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A review of the human impact on the nitrogen cycle

Editor's Highlight— This paper presents a synthesis of literature on the human alteration of the nitrogen cycle, bringing previous reviews up to date with the latest publications. The authors also make an interesting comparison between the human impacts on the carbon and nitrogen cycles, benefits to.... more

India’s Plans for Coal Clash with Paris Agreement

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— India’s proposed coal plants threaten to lock out its low-emission energy goals under the international climate accord.  Less than 2 years ago, officials from all 196 countries met in Paris, France, and agreed to limit their emissions—enough, collectively, to keep.... more

Projecting wave changes and coastal impacts of climate change

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper uses a statistical downscaling approach to project how waves may change in the twenty-first century under different climate change scenarios. This is an interesting approach and the results confirm the findings of other studies. Such replication of results using different.... more

How Can We Best Manage Shared Resources?

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Researchers develop a mathematical model to shed light on the social, economic, and ecological challenges of governing resources such as fisheries, forests, grazing lands, and the atmosphere.  In 1968, a biology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara,.... more

Are Studies That Evaluate Ecosystem Services Useful?

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Ecologists find flaws in the approach to research that focuses on services ecosystems provide to humans. These flaws limit certain studies’ utility.  To make their research more useful for policy makers, ecologists strive to collect data and provide answers to questions.... more

Natural Resource Exploitation Could Reach New Depths

Jenny Lunn, Contributing Writer

From Research Spotlights— The deep seafloor could provide humans with supplies of valuable metals, but opinion is divided as to whether sustainable exploitation is possible and worth the ecological and economic risk.  Buildings, infrastructure, mobile phones, batteries, and electric cars contain.... more

Revealing additional sources of carbon on barrier islands

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper presents field measurements on carbon accumulation and loss from two barrier islands to explore the carbon-reservoir life cycle in these marine environments. Most research on barrier islands has concentrated on the role of saltmarshes as carbon sinks but this study considers.... more

As climate stirs Arctic sea ice faster, pollution tags along

Blog— A warming climate is not just melting the Arctic’s sea ice; it is stirring the remaining ice faster, increasing the odds that ice-rafted pollution will foul a neighboring country’s waters, says a new study. Declining sea ice is opening more of the Arctic Ocean to industrial development and resource.... more

Remote Ocean Islands Are Affected by Pollution from Distant Lands

Jenny Lunn, Contributing Writer

From Research Spotlights— Marine protected areas, set up to conserve marine ecosystems and species, accumulate pollutants swept in from mainland shores by ocean currents.  It would be natural to assume that remote and sparsely inhabited islands in the middle of the ocean are surrounded by.... more


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