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Scientists outline novel approach to ecosystem management

Traditional ecosystems in which communities of plants and animals have co-evolved and are interdependent are increasingly rare, due to human-induced ecosystem changes. A team of scientists present a new approach to management efforts in a paper posted this week, suggesting that efforts should focus less on restoring ecosystems to their original state and more on sustaining new, healthy ecosystems that are resilient to further environmental change.

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Rapid decline of Arctic island’s ice caps tracked

Ice fields on Baffin Island have shrunk 50 percent in the past 50 years and will be gone in 50 more, scientists said this week.

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Fireproofing homes dramatically reduces the spread of forest fires, scientists report

Why do some forest fires spread rapidly over large areas, destroying and damaging many homes, while others are contained with minimal damage? New research shows a major factor is whether homes are fireproofed.

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NSF awards grants for three Critical Zone Observatories

New "holistic" Earth surface observatories to focus on the science of watershed evolution. The CZOs represent the first set of systems-based observatories dedicated to Earth surface processes.

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L’urbanisation favorise les feux de forêt

Une équipe franco-américaine travaillant au Centre d'enseignement et de recherche sur l'environnement et la société à l'École normale supérieure de Paris vient de réaliser à ce sujet une étude, publiée dans les «Comptes rendus de l'Académie des sciences américaine» montrant que la densité des habitations peut même amplifier la propagation du feu.

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People spend hundreds to climb Fourteeners

Audio from Colorado Public Radio: On average, someone who climbs a fourteener winds up pumping about two hundred dollars into the state's economy, according to a study by Catherine Keske and colleagues.

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