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PNW woodlands will be less vulnerable to drought, fire than Rocky Mountain, Sierra forests

Forests in the Pacific Northwest will be less vulnerable to drought and fire over the next three decades than those in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, computer modeling shows. »
17 November 2018, 03:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Large areas of the Brazilian rainforest at risk of losing protection

Up to 15 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon is at risk of losing its legal protection, according to a new study. »
15 November 2018, 02:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Tropical trees in the Andes are moving up -- toward extinction

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, biologists have found that tropical and subtropical forests across South America's Andes Mountains are responding to warming temperatures by migrating to higher, cooler elevations, but probably not quickly enough to avoid the loss of their biodiversity, functional collapse, or even extinction. »
15 November 2018, 02:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Natural solutions can reduce global warming

A new study found that 21 percentof the United States' greenhouse gas pollution (1.2 Pg CO2e year) could be removed through enhanced management of forest, grassland, agricultural, and coastal areas. An offset at this level would be the equivalent to pollution from every single US car and truck on the road. »
15 November 2018, 02:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Carbon emissions will start to dictate stock prices

Companies that fail to curb their carbon output may eventually face the consequences of asset devaluation and stock price depreciation, according to a new study. »
14 November 2018, 07:50 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Rising sea levels may build, rather than destroy, coral reef islands

Rising global sea levels may actually be beneficial to the long-term future of coral reef islands, such as the Maldives, according to new research. Low-lying coral reef islands are typically less than three meters above sea level, making them highly vulnerable to rising sea levels associated with climate change. »
14 November 2018, 01:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Back-to-the-future plants give climate change insights

If you were to take a seed and zap it into the future to see how it will respond to climate change, how realistic might that prediction be? More so than was previously realized, according to a new study. »
14 November 2018, 01:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Climate change damaging male fertility

Climate change could pose a threat to male fertility -- according to new research. New findings reveal that heatwaves damage sperm in insects - with negative impacts for fertility across generations. »
13 November 2018, 19:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Modelling reveals dynamics of climate change, urbanization and heat-mitigating technologies

Researchers have completed some of the most sophisticated modeling of the effects of climate change and urban centers in the US, and are finding that some of today's proposed solutions will provide only a fraction of relief from the projected heat. »
13 November 2018, 07:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change

A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species. »
13 November 2018, 01:00 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Farmer adjustments can offset climate change impacts in corn production

New research looks closely at the future of maize crop yields with the effects of climate change. »
10 November 2018, 05:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change

New research has assessed the impact of global warming on thousands of tree species across the Amazon to discover the winners and losers from 30 years of climate change. The analysis found the effects of climate change are altering the rainforest's composition of tree species but not quickly enough to keep up with the changing environment. »
9 November 2018, 23:00 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Ragweed may expand its range northward with climate change

A new predictive model developed by ecologists and climate scientists suggests that climate change may allow common ragweed to extend its growing range northward and into major northeast metro areas, worsening conditions for millions of people with hay fever and asthma. »
9 November 2018, 23:00 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Reducing US coal emissions through biomass and carbon capture would boost employment

While the need for solutions for the impending consequences of rising global temperatures has become increasingly urgent, many have expressed concerns about the loss of jobs as current technologies like coal-fired power plants are phased out. »
1 November 2018, 23:50 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Earth's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously thought

Since 1991, the world's oceans have absorbed an amount of heat energy each year that is 150 times the energy humans produce as electricity annually, according to a new study. The strong ocean warming the researchers found suggests that Earth is more sensitive to fossil-fuel emissions than previously thought. »
31 October 2018, 23:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Controlling future summer weather extremes still within our grasp

Continued burning of fossil fuels is likely to fuel even more extreme summers than that of 2018 because of its impact on the jet stream. »
31 October 2018, 23:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Bitcoin can push global warming above 2 degrees C in a couple decades

The electricity requirements of Bitcoin have created considerable difficulties, and extensive online discussion, about where to put the facilities or rings that compute the proof-of-work of Bitcoin. A somewhat less discussed issue is the environmental impacts of producing all that electricity. »
30 October 2018, 22:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Increasing frequency of ocean storms could alter kelp forest ecosystems

A future with stormier seas may bring strong changes to the biodiversity of coastal sea life, according to new research. »
30 October 2018, 22:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

How soil bacteria are primed to consume greenhouse gas

New research has revealed that some soil bacteria are primed ready to consume the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide when they experience life without oxygen in the environment. »
30 October 2018, 04:00 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Improving climate models to account for plant behavior yields 'goodish' news

Climate scientists have not been properly accounting for what plants do at night, and that, it turns out, is a mistake. A new study has found that plant nutrient uptake in the absence of photosynthesis affects greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. »
29 October 2018, 21:50 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email