mammals, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the September issue of Ecology and Society, examined a combination of 15 social and ecological variables -- from tourism and ... keep reading
Most of us think of honey bees as having a bucolic, pastoral existence — flying from flower to flower to collect the nectar they then turn into honey. But while they’re capable of defending themselves with their painful stings, honey bees live in a world filled with danger in which ... keep reading
Abrupt concurrent changes in climate and vegetation can be dampened by the existence of a diverse plant ecosystem, concludes an article published this week in Nature Geoscience. The work suggests that the transition from grassland to desert at the end of the African Humid Period, about 4,000 years ago ... keep reading
An independent scientific review panel has concluded that the mass stranding of approximately 100 melon-headed whales in the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar in 2008 was primarily triggered by acoustic stimuli, more specifically, a multi-beam echosounder system operated by a survey vessel contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (Northern ... keep reading
A previously unknown genus of electric fish has been identified in a remote region of South America by a team of international researchers including University of Toronto Scarborough professor Nathan Lovejoy. The Akawaio penak, a thin, eel-like electric fish, was discovered in the shallow, murky waters of the upper Mazaruni ... keep reading
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