Peruvian peatlands: Carbon sinks only?

Peatlands play a significant role in tackling climate change thanks to their carbon storage capacity, which is considerably high below ground due to the waterlogged condition of the soil. Recent research (Draper et al., 2014) shows that they can store  ̶ including below- and above-ground carbon ̶  near half the amount of the above-ground carbon... Continue Reading →

The last stand for the world’s largest mangrove forest

Figure 1. Chital deer standing in mangrove swamps. Source: Wikipedia.com Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal share the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, one of the Indian sub-continent’s most biodiverse ecosystems. Historically, emblematic Asian species, such as the Javan rhinoceros and leopards roamed the area, but they became locally extinct primarily due to human... Continue Reading →

Saving the Florida Panther

With an estimated 180 individuals in the wild, there is no doubt that Florida Panthers (Puma concolor coryi) need all the help they can get. A sub-species of the North American Mountain Lion, Florida Panthers have already been recipients of extensive conservation management. Yet the help they are now receiving is coming from some unexpected... Continue Reading →

The future is bright, but we’re losing darkness: threats to human and ecosystem health

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists who have worked for decades to identify the molecular mechanism controlling our bodies’ internal clocks—our circadian rhythms. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young first isolated the gene that controls circadian rhythms back in 1984. They discovered that this gene,... Continue Reading →

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