Academic Articles October 27

Source: ‘Natural infrastructure’ could save billions a year in climate crisis response


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Natural infrastructure in sustaining global urban freshwater ecosystem services

  • Source: Nature Sustainability
  • Author(s): Min Gon Chung et al.
  • Cities mainly depend on reduced impervious surfaces and more green spaces within urban areas for flood mitigation. Improved understandings of the role of natural infrastructure in urban water networks must underpin strategic decision-making to sustainably provide freshwater ecosystem services to global…

Renewable energy and biological conservation in a changing world

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Henriette I. Jager et al.
  • Without a shift to renewable energy sources, climate change will have adverse effects on many terrestrial and aquatic species. On the other hand, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy will have different effects on wildlife, some negative. To protect biota, while navigating the complexities…

Translating habitat class to land cover to map area of habitat of terrestrial vertebrates

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Maria Lumbierres et al.
  • We developed a data-driven method to translate IUCN habitat classes to land cover based on point locality data for 6,986 species of terrestrial mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. We extracted the land-cover class at each point locality and matched it to the IUCN habitat class or classes assigned…

A global ecological signal of extinction risk in terrestrial vertebrates

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Maya J. Munstermann et al.
  • To determine the distribution and causes of extinction threat across functional groups of terrestrial vertebrates, we assembled a dataset on ecological traits for 18,016 species and tested, with phylogenetic comparative methods, which categories of habitat association, mode of locomotion, and…

Balancing natural forest regrowth and tree planting to comply socially fairer with environmental policies

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Markus Gastauer et al.
  • The environmental benefits and lower implementation costs of (assisted) natural forest regrowth (NFR) compared to tree planting qualify it as a viable strategy to scale up forest restoration. However, NFR is not suitable in all places, because the potential for forest regeneration depends…

Raptor breeding sites indicate high plant biodiversity in urban ecosystems

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Haruki Natsukawa et al.
  • Our findings show that sites occupied by top predatory species could be exploited as conservation proxies for high plant diversity. Due to their exigent ecological requirements, we would expect apex predators to be tied to high biodiversity levels in many other urban ecosystems worldwide…

A qualitative systematic review of governance principles for mangrove conservation

  • Source: Conservation Biology 
  • Author(s): Elizabeth J. Golebie et al.
  • Management of mangrove ecosystems is complex, given that mangroves are both terrestrial and marine, often cross regional or national boundaries, and are valued by local stakeholders in different ways than they are valued on national and international scales. Thus, mangrove governance involves…

Prioritizing Conservation of Biodiversity in An Alpine Region: Distribution Pattern and Conservation Status of Seed Plants in The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Tiantian Xue et al.
  • Niche modeling for 336 threatened plants indicated there were apparent range shifts of suitable habitat areas from the eastern edge to the center of the plateau under future climate scenarios, and conservation priority should be focused on the southern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau for where have stable habitats…

Pan-India population genetics signifies the importance of habitat connectivity for wild Asian elephant conservation

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation 
  • Author(s): Rahul De et al. 
  • Asian elephants are endangered while they have faced ~70% population decline in India in the last 60 years. Climate change projections indicate exacerbation of ongoing habitat loss (>40%) by 2070, potentially impacting genetic structure of wild elephants across India…
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