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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

US Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests, Rangelands

Feb. 1, 2016 — The US Forest Service has released a new report that provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on US forests and rangelands. This report will help ... read more

Global Analysis Reveals Why Many Bat Populations Are in Decline

Jan. 19, 2016 — Many of the 1,300 species of bat are considered to be threatened and declining. A new analysis reveals trends and causes of death in bats around the world, shedding new light on the possible factors ... read more

Reforestation Policies Need to Consider Climate Change, Study Finds

Jan. 8, 2016 — Local pine species are not necessarily the best option for repopulating burn sites, suggests a new Spanish report. Broadly speaking, varieties from central Spain work well in Valencia, on the east ... read more

Cold, Hot or Dry: Persistent Weather Extremes Associated With Decreased Storm Activity

Dec. 11, 2015 — A decrease in storm activity over large parts of the US, Europe, Russia, and China is found to influence weather extremes -- cold ones in winter, hot or dry ones in summer, shows a new study. The ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — Details of the radically divergent strategies that two common tree species employ to cope with drought in southwestern Colorado have been revealed by researchers. As they report in a new paper, one ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — The water supply of the Colorado River basin, one of the most important sources for water in the southwestern United States, is influenced more by wet-dry periods than by human use, which has been ... read more

Plants Cope With Climate Change at Genetic Level

Dec. 10, 2015 — Climate change can influence everything from pine beetle outbreaks in the Rocky Mountains to rising sea levels in Papua New Guinea. In the face of a rapidly changing earth, plants and animals are ... read more

Climate Outlook May Be Worse Than Feared, Global Study Suggests

Dec. 9, 2015 — The impact of climate change may be worse than previously thought, a new study ... read more

Vision Researcher Links Environmental Change to Eye Health Hazards

Dec. 8, 2015 — Another reason to worry about climate change: Expanding areas of arid land, air pollution, and greater exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation all present potential health hazards to your eyes, ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Droughts could kill off the tallest trees in tropical rainforests in coming decades, a study suggests. Over a 13-year period, researchers carried out fieldwork to assess the impact of drought on ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — With a mobile data collection app and satellite data, scientists will be able to predict whether a certain region is vulnerable to food shortages and malnutrition, say experts. By scanning ... read more

New Research Shows La Niña Is Not Helping Hawai'i's Rainfall, Groundwater

Nov. 12, 2015 — Historically when El Niño events occur, Hawai'i has experienced nearly six months of drought, from November to April. Conversely, during La Niña events rainfall has been greater than normal - ... read more

Increased Deforestation Could Substantially Reduce Amazon Basin Rainfall

Nov. 12, 2015 — Continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish the amount of rain that falls in the Amazon River basin, finds a new study. These declines in rainfall could potentially alter the ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — Gradual melting of winter snow helps feed water to farms, cities and ecosystems across much of the world, but this resource may soon be critically imperiled. In a new study, scientists have ... read more

Nov. 7, 2015 — Human activities, such as greenhouse gas emissions and land use, influenced specific extreme weather and climate events in 2014, including tropical cyclones in the central Pacific, heavy rainfall in ... read more

Nov. 6, 2015 — The long history of severe droughts across Europe and the Mediterranean has largely been told through historical documents and ancient journals, each chronicling the impact in a geographically ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Anthropogenic warming in the west Pacific likely contributed to the 2014 drought in East Africa, say climate scientists. Researchers have pooled their station archives and expertise to produce a ... read more

Global Connections Between El Nino Events, Drought

Nov. 2, 2015 — A team of researchers recently discovered that global climate change is causing general increases in both plant growth and potential drought risk. El Nino is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere ... read more

Pineapple Genome Offers Insight Into Photosynthesis in Drought-Tolerant Plants

Nov. 2, 2015 — By sequencing its genome, scientists are homing in on the genes and genetic pathways that allow the juicy pineapple plant to thrive in water-limited environments. The new findings, also open a new ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Every two to seven years, an unusually warm pool of water -- known as El Nino, affects the local aquatic environment, but also spurs extreme weather patterns around the world, from flooding in ... read more

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