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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 “Trees’ surprising role in the boreal water cycle”

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 “Bhutan’s stumbling block to being the greenest nation on the planet”

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 “Loss of ocean predators has impact on climate change strategies”

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 “Coastal Wetlands Excel at Storing Carbon”

Grasslands, the lesson

The big ecosystems on Earth where people can live are mainly forests and grasslands. Grassland, savanna,  is where our species started and lived maybe 2 million years. Many natural grasslands are now agricultural areas (many forests too). Somehow people seem… read more “Grasslands, the lesson”