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February 01, 2016

Biodegradable Fishing Nets May Help Protect Marine Animals

New research shows that a biodegradable net material can be used to create nets that have similar catch rates as conventional nets but decompose after a certain period of time under water.

January 27, 2016

Experts Offer New Approach to Prioritizing Research on the Environmental Impacts of Pharmaceuticals

Researchers have developed a new way to prioritize investigations on the environmental impacts of the estimated 1500 active pharmaceutical ingredients currently in use.

January 04, 2016

Challenges to Conserving Freshwater Mussels in Europe

New research looks at the status of the 16 currently recognized freshwater mussel species in Europe, finding that information is unevenly distributed with considerable differences in data quality and quantity among countries and species.

December 21, 2015

Common Insecticide May Not Harm Bumble Bees

Investigators have found no effect of an insecticide called thiamethoxam on bumble bees that forage on flowering winter oilseed rape. Using realistic field conditions, the researchers treated seeds of oilseed rape with the insecticide and then grew the seeds into flowers. They established similar conditions with seeds not treated with thiamethoxam, and they placed bumble colonies adjacent to the fields.

December 21, 2015

Maximizing Sea Life’s Ability to Reduce Atmospheric Carbon May Help Combat Climate Change

New research on West Antarctic seabed life reveals that the remote region of the South Orkney Islands is a carbon sink hotspot. The findings suggest that this recently designated (and world’s first) entirely high seas marine protected area may be a powerful natural ally in combating rising CO2 as sea ice melts.

December 21, 2015

Wild Populations of Popular Cage Bird Face Catastrophic Declines

New research suggests that wild populations of Grey Parrots—one of the world’s most popular cage birds—have been virtually wiped out by poaching and habitat loss.

December 15, 2015

Seal Tagging Improves Ocean Forecasts

Data from animal-borne sensors, including seal tags, can help scientists produce analyses and forecasts of ocean temperature and salinity, according to a UK led study.

December 07, 2015

Cities Support a Greater Number of Threatened Species than Non-Urban Areas

The earth is facing a catastrophic species extinction crisis. The dominant approach to conservation has been to focus on protecting pristine environments, but new research from Australia demonstrates that on average, urban environments contain disproportionately more threatened protected species in a given area than non-urban environments.

December 07, 2015

How Fresh is Your Maple Syrup?

The maple syrup that’s tapped from the tree may not be as fresh as you think it is.

December 07, 2015

Researchers Assess Contaminants in New York City’s Community Gardens

While community gardens provide benefits including urban green space, opportunities for recreation, art expression, social gathering, and improved diets, urban gardening may also increase the opportunity for exposure to common urban soil contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

November 16, 2015

Insights into the Evolution of Praying Mantis Camouflage

New research reveals that two different evolutionary shifts toward camouflage investment occurred in the charismatic horned praying mantises. The most recent shift in increased accumulation of numerous cryptic features occurred only after the re-evolution of important leg lobes that help disguise the appearance of the mantis from predators.

November 16, 2015

Long-Term Effects of Common Pesticides on Aquatic Species

New research indicates that commonly-used insecticide mixtures continue to impact aquatic invertebrate species over multiple weeks, even when the chemicals are no longer detectable in water.

November 09, 2015

Could Solar Eclipses Disrupt Electricity in Germany?

Could a solar eclipse over Europe during the day affect the power generated by Germany’s photovoltaic systems or solar panels, thereby challenging the reliability of the electrical supply across the country?

November 02, 2015

Fireworks Are Fun but Can Reduce Atmospheric Visibility

To some, holidays such as Bastille Day, Independence Day, and New Year’s Eve, as well as major sporting events, wouldn’t be the same without fireworks. But in a new Weather article, Dr. Francis Pope and his colleagues highlight the negative effects of fireworks on visibility and short-term air quality.

November 02, 2015

Researchers Provide Detailed Genetic Information on Fish Commonly Used in Environmental Toxicology Studies

The fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) has long been a premier animal model for research and regulation related to environmental toxins. Unfortunately, however, genetic information about this species is incomplete. The lack of genome sequence information for the species has limited scientists’ ability to dissect complex traits, evaluate genetic markers, identify gene regulatory sequences, and elucidate biological pathways.

October 19, 2015

How Wind Might Impact Birds’ Migration Routes

For centuries, scientists have been working to unravel the many mysteries of bird migration, studying where birds go, how they find their way, and how much of the information they need is inherited and how much is learned.

October 19, 2015

Wind Turbines May Reduce Breeding Success of White-Tailed Eagles

While renewable energy sources such as wind power will play an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation, new research reveals that the breeding success of species such as the white-tailed eagle can be significantly reduced by wind power generation on a large scale, possibly due to collision mortality.

October 05, 2015

Cryptic Invasions by Ecological Engineers Conceal Profound Changes in Nature

A new study reveals that the salt marsh plant Spartina alterniflora, which grows on more than 9,000 km of the Atlantic coastline of South America, is not native to the area and was in fact introduced 200 years ago.

September 24, 2015

Wiley Launches Journal to Help Solve World Challenges

John Wiley and Sons, Inc., today announced the launch of Global Challenges, a new open access journal devoted to creating a global community to address major challenges the world faces. Global challenges such as climate change, energy scarcity, health and nutrition security, pandemic disease, and access to sufficient water resources are a priority for every government and critical for their citizens. Addressing such challenges in a sustainable manner requires strategic research investments, international collaboration, collective resources and knowledge exchange between diverse communities.

12:00 AM EDT September 24, 2015

Researchers Find Ticks Linked with Lyme Disease in South London Parks

Visitors to 2 popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to a new study in Medical and Veterinary Entomology.

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