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April 27, 2015

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April 27, 2015

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. 30, 2015 — The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. A team of scientists developed a new modeling tool to explain how and where trembling ... 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

Mar. 5, 2015 — A heads-up to New York, Baltimore, Houston and Miami: a new study suggests that these metropolitan areas and others will increase their exposure to floods even in the absence of climate ... 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. 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. 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

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

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. 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. 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

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

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

Jan. 27, 2015 — Scientists have reconstructed the past climate for the region around Cantona, a large fortified city in highland Mexico, and found the population drastically declined in the past, at least in part ... read more

Jan. 21, 2015 — Thanks to historical data, botanists have been able to compare California tree survey data from the 1920s and '30s with forest service data today. They find a decline in large trees and an ... read more

Jan. 17, 2015 — In the midst of the California rainy season, scientists are embarking on a field campaign designed to improve the understanding of the natural and human-caused phenomena that determine when and how ... read more

Jan. 16, 2015 — A new NASA satellite that will peer into the topmost layer of Earth's soils to measure the hidden waters that influence our weather and climate is in final preparations for a Jan. 29 dawn launch ... read more

Drought Led to Massive 'Dead Zone' in Lake Erie

Jan. 6, 2015 — Lake Erie just can't catch a break. The lake has experienced harmful algal blooms and severe oxygen-depleted 'dead zones' for years, but now a team of researchers has shown that the ... read more

Dec. 16, 2014 — It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, ... read more

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