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Rivers help lock carbon from fires into oceans for..

Wildfires are not only bad for nature! The  study published in Nature Communications, calculated how much burned carbon is being flushed out by rivers and locked up in the oceans. Oceans store a surprising amount of carbon from burned vegetation,… read more

Saving livestock by thinking like a predator

For predators like wolves, cougars and snow leopards, a cow or sheep out to pasture may make for an easy and tasty meal. But when wild animals eat livestock, farmers face the traumatic loss of food or income, frequently sparking… read more

Climate change and biodiversity 2: finding solutio..

Different scientists are concerned about different problems: ecologists worry about the diminishing biodiversity. Rightly so: the famous biologist Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University calculated in 2017 that today 50% less animals walk, swim, fly, creep on this planet than a… read more

Beavers cut flooding and pollution and boost wildl..

Beavers have alleviated flooding, reduced pollution and boosted populations of fish, amphibians and other wildlife, according to a five-year study of wild-living animals in Devon. The report, which will help the government decide whether to allow wild beavers to return… read more

Even after death, animals are important in ecosyst..

Unlike deadwood, the sight of carcasses in nature is hardly accepted. A shame, the researchers think.  Animal carcasses play an important role in biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, also over prolonged periods. Scientists from the German Centre for Integrative… read more