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The Sixth Mass Extinction of Life on Earth Predicted by the Year 2100

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The Sixth Mass Extinction of Life on Earth Predicted by the Year 2100

Source: Phys.org/Massachusetts Institute of Technology - September 22, 2017

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through more…

Diversifying Catch Means More Stable Income for Fishermen

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Diversifying Catch Means More Stable Income for Fishermen

Source: Phys.org/University of Washington - September 20, 2017

Catching a diversity of fish species—instead of specializing—means more stable income for fishers.

For people who make a living by harvesting natural resources, income volatility is a more…

The Need for a Coral Vault Seems More Urgent After Hurricane Irma, Especially With Jose and Katia Bearing Down

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The Need for a Coral Vault Seems More Urgent After Hurricane Irma, Especially With Jose and Katia Bearing Down

Source: Hakai Magazine/Sophie Yeo - September 13, 2017

In a laboratory on a narrow patch of land in the Florida Keys, marine biologists were collecting tiny fragments of living corals and storing them more…

Scientists Develop New ‘Tournament-Style’ Model to Explain Ecological Biodiversity

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Scientists Develop New ‘Tournament-Style’ Model to Explain Ecological Biodiversity

Source: Rob Mitchum/ University of Chicago - July 31, 2017

A new mathematical model of ecology created by University of Chicago scientists provides the most accurate reproduction to date of natural biodiversity, according to a more…

United Nations Makes Move to Protect Biodiversity of the High Seas

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United Nations Makes Move to Protect Biodiversity of the High Seas

Source: News Deeply/Todd Woody - July 27, 2017

Around 9:15 P.M., on Friday, July 21, the United Nations quietly took a major step toward protecting nearly half the planet’s surface. Most people, though, probably more…

Our Future Oceans Will be Dominated by Small ‘Weedy’ Fish Species

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Our Future Oceans Will be Dominated by Small ‘Weedy’ Fish Species

Source: Phys.org/University of Adelaide - July 7, 2017

University of Adelaide researchers have for the first time demonstrated that the ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small more…

Habitat in Antarctica Will be Impacted by Climate Change: Implications for Biodiversity

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Habitat in Antarctica Will be Impacted by Climate Change: Implications for Biodiversity

Source: Phys.org/ University of Queensland - June 30, 2017

Ice-free areas of Antarctica - home to more than 99 per cent of the continent's terrestrial plants and animals - could expand by more than more…

Could Artificial Coral Reefs Protect Vulnerable Ocean Areas From Climate Change?

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Could Artificial Coral Reefs Protect Vulnerable Ocean Areas From Climate Change?

Source: Phys.org/University of Portsmouth - June 28, 2017

Climate change from rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) is having two major effects in our seas – global warming and ocean acidification – and more…

A Great Ocean Treasure: Economists Find Great Barrier Reef to be Worth $42.5 Billion

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A Great Ocean Treasure: Economists Find Great Barrier Reef to be Worth $42.5 Billion

Source: Live Science/Stephanie Pappas - June 28, 2017

Its biodiversity may be priceless, but the Great Barrier Reef has a real economic value — 56 billion Australian dollars ($42.5 billion) of real economic more…

The Future of Biodiversity in Antarctica Doesn’t Look so Bright

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The Future of Biodiversity in Antarctica Doesn’t Look so Bright

Source: Science Daily/PLOS - March 31, 2017

The popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world has been brought more…