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As farmers protest, ANU experts offer stark water warning

Researchers warned of a grim summer for the rivers of the Murray Darling Basin, and the people, flora and fauna that rely on it.

6 Dec 2019 The Conversation

Whales stop being socialites when boats are about

The noise and presence of boats can harm humpback whales’ ability to communicate and socialise, in some cases reducing their communication range by a factor of four.

6 Dec 2019 Royal Society Open Science

Tipping points push Earth towards hothouse climate

The “active” tipping points include the extensive loss of Arctic sea ice and ice sheets in Greenland, West Antarctica and the Wilkes Basin of East Antarctica, the thawing of permafrost, and the destruction of boreal forests and the Amazon rainforest.

6 Dec 2019 Nature

Forest fragmentation hits wildlife hardest in the tropics

Everyone knows habitat loss is bad for animals, but there’s been a longstanding debate about fragmentation – the arrangement of remaining habitat.

5 Dec 2019 Science

Changing wildfires in the California’s Sierra Nevada may threaten northern goshawks

New study in Biological Conservation shows majority of the species' foraging and roosting habitat is at high risk of severe wildfire.

5 Dec 2019 Biological Conservation

Outlook for the polar regions in a 2-degrees-warmer world

International team assesses widespread effects of polar warming.

4 Dec 2019 Science Advances

Deer and elk can help young Douglas-fir trees under some conditions

The findings quantified the effects of intensive forest management on wildlife and wildlife habitat.

4 Dec 2019 Journal of Applied Ecology

Harbor porpoise calves exposed to neurotoxic PCBs in mothers’ milk

New ZSL study reveals mothers detoxify themselves by passing on most neurotoxic PCBs through lactation.

3 Dec 2019 Science of the Total Environment

Countries and the global rate of soil erosion

ETH Zurich researchers are re-examining the causes of soil erosion around the world – and have found that countries themselves have a surprisingly strong influence on their soil. This country effect was previously undetected.

2 Dec 2019 Nature Sustainability

Canadians dying at a higher rate in areas with more air pollution

Air pollution – even at levels below national and international air quality guidelines – is associated with an increased risk of deaths in Canada, according to new UBC research.

30 Nov 2019 Health Effects Institute

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