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Flowering plants outcompeted conifers

As evolutionary biologists, one of our major objectives is to understand how competition for resources regulates the appearance and extinction of species and can lead to the increase or decline of entire groups of species. This is particularly difficult to study because each group has... click to read more

  • Fabien L. Condamine | CNRS research scientist at CNRS, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Views 1061
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 26, 2021
Environmental change and fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds: what is the gap to bridge?

There is now much scientific evidence to suggest that our planet's environment is changing rapidly and that this poses an ever-increasing risk to human health and our food systems. Changes such as agricultural land degradation, water shortages, rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns can affect... click to read more

  • Carmelia Alae-Carew | Research Assistant at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  • Pauline Scheelbeek | Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Views 5499
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 3, 2019
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 4969
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 7, 2018
Consumed to death: bacteria cause their own extinction by over-polluting the environment

Living means consuming resources, we buy food to get fed, clothes to stay warm and burn oil and coal to have energy. Where things are consumed waste is produced. However, this waste does not simply disappear but mountains of trash form, plastic covers the ocean... click to read more

  • Christoph Ratzke | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Physics of Living Systems, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Jonas Denk | PhD student at Arnold-Sommerfeld-Center for Theoretical Physics and Center for NanoScience, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
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Reading time 2.5 min
published on Sep 11, 2018
Environmental sustainability of nationally recommended diets

It has long been understood that what we eat impacts not only our health, but our environment too. Despite this food-sustainability awareness, very few national dietary recommendations (NRD) make any consideration of sustainability. For example, the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a lot of... click to read more

  • Paul Behrens | Assistant Professor at LUC The Hague & Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands
Views 3921
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 14, 2018