In new paper, scientists explain climate change using before/after photographic evidence

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A group of scientists offers photographic proof of climate change using images of retreating glaciers in a new paper, “Savor the Cryosphere,” appearing in GSA Today, a peer-reviewed publication of the Geological Society of America. Along with Gregory Baker, adjunct professor of geology at the University of Kansas, co-authors include an Emmy Award-winning documentarian and […]

Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant

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Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests. A seven-year study, led by Oregon State University and the Center for International Forestry Research, spanned five countries across the topics from Indonesia to the […]

Deciphering plant immunity against parasites

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Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves. Researchers at Bonn University, together with collaborators from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, identified a protein that allows plants to recognize a chemical signal from the worm and initiate immune responses against […]

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Roosters are nicer to their relatives than to other males

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Male domestic fowl are less aggressive towards related males than to unrelated males when competing for copulations, according to a new study from Link√∂ping University in Sweden. This finding, which has been published in the scientific journal Behavioral Ecology, suggests that domestic fowl can recognise their kin among individuals in a group, and that their […]

Salmon with side effects

Salmon with side effects: Aquacultures are polluting Chile’s rivers with a cocktail of dissolved organic substances

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Tasty, versatile, and rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids: salmon is one of the most popular edible fish of all. Shops sell fish caught in the wild, but their main produce is salmon from breeding farms which can pollute rivers, lakes and oceans. Just how big is the problem? German and Chilean scientists are working […]

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Livestock can uproot protected wildlife from prime real estate

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The story of wildlife conservation is usually framed as man vs. treasured wildlife. But there’s growing evidence that the narrative deserves to have leading roles for livestock such as sheep, yaks or cows. A group of researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and China are building the case that allowing livestock to graze and forage […]