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Tuesday
Oct112011

Invasive species starting upstream may have advantages, study finds

Researchers have found that a species invasion that starts at the upstream edge of its range may have a major advantage over downstream competitors...

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Tuesday
Oct112011

Evolutionary flexibility may help plants adapt to climate change

Plants may have the genetic flexibility to respond to climate change according to a new published in the journal Science...

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Coral reef decline and recovery linked to 700 years of human activity

Changing human activities coupled with a dynamic environment over the past few centuries have caused fluctuating periods of decline and recovery of corals reefs...

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Discovery of predictable sequence towards coral reef collapse

An international team of scientists has achieved a major breakthrough in fishing sustainability of coral reefs which could play a vital role in preventing their collapse...

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Oil spill impact on marsh fish species detected

Despite very low to non-detectable concentrations of oil constituents in the water and in fish tissues, biological effects in fish indicate dramatic responses that are indicative of exposures to the toxic components of oil...

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Tuesday
Oct042011

Public trust doctrine can rescue wildlife from politics, scientists argue 

When a species recovers enough to be removed from the federal endangered species list, the public trust doctrine – the principle that government must conserve natural resources for the public good – should guide state management of wildlife, scientists say...

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Tuesday
Oct042011

Weeds are vital to the existence of farmland species

Weeds, which are widely deemed as a nuisance plant, are vital to the existence of many farmland species...

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Monday
Oct032011

Identifying ecological limits of mountain trail use

A new study on human impact to wildlife in some of Canada’s most popular national parks has identified limits at which trails can be used before ecological disturbance takes place...

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Wednesday
Sep212011

Using digital panoramas for rangeland ecological monitoring 

A scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is exploring how rangeland ecologists could use high-resolution digital panoramas to track landscape changes...

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Tuesday
Sep202011

New model for allocating conservation funding could save species under climate change

A new model for guiding the allocation of conservation funding could save more species from extinction under climate change...

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