Ecology, The Environment and Conservation

This complex theme deals primarily with interactions between organisms and the environmental factors that impact them, but to a greater extent between individual inanimate environmental factors.

innovations-report offers informative reports and articles on topics such as climate protection, landscape conservation, ecological systems, wildlife and nature parks and ecosystem efficiency and balance.

Climate change tipping points: back to the drawing table

We regularly hear warnings that climate change may lead to ‘tipping points’: irreversible situations where savanna can quickly change into desert, or the warm gulf stream current can simply stop…

Study finds growing potential for toxic algal blooms in the Alaskan arctic

A warming Arctic presents potential new threats to humans and marine wildlife in the fast-changing region. Changes in the northern Alaskan Arctic ocean environment have reached a point at which…

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Manufacture, wear, wash, incinerate: This typical life cycle of garments, which pollutes the environment, is to be changed in the future – towards principles of circular economy with recycling at…

From recycling to upcycling: A smarter way of dealing with plastic

Researchers have developed a clean and cost-effective way to upcycle used plastic, transforming it into valuable nanomaterials and high-quality fuel. Key points New tech produces carbon nanotubes and clean liquid…

On the trail of ocean mercury

Mercury is released by coal combustion and mining activities to the atmosphere as a gaseous pollutant. Following global dispersal, mercury deposits partly to the ocean where it accumulates within the…

NSW team uses DLR technology on research trip

The “North Sea Wrecks” team from the German Maritime Museum (DSM) / Leibniz Institute for Maritime History in Bremerhaven was on another research trip in the North Sea. Thanks to…

Intensified water cycle slows down global warming, new study finds

Researchers found that salinity changes as a result of water cycle changes lead to less surface warming. A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel…

Potential parasites in the most common amoeba in wastewater treatment plants

Rhogostoma minus is the most common amoeba in wastewater treatment plants worldwide. It can serve as a host for bacteria of the order Legionellales, which includes pathogens such as Legionella…

One size does not fit all in Antarctica

… climate change will impact Antarctic seals differently. A New Zealand-led international study published today in Global Change Biology, reveals how climate change may impact seals in one of the…

Deadwood in the global carbon cycle

The importance of insects in the decomposition of wood. Living trees absorb a considerable amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and therefore play an important role in the protection…

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