Archive Tag: Ecosystem Health

In January, President Joe Biden made an important conservation pledge to conserve 30% of United States lands and waters by 2030. A new study, led by Peter Kareiva (UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability), suggests that utilizing private property through conservation easements could be the most successful and feasible approach to achieving this goal.

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A beautiful explosion of foliage and birdsong are the hallmarks of winter’s end and spring’s awakening. Climate change, however, could be changing this. Shifts in seasonal timing may be causing North American bird populations to plummet and ecosystems to lose balance. Casey Youngflesh (Tingley Lab, UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) is the lead author in a recent study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution which addresses the response of 56 migratory bird species to an earlier spring by analyzing and comparing their migration patterns.

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One-third of the Earth’s surface is covered by more than 11,000 grass species — including crops like wheat, corn, rice and sugar cane that account for the bulk of the world’s agricultural food production and important biofuels. But grass is so common that few people realize how diverse and important it really is.

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