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    Captivity conundrum: questioning the re-introduction of captive-bred frogs

    To protect endangered frogs from disease, scientists sometimes capture and breed them in zoos to keep the species alive while it goes extinct in the wild. But new research has shown that captive-bred frogs have significantly fewer and less diverse skin bacteria than their wild counterparts, casting doubt on the possibility of using captive-bred frogs in re-introduction conservation programs.

    Emma Johnson

    September 10, 2019
  • Warmer Rain in Alaska Spells Trouble for the Climate

    The thought of a warm spring rain might sound nice—but not when it’s in Alaska. Scientists have discovered that a wetter climate caused by a warming planet is increasing methane emissions from thawing permafrost in northern locations. Those extra emissions could escalate the pace of climate change, making runaway global warming even harder to stop.

    Nathan Empsall

    September 3, 2019
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    Protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change through landscape connectivity

    Protected areas function as important survival refuges for many species facing the threats of climate change. However, new research shows that isolated protected areas are not enough to combat these threats. Hence, we need to connect and expand isolated protected areas to ensure the survival of important species.

    Elvis Acheampong

    August 27, 2019
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    Opening Pandora’s Box: Deforestation and Development on the Island of Borneo

    The island of Borneo is changing rapidly. Infrastructure development and palm oil production are hastening deforestation on the island, which is occurring at alarming rates. Widespread deforestation has many consequences for biodiversity, including habitat loss and decreased habitat connectivity. Even more ominously, changes in land use and tree cover are shifting precipitation levels across the island.

    Karam Sheban

    August 20, 2019
Batteries could be a missing ingredient in our recipe for renewable energy

Lithium, a material mined to create batteries, might not be a stable enough source to support a renewable energy transition.

Jack Rusk
August 13, 2019
Climate change is causing leaves to change color, which may speed up warming

The way leaves reflect and absorb light can drive the climate of the entire planet. Darker leaves absorb more light, trapping heat and subsequently warming surrounding ecosystems. A recent study shows that climate change may be changing leaf properties, making them darker.

Laura Ostrowsky
August 6, 2019
The true long-term cost of nuclear power

Although some say that nuclear power is a low cost, low-carbon energy source, nuclear waste may harm future generations. New research has shown that the true costs of nuclear power are far greater than many previous studies have indicated.

Haley Leslie-Bole
July 30, 2019
What can we do to protect both forests and the livelihoods of forest communities in a changing world?

Protecting livelihoods while simultaneously protecting forests can be a difficult task. However, recent research suggests that investing in innovating social programs is an effective way to improve livelihoods of forest-dependent communities, without putting pressure on the environment.

Khin Htet Htet Pyone
July 23, 2019

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