2012 News Archive

Report: Ecosystems more stressed than ever

A new report warns that climate change is causing shifts in species composition faster than expected. Co-author and Cary scientist Peter Groffman comments, "cold temperatures are a critical regulator of species outbreaks and also of species distributions".

Irene and Sandy show the effects of extreme weather on lakes

National Geographic reports on the impacts of extreme weather events and the importance of research that studies their ecological effects.

Year in review: Worst summer yet for Lyme disease?

MedPage Today reviews the major medical news stories of the past year and includes disease ecologist Rick Ostfeld's warning of an increased risk of Lyme disease during the summer of 2012.

Climate change already playing out in West, report says

A new report says the effects of climate change are already being felt in bug-infested forests of the Intermountain West, in reduced flows of the Colorado River basin and in the amount of snow that falls in the Rocky Mountains.

You can aid fight against invasives

Nearly every day, we read about problems caused by invaders like the emerald ash borer killing trees across New York, West Nile virus killing people across the United State (1,499 so far), zebra mussels clogging water intakes and changing the Great Lakes and Hudson River ecosystems and Burmese pythons eating everything in the Everglades.

Food webs aren't cute or cuddly

Everybody seems to know about food webs these days — how primary producers capture the energy of the sun, and pass it along to consumers and then on to predators — but I’m not sure that most people really understand what food webs are about.

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