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July 6, 2015

Arizona: 'One of Nature's Best Natural Laboratories for Weather'

May 11, 2015 — The state of Arizona, long known for its desert climate and hot summers, hosts an array of surprising weather contrasts. Many identify the state as warm and dry; however, violent flash floods and ... read more

Feb. 20, 2015 — Considerable debate surrounds the migration of human populations out of Africa. Two predominant hypotheses concerning the timing contrast in their emphasis on the role of the Arabian interior and its ... read more

Feb. 16, 2015 — Using a relatively new scientific dating technique, geologists were able to document -- for the first time -- a drastic climate change 4,200 years ago in northern China that affected vegetation and ... read more

Predicting Plant Responses to Drought

Feb. 10, 2015 — A new study shows how plants' vulnerability to drought varies across the landscape; factors such as plant structure and soil type where the plant is growing can either make them more vulnerable ... read more

Feb. 5, 2015 — Termite mounds can help prevent the spread of deserts into semi-arid ecosystems and agricultural lands. The results of a new study not only suggest that termite mounds could make these areas more ... read more

Feb. 4, 2015 — Biologists have announced the completion of a four-year collaborative study in Idaho’s Island Park area that will better inform decision-making with regard to wildlife-related hazards and improved ... read more

Feb. 3, 2015 — Preventing cane toads from entering human-made dams to cool down in the hot, arid zones of Australia kills them in large numbers and is an effective way to stop their spread, new research shows. The ... read more

Jan. 29, 2015 — Research by scientists and conservationists shows that critically endangered Saharan cheetahs exist at incredibly low densities and require vast areas for their conservation. The research also offers ... read more

Jan. 21, 2015 — The Stream Biome Gradient Concept is a way to compare streams in different climates and different continents. The concept can improve how researchers study streams worldwide. "This model will ... read more

Jan. 12, 2015 — For swimming through sand, a slick and slender snake can perform better than a short and stubby lizard. That's one conclusion from a study of the movement patterns of the shovel-nosed snake, a ... read more

Climate Change in Drylands Studied

Nov. 19, 2014 — Ecologists are analyzing vegetation stability during and after droughts. Approximately 40 percent of Earth's surface is covered by drylands in which average annual precipitation is lower than ... read more

Who Will Come to Your Bird Feeder in 2075?

Nov. 6, 2014 — The distribution of birds in the United States today will probably look very different in 60 years as a result of climate, land use and land cover ... read more

Oct. 23, 2014 — Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple ... read more

Mediterranean, Semi-Arid Ecosystems Prove Resistant to Climate Change

Oct. 20, 2014 — Climate change predictions for the Middle East, like other arid regions of the world, are alarming. But in testing these dire predictions, ecologists found that, contrary to expectations, no ... read more

Oct. 17, 2014 — The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature's greatest annual events. Every spring some species move in one direction, while every autumn those same species ... read more

Oct. 10, 2014 — Ecosystems in the Middle East are home to a wealth of unique species -- including the ancestors of many of our staple crops. Yet the climate scenario in this dry region is alarming. Already, the ... read more

Oct. 7, 2014 — Two new records of the salt-flat specialist gecko, Pseudoceramodactylus khobarensis, from the eastern Rub Al Khali desert in Arabia have closed the distributional knowledge gap for this species, ... read more

Oct. 2, 2014 — A new study into how cheetahs burn energy suggests that human activity, rather than larger predators, may force them to expend more energy and thus be the major cause of their ... read more

Sep. 18, 2014 — The Sahara is the world’s largest subtropical desert. During the last decades, numerous scientific studies have probed its geological and archeological archives seeking to reveal its history. ... read more

Sep. 17, 2014 — An engineering professor and his doctoral student have designed a device based on a shorebird's beak that can accumulate water collected from fog and dew. The device could provide water in ... read more

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