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Learning the Secrets of Ants and Plants in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park

Studying small animals is very challenging. More than 50 percent of organisms on Earth are insects (Grimaldi & Engel, 2005). Ants are important because they distribute nutrients in soil, and they are the cleaners and engineers of the ecosystem. This is why there is a need to understand insects, particularly ants and the plants that interact with them.

My research has to do with the interaction these organisms have with one another. With this research I intend to learn what kind of relationship there is between them, how important they are to each other, and finally correlate that with DAP (diameter from the breast), because sometimes the diameter of a tree as measured at breast height can determine the amount of species in that tree.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #108

When you consider that all life on earth evolved from a single-celled organism, it it truly mind-blowing that our earth holds such diversity. This week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs gives just a glimpse into the amazing diversity within the birds, we feature the small and dainty like the Ultramarine Flycatchers right up to the…

DOE Secretary Proposes Rule to Aid Coal, Nuclear Plants

In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed that FERC change its rules to help coal and nuclear plants compete in wholesale power markets. The change would mandate that plants capable of storing 90 days of fuel supplies at their sites get increased payments for electricity. The plan may represent the Trump…

Life & Glaciers

  Life & Glaciers (Patagonia’s Untold Stories)   Its skin is splitting open down its back. Three pairs of lateral attachment points keep its streamlined body glued to the submerged rock. It will use the glacial raging torrent to its advantage. With the last air in its body, it inflates its thorax to free itself from…

5 Global Trends Open Huge Market Opportunities for Innovation in Seafood

If you’re a talented young data scientist scouting the next frontier, where do you go? If you’re a biotech pioneer hunting for new ways to apply cutting-edge concepts, where do you look? If you’re a global powerhouse that doesn’t want to miss the next big market opportunity, what’s on your radar? Sustainable seafood. Seriously. That…

Be a Hero for Marine Animals on World Animal Day

By Julie MacInnes for Humane Society International/Canada As a child, I remember going to an aquarium and watching the dolphins perform tricks in a showroom tank. I was struck by the contrast between these majestic, intelligent creatures and the cruel, concrete walls of the tank meant to confine them. Today is World Animal Day (#WorldAnimalDay). A…

Effective marine protection: More than just lines on a map

By 2020 the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Targets call for 10 percent of the world’s ocean to be protected. As the date nears, we are seeing real progress, like the creation of a vast new protected area around Chile’s Rapa Nui (Easter Island) that is as large as the landmass of mainland Chile. Chile has joined several other countries in starting to protect huge swaths of ocean.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #107

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs. Wild birds can be particularly difficult to photograph, they move quickly and can be shy and cryptic. We therefore especially appreciate the wonderful selection of clear and masterful photographs that are submitted every week! Here we present the best of last weeks selection. To…

Managing Feral Horse Populations in North Carolina’s Rachel Carson Reserve

As part of an ongoing project, Erika Zambello is visiting all National Estuarine Research Reserves in the continental United States. Established by NOAA, the sites work together toward long-term research, education and coastal stewardship. Paula Gillikin starts up the motor, flips the boat into reverse and pulls out of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research…

Trump Administration Poised to Finalize Clean Power Plan Review, Craft Climate Policy Strategy

A Trump administration review of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which sets state-by-state carbon reduction targets for power plants, is expected to be finalized this fall, said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a court filing last week. The EPA was expected do away with the signature climate regulation, which the Supreme Court…

Celebrating the Best of the Worst with the Wildlife Photo Fail Awards 2017

Shooting wildlife can be an exercise in patience and, too often, futility—long hours spent squatting in mosquito-riddled swamps, cowering in a small hide, or setting camera traps and waiting for an elusive creature to cooperate. All to freeze one single moment, when preparation, pre-visualization and chance coincide to produce an image that connects with an audience on a visceral level or offers a unique insight into our world.

Fall Color In-Depth: Maple Trees Offer New Answers to Diabetes, Alzheimer’s

In the 1992 film Medicine Man, biochemist Robert Campbell, played by actor Sean Connery, searches for new drugs in the Amazon’s vast rainforests. There Campbell finds a cure for cancer not in the rainforest’s rare flowers – which don’t have “juju,” or the power to heal – but in an indigenous ant species. All is looking…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #106

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs for this week. This week we feature species which are widespread like the Peregrine Falcon and those that have a much more restricted range like the Cyprus Warbler. We thank everyone for sharing their outstanding photographs with us and sharing the amazing bird diversity that…

Studies Examine Climate Change Threat Level, Recalculate Carbon Budget

Absent efforts well beyond those described in the Paris Agreement—to limit warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit that increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius—climate change could pose a deadly threat to most humans by century’s end. This finding was suggested by an international group of climate science…

Life at the Southern Limits of New Zealand

Rakiura / Stewart Island is the southern-most inhabited point of New Zealand. Here, islanders carve out an existence for themselves among the harsh but beautiful environment.