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Mongabay -33 minutes ago

The sponge with the secret recipe: A cancer-fighting chemical

Throughout the waters surrounding Indonesia, a porous tubular creature sits fixed onto coral reefs, its plain appearance hiding a potentially lifesaving secret. Researchers recently found that this sponge produces a substance that could fight cancer and other lethal diseases, and they’ve proposed cultivating it to benefit Indonesia’s marine environment and economy. Acanthostrongylophora ingens...

Springer -2 days ago

Modeling sediment diagenesis processes on riverbed to better quantify aquatic carbon fluxes and stocks in a small watershed of the Mid-Atlantic region

Abstract Background Despite the widely recognized importance of aquatic processes for bridging gaps in the global carbon cycle, there is still a lack of understanding of the role of riverbed processes for carbon flows and stocks in aquatic environments. Here, we added a sediment diagenesis and sediment carbon (C) resuspension module ...

Mongabay -2 days ago

Gray areas and weak policies mar lucrative Asian trade in live reef fish

PALAWAN, Philippines — On a sunny June morning in Taytay Bay, Jorophy Mahusay stands on a floating cage as he throws fish meal into the azure waters below, where his leopard coral trout congregate. “I feed them twice a week,” he says as he glances at the bright red-orange fish, known locally as suno, with […]...

WRI -2 days ago

Nature-Based Flood Mitigation Can Help Mississippi River Farmers

Nature-Based Flood Mitigation Can Help Mississippi River Farmers Comments|Add Comment|PrintFlooding in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Photo by Isaac Pacheco/U.S. Coast Guard The 2019 flooding of the Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas Rivers in the United States impacted 19 states and caused $20 billion in losses. Waters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana stayed above flood levels for 211 days, longer t...

Tree Aid -5 days ago

Autumn Update 2020

Read the Autumn 2020 edition of Update In this Issue: -How our work has adapted to coronavirus -Boulis – an innovative solution to water scarcity in Burkina Faso -Progress on the She Grows project The post Autumn Update 2020 appeared first on TREE AID....

Mongabay -6 days ago

Brazil could dynamite Amazon dolphin, turtle habitat for industrial waterway

A planned industrial shipping channel would destroy vital fish habitat at the Lourencão Rocks on the Tocantins River in the Brazilian Amazon, while also likely wrecking traditional fishing livelihoods....

USFS -7 days ago

Limiting polysaccharide motion protects wood from decay

It is well known that chemical modifications to improve decay resistance also reduce the equilibrium moisture content (EMC) of wood. The mechanism of this action, however, has been the subject of much debate. Several groups have suggested that decay resistance is a result of lower diffusion rates of fungal degradation agents through the wood cell wall. A recent paper explained the fundamental prin...

The Guardian -1 week ago

How do you deal with 9m tonnes of suffocating seaweed?

Across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, scientists are developing alternative sustainable solutions to the golden tide of SargassumThe Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, first detected by Nasa observation satellites in 2011 and now known to be the world’s largest bloom of seaweed, stretches for 5,500 miles (8,850km) from the Gulf of Mexico to the western coast of Africa.Millions of tonnes of fl...

Springer -1 week ago

Early indications of success rehabilitating an underperforming teak ( Tectona grandis ) plantation in Panama through enrichment planting

Abstract Enrichment planting can be an effective strategy for increasing the ecological and economic value of timber plantations, but success depends on appropriate matching of under- and overstory species and site conditions. This case study in the Panama Canal Watershed explores the viability of enrichment planting for rehabilitating underperforming teak (Tectonia grandis) plan...

USFS -2 weeks ago

An inventory of springsnails (Pyrgulopsis spp.) in and adjacent to the Spring Mountains, Nevada

Springsnails (genus Pyrgulopsis, hereafter pyrgs) are small freshwater aquatic gastropods that occur in isolated springs in western North America. Pyrgs are species of conservation concern, but patterns of occupancy and speciation are complex. We investigated patterns of occurrence for pyrgs in the Spring Mountains, Clark County, Nevada. We were primarily concerned with identifying springs contain...

USFS -2 weeks ago

International principles and standards for the practice of ecological restoration: Second Edition Summary

Ecological restoration, when implemented effectively and sustainably, contributes to protecting biodiversity; improving human health and wellbeing; increasing food and water security; delivering goods, services, and economic prosperity; and supporting climate change mitigation, resilience, and adaptation. It is a solutions-based approach that engages communities, scientists, policymakers, and land...

USFS -2 weeks ago

International principles and standards for the practice of ecological restoration

Ecological restoration, when implemented effectively and sustainably, contributes to protecting biodiversity; improving human health and wellbeing; increasing food and water security; delivering goods, services, and economic prosperity; and supporting climate change mitigation, resilience, and adaptation. It is a solutions-based approach that engages communities, scientists, policymakers, and land...

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