Rewilding science and practice of innovating ecosystem processes (at various scales) through the introduction of functional species and restoration of natural disturbance. Rewilding blends systems-thinking, ecology, conservation, trophic complexity and policy. Rewilding should be recognized as one of the cheapest and fastest ways of addressing the climate destabilization and biodiversity crisis.
Reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone park (1995) was a triumphant act of rewilding. Wolves mitigated overgrazing by managing elk and deer populations, which allowed willows and other vegetation to grow. This enabled the return of songbirds, beavers and foxes. Trophic rewilding benefits ecological communities through direct & indirect network effects.
Widespread Deoxygenation of Temperate Lakes
New research from Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries measures long term temperature fluctuations in nearly 400 marine ecosystems across Europe and North America using more than 32 million temperature measurements at various water depths. According to the Leibniz study, underwater temperature warming causes of marine habitat loss. Consequently, aquatic species are forced to migrate to novel depths and locations in search of more suitable thermal conditions.