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

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.
Evaluation of the global impacts of mitigation on persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants in marine fish

Editor rating: 7 / 10

J. Thomas Sanderson –– A large data set of pollutant levels in marine fish across the globe provides important information for ecotoxicologists, environmental chemists and regulators alike. This will be very useful for future reference.
The impact of land reform on the status of large carnivores in Zimbabwe

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Stuart Pimm –– Assesses the impact on land reform on conservation, a key topic not just in Africa, but elsewhere.
A new threat to bees? Entomopathogenic nematodes used in biological pest control cause rapid mortality in Bombus terrestris

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alexander Mikheyev –– Potentially important finding about the unexpected consequences of biocontrol.
The nonlinear variation of drought and its relation to atmospheric circulation in Shandong Province, East China

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jianhua Xu –– I think it is an interesting work, which provided an aspect for readers to understand nonlinear variation of drought and its relation to atmospheric circulation in east China. People who are working in cross-discipline (e. g. drought and atmospheric circulation) will be interest in the work.
Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) running the gauntlet: an evaluation of translocations into free-range environments in Namibia

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stuart Pimm –– Translocation of endangered species is an important technique for conservation. Few studies evaluate it successes — especially when top predators are involved. Yet, there is huge pressure to remove top predators, even when in practice they could be shot. This paper provides the most detailed record of cheetah translocations. They work — sometimes — but the authors make a strong case that the solution will be to manage cheetahs where they love.
Allocation trade-off under climate warming in experimental amphibian populations

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– The article describes the complex effects that climate change may have on the reproductive process for a species of amphibian. It is important that we start to get to grips with the detail of how climate change may affect individual species and processes.
Testing animal-assisted cleaning prior to transplantation in coral reef restoration

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– Provides useful method to improve coral transplantation techniques. Also, shows beneficial interactions between 3-D habitat, fish grazing and survival of coral polyps.
Parametric estimation of P(X > Y) for normal distributions in the context of probabilistic environmental risk assessment

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– The use of bayesian statistic in risk assessment
Remote sensing captures varying temporal patterns of vegetation between human-altered and natural landscapes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Darren Ward –– The article of particular interest because of the association of remote sensing in order to assess spatial and temporal changes in land-use and biodiversity.

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Science: Standard ship noise may interfere with orca communication

Kitsap Sun - Puget Sound Blogs: Research on ocean noise could help save whales

Carnivores in decline due to land reform

Land Reform Disastrous for Wildlife

Time Magazine: Ship Noises Could Hurt Endangered Killer Whales, Study Finds

Washington Post: Ship noises could hurt endangered killer whales, study finds

The Telegraph: Ship noise stops Orca whales from talking to each other

IFLScience.com: The Noise From Ships Interferes With Orca Communication

Nature: pick of today's science stories (2/3/2016)

The Christian Science Monitor: "Is ship noise killing endangered orca whales?"