Wetlands provide valuable services to humans every day, including flood protection, water purification, and shoreline stabilization to name a few. Unfortunately, restored wetlands often fall short of providing all of the services that their natural counterparts do. This study investigates ways to improve the capability of restored wetlands in removing excess nitrogen from their systems.
Water water everywhere, water water always there, but how it’s changed you may not know, read this story and Spear et al. will tell you so.
Hawksbill turtles leave their place of birth and then head out into the world, but they always come back to their birth site in order to lay their eggs. Their journey, however, is not a random exploration of the wild ocean, but rather a purposeful voyage, seeking the perfect temperature of water.
The increase in global atmospheric CO2 concentrations may be causing major food crops, like wheat, to have lower amounts of the nutrients zinc and iron, causing a potential decrease in human health.
It’s dark. It’s silent. A small ripple appears in a glass of water. The ripple starts to grow, becoming more frequent. Next to you is a small, helpless goat tethered to a pole. You look away for a brief second and suddenly the goat has disappeared. All that’s left is one half eaten leg. This is a classic scene from Jurassic Park. Ok, so this paper isn’t about cloning dinosaurs and creating a theme park, but the tethered goat being eaten by a t-rex provides a visual for what some researchers are doing with invasive lionfish. Researchers have found that native predators can be conditioned to eat invasive species, helping create biological controls.
Bubbles elicit scenes of childhood summers playing on the front stoop or backyard. On the other hand, put bubbles at the bottom of the ocean and you will find highly educated adults toiling with complicated mathematical equations and state-of-the-art technology.
Healthy coastal and marine environments are of great importance to human beings. They provide many ecosystem services, which are water and food supply, temperature maintenance, storm protection, recreation etc; yet currently, many of these environments are being degraded by several environmental stressors.
Researchers use modeling experiments to understand the conditions necessary for irreversible melting in East Antarctica, a region previously thought to be stable. The results of this research show that the stability of the Wilkes Basin is a mere “tip of a domino” away from runaway melting, which would result in a slow and steady global rise in sea-level.
Forecasted impacts of climate changes on fisheries production in coastal ecosystems suggest modest changes on average with significant increases in primary production in high latitude systems and declines near the equator. Fisheries in developing nations are most at risk. However, declining productivity may be buffered by responsible management practices.
Has the pH of our oceans decreased significantly? Lauvset and Gruber say yes, for the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre.