Academic Articles Jan. 7

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  • Amazon tipping point: Last chance for action
    • Source: Science Advances
    • Author(s): Thomas E. Lovejoy and Carlos Nobre
    • Although 2019 was not the worst year for fire or deforestation in the Amazon, it was the year when the extent of fires and deforestation in the region garnered full global attention.
  • The fate of Madagascar’s rainforest habitat
    • Source: Nature Climate Change
    • Author(s): Toni Lyn Morelli et al.
    • Climate change and habitat loss threaten species survival in Madagascar. Ruffed lemurs, a representative species in the eastern rainforest, could lose 38–93% of their habitat from climate change and deforestation…
  • Climate change now detectable from any single day of weather at global scale
    • Source: Nature Climate Change
    • Author(s): Sebastian Sippel, Nicolai Meinshausen, Erich M. Fischer, Enikő Székely & Reto Knutti
    • Detection and attribution typically aims to find long-term climate signals in internal, often short-term variability. Here, common methods are extended to high-frequency temperature and humidity data, detecting instantaneous,…
  • Environmental market design for large-scale marine conservation
    • Source: Nature Sustainability
    • Author(s): Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez, John Lynham & Christopher Costello
    • It is commonly agreed that marine conservation should expand considerably around the world. However, most countries have not yet implemented large-scale no-take Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
  • How ‘Blue’ Is ‘Green’ Energy?
    • Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
    • Author(s): Andrew J. Wright et al.
    • Often perceived as environmentally benign, ‘green’ renewable energy technologies have ecological costs that are often overlooked, especially those occurring below the waterline. After briefly discussing the impacts of hydropower on freshwater and marine organisms, we focus this review on the impacts…
  • Limiting the loss of nature
    • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
    • Author(s): Martine Maron et al.
    • With only about half of Earth’s terrestrial surface remaining as natural vegetation, a team has proposed an international goal to halt its continued loss. The team examined how a global goal of ‘no net loss’ of natural ecosystems could work, where some nations seek net increases in over-depleted natural…
  • North Atlantic Current may cease temporarily in the next century
    • Source: Scientific Reports           
    • Author(s): Daniele Castellana, Sven Baars, Fred W. Wubs, Henk A. Dijkstra
    • The North Atlantic Current transports warm water from the Gulf of Mexico towards Europe, providing much of north-western Europe with a relatively mild climate. However, scientists suspect that meltwater from Greenland and excessive rainfall could interfere with this ocean current. Simulations showed…
  • Large carnivores and zoos — essential for biodiversity conservation marketing
    • Source: Nature Conservation
    • Author(s): Adriana Consorte-McCrea et al.
    • Large carnivores: bears, big cats, wolves and elephant seals, and zoos should be utilized as powerful catalysts for public engagement with nature and pro-environmental behavior, suggests a new article. The international multidisciplinary research team highlights the wide-reaching influence of the institutions…
  • Planetary boundaries: Interactions in Earth system amplify human impacts
    • Source: Nature Sustainability
    • Author(s): Steven J. Lade et al.
    • Transgressing one planetary boundary can amplify human impacts on another one. For the first time, an international team of scientists now quantified some of the planetary-scale interactions in the Earth system. These biophysical interactions have in fact almost doubled direct human impacts on the nine…
  • Amazon forest regrowth much slower than previously thought
    • Source: Ecology
    • Author(s): Fernando Elias et al.
    • The regrowth of Amazonian forests following deforestation can happen much slower than previously thought, a new study shows. The findings could have significant impacts for climate change predictions as the ability of secondary forests to soak up carbon from the atmosphere may have been over-estimated….
  • A framework for evaluating the impact of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Jessica Betts et al.
    • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, a species extinction risk assessment tool, has been guiding conservation efforts for over 5 decades. It is widely assumed to have been instrumental in preventing species from moving closer to extinction…
  • Tree diversity and carbon storage cobenefits in tropical human‐dominated landscapes
    • Source: Conservation Letters
    • Author(s): Anand M. Osuri et al.
    • A lack of spatial congruence between carbon storage and biodiversity in intact forests suggests limited cobenefits of carbon‐focused policies for conserving tropical biodiversity. However, whether the same applies in tropical human‐dominated landscapes (HDLs) is unclear. In India’s Western…

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