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.

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Worldwide assessment of protected areas

Protected areas are among the most effective tools for preserving biodiversity. However, new protected areas are often created without considering existing ones. This can lead to an overrepresentation of the…

Plastic snowfall in the Alps

In a large-scale fundraising campaign, popular YouTubers like Mister Beast and Mark Rober are currently trying to rid the oceans of almost 14,000 tonnes of plastic waste. That’s about 0.15…

Climate change and wildfires could increase ozone hole

Smoke from wildfires could increase ozone depletion in the upper layers of the atmosphere and thus further enlarge the ozone hole over the Arctic. This was recognized according to data…

English Channel stops new rockpool species reaching UK

The English Channel prevents many rockpool species “making the jump” from Europe to the UK, new research shows. With sea temperatures expected to rise due to climate change, many rockpool…

Origin of rapid species diversification in coral reefs

In a new article published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, scientists from the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) investigate the…

WVU engineers seek to re-use waste plastics to make valuable petrochemicals

Despite efforts to promote recycling and reuse of plastic materials, the plastic problem continues to be a global problem.¬†West Virginia University¬†engineers hope to debottleneck the remaining challenges for recycling of…

Microplastic pollution linger in rivers for years before entering oceans

Water dynamics can trap lightweight microplastics that otherwise might float. Microplastics can deposit and linger within riverbeds for as long as seven years before washing into the ocean, a new…

Biomass burning increases low clouds over southeastern Asia

Through interactions with planetary boundary layer development and monsoon circulation, biomass burning aerosols from wildfire are leading to a strong enhancement of cloud formation in southeastern Asia and have important…

World’s largest fish breeding area discovered in Antarctica

Researchers detect around 60 million nests of Antarctic icefish over a 240 square kilometres area in the Weddell Sea. Near the Filchner Ice Shelf in the south of the Antarctic…

Climate Change Is Endangering Biodiversity in Hedges

Northern and Western Europe are characterized by hedge landscapes. A Europe-wide study, in which the University of Bremen is involved, has investigated the effect of the climate and care on…

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