Mismatches between biodiversity research and policy needs – how can anyone compete with climate change?

If you would conduct a quick poll among the next twenty people you meet and ask them what they think the most important cause of global biodiversity loss is, there’s a good chance you would get a lot of the same two-word answer: climate change. In the English-speaking world today, there are few anthropogenic threats that appear in the news as often as often as climate change. While climate change is undeniably an important driver of biodiversity changes worldwide, there’s a risk that other equally important drivers have ended up too far from the scientific spotlight.

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Spawn of the Dead

Migratory animals such as the Pacific salmon are critical to the transport of nutrients and energy across large distances and between different ecosystems. However, along with important nutrients also come contaminants and pollutants. To understand the impacts of salmon, Brandon Gerig and colleagues investigate contaminant levels of riparian fish populations in streams where salmon runs do and do not occur in the Great Lakes region.

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Capturing carbon: using technology to turn pollution into a solution

Technological advances have brought us incredible inventions that have filled our daily lives with many modern conveniences. However, these technological advances have come at a price of ever increasing air pollution, particularly from carbon dioxide. Just as technological advances have helped create the problem, scientists are now turning to them as a solution to the pollution problem.

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How much does pollution increase as cities grow?

People worldwide are increasingly living in cities. Urban life has many benefits including economic growth, but large concentrations of people and their activities can lead to increased pollution. A recent study evaluated the trade-offs between pollution and urbanization to see if the economic benefits outweigh the negative health impacts.

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Turn out the lights: Does artificial light keep song birds up at night?

Have you ever thought about how much light we humans create at night? Well it’s a lot, and all of this light can have a large impact on the animals we share our environment with. In this study, the researchers wanted to determine the effect artificial light at night has on the sleeping behavior of two songbird species: Great tit and blue tit. Read on to learn whether we are keeping birds up at night.

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