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  • Climate change will impact Alberta`s ecosystems - Report

    The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for the CCEMC that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. The adaptation report, Alberta's Natural Subregions under a Changing Climate: Past, Present and Future, was prepared by Dr. Rick Schneider with collaborators from the University of Alberta. It includes detailed maps and outlines how ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Study dispersant use and ecosystem impacts of dispersed oil

    Last Thursday, over fifty experts and practitioners from government, academia and industry finished a two-day meeting looking at the potential long-term impacts of the prolonged use of large volumes of dispersants in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. EPA and NOAA scientists are conducting rigorous ongoing monitoring and analysis of the effectiveness and ...

  • NEIKER is studying the impact of climate change on the soil ecosystem

    The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development NEIKER-Tecnalia has had a Microbial Observatory in the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Nature Reserve (Huesca Pyrenees) since 2011. Its purpose is to evaluate the impact of climate change on the ecosystems of the soil by monitoring its microbial properties over time. The research areas are located at altitudes of between 1,500 and ...

  • Posters Invited for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment

    Poster abstracts are invited for a Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment Special Symposium which will be held in Washington, DC on 7-8 February, 2013.  Abstracts will be accepted through 15 December. This symposium will bring together practitioners who work at the cutting edge of biodiversity and ecosystem services (ES) with both policy makers responsible for shaping IA ...

  • Rising CO2’s impacts on marine ecosystems and the people that rely on them

    The world’s ocean ecosystems will suffer warming, increased acidity, low oxygen and reduced primary food supply as a result of rising CO2 and this is likely to have dramatic environmental and social impacts, a new study concludes. It predicts that the most vulnerable low-income countries, where 870 million people are dependent on marine ecosystems, would be affected if CO2 emissions are not ...

  • Decreasing nitrogen emissions will cause relatively fast reductions of impacts on ecosystems

    The negative effects of acidic deposition in Europe and North America on natural ecosystems have been reduced significantly over the past decades, but the impacts of nitrogen on ecosystems are still persistent. This is evident from research results presented in a recently published book written by nearly 100 experts from 15 countries, entitled ...

  • Invasive alien species’ impacts on ecosystem services: new tool to assess risks

    Researchers have developed a new risk assessment scheme for invasive alien species that not only predicts their direct effects on biodiversity, but also their impacts on ecosystem services. Furthermore, the scheme allows sources of uncertainty in a species’ impact to be identified, and can be applied to a range of different species. Invasive alien species are one of the greatest threats to ...

  • Antarctic ecosystems suffer toxic impacts of petrochemical lubricants over the long term

    Petrochemical lubricants have toxic effects on Antarctic seafloor ecosystems even after five years of degradation, a new study suggests. Examining the impacts of a standard lubricant and one marketed as biodegradable, the researchers were able to show that algae, which form the basis of the food chain, remained affected even after five years. Furthermore, the biodegradable lubricant appeared to ...

  • New EU research to investigate ocean acidification impact on ecosystems

    Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) through human activities have a well known impact on the Earth's climate. What is not so well known is that the absorption of this CO2 by the oceans is causing inexorable acidification of sea water. But what impact is this phenomenon having on marine organisms and ecosystems? This is a question to which researchers have few answers as yet. That is why the ...

  • Major Expedition Launches to Study Impacts of Recent Events on Gulf of Mexico EcoSystem

    Ocean Alliance, the University of Southern Maine and Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) today launched a 14-week scientific voyage to study the impacts of recent oil spills and natural disasters on the Gulf of Mexico, one of the world's most ...


    By Albemarle Corporation

  • Major expedition launches to study impacts of recent events on Gulf of Mexico EcoSystem

    Ocean Alliance, the University of Southern Maine and Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) today launched a 14-week scientific voyage to study the impacts of recent oil spills and natural disasters on the Gulf of Mexico, one of the world's most important ocean habitats. The scientific mission will leave Key West, Florida with a ten-person team aboard the 93-foot floating laboratory, Odyssey. The team ...

  • Reducing tourists` damage to ecosystems

    Large numbers of people visiting sites of special interest can potentially damage these protected places. New research suggests a method to determine the most suitable tourist routes through these areas, which preserves the biodiversity of the site by minimising the harmful impact caused by tourists. Tourists can damage sensitive areas in a number of ways: trampling habitats, compacting the soil, ...

  • The corporate ecosystem services review

    Ecosystems provide businesses with numerous benefits or "ecosystem services." Forests supply timber and wood fiber, purify water, regulate climate, and yield genetic resources. River systems provide freshwater, power, and recreation. The report, The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review, developed ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Guide to corporate ecosystems evaluation

    The World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released a Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV), which is the first of its kind, catering directly for the needs of business. The Guide is designed to enhance business understanding ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Ecosystem renovation - bring it on back

    A ‘lost’ lake in Mali and a Kenyan forest that is the water tower for key rivers and lakes in East Africa are among two country projects aimed at bringing significant degraded and denuded ecosystems back from the brink. The projects are among several being drawn up and spearheaded by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with governments, to demonstrate that re-investing in damaged ...

  • Zumbox Joins Recyclebank Ecosystem

    Zumbox, the leader in digital postal mail services, today announced that it has joined the Recyclebank® Ecosystem, a first-of-its-kind network of companies working together to motivate and reward people to take online and offline green actions. An exact digital copy of the paper mail sent to ...


    By Marketwire

  • Ecosystem markets take off

    While global financial markets crumble, a new form of markets is on the rise. Ecosystem markets, exchanges of nature's various services, are adding new dimensions to conservation. In addition to using regulation to restrict development, more countries are turning to the invisible hand of the market to protect biodiversity, clean waterways, and fight climate change. In a nutshell, market-based ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Finding the ASX200 for marine ecosystems

    The state of an ecosystem can be understood by measuring the right ecological characteristics, just as the ASX200 index shows the state of the Australian stock market by following 200 selected stocks. CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship scientist Dr Keith Hayes, one of the leaders of the project, says the difficult part is selecting which characteristics to track. “Ecosystems respond to multiple ...

  • Coastal structures change marine ecosystems

    The urbanisation of coastal areas and introduction of man-made structures, such as jetties and seawalls, are changing marine environments. A new analysis highlights the impacts of these changes on marine plants and animals and suggests options to manage the detrimental effects. Many of the world's largest cities are in coastal zones and more than 75 per cent of people are expected to live within ...

  • The effects of climate change on seafloor ecosystems

    Ocean warming driven by climate change will reduce the amount of food reaching marine life on the seafloor, a recent study suggests. This would result in a 5.2% global reduction in seafloor biomass by the end of the 21st century and biodiversity hotspots, such as cold-water coral reefs, will be particularly badly affected, say the researchers. The open ocean harbours a vast array of biodiversity. ...

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