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

10,000 species of birds today thanks to incredible adaptive radiation in early dinosaur evolution

Shrinking helped dinosaurs and birds to keep evolving A study that has ‘weighed’ hundreds of dinosaurs suggests that shrinking their bodies may have helped the group that became birds to continue exploiting new ecological niches throughout their evolution, and become READ MORE

Ice is nice – new species of sea anemone that lives only on ice

Using a camera-equipped robot to explore beneath the Ross Ice Shelf off Antarctica, scientists and engineers with the Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) Program made an astonishing discovery. Thousands upon thousands of small sea anemones were burrowed into the underside of READ MORE

Giant pill-millipedes that chirp while mating discovered in Madagascar

An international team of researchers comprised of Thomas Wesener, Museum Koenig, Bonn, Daniel Le, Field Museum, Chicago and Stephanie Loria, American Museum of Natural History, New York, discovered seven new species of chirping giant pill-millipedes on Madagascar. The study was READ MORE

Extinction and recolonization of coastal megafauna following human arrival in New Zealand

Ancient DNA research has been applied to demonstrate the dynamic response of natural ecosystems to human impacts, with the discovery of distinct genetic lineages of coastal megafauna on New Zealand’s coastline prior to human arrival that have since been replaced READ MORE