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15 March 2018

Coral reef experiment shows: Acidification from carbon dioxide slows growth [Phys]

Ocean acidification will severely impair coral reef growth before the end of the century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unchecked, according to new research on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef led by Carnegie’s Ken Caldeira and the California Academy of Sciences’ Rebecca Albright.

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14 March 2018

Feeding wildlife can influence migration, spread of disease [Phys]

nimal migration patterns are changing as humans alter the landscape, according to new research from the University of Georgia. Those changes can affect wildlife interactions with parasites-with potential impacts on public health and on the phenomenon of migration itself.

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14 March 2018

How cash can promote tropical forest conservation [Phys]

Paying rural villagers to cut down fewer trees boosts conservation not only while the payments are being made but even after they’re discontinued, according to a new CU Boulder study involving 1,200 tropical forest users in five developing countries.
The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Sustainability, also found that when forest users trust each other, their conservation efforts are further enhanced even after cash incentives go away.

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14 March 2018

Small hydropower a big global issue overlooked by science and policy [Mongabay]

In January, Brazil made a surprise announcement, ending its mega-dam building policy after years of pushing ahead with controversial projects such as the Belo Monte dam (the world’s third largest), and the Tapajós Complex. But although that comes as welcome news to environmentalists, it is overshadowed by some bad news: a five-fold increase in so-called small hydropower dams in Brazil over the last 20 years, as identified by a new study.

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14 March 2018

Face au « choc climatique », la biodiversité menacée d’extinctions massives [Le Monde - Biodiversité]

Si le réchauffement se poursuit jusqu’à + 4,5 °C, la moitié des espèces des régions les plus riches en faune et en flore risqueront de disparaître d’ici à 2 080.

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