Vital medical equipment and supplies are running out in Gaza, making it increasingly difficult to treat the thousands wounded by Israeli snipers in the Great March of Return protests. With the demonstrations expected to continue, the crisis will likely worsen. To help alleviate the crisis, the Moroccan army is setting up a fully operational field hospital, but will that be enough?
If retailers are struggling to execute because they are faced with too many decisions, or they continually run up against forecast errors and out-of-stocks, the focus to prioritize is aligning all supply chain processes on one singular platform, especially if that ecosystem is infused with artificial intelligence. With AI-enhanced supply chains, retailers have one point of visibility into the health of the business. The data is fluid throughout all supply chain solutions, eliminating duplicative work because all roles are working together in sync, from one version of the "truth" that the data tells.
Termites perform key ecological functions in tropical ecosystems, are strongly affected by variation in rainfall, and respond negatively to habitat disturbance. However, it is not known how the projected increase in frequency and severity of droughts in tropical rainforests will alter termite communities and the maintenance of ecosystem processes. Using a large-scale termite suppression experiment, we found that termite activity and abundance increased during drought in a Bornean forest. This increase resulted in accelerated litter decomposition, elevated soil moisture, greater soil nutrient heterogeneity, and higher seedling survival rates during the extreme El Niño drought of 2015–2016. Our work shows how an invertebrate group enhances ecosystem resistance to drought, providing evidence that the dual stressors of climate change and anthropogenic shifts in biotic communities will have various negative consequences for the maintenance of rainforest ecosystems.