Academic Articles Jul. 29

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  • Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective
    • Source: Science
    • Author(s): Gregory N. Bratman et al.
    • Abstract: A growing body of empirical evidence is revealing the value of nature experience for mental health. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally, crucial decisions must be made about how to preserve and enhance opportunities for nature experience. Here, we first provide…
  • Shark hotspots under worldwide threat from overfishing
    • Source: Nature
    • Author(s): Nuno Queiroz et al.
    • Over 150 scientists from 26 countries combined movement data from nearly 2,000 sharks tracked with satellite tags. Using this tracking information, researchers identified areas of the ocean that were important for multiple species, shark ‘hot spots’, that were located in ocean frontal zones, boundaries…
  • Do marine protected areas work?
    • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
    • Author(s): Kerry J. Nickols et al.
    • A study describes how to use data collected before and after Marine Protected Areas are created to verify that they work.
  • Domino effect of species extinctions also damages biodiversity
    • Source: Science Advances
    • Author(s): Jordi Bascompte et al.
    • The mutual dependencies of many plant species and their pollinators mean that the negative effects of climate change are exacerbated. The total number of species threatened with extinction is therefore considerably higher than predicted in previous models, researchers show.
  • What drives Yellowstone’s massive elk migrations?
    • Source: Global Change Biology
    • Author(s): Gregory J. M. Rickbeil et al.
    • Yellowstone’s migratory elk rely primarily on environmental cues, including a retreating snowline and the greening grasses of spring, to decide when to make the treks between their winter ranges and summer ranges, researchers show. Their study combined GPS tracking data from more than 400 animals in…
  • Why Noah’s Ark won’t work
    • Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    • Author(s): Reid S. Brennan et al.
    • Many species will need large population sizes to survive climate change and ocean acidification, a new study finds.
  • Impacts of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems on conservation policy and practice
    • Source: Conservation Letters
    • Author(s): Lucie M. Bland et al.
    • Abstract: In 2014, the International Union for Conservation of Nature adopted the Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) criteria as the global standard for assessing risks to terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. Five years on, it is timely to ask what impact this new initiative has had on ecosystem…

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