Do fragile ecosystems send out a warning signal prior to their imminent collapse? That’s one question we explore this weekend on the Science World radio program.

Researchers recently discovered that a remote Wisconsin lake is sending what they believe are complex signals warning of the impending collapse of the lake’s aquatic ecosystem.

Dr. Stephen Carpenter, a professor of zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison led the research team and says that the implications of this study are big.

The findings suggest that, with the right kind of monitoring, it may be possible to track the vital signs of any ecosystem and intervene in time to prevent what is often irreversible damage to the environment.

Professor Carpenter tells us much more about the study, its findings and how ecosystems from around the world can possibly be saved from catastrophe.  Listen to the interview here…

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