Global Change Biology exists to promote understanding of the interface between all aspects of current environmental change that affects a substantial part of the globe and biological systems. Studies must concern biological systems, regardless of whether they are aquatic or terrestrial, and managed or natural environments. Both biological responses and feedbacks to change are included, and may be considered at any level of organization from molecular to biome. Studies may employ theoretical, modeling, analytical, experimental, observational, and historical approaches and should be exploratory rather than confirmatory. GCB publishes primary research articles, technical advances, research reviews, commentaries and letters.
Polar ecosystems vulnerable to sunlight
(Phys.org) —Slight changes in the timing of the annual loss of sea-ice in polar regions could have dire consequences for polar ecosystems, by allowing a lot more sunlight to reach the sea floor.
Restricting competitors could help threatened species cope with climate change
Threatened animal species could cope better with the effects of climate change if competition from other animals for the same habitats is restricted, according to new research by Durham University.
City-life changes blackbird personalities, study shows
The origins of a young animal might have a significant impact on its behavior later on in life. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany, have been able to demonstrate in hand-reared ...
Britain's urban rivers cleanest in 20 years
Scientists from Cardiff University have found that Britain's urban rivers are the cleanest they've been in over two decades.
Melting sea ice threatens emperor penguins, study finds (w/ Video)
At nearly four feet tall, the Emperor penguin is Antarctica's largest sea birdand thanks to films like "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," it's also one of the continent's most iconic. If global temperatures continue ...
Fish communities key to balancing nutrients in coral reefs
(Phys.org) —Coral reefs are among the most productive—and imperiled—ecosystems in the world. One of the many threats they face is pollution from runoff and poorly treated wastewater, which upsets the delicate balance ...
Climate change could shift Southeast's drinking water supply to higher ground
(Phys.org) —Researchers studying how Southeastern forests respond to drought report that stressed watersheds at lower elevations will be less able to provide high-quality drinking water as the climate continues to change.
Ants rise with temperature
(Phys.org) —Warm nights might be more important than hot days in determining how species respond to climate change. "Rising minimum temperatures may be the best way to predict how climate change will affect an ecosystem," ...
Wetlands likely to blame for greenhouse gas increases
A surprising recent rise in atmospheric methane likely stems from wetland emissions, suggesting that much more of the potent greenhouse gas will be pumped into the atmosphere as northern wetlands continue to thaw and tropical ...
Moth study suggests hidden climate change impacts
A 32-year study of subarctic forest moths in Finnish Lapland suggests that scientists may be underestimating the impacts of climate change on animals and plants because much of the harm is hidden from view.