Nutrient pollution has been blamed for algal blooms and degradation of coral reefs along Maui's west coast
A new study shows that damage inflicted on trees in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria was unprecedented in modern times, and suggests that more frequent big storms whipped up by a warming climate could permanently alter forests not only here, but across much of the Atlantic tropics. Biodiversity could suffer as result, and more carbon could be added to the atmosphere, say the authors. The study appears this week in the journal Nature Communications.
Striking traits seen only in males of some species - such as colorful peacock feathers or butterfly wings - are partly explained by gene behavior, research suggests.