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Big data modelling can indicate risk of bark beetle attacks in Norway spruce forests
Issue 597: Bark beetle is a serious pest in temperate and boreal forests. New research pinpoints some of the factors that increase outbreak risk, especially in the context of more frequent droughts.
Agroecological practices may enhance food production by increasing ecosystem services
Issue 597: A Spanish study finds agroecological practices, such as using crop diversification, increase supply and diversity of ecosystem services on farms.
Paved surfaces that allow soil to ‘breathe’ may be the best option for urban trees
Issue 597: Trees make towns and cities better places to live, but they often need to co-exist with practical surfaces in the built environment. A five-year study compared the effects of three types of paving on trees.
Flood and drought analysis shows that impact-reduction strategies are effective – but fail in unprecedented events
Issue 596: A new analysis suggests that while generally effective, flood and drought risk management strategies are usually not designed to cope with unprecedented events – which may increase with climate change.
Noise from wind farm installation activities can impact commercially important cuttlefish
Issue 596: Installing offshore energy facilities is known to impact fish and mammals; this study reports that noise from drilling and pile driving can impair egg hatching and larval survival as well as damaging sensory tissues in common cuttlefish.
On-site renewable energy generation could help decarbonise shipbuilding given suitable incentives
Issue 596: Researchers say that application of a hybrid renewable energy system on a large Italian shipyard could pay for itself in 3.53 years and reduce air emissions in the construction phase, but incentives are needed to mitigate the financial
Growing number of studies detect antibiotics, medicines and caffeine in groundwater
Issue 596: Research shows that commonly used chemicals – including caffeine, antibiotics and painkillers – all enter the environment. Levels in groundwater across the world highlight the need to assess the risk posed by these substances.
Are waste-water treatment plants failing to protect the ecological health of European streams?
Issue 595: Less than half of the European rivers and streams are in good ecological health due to the multiple pressures from society.
Circular building design: assessment of two versions of the same residential building highlights benefits of adaptable buildings
Issue 595: How different are the environmental impacts of conventional buildings versus adaptable structures designed along circular principles? Researchers investigated two outwardly similar buildings through lifecycle assessment.
Sustainable smartphones? Modular design promotes do-it-yourself repair to extend device life
Issue 595: Modular design – where product parts can be replaced and upgraded – is a promising way of extending product lifetimes. However, to realise this potential, it is vital that people are willing to repair their devices. A new study has explored how modular smartphones promote user repairs.