Ecology Archives - State of the Planet

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Where the Great Whales Seek Sanctuary

A student’s whale encounter inspires marvel, regret at our bloody history with these endangered giants, and the desire to do better at protecting them.

by Cayte Bosler |September 2, 2020
Two hikers on a rocky and grassy mound in front of a glacier and mountains in the background.

What Social Media Can Teach Us About Human-Environment Relationships

Researchers used Instagram hashtags to analyze how people feel about their environments, furthering the study of cultural ecosystem services.

by |August 25, 2020

How Ice Scouring in the Antarctic Disrupts Ecosystems

A recent study sheds light on how different types of species are affected by calving icebergs that tear apart the seafloor.

by |August 3, 2020
colorful corals under water

Genetics Could Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

A Columbia study provides a blueprint for the use of genomics to help combat climate change.

by Carla Cantor |July 17, 2020
map of biomass and wind energy areas

Success of NY Offshore Wind Industry Depends on Collaboration with Scallop Fishery

A student asserts that wind development companies need to take fishermen’s concerns more seriously, so that both industries can coexist successfully.

by Louise Efthimiou |July 13, 2020

To Bring Back Endangered Fish, This First Nation Is Claiming Environmental Management Authority

After eulachon populations in the Bella Coola River of British Columbia crashed two decades ago, the Nuxalk Nation has made a concerted effort to strengthen its management authority — and hopefully bring back the culturally significant fish.

by |July 9, 2020

Scientists Warn of Wide Impacts on Midwaters Around Deep-Sea Mining Sites

Interest in deep-sea mining for metals has grown substantially in the last decade. A new study argues that it poses significant risks not only to the immediate surroundings, but also to the water hundreds to thousands of feet above the seafloor.

by |July 8, 2020
boat full of people watching a whale breach

It’s Time to Rethink the Practice of Whale Watching

A scientist reflects on the potential harms of chasing whales with boats to try to get that perfect snapshot.

by Marco Tedesco |July 2, 2020

Huge Land Buys Are Driving Tropical Forest Destruction

A new study finds that investments to establish new oil palm or tree plantations seem to consistently have higher rates of forest loss than other types of activities, such as mining and logging.

by |June 22, 2020
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The Amazon Continues to Burn

The environmental tragedy does not stop even in the face of the pandemic. From January to April, over 1200 square kilometers of forest were wiped out.

by Marco Tedesco |June 19, 2020