An increase of just 1-2 degrees Celsius in shallow waters on the West Antarctic Peninsula has radically reduced marine diversity, a new study revealed.
The dead zone is primarily the result of nutrient pollution that stimulates massive blooms of algae. When this algae decomposes, oxygen levels drop below levels needed by many Gulf species to survive or develop normally; scientists refer to low-oxygen conditions as hypoxia.
The study has developed the first ever Global Rainfall Erosivity Database and a Global Erosivity Map. It notes that while rainfall provides moisture critical for plant growth, it is also one of the prime causes of soil degradation, referred to as rainfall erosivity, and which threatens food and water sustainability. For experts, global erosivity model predictions are very important since it will help them assess risks, plan and implement effective soil mitigation and restoration strategies.
Imagine a world with as many as one billion people facing harsh climate change impacts resulting in devastating droughts and/or floods, extreme weather, destruction of natural resources, in particular lands, soils and water, and the consequence of severe livelihoods conditions, famine and starvation.
Thinning sea ice due to global warming, may be causing phytoplankton bloom under the Arctic sea, which can potentially disrupt the Arctic food chain, suggests a new study.
Canada’s Arctic glaciers have become a major contributor to sea level change, according to glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
There are also issues with walls and fences that have already constructed along across 600 scattered miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, blocking approximately 49 species from accessing part of their natural habitat, placing species in danger and resulting in off-balance or destroyed ecosystems.
The monarch butterfly population dropped by more than a quarter in its Mexican wintering grounds this season due to cold weather caused by climate change, officials have said.
Accelerating deforestation of jaguar habitat (Panthera onca), especially in corridors connecting conservation areas, threatens the long-term survival of the iconic predator, according to new research by Dan Thornton, an assistant professor in the Washington State University School of the Environment.
BirdsCaribbean found a brilliant way to commemorate this year’s eighth annual Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) by releasing a free e-book, “Caribbean Waterbirds,” with stories by six authors who uncover different observations about these birds. The book is available in English, French and Spanish.
The country’s poor economy, triggered by a drop in the price of oil and terrible economic policies , has led people as well as zoos animals “to go hungry”.
Hundreds of protesters have clashed with riot police and harassed spectators attending a bullfight in Bogota as the spectacle returned to Colombia’s capital for the first time in four years.
Along Ecuador’s eastern border with Peru sits Yasuní National Park (YNP). At close to one million hectares, Yasuní is the largest expanse of protected lowland tropical forest in the country.
Pollution from the controlled fires that burn across Brazil’s São Paulo state during the sugarcane-harvesting season has a negative impact on infant health nearby.
Deforestation in Peru has slowed since peaking at nearly 180,000 hectares (700 square miles) in 2014 when swaths of the Amazon were illegally cleared for oil palm plantations, the head of the country’s forest service said recently.