Tropical cyclones - also known as typhoons - disperse powerful winds that can have a dramatic impact on nutrient cycling of an ecosystem. Island nations in the western Pacific and native plants in this region seem to be hit the hardest by these massive storms.
Tropical fossil forests from 380 million years ago were recently unearthed in Norway and are believed to have triggered a drastic climate shift experienced during this time.
Researchers from the Ecological Society of America propose new designs for next generation cities that will focus on working with nature, rather than against it.
Moose and snowshoe hares have taken a liking to the increased shrubery growth along Alaska's North Slope.
Animals with four-chambered stomachs that process plants are known as ruminants. Some of them, like cows, produce quite a bit of methane as they process the food. Kangaroos have been thought to produce much less. A recent study from University of Zurich says kangaroos are more gassy than we thought, but has learnings for cows on the planet.
"Large herbivores are not merely victims of the circumstances they live in, but actively engineer their environment," said Liesbeth Bakker, lead author of the study from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology.
Hypercarnivores, or enormous predators, most likely shaped the ecosystem during the Pleistocene epoch. Essentially, packs of these large animals controlled populations of herbivores so to preserve the ancient landscapes and valuable vegetation.
Animals' poop plays a key role in keeping the planet fertile. However, when large animals go extinct the natural cycling of nutrients from deep ocean waters to high mountainous areas is significantly reduced, researchers revealed in a new study.
African elephants are the leading cause behind the tree-density loss in Kruger National Park. A new study sheds light on how conservationists can maintain sustainable preserves while reducing the effects of the growing number of tree-eating elephants.
Tropical mountain regions in Ecuador face significant impacts from climate change. Over the past two hundred years, vegetation on the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador has migrated over 500 meters upslope.
Using fossilized teeth, researchers found that humans adapted a grass-based diet 400,000 years earlier than previously thought. This sheds light on how habitat change shaped human evolution.
A team of researchers recently mapped tree populations, finding that about 3.04 trillion trees live on our planet.
As greenhouse gas levels hit record highs and summer temperatures reach their warmest ever, scientists are frantically working to find ways of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere. But now, new research shows that we may be able to rely - at least in part - on nature alone, which has its own methods for removing atmospheric carbon. This includes rivers, which reportedly are crucial in regulating the global carbon cycle.
It turns out that California wildfires release more greenhouse gases than previously thought, according to new research.