Study reveals opposite patterns of ancient climate change in temperate areas

Identifying opposite patterns of climate change between the middle latitude areas Korean research team revealed conflicting climate change patterns between the middle latitude areas of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres in relation to glacial and interglacial cycles which have been READ MORE

If all human-related deforestation of the tropics were to stop, the forests could absorb the equivalent of one-fifth of global emissions

Reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere – by as much as one-fifth – research shows. In the first study of its kind, scientists have calculated the amount of carbon READ MORE

Increasing ocean temperatures means less zooplankton and therefore less fish

Phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass will decrease 6 percent and 11 percent due to climate change Sea surface temperature is expected to increase 2 ºC on average globally by 2080-2100. Some of the consequences of this increase include changes in ocean READ MORE

Did Humans Kill Off All The Large Animals? As homo sapiens spread across the globe, they hunted animals as well as their prey, extinguishing many species.

A new study unequivocally points to humans as the cause of the mass extinction of large animals all over the world during the course of the last 100,000 years. Was it mankind or climate change that caused the extinction of READ MORE

Young forests suck up more carbon dioxide than old forests

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— As forests age, their ability to grow decreases, a new study by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) scientists and colleagues has determined. Since most U.S. forests are maturing from regeneration that began about 100 years ago when extensive READ MORE

Modern ocean acidification is outpacing ancient acidification upheaval

Some 56 million years ago, a massive pulse of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere sent global temperatures soaring. In the oceans, carbonate sediments dissolved, some organisms went extinct and others evolved. Scientists have long suspected that ocean acidification caused the READ MORE

Preserving Cuttlefish and a Valuable Fishing Industry Cooperating with cuttlefish fishermen to help preserve cuttlefish eggs and fisherman livelihood proves challenging.

Once upon a time, in a sea far far away, called Adriatic Sea, there were many cuttlefish. These delicate creatures spent their short life in the deep but before dying, they began a journey to a special place: the lagoon. This sheltered habitat READ MORE

Winter’s Cold Can’t Stop Me, Baby: Migrating Birds Don’t Duet It turns out, species that migrate together don't sing together.

In “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell sing “If you ever need a helping hand, I’ll be there on the double, just as fast as I can”, and later, “all winter’s cold can’t stop me, baby.” It’s a beautiful duet. READ MORE

How to Find Large Animals by Tracking Dung Beetles The higher the percentage of fossilized dung beetles, the more ancient dung and the greater the number of large animals.

Big animals make lots of dung. And where there’s dung, there’s dung beetles. Researchers counted fossilized dung beetles to figure out the quantity of megafauna–animals weighing 97 pounds or more–at 98 sites from four time periods in Great Britain. The READ MORE