Ecosystems

February 25, 2015--Wetlands loss greater than any other ecosystem (Tucson News Now)

A wetland is land that is covered/saturated with water, permanently or seasonally. It usually has plants and animals not seen anywhere else that require a lot of water with areas of land as well. This ecosystem is vital to earth but is diminishing at an alarming rate. According to WWF's Living Planet Report 64 percent of wetlands have disappeared since the year 1900.


November 9, 2014--World governments failing Earth's ecosystems, says top conservationist (Guardian)

Governments are lagging behind on international commitments to safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, with politicians failing to grasp that economic growth depends upon environmental protection, the head of the world’s leading conservation organisation has warned.


September 23, 2013--Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in pollution control, dies at 105 (New York Times)

Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in studying the health of freshwater streams and rivers who laid the scientific groundwork for modern pollution control efforts, died on Monday in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105. Her death, at the Hill at Whitemarsh retirement community, was announced by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia.


August 21, 2013--Colorado River: New study offers painful details of Glen Canyon Dam impacts to downstream ecosystems (Summit Voice)

With all the focus on water quantity in the Colorado River Basin, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the installation of massive dams has fundamentally altered the river’s ecosystem.


January 13, 2011--The disease of drought (Durango Telegraph)

Despite uncertainty over the outcome of Sudden Aspen Death (SAD), its origins are better understood. The general consensus is that the drought of the early 2000s stressed the trees in southwest Colorado, opening them up to a host of invaders including borers, beetles, fungi and other pathogens.


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