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The Ocean 100: the big fishes of the blue economy

Who are the “big fish” in what is often called the ocean economy? The ocean economy is the part of the global economy that is linked to sea, for example, as an operating space or an input to a company’s production. Collectively, this ocean-linked economic... click to read more

  • John Virdin | Director of Research at Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions , Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Views 1387
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 30, 2022
Desertification danger: the aridification of humid regions

A major ongoing threat to our planet is global warming. One of the main implications of global warming is the aridification of the continents, which is when a region becomes dry. Both natural (e.g., higher temperature, reduced precipitation, increased evaporation) and human influenced changes (e.g.,... click to read more

  • Lucas Vimpere | PhD student at Earth and environmental sciences section, Faculty of science, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1815
Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 16, 2022
How glaciers can help algae bloom under sea ice

With global warming, glaciers are melting rapidly in the Arctic. This meltdown leads to globally rising sea-levels and locally affected marine ecosystems. In summer, glaciers that are in direct contact with the sea are known biological hotspots. Large amounts of glacial meltwater enter the fjord... click to read more

  • Tobias R. Vonnahme | PhD Student at Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany; The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Tromsø, Norway
Views 1480
Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 9, 2022
All is not lost for biodiversity

The status of life on Earth is of fundamental scientific interest and societal importance. Based on media headlines, one might believe that we have already lost the majority of wildlife across the world, with bold headlines indicating “Wildlife has declined 68% since 1970” and “Human... click to read more

  • Brian Leung | Associate professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Anna L. Hargreaves | Assistant Professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Dan A. Greenberg | Research Associate at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Views 1374
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 24, 2022
Flowering plants outcompeted conifers

As evolutionary biologists, one of our major objectives is to understand how competition for resources regulates the appearance and extinction of species and can lead to the increase or decline of entire groups of species. This is particularly difficult to study because each group has... click to read more

  • Fabien L. Condamine | CNRS research scientist at CNRS, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Views 2275
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 26, 2021