Archive Tag: Ecosystem Health

New research by UCLA and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute shows how the kind of light people use makes a big difference, even in one of the buggiest places on Earth — the Amazon River basin. The study, published March 16 in Insect Conservation and Diversity, reveals that a certain kind of light minimizes humans’ impact on natural systems.

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One of the few uplifting developments in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic was the remarkable boost in air quality around the world. 

Did the clean air mean anything? Was it evidence that collective action could clean the air faster than many thought possible, or just a fluke of the weather, or proof that even radical steps couldn’t fight climate change? The answer, UCLA air quality researchers say, isn’t precisely any of these but includes elements of all three.

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Daniel Swain (climate scientist with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability) was quoted in a number of news outlets providing his perspective on California’s recent and ongoing drought issues.

As drought conditions worsen for California residents, scientists emphasized that these conditions may be the new normal. The latest report from the federal drought monitor notes that drought exists in some stage in approximately 95% of California.

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UCLA conservation geneticist Brad Shaffer comments in a new study that turtles are facing a grim future due to rising sea levels. An expansive phylogenetic tree reveals clues about the animals’ past and future, and the paper highlights one of the most complete phylogenetic trees ever created for any major animal group. Phylogenetic trees are branching diagrams that show evolutionary relationships among organisms, including information on how species are interrelated and when they evolved into separate species.  

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