A bat which looks like *NSYNC's Lance Bass, a gibbon named for Luke Skywalker, and a toad which seems to have come "from Middle Earth," are among 157 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong Region last year, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
Imagine an archaeological dig far in the future. Scientists are excavating a site somewhere in what was once North America, peeling back layers of dirt in search of the remnants of a vanished civilization. Millions of years having passed, there's not much left, and the archaeologists must be diligent. But, as they scrape and sift, clues to this vanished people emerge, a peephole into a bygone culture. What objects would these future archaeologists find? What specimens would they dust off,
Increased snowfall over the Antarctic Ice Sheet mitigated twentieth-century sea-level rise, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0356-x Ice loss from Antarctica contributes to global sea-level rise. Analysis of ice core records and reanalysis datasets reveals that increased snowfall over the Antarctic Ice Sheet has offset contemporary sea-level rise by ~10 mm since 1901.
The private sector's climate change risk and adaptation blind spots, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0340-5 Investors are increasingly asking businesses to disclose their climate risk and corresponding management strategies. A review of corporate adaptation strategies reveals limited consideration of broader risks to supply chains, customers and employees.
Ecological memory modifies the cumulative impact of recurrent climate extremes, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0351-2 The increasing frequency of marine heatwaves suggests that the impacts of successive events may be influenced by previous events. The extent of the 2016 and 2017 bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef shows that ecological memory played a role in the impacts of the second heatwave.