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Hungry crabs snacking on mangrove seeds may foil reforestation

Originally Published by New Scientist – Environment

Mangrove swamps are disappearing and attempts to replant them keep failing. It seems that crabs munching on the mangrove seeds could be to blame

Japan plans unilateral restart to Antarctic whaling in 2015, says official

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian

Japan says it plans to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic later in 2015 even though the International Whaling Commission says Tokyo has not proven the mammals need to be killed for research.

A first in tree research: European trees planted in China to identify potentially invasive species in our forests

Originally Published by environmentalresearchweb: all content

Most of the exotic species which attack plants in Europe now come from Asia. INRA scientists, together with teams from the Academy of Sciences in Beijing and the Forestry University in Zhejiang have devised a new method for detecting potential invaders in their region of origin before they are introduced on another continent.

A Little Fish with Big Impact In Trouble on U.S. West Coast

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360

Scientists are concerned that officials waited too long to order a ban on U.S. Pacific sardine fishing that goes into effect July 1. The dire state of the sardine population is a cautionary tale about overharvesting these and other forage fish that are a critical part of the marine food web.

Bees are worth billions to farmers across the globe, study suggests

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian

Pollination by wild bees contributes an average $3,251 per hectare per year to crop production, researchers find.

 

More Light From Metamaterials

Originally Published by IEEE Spectrum Recent Content

A material that manipulates light in unusual ways could lead to a whole variety of exotic devices, including microscopes capable of seeing inside cells, optical circuits for quantum computers, and invisibility cloaks.

‘A deaf whale is a dead whale': US navy sonars could be cause of strandings

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian

Marine researchers speculate noise pollution in the Pacific is disrupting whales’ vital abilities to hear and migrate – and driving them ashore at an alarming rate

 

With Too Much of a Good Thing, Europe Tackles Excess Nitrogen

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360

In Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and other countries, European governments are beginning to push farmers, industry, and municipalities to cut back on fertilizers and other sources of nitrogen that are causing serious environmental harm.

Fighting climate change, with cement

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

The cement industry is one of the largest sources worldwide of carbon emissions, accounting for around five per cent of global emissions. New technologies may help substantially lower these emissions.

Coral reefs defy ocean acidification odds in Palau

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Will some coral reefs be able to adapt to rapidly changing conditions in Earth’s oceans? If so, what will these reefs look like in the future? As the ocean absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide released by the burning of fossil fuels, its chemistry is changing. The carbon dioxide reacts with water molecules, lowering ocean pH in a process known as ocean acidification.
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