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Coverage of ecosystems since April 14, 2021.

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Quebec Solidaire calls for a moratorium on logging in sugar bushes

"..."Maple syrup sales are growing rapidly and the maple syrup industry relies on maple trees in the public forest to meet part of the demand," wrote Rouyn-Noranda-Temiscamingue MNA Emilise Lessard-Therrien. "However, quality maple groves that could be tapped are currently threatened by industrial logging authorized by the government. We can't accept this without saying anything..."

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New amphibious centipede species discovered in Okinawa and Taiwan

"...Tokyo, Japan - Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University and Hosei University have discovered a new species of large, tropical centipede of genus Scolopendra in Okinawa and Taiwan. It is only the third amphibious centipede identified in the world, and is the largest in the region, 20 cm long and nearly 2 cm thick. It is also the first new centipede to be identified in Japan in 143 years, testament to the incredible biodiversity of the Ryukyu Archipelago..."

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Loop Energy and BayoTech Commit to Accelerated Deployment of Hydrogen Vehicles and Fueling Infrastructure through Joint Market D

"...“Fleet operators are facing increased pressure to transition to zero-emissions and our partnership with Loop Energy creates an ecosystem that removes many of the barriers to adoption of hydrogen fuel cells as a solution,” said Stewart Stewart, Chief Commercial Officer at BayoTech. “Both Loop and BayoTech are focused on enabling the lowest cost of ownership solutions to the fleet operator customers. We look forward to building on the foundation of this important strategic partnership as we continue to work together towards mass-market adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technologies..."

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Wildsight speaks out against logging in Columbia Wetlands

"...The report states that Canfor’s forest management practices play a key role in helping to sequester carbon by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as dead and dying trees that are normally the target of bark beetles are not able to contribute to carbon sequestration..."

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Ecosystem restoration burn planned northwest of Quesnel near Neewa Creek

"...“This is an ecosystem restoration burn aims to restore native grasslands through low to moderate intensity ground fire,” the BC Wildfire Service noted in a news release, noting it will also improve habitat and forage opportunities for grassland dependent plants and animals, as well as decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires..."

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Prescribed burns planned for Boitanio Park, Stampede Grounds, Chimney and Felker rec sites

"...Read more: Prescribed burning planned to reduce wildfire risk near Yunesit’in..."

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A rich marine algal ecosystem 600 million years earlier than previously thought

"...The first photosynthetic oxygen-producing organisms on Earth were cyanobacteria. Their evolution dramatically changed the Earth allowing oxygen to accumulate into the atmosphere for the first time and further allowing the evolution of oxygen-utilizing organisms including eukaryotes. Eukaryotes include animals, but also algae, a broad group of photosynthetic oxygen-producing organisms that now dominate photosynthesis in the modern oceans..."

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Scientists call for climate projections as part of more robust biodiversity conservation

"...Scientists have called for the use of climate projections in conservation planning, to ensure that areas most at risk from biodiversity loss and climate impacts are protected. Protected areas are often created in areas of low population density and remote locations, rather than because of their biodiversity conservation potential. Conservation planning in tropical forests especially tends to be less rigorous and climate rarely taken into account, they said..."

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Microorganisms on the Rio Grande Rise are a basis for life and a possible origin of metals

"...An article published in the journal Microbial Ecology describes the study, which was funded by FAPESP and the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  ..."

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A more complete account

"...Previous work led by her mentors, Armand Kuris and Kevin Lafferty in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, found that parasites were common in estuarine food webs. But Morton wanted to tackle a more diverse ecosystem. Given the body of research conducted on California's kelp forests, she thought it would be easy enough to simply add parasites and small, free-living invertebrates to an existing network..."

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Environmental protection could benefit from 'micro' as well as 'macro' thinking

"...Lead researcher and postgraduate student at the University of Southampton, Luke Holman explains: "Typically, biodiversity and biogeography studies focus on one group of species at a time, often animals. Studying animals, protist and bacteria together - organisms vastly different in size, separated by billions of years of evolution - gave us the opportunity to take a broader view of the marine ecosystem. We discovered remarkably consistent biogeographic groupings for the three across the coastline - consistent with previously studied patterns, driven by regional currents..."

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Coral reefs prevent more than $5.3 billion in potential flood damage for US property owners

"...Coral reefs provide many services to coastal communities, including critical protection from flood damage. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the U. S..."

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"...Entrepreneurial ecosystems The ideal candidate will have an active research agenda in innovation and/or entrepreneurship, be engaged in the academic community..."

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Langford: A Tale of Two Cities. A Best Coast Political Podcast Crossover.

Duration: 01:08:04

"...In this unique podcast experience, the Best Coast Political Podcast teams with the Capital Daily to bring listeners a revealing look at one of B. C. 's most beguiling towns: Langford..."

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E064: A New Electric Vehicle for Asia

Duration: 48:00

"...Freddie Tinga, President at Global Electric Transportation, is building new electric vehicles for Asia and Europe..."

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Western Stock Growers' Association- carbon and ecosystems services markets.

Duration: 11:02

"...Bill Newton, Governor, Western Stock Growers' Association..."

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The Wondrous World of Living Color

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"...Step into the vibrant and beautiful world of living color with natural dyer, designer, artist, and educator Sasha Duerr. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about ecosystems.

Alaska’s forest fires are shifting the region’s carbon balance—sometimes for the better

"...What they found surprised them: In the long run, their estimates suggest that intensifying heat and more wildfires may lead to more carbon sequestration in Alaskan forests, they report today in Science..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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The Future of Energy || Discuss the Future with Peter Terium

"...In NEOM, he and his team are building a 100% renewable energy system, which will result in the production and worldwide exportation of green hydrogen, fueling green industries around the planet..."

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Biodiversity 101

"...Think about this rain forest… that coral reef… these grasslands… these mountains..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about ecosystems relevant to the latest news.

Economic assessment of rewilding versus agri-environmental nature management

"...restoring natural processes in self-sustaining biodiverse ecosystems, has been proposed as an alternative and is hypothesized to be a more cost-efficient approach to promote biodiversity conservation..."

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Modeling wildfire drivers in Chinese tropical forest ecosystems using global logistic regression and geographically weighted lo

"...The tropics is an area with high incidence of wildfire all over the world in recent years, and the forest ecosystem in the tropics is extremely fragile..."

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Beyond trees: Mapping total aboveground biomass density in the Brazilian savanna using high-density UAV-lidar data

"...However, their ability to store and sequester carbon is uncertain due to combined and intermingling effects of anthropogenic activities and climate change, which impact wildfire regimes and vegetation dynamics..."

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Identifying key processes and sectors in the interaction between climate and socio-economic systems: a review toward integratin

"...Water resources, sea level rise, natural disasters, ecosystem services, and diseases also show the potential to have a significant influence on GHG emissions and GDP, although for most of these, a large effect was reported only by a limited number of studies..."

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Climate Change Policy Coherence across Policies, Plans, and Strategies in Pakistan?Implications for the China?Pakistan Economic

"..., reducing coal-based energy projects and environmentally damaging infrastructure activities in sensitive ecosystems..."

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Evaluating Non-Market Values of Agroecological and Socio-Cultural Benefits of Diversified Cropping Systems

"...Three valuation scenarios were presented to a representative sample of consumers: the first one focused on agroecosystem services on cropland, the second on wider socio-cultural effects and the third was a combination of them..."

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The ecology of wine fermentation: a model for the study of complex microbial ecosystems

"...The general interest in microbial ecology has skyrocketed over the past decade, driven by technical advances and by the rapidly increasing appreciation of the fundamental services that these ecosystems provide..."

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Distribution characteristics, bioaccumulation and trophic transfer of heavy metals in the food web of grassland ecosystems

"...In this study, according to the classification of biological “classes” and the different trophic levels of the food web, the distribution characteristics, bioaccumulation of heavy metals (HMs) and their trophic transfer in the food web of typical grassland ecosystems were studied and predicted..."

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The edible biota in irrigated, deepwater, and rainfed rice fields of Asia: a neglected treasure for sustainable food system

"...Irrigated, rainfed, deepwater rice agro-ecosystems of Asia replete with a suite of edible flora and fauna have provided an alternate and affordable source of essential nutrients apart from the staple..."

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