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May 28, 2015

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May 28, 2015

Simulating Seasons: Researchers Use Supercomputing to Assess Impact of Climate Change on Malawi's Growing Season

May 5, 2015 — Malawi, a small landlocked country in southeast Africa, is home to 13 million people and is one of the least-developed countries in the world. Its security is highly dependent on rain-fed ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Several species of fish — including the peppered chub and the plains minnow — were found to be severely declining in the Great Plains. A new article documents a reduction in water flow in Great ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — Argentina might seem a long way to go for an environmental engineer seeking to better understand land use in Wisconsin. But there are some surprising parallels between the two countries' ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Undisturbed ecosystems can be resistant to changing climatic conditions, but this resistance is reduced when ecosystems are subject to natural or anthropogenic disturbances. Plants are particularly ... read more

No Baked Beans: Surprising Discovery of Elite Heat-Tolerant Beans Could Save 'Meat of the Poor' from Global Warming

Mar. 24, 2015 — Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders have announced the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders ... read more

Western Forests Decimated by Pine Beetles Not More Likely to Burn

Mar. 23, 2015 — Western US forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than healthy Western forests, according to new findings that fly in the face of both public perception and ... read more

Adapting to Climate Change Will Bring New Environmental Problems

Mar. 20, 2015 — Adapting to climate change could have profound environmental repercussions, according to a new study. Research reveals that adaptation measures have the potential to generate further pressures and ... read more

Mar. 18, 2015 — The Amazon is losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere, reveals he most extensive land-based study of the Amazon to date. From a peak of two billion tons of carbon dioxide each year ... read more

New Information Helps Predict Future Climate Change Impacts on Global Tropics

Mar. 9, 2015 — New measurements of tropical forests are being collected by scientists to gain a better understanding of how they respond to seasonal climate variations. "A better understanding of tropical ... read more

Mar. 5, 2015 — The long-anticipated El Niño has finally arrived, according to forecasters with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. In their updated monthly outlook released today, forecasters issued an El Niño ... read more

Mar. 4, 2015 — Direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazonian basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during severe drought has been provided by an international research team. ... read more

Feb. 11, 2015 — Minimizing yield losses while reducing groundwater usage is a continual goal for Texan scientists on the High Plains, where quantities of water from the Ogallala Aquifer are ... read more

Feb. 19, 2015 — Simply removing cattle may be all that is required to restore many degraded riverside areas in the American West, although this can vary and is dependent on local conditions, researchers have found ... read more

Feb. 17, 2015 — Could desalination be the answer to California’s drought? As parts of the state become drier, scientists are looking at ways to turn seawater into drinkable ... read more

Feb. 10, 2015 — Scientists consider it key to understand why droughts kill so many trees and the influence of local forest histories on tree mortality. They also warn that we know very little about the joined ... read more

Feb. 12, 2015 — During the second half of the 21st century, the US Southwest and Great Plains will face persistent drought worse than anything seen in times ancient or modern, with the drying conditions 'driven ... 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. 4, 2015 — Plant biologists report that drought tolerance in plants can be improved by engineering them to activate water-conserving processes in response to an agrochemical already in use -- an approach that ... read more

Turning Up Heat on Plants Could Help Grow Crops of the Future

Feb. 2, 2015 — Crops that can thrive in warming climates are a step closer, thanks to new insights into how temperature and light affect plant development. Scientists studied the effect of light and temperature on ... read more

Feb. 2, 2015 — The African monsoon's response to climate forcing is more complicated than previously understood, new research indicates. Current climate models don't do a great job of simulating the ... read more

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