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Land-use change disrupts wild plant pollination on a global scale

Human changes to the environment have been linked to widespread pollinator declines. New research shows that intensive land use will further decrease pollination and reproductive success of wild plants, especially of those plants that are highly specialized in their pollination.

“Inspired by Bear Cam” Written Submissions

This is an archive of the 2020 written submissions for the “Inspired by Bear Cam” contest. Please enjoy these creative pieces by your talented fellow Bear Cam-watchers! If your written submission was sent as an image file, it will be…

Ancient mountain formation and monsoons helped create a modern biodiversity hotspot

(Field Museum) In a new study in Science, researchers examined the plant life in the China’s Hengduan Mountains, the Himalaya Mountains, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Using DNA to build family trees of species, they learned that the diversity of plants in that region today can be traced back to newly-formed mountain ranges 30 million years ago, and monsoons that came later. It’s a concrete example of how climatic and environmental changes influence life on Earth.

Butterfly genomics: Monarchs migrate and fly differently, but meet up and mate

(Emory Health Sciences) A new study confirms that while the eastern and western butterflies fly differently, they are genetically the same. The journal Molecular Ecology published the findings, led by evolutionary biologists at Emory University.

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Unique Ways to Reuse Your Trash and Old Items

Did you know that per EPA reports, Americans throw away 267.8 million tons of waste each day? It breaks down to just over 4.5 pounds per person each day. Of that waste, about 10% is composted, some is burned for energy, and the rest sits in the landfill where it slowly breaks down. Reusing trash […]