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Where do plants and animals live in the tropics?

Biologists have understood for a long time that plant and animal species are not evenly distributed among the world's tropical areas, and wondered why. Africa has spectacular numbers of primate and hoofed mammal species. Southeast Asia is much smaller in size than Africa, but has... click to read more

Views 149
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 27, 2021
How fisheries bring carbon dioxide back to the atmosphere

Today's global warming is increasingly threatening our planet. The Paris Agreement – an international agreement on climate change mitigation – aims to limit global warming to below 1.5-2°C relative to preindustrial levels. To meet this ambitious goal, we may need to drastically cut human-related emissions... click to read more

  • Gaël Mariani | PhD Student at MARBEC, University of Montpellier, CNRS, IFREMER, IRD, Montpellier, France
  • David Mouillot | Professor at MARBEC, University of Montpellier, CNRS, IFREMER, IRD, Montpellier, France
Views 222
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 23, 2021
Hate heatwaves? Droughts? How about both at the same time?

Have you noticed a surge in heatwaves in the last decade? Heatwaves are becoming more common and so are their negative effects. So how do we alleviate these negative impacts? Most answers to this question involve using water directly or indirectly. European cities, for example,... click to read more

Views 343
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 15, 2021
Overfishing endangers oceanic sharks and rays

For humans, the ocean is vast and mysterious. The portrayal of top predators in the ocean – from krakens to Moby Dick – shows how they have historically been feared and hunted. For the true top predators – oceanic sharks and rays – mortality has... click to read more

  • Holly K. Kindsvater | Assistant Professor at Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • Nathan Pacoureau | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Biological Sciences, Earth to Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Nicholas K. Dulvy | Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, Earth to Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Views 438
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 14, 2021
Global warming puts fish mating at risk

Climate change is accelerating ocean warming globally, and heat waves are becoming more frequent and intense. This is of great concern as heat is a deadly threat to aquatic animals. But the extent of danger depends – some fish species are more heat-tolerant than others.... click to read more

  • Flemming Dahlke | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institute of Fisheries Ecology, Thünen Institute, Braunschweig, Germany
Views 264
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 12, 2021