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Media Release: Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions Continue Dangerous Decline, Scientists Warn

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released the outcome reports on the regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia. Find all of these reports at

Corn better used as food than biofuel, study finds

Released from the National Science Foundation on June 20, 2017.

Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories at this link.

Corn is grown not only for food; it is also used as an important renewable energy source. But renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues.

NSF-supported scientists to present research results on Earth's critical zone at AGU fall meeting

NSF Press Release:

November 16, 2016

The thin veneer of Earth's surface that stretches from the top of the forest canopy to the base of bedrock is known as the "critical zone." It's where fresh water flows, rock turns to soil, and life flourishes.

NSF special report: Let It Snow! The Science of Winter

The National Science Foundation's special report: Let it Snow! The Science of Winter highlights research at the Southern Sierra CZO on mixed-conifer forests, linking snowmelt with downstream water supplies. 

NSF Press Release: Let it Snow! The Science of Winter, January 13, 2016

Call for Proposals; USGS Powell Center

The John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis fosters innovative thinking in Earth system science through collaborative synthesis activities. This mission is driven by the growing recognition that synthesis is critical to solving complex problems facing Society. To date, the Center has successfully hosted 36 working groups that have produced 70 pubs, many in top-ranked journals.