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Go with the flow: dams could have a far-reaching impact on fisheries in tropical rivers

We need energy to sustain modern life. In most tropical developing countries, such as Brazil, energy is produced mainly through hydropower. This usually requires building dams, which negatively impacts the environmental and socioeconomic situation in the area. Many such dams are planned in tropical rivers, such... click to read more

  • Renato A. M. Silvano | Professor at PPG Ecology and Department of Ecology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Fisheries and Food Institute, UNISANTA, Santos SP, Brazil
  • Anne Runde | MSc. at PPG Ecology and Department of Ecology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Gustavo Hallwass | Professor at Fisheries and Food Institute, UNISANTA, Santos SP, Brazil; Federal University of Western Pará, Oriximiná, Brazil
Views 314
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 29, 2021
Deep-sea mining may threaten microbial communities

Have you ever wondered how your smartphone was built? Or how our modern lifestyle can threaten our planet? Modern technologies sustaining our life rely on the availability of valuable metals, their important components. In response to today's increasing industrial demand, and as the supply from... 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 598
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 15, 2021
Making the coral reef ‘A-list’

Coral reefs around the world are in crisis. Climate change, overfishing, and pollution are devastating coral reefs. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the largest coral reef in the World, has had three major coral bleaching events in just 5 years, which have killed nearly... click to read more

  • Joshua Cinner | Professor at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Queensland, Australia
Views 453
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 4, 2021
More droughts, more war?

Historically, violent conflicts tend to predominantly erupt in bad years, when droughts, floods, or heatwaves put the functioning of societies to the test. Does this mean that violent conflicts will become more frequent as extreme weather becomes increasingly common, globally, because of climate change? While each... click to read more

Views 1172
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 14, 2020
Groundwater pumping poses worldwide threat to riverine ecosystems

We pump too much water out of the ground, impacting our rivers worldwide. In our study, we estimate that almost 20% of the catchments where groundwater is pumped for drinking water or to grow food suffer from low flows that are too low to sustain... click to read more

  • Inge de Graaf | Assistant Professor at University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Views 1919
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 25, 2020