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New climate change threat to tropical rainforests
Tue, 21 Jun 2022
A team from James Cook University and SkyRail in northern Australia has found climate change is boosting the flowering and fruiting of woody vines, or lianas in the Australian Wet Tropics, with potentially serious implications for rain forests as the tree-strangling parasites thrive.

Algae can help protect coral reefs – but it’s all in the timing
Fri, 17 Jun 2022
Scientists have found macroalgae (seaweed) can help protect some corals from bleaching, and the removal of the canopy-forming seaweed should be carefully timed to help coral reefs thrive.

Citizen scientists getting it right
Thu, 16 Jun 2022
Researchers say volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ have proven just as reliable as professional scientists in collecting basic data and may be a valuable resource for monitoring change in marine environments.

Nature-based tourism benefits may be unfair
Fri, 10 Jun 2022
James Cook University researchers studying tourism in nature reserves around the world say the tourism industry’s benefits usually go to individuals but its costs are borne by local communities.

Rainforest trees have been dying faster since the 1980s
Thu, 19 May 2022
Tropical trees in Australia’s rainforests have been dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of climate impacts, according to the findings of a long-term international study published in the journal Nature today.

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