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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Ecologists Advise an Increase in Prescribed Grassland Burning to Maintain Ecosystem, Livelihood

MANHATTAN, KANSAS — Kansas State University researchers have found a three-year absence of fire is the tipping point for the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and advise an increase in burning. A collaborative study, recently publish in Elsevier’s journal,Rangeland Ecology and Management, suggests many land managers in the Flint Hills need to increase burning frequency to more

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

30 Years After Chernobyl, Camera Study Reveals Wildlife Abundance in CEZ

Aiken, S.C. – Thirty years ago, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, became the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident. While humans are now scarce in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, continued studies—including a just-published camera study conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory—validate findings that wildlife populations

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Ozone Does Not Necessarily Promote Decline of Natural Ecosystems

Environmental scientists at the University of Virginia have found that surface ozone, an abundant chemical known to be toxic to many species of vegetation and to humans, does not necessarily inhibit the productivity of natural ecosystems. “This is a rare piece of good news in the ozone and ecology story,” said Manuel Lerdau, an ecologist

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Most Detailed Ecological Land Units Map in the World

Redlands, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014—Esri and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are pleased to announce the development of the highest spatial resolution ecological land units (ELUs) map of the world ever produced. The Global ELUs map portrays a systematic division and classification of ecological and physiographic information about land surface features. The work was commissioned

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Integration of National-Level Geospatial Ecological Tools and Data for Transportation

TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Capacity Project C40A has released a pre-publication, non-edited version of a report that documents the development of an integrated, geospatial ecological screening tool for early transportation planning to help inform the environmental review process.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Do ‘Planetary Boundaries’ Exist, and Does Crossing Them Result in Catastrophe?

Much of today’s discourse about environmental problems revolves around the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But that’s not nearly enough, according to Johan Rockström, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. The Earth is facing environmental tipping points along what Rockström calls planetary boundaries, which revolve around not just climate change,