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Some species threatened by climate change could be moved to new ecosystems, says biologist

Some species threatened by climate change could be moved to new ecosystems, says biologist

Camille Parmesan’s new, big idea in conservation biology–the “assisted colonization” of species threatened by climate change–is a product, in roughly equal parts, of cynicism, experience and hope. Parmesan, an associate professor of integrative biology, wasn’t cynical at all when she first got involved, in the mid-1990s, with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…   » Continue Reading

A rare desert spring ecosystem considered one of Mexico’s 13 natural wonders is threatened

A rare desert spring ecosystem considered one of Mexico’s 13 natural wonders is threatened

Troubled Waters: Sprawling across a cactus-studded valley in Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert is a place like no other on the planet. It’s called Cuatrocienegas, and it is a crunchy expanse of land isolated in a basin ringed by mountains like salt on the rim of a margarita glass. The seemingly dry, desert area, however, is best known for its life-giving waters–pools, wetlands and rivers filled to the brim with an amazing assortment of unique species.