Elephants in Africa Found to be Two Distinct Species

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You may not have been debating whether African elephants living in savannah or forests were two separate species, but it’s been an unanswered question among scientists for a while. A new study in the journal PLoS Biology claims to put the question to rest though, determining though DNA sequencing that African elephants are in fact two separate species–in fact they are genetically further apart than Asian elephants are from the extinct wooly mammoth.

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Croplands Are Chipping Away at Carbon Stocks ?

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Nature’s capacity to store carbon, the element at the heart of global climate woes, is steadily eroding as the world’s farmers expand croplands at the expense of native ecosystem such as forests.

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Treehotel – Tree Houses Designed as World-Class Hotel Rooms

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In an endeavor to attract travelers who want to get up close and personal with nature, a group of award-winning Swedish architects is flaunting a lofty new hotel concept that is set to open in a remote village in northern Sweden. The concept involves tree houses being designed as world-class hotel rooms, which aim to attract eco-conscious travelers. Slated to open on July 17 in Harads, Sweden, 60 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, the Treehotel will have four rooms when it opens this month – the Cabin, the Blue Cone, the Nest and the Mirrorcube. Two more – the UFO and A Room With a View – are scheduled to open in October this year. (Pics)

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Massive Maya City Revealed by Lasers

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Laser Vision Reveals Maya City

Scientists mapping the ruins of the abandoned Maya city of Caracol in Belize knew they had tackled a big job, uncovering the city from the encroaching jungle. They didn’t know how big it really is until modern mapping techniques took a look underneath the forest canopy.

An April 2009 flyover of the Maya city of Caracol used Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment—which bounces laser beams off the ground—to help scientists construct a 3-D map of the settlement in western Belize…

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Stunning Photos of Sleeping Insects Covered in Dew

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Droplets of water bead on the head of this blue dragonfly as it slumbers on a leaf

Glistening in the early morning, these insects look like creatures from another planet as dew gathers on their sleeping bodies. Captured in extreme close-up, one moth appears to be totally encrusted in diamonds as it rests on a twig.

 

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Forests Are Growing Faster, Ecologists Discover; Climate Change Appears to Be Driving Accelerated Growth

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Forest in Maryland.

Speed is not a word typically associated with trees; they can take centuries to grow. However, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence that forests in the Eastern United States are growing faster than they have in the past 225 years. The study offers a rare look at how an ecosystem is responding to climate change.

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Northern Forests Do Not Benefit from Lengthening Growing Season, Study Finds

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Forest in Finland.

Forests in northern areas are stunted, verging on the edge of survival. It has been anticipated that climate change improves their growth conditions. A study published in Forest Ecology and Management journal shows that due to their genetic characteristics trees are unable to properly benefit from the lengthening growing season.

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Nasca People Of Ancient Peru: Forest Clearances Sealed Civilization’s Downfall

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Nazca Lines in the Peruvian Desert.

An ancient South American civilisation which disappeared around 1,500 years ago helped to cause its own demise by damaging the fragile ecosystem that held it in place, a study has found.

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