As if anthropogenic pollution and overfishing isn’t damaging enough for coral reefs worldwide, now certain seaweeds seem determined to see the end of reefs as well. These macroalgae produce chemicals that inhibit the growth of reef-building coral or even kill … Continue reading
Good news for coral reefs around the world. New research on the state of Hawaiian coral reefs and their relation to human activity over a 700 year time span shows that even strongly degraded reefs can recover, with the right … Continue reading
Global warming, overfishing and ocean acidification form a major threat to ocean ecosystems, possibly even leading to an oceanic Holocene mass extinction. We might even have to say goodbye to the planet’s last coral reef by 2050 if we’re not … Continue reading
An inexhaustible source of hydrogen without the need for electricity and completely carbon neutral. It sounds too good to be true, but in this case it appears it is not, as Penn State engineers have developed a method to do … Continue reading
It started in the 1980s: a sudden levelling of methane release into the atmosphere. It was a mystery as to why it happened. Now scientists have found the answer to the mystery, or in fact they have found two different … Continue reading
New research shows an example of a missing link between climatic disruptions and biodiversity decline: killer microbes.
We recently reported on a possible negative carbon feedback of forest soils in higher latitudes: when such soils warm, nutrient availability may increase, as would (therefore) biomass production and CO2 uptake. But not all climate feedbacks operate through temperature. It … Continue reading
If however survival conditions are optimal, like a gradual increase of the environmental stressor, ‘modest’ inter-population contact – and indeed if such extrapolation from a microorganism to a blue whale would be as legitimate as the researchers in their Science … Continue reading
Scientists from UC San Fransisco have finished a ten month bee survey and last week published their findings in PLoS ONE. It turns out American bee hyves are swarmed with viruses and other pathogens.