Thirty Years Of Unique Data Reveal What’s Really Killing Coral Reefs

healthy Elkhorn corals

Coral reefs are considered one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet and are dying at alarming rates around the world. Scientists attribute coral bleaching and ultimately massive coral death to a number of environmental stressors, in particular, warming water temperatures due to climate change. A study published in the international journal Marine Biology, …

Why Are So Many Farmed Salmon Partially Deaf?

Chinook salmon

Researchers have found out the reason that so many farm-raised salmon are partially deaf, pointing to a deformity in their ears caused by accelerated growth in aquaculture. The findings raise significant welfare issues and may also explain the poor survival of farmed hatchlings in conservation programs. University of Melbourne scientists looked at salmon farmed in …

Temperate Broadleaf Forests More Susceptible To Heat Stress

broadleaf forest

Temperate broadleaf forests, such as the stands of red oak common in New England, absorb more carbon than expected along their edges, but are more susceptible to heat stress. Over centuries, as humans have cleared fields for farms, built roads and highways, and expanded cities, we’ve been cutting down trees. Since 1850, we’ve reduced global …

90% Of Illegal Ivory Comes From Recently Killed Elephants

killed elephants

Over 90 percent of ivory in large, seized shipments is from elephants that died less than three years before, research shows. Scientists arrived at the conclusion by mixing a new approach to radiocarbon dating for ivory samples with genetic analysis tools that gave conservationists a picture of when and where poachers are killing elephants. Lesley …