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    How Urban Isolation Could Make Snakes More Vulnerable to Climate Change

    How Urban Isolation Could Make Snakes More Vulnerable to Climate Change

    Could urbanization make it harder for some animals to adapt to the climate crisis?  A study published in the journal PLOS ONE last year found that the populations of Western tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus occidentalis) that were the most cut off from others due to urbanization in and around Perth, Australia, had reduced genetic diversity, […]

    How Fishing May Contribute to Climate Change

    How Fishing May Contribute to Climate Change

    From coral bleaching to ocean acidification, there is lots of discussion about how the climate crisis harms marine life. But is it possible that the loss of undersea animals could actually worsen the impacts of climate change?  A study published in Science Advances last year found that the amount of carbon sequestered as fish dung […]

    World’s Largest Plant Is a Seagrass Meadow Bigger Than Brooklyn

    World’s Largest Plant Is a Seagrass Meadow Bigger Than Brooklyn

    When Australian researchers went to find out how much genetic diversity was contained in the seagrass meadows of Shark Bay, a World Heritage Area in Western Australia, they were in for a surprise.  The team from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Flinders University took seagrass shoots covering the range of conditions present in […]

    Bacteria Found on Beach Plastic Could Be Public Health Risk

    Bacteria Found on Beach Plastic Could Be Public Health Risk

    Could plastic pollution make you sick?  A new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin found that it might. A research team from the University of Stirling in Scotland found that harmful bacteria including E. coli had colonized sewage waste like wet wipes that washed up on beaches in the area. “We all know that sewage […]