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Arid lands transform abruptly as aridity increases

Climate change poses a concrete threat to arid ecosystems, in which water is limited (it rains less than 65% of what is evaporated). These dry ecosystems cover almost half of the terrestrial surface and are predicted to go through increased aridification, which endangers the plants... click to read more

  • Miguel Berdugo | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (UPF-CSIC), 08003, Barcelona, Spain
Views 815
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 15, 2020
Poorly protected areas: human impacts are destroying nature’s safeguards

Since Yellowstone National Park became the world's first nationally designated protected area in 1872, nations around the world have created more than 200,000 terrestrial protected areas. Clumped together they would cover all of Latin America - from Mexico to the southern tip of Chile -... click to read more

  • Kendall R. Jones | PhD student at Wildlife Conservation Society, Global Conservation Program, Bronx, NY 10460, USA; School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  • James E. M. Watson | Professor at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Centre for Conservation and Biodiversity Science, The University of Queensland, Australia; Wildlife Conservation Society, Global Conservation Program, Bronx, NY, USA
Views 4083
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 7, 2018
The silent battle of young corals against ocean acidification

Coral reefs are ecosystems of extraordinary diversity. Considered "the rainforests of the sea", they contain ~35% of described marine species despite only occupying 0.2% of the world's ocean. Although they are extremely important habitat providers and form large living structures (some reefs can be seen... click to read more

  • Taryn Foster | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Views 3431
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 19, 2016
Why some forests burn better than others

Forest fires are dramatic ecological events as they can wipe out most of the plants and animals within several kilometers in only a few hours and often also pose a major threat to human settlements. They have a positive ecological impact when occurring naturally because... click to read more

  • Elisa Dell'Aglio | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 19, 2015