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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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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Scientists Identify Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park as One of Most Biodiverse Places on Earth

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Crowned like a king, the spike-headed katydid, Panacanthus cuspidatus, is one of projected 100,000 insect species in Yasuni.

A team of scientists has documented that Yasuní National Park, in the core of the Ecuadorian Amazon, shatters world records for a wide array of plant and animal groups, from amphibians to trees to insects.

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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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Can A Plant Be Altruistic?

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Yellow jewelweed (impatiens pallida) appears to have the ability to recognize ‘relatives’ from ‘strangers’ and then shift resources for growth to benefit relatives.

Although plants have the ability to sense and respond to other plants, their ability to recognize kin and act altruistically has been the subject of few studies. The authors explored kin recognition in Impatiens pallida (yellow jewelweed). By moving their resources into leaves, these plants not only positively affected their own growth, but also negatively affected their competitors’ growth. This is the first instance where researchers demonstrated that a plant’s response to an aboveground cue is dependent upon the presence of a belowground cue.

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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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First Neotropical Rainforest Was Home Of The Titanoboa — World’s Biggest Snake

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Plant megafossils from Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia look much like modern rainforest plants.

Smithsonian researchers working in Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine have unearthed the first megafossil evidence of a neotropical rainforest. Titanoboa, the world’s biggest snake, lived in this forest 58 million years ago at temperatures 3-5 C warmer than in rainforests today, indicating that rainforests flourished during warm periods. Continue reading… “First Neotropical Rainforest Was Home Of The Titanoboa — World’s Biggest Snake”

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New Species Of Giant Rat Discovered In Crater Of Volcano

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Bosavi giant woolly rat.

A Smithsonian Institution biologist, working with the Natural History Unit of the BBC, has discovered a new species of giant rat on a filmmaking expedition to a remote rainforest in New Guinea.

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New Monkey Discovered In Brazil — Threatened By Proposed Dams And Other Development In Region

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A new monkey — dubbed Mura’s saddleback tamarin — has been discovered in a remote region of the Amazon in Brazil.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced on July 7 the discovery of a new monkey in a remote region of the Amazon in Brazil.

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Ferns Took To The Trees And Thrived During Cretaceous Period

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Hymenophyllum jamesonii, an epiphytic fern of  the neotropical rain forests

As flowering plants like giant trees quickly rose to dominate plant communities during the Cretaceous period, the ferns that had preceded them hardly saw it as a disappointment.

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Hawaiian Happy Face Spider

Hawaiian Happy Face Spider

Variety of Hawaiian Happy Face Spiders 

The spider, which measures just a few millimetres across, has developed bizarre markings giving the appearance of a smiling face.

Scientists think the spider, which has the scientific name Theridion grallator and is harmless to humans, has evolved the patterns to confuse predators. (Pics)

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