News tagged with terrestrial ecosystems

A new global warming culprit: Dam drawdowns

Washington State University researchers have documented an underappreciated suite of players in global warming: dams, the water reservoirs behind them, and surges of greenhouse gases as water levels go up and down.

Aug 08, 2012 5 / 5 (2) 0

Why are orchids so successful?

In terms of diversity, orchids are one of the most successful groups of flowering plants, with over 22,000 species. Both pollinating animals and mycorrhizal fungi are believed to have been important in the ...

Sep 13, 2011 3 / 5 (1) 0

Mercury on the rise in endangered Pacific seabirds

Using 120 years of feathers from natural history museums in the United States, Harvard University researchers have been able to track increases in the neurotoxin methylmercury in the black-footed albatross (Phoebastria ni ...

Apr 18, 2011 not rated yet 0

Extinction crisis looms in Oceania: study

Governments must act urgently to halt loss of habitats and invading species that are posing major threats to biodiversity and causing species extinctions across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, according to ...

Jul 28, 2009 5 / 5 (2) 0

Mangrove-dependent animals globally threatened

More than 40 percent of a sample of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds that are restricted to mangrove ecosystems are globally threatened with extinction, according to an assessment published in the July/August issue ...

Jul 01, 2009 not rated yet 0