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‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanis..

Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn’t be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But splattered insects have gone the way of the Chevy Nova — you just don’t see them on the road… read more

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