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Trees and the Water Cycle

Water Is Lifeblood Water is the lifeblood of our planet. In fact from rainforest to desert, prairie to arctic, the amount of water available is the central determinant in classifying ecotypes. No living organisms escape the need for water as… read more

Trees’ surprising role in the boreal water c..

Approximately 25 to 50 % of a living tree is made up of water, depending on the species and time of year. The water stored in trees has previously been considered just a minor part of the water cycle, but… read more

Bhutan’s stumbling block to being the greene..

Bhutan is well on its way to becoming the greenest nation on the planet.  Photojournalist Michael Buckley explores in the Ecologist the reasons why the country’s ecosystems and dazzling biodiversity remain intact – and highlights the one thing that threatens… read more

Loss of ocean predators has impact on climate chan..

Continued unsustainable harvesting of large predatory fish, including the culling of sharks, can have far-reaching consequences for the way we tackle climate change. Professor Rod Connolly, (marine scientist at Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute), is one of the authors of… read more

Coastal Wetlands Excel at Storing Carbon

In the global effort to mitigate carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, all options are on the table—including help from nature. Recent research suggests that healthy, intact coastal wetland ecosystems such as mangrove forests, tidal marshes and sea grass meadows… read more