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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Climate Study Finds Human Fingerprint in Northern Hemisphere Greening

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 29, 2016—A multinational team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Science Institute has found the first positive correlation between human activity and enhanced vegetation growth. The research team, led by Jiafu Mao of the Ecosystem Simulation Science group in the Environmental Sciences Division, used new

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

New Study Urges Investment to Fight Forest Pests

MILLBROOK, N.Y., May 10, 2016—Imported forest pests cause billions of dollars in damages each year, and U.S. property owners and municipalities foot most of the bill. Efforts to prevent new pests are not keeping pace with escalating trade and must be strengthened if we are to slow the loss of our nation’s trees. So reports

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Hydropeaking of River Water Levels Is Disrupting Insect Survival, River Ecosystems

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A group of researchers concluded today in a study in the journal BioScience that “hydropeaking” of water flows on many rivers in the West has a devastating impact on aquatic insect abundance. The research was based in part on a huge citizen science project with more than 2,500 samples taken on the

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

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Mapping Threats to Europe’s Grasslands, Woodlands and Marine Areas

The EEA report ‘Mapping and assessing the condition of Europe’s ecosystems: progress and challenges’ gives a snapshot of current ecosystem health in Europe. It identifies key gaps in data which are essential to properly assess the health of Europe’s many ecosystems.