Biodiversity and ecosystems

Advancing SDGs 2 and 15, a field study was conducted in Northern Jordan to assess the influence of combined in-situ water harvesting techniques, micro-catchment and mulching on soil moisture content, plant morphology, gas exchange and midday stem water potential of young pistachio trees.
Advancing SDG 15, this article aims to assess the agro-environmental sustainability of irrigating crops with produced water in hot and hyper-arid climate.
Elsevier,

Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Volume 305, 1 January 2021, 107167

Advancing SDGs 2 and 15, this article explores the relationship between pesticides and earthworms.
Restoring forest cover is a prominent option for climate mitigation. Effective deployment requires knowing where opportunities are and how they vary in carbon capture, costs, co-benefits, and feasibility. Here, we combined spatial, economic, and feasibility analyses to examine 10 different opportunity classes for restoration of forest cover across the contiguous United States. These include non-stocked forests, shrublands, protected areas, post-burn landscapes, pasture lands, croplands with challenging soils, urban areas, floodplains, streamsides, and biodiversity corridors.
Rewilding should be central to the massive restoration efforts needed to overcome the global biodiversity crisis and enhancing the biosphere's capacity to mitigate climate change. Key elements include large areas for nature, restoration of functional megafaunas and other natural biodiversity-promoting factors, synergy with major societal dynamics, and careful socio-ecological implementation.
Elsevier, One Earth, Volume 3, 18 December 2020
Earth's ecosystems, upon which all life depends, are in a severe state of degradation. The upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration aims to “prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.” These Voices articulate why and what action is urgently needed.
Caring for lands and waters must become the new bottom line not only for communities and countries but also for businesses and corporations. Investing in the protection and restoration of nature and in equitable outcomes is the most important thing we can do to secure our future. The ten paths outlined here will help us to become responsible and loving caretakers of Earth and each other.
Endocrine disruption is a potential global problem observed not only in heavily polluted areas but also in those considered “pristine”. There is particular concern about the exposures of wildlife to mixtures of biologically active chemicals, which, combined with other stressors, may play an even greater role in reproductive disorders.
Advancing SDG 15, this article explores how rhizosphere can be exploited for novel nematicides.
Advancing SDG 15, this article examines high-elevation biocrusts on volcanic tephra in Haleakalā Crater, Maui, Hawaii.

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