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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Europe’s primary forests: What to protect? What to restore?

An expansion of the protected areas by only about 1% would sufficiently protect most remaining primary forests in Europe. This is one of the main results of a study conducted…

94 percent of tropical coral reef habitats at risk

In a joint study, scientists from Jacobs University Bremen, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and the University of Bremen have for the first time predicted the vulnerability…

Bending the curve of biodiversity loss

Plant and animal species across the world are steadily disappearing due to human activity. A major new IIASA-led study suggests that without ambitious, integrated action combining conservation and restoration efforts…

Suez and Panama Canals as hotspots for invasive alien species

Invasive alien species are one of the main threats to the biodiversity of natural habitats worldwide. They can cause severe ecological and economic damage and can be a root of…

Development of a Diagnostic Tool for Water Bodies: The River Doctor

Lack of shade? Too many nutrients from adjacent fields? Modified banks? If a river or stream is not doing well, there are many possible causes, but they are sometimes difficult…

Scaring Nemo: How do clownfish on coral reefs react to encounters with humans?

Human intervention is putting marine ecosystems under increasing pressure. On coral reefs, rising water temperatures, ocean acidification, pollution from plastic waste or overfishing threaten the organisms living there – be…

Common species mirror rare animals’ response to global change

The populations of common animals are just as likely to rise or fall in number in a time of accelerating global change as those of rare species, a study suggests….

Are tipping points suitable concepts for developing environmental policies?

Environmental policy decisions are often based on so-called tipping points. A research team led by the biodiversity expert Helmut Hillebrand from the University of Oldenburg now reports in the journal…

Surface clean-up technology won't solve ocean plastic problem

Researchers compared estimates of current and future plastic waste with the ability of floating clean-up devices to collect it – and found the impact of such…

Improving the monitoring of ship emissions

A new EU-project has the aim to develop a sensor network to monitor emissions from ships.

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