Tidal marsh or ‘fake habitat’? California environmental project draws criticism

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Southwest of Sacramento, California, the branching arms of waterways reach into a patchwork of farm fields and pastures. Canals and wetlands fringed with reeds meet a sunbaked expanse of dry meadows. These lands on the northwestern edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have now been targeted for restoration following the … Read more

Why keeping warming under 1.5 C is a life-or-death matter for tidal marshes

Credit: Pamela Marcum, GTM Research Reserve, Florida, Author provided It may not always be clear why global temperature rise must be kept below 1.5℃, compared to 2℃ or 3℃. Research published today in the journal Science Shows this apparently small distinction will make all the difference for the world’s tidal marshes. Tidal marshes fringe most … Read more

Tidal Heating Could Make Exomoons Much More Habitable (and Detectable)

Within the Solar System, most of our astrobiological research is aimed at Mars, which is considered to be the next-most habitable body beyond Earth. However, future efforts are aimed at exploring icy satellites in the outer Solar System that could also be habitable (like Europa, Enceladus, Titan, and more). This dichotomy between terrestrial (rocky) planets … Read more