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The Many Unknown Facets of Plastics in Ecosystems

Few studies have examined lakes or wide swaths of ocean areas, leaving critical data gaps in how plastic pollution affects wildlife and moves across food webs — Although it seems like volumes have been written recently about the ubiquitous plastic pollution in the world’s waterways, a new report finds major gaps in where we’ve looked …

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Guest post: 13 ‘ocean-based solutions’ for tackling climate change

Dr Phillip Williamson is an honorary reader at the University of East Anglia and science coordinator of the UK Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere research programme, which is coordinated by the government-funded National Environment Research Council (NERC) — There will be at least one inescapable conclusion in the upcoming publication of the Intergovernmental Panel …

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Amazon mangroves ‘twice as carbon rich’ as its rainforests

The vast mangroves of the Amazon store twice as much carbon per hectare as the region’s tropical forests, new research shows — The relatively understudied ecosystem also stores 10 times more carbon than Amazon savannahs – a type of grassy plain with sparsely populated trees, according to the study. However, the wetlands face threats from …

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Guest post: A plan to solve the mysteries of Congo’s vast tropical peatland

Prof Simon Lewis is a researcher of global change science at the University of Leeds and University College London, as well as a contributing editor for Carbon Brief — Last year, I led a team of scientists in publishing the first-ever map of a vast peatland in the central Congo Basin. Covering 145,500 square kilometres …

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Restricting global warming to 1.5°C would ‘halve’ risk of marine heatwaves

Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds — Such a surge in heatwaves could push “marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of their resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible …

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Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change

The Great Barrier Reef has become a notorious victim of climate change. But it is not the only Australian ecosystem on the brink of collapse — Our research, recently published in Nature Climate Change, describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that have occurred recently across Australia.   These changes, caused by the …

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Rights not ‘fortress conservation’ key to save planet, says UN expert

Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples calls for a new, rights-based approach to conservation — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released a report highly critical of the global conservation movement and calling for indigenous peoples and other local communities to have a greater say in protecting the world’s forests. Titled …

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Climate change to become ‘greatest pressure on biodiversity’ by 2070

The combined effects of global warming and land-use change could cause the world’s ecosystems to lose more than a third of their animal species by 2070, a new study finds — Climate change is expected to become the largest driver of biodiversity loss by the second half of the century, the research finds, surpassing the …

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