Environmental Science

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Editors can now comment on articles published in PeerJ and elsewhere.

Rapid rise in toxic load for bees revealed by analysis of pesticide use in Great Britain (2018) PeerJ

Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an interesting and very important article and as such I am very glad to know that it was the most shared last month. It clearly demonstrates the high degree of th... Read more

Transient turbid water mass reduces temperature-induced coral bleaching and mortality in Barbados

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– This work examines large-scale ocean circulation patterns as a factor in determining the severity of coral bleaching events - something that has been little discussed or examined in the literature until now.
Rapidly increasing macroalgal cover not related to herbivorous fishes on Mesoamerican reefs

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– This paper can be added to a growing list of recent contributions that find no relationship between seaweed cover and fish abundance on Caribbean reefs. This study is important because of its temporal and spatial scale, which is different from other studies.
Coral reproduction in Western Australia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– An excellent review and summary of the state of knowledge of reproduction of Scleractinia in Western Australia that should provided references and information for coral reef workers not only in this region, but worldwide.
Optimization of viral resuspension methods for carbon-rich soils along a permafrost thaw gradient

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– Permafrost soil is important
Largest global shark biomass found in the northern Galápagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mónica Medina –– Sharks are important ocean predators that are under major threat in unprotected areas but this study shows that even in protected areas, shark populations are in danger. The authors recommend more stringent measures to protect sharks from overfishing in the Galapagos Islands.
Growth and physiological responses of submerged plant Vallisneria natans to water column ammonia nitrogen and sediment copper

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Excellent Article.
Pre- and post-experimental manipulation assessments confirm the increase in number of birds due to the addition of nest boxes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jenny Renaut –– A long-term study with important significance in forest and biodiversity management
H2-saturation of high affinity H2-oxidizing bacteria alters the ecological niche of soil microorganisms unevenly among taxonomic groups

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Rosaria Corbo –– The results of this paper demonstrating that H2-rich environments exert a direct influence on soil H2-oxidizing bacteria in addition to indirect effects on other members of the bacterial communities can be considered a significant contribution about the knowledge in the field.
Familiarity breeds content: assessing bird species popularity with culturomics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Costanza –– A new way of looking at species importance.
Ship noise extends to frequencies used for echolocation by endangered killer whales

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– Noise pollution is a really important issue that garners less attention than it should.

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Ship noise extends to frequencies used for echolocation by endangered killer whales TC4032 Hydrophone https://t.co/x4gaAqHELx https://t.co/6pDYZ3133o

Science: Standard ship noise may interfere with orca communication
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/standard-ship-noise-may-interfere-orca-communication

Kitsap Sun - Puget Sound Blogs: Research on ocean noise could help save whales
http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2016/02/21/research-on-ocean-noise-could-help-save-whales/

Time Magazine: Ship Noises Could Hurt Endangered Killer Whales, Study Finds
http://time.com/4207377/ship-noises-could-hurt-endangered-killer-whales-study-finds/

Washington Post: Ship noises could hurt endangered killer whales, study finds
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/02/03/ship-noises-could-hurt-endangered-killer-whales-study-finds/

The Telegraph: Ship noise stops Orca whales from talking to each other
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/12137183/Ship-noise-stops-Orca-whales-from-talking-to-each-other.html

IFLScience.com: The Noise From Ships Interferes With Orca Communication
http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/noise-ships-interfere-orca-communication

Nature: pick of today's science stories (2/3/2016)
http://links.information.nature.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NTA2MTYyMzIS1&r=MTgyNDU2NjY5NzUyS0&j=ODYwMzYwMDU4S0&mt=1&rt=0

The Christian Science Monitor: "Is ship noise killing endangered orca whales?"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0203/Is-ship-noise-killing-endangered-orca-whales

Vancouver Sun: Ships emitting sounds at high frequencies critical to orcas
http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/ships+emitting+sounds+high+frequencies+critical+orcas+study/11693073/story.html

Sydney Morning Herald: Slower ships could help save orcas and some endangered marine mammals
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/slower-ships-could-help-save-orcas-and-other-endangered-species-research-shows-20160201-gmiwy3.html