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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Maps of Forests, Fields and Soils to Aid Climate Change Forecasts

Feb. 2, 2016 — Detailed maps of the world's natural landscapes could help scientists to better predict the impacts of future climate change. The complex charts of forests, grasslands and other productive ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane ... read more

New Tool for Gauging Public Opinion Reveals Skepticism of Climate Engineering

Feb. 1, 2016 — Members of the public find the risks of climate engineering technology more likely than any of the benefits, according to an article. Such research is crucial because even if the goal of reducing ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers have found that glacial erosion and melting ice caps both played a key role in driving the observed global increase in volcanic activity at the end of the last ice ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Tiny ponds play a disproportionately large role in global greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters, according to a new study. Although ponds less than a quarter of an acre in size make up only ... read more

World Is Embracing Clean Energy, Says Expert

Feb. 1, 2016 — An expert argues that investment in renewable electricity now outstrips that in fossil fuels, and that increasing numbers of policies to improve the efficiency of energy use and to make energy ... read more

Jan. 30, 2016 — Satellite data shows that the moon's gravity puts a slight damper on rainfall on ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — There is a growing debate over the fate of the world's largest ice sheet, whose sudden melting is sending shockwaves throughout the geophysics community. Researchers contend that by studying ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The American pika is thought by many biologists to be a prime candidate for extirpation as the planet continues to warm. But a new study paints a different, more complex future for this rock-dwelling ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Forest soils across New England will store fewer nutrients and metals -- some beneficial, some harmful -- as climate change prompts maples and other deciduous trees to replace the region's ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Global warming is increasing with each day that passes and the poles begin to thaw. New research shows that fungi in Alaska begin to adapt to high temperatures, speeding up their metabolism, growing ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Most of Europe has experienced strong summer warming over the course of the past several decades, accompanied by severe heat waves in 2003, 2010 and 2015. New research now puts the current warmth in ... read more

How 'More Food Per Field' Could Help Save Our Wild Spaces

Jan. 28, 2016 — Increased farm yields could help to spare land from agriculture for natural habitats that benefit wildlife and store greenhouse gases, but only if the right policies are in place. Conservation ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Worldwide responses to climate change could leave people worse off in the future according to a recent study. The paper discusses how certain adaptation strategies may have a negative impact on ... read more

Landscape Pattern Analysis Reveals Global Loss of Interior Forest

Jan. 28, 2016 — Between 2000 and 2012, the world lost more forest area than it gained, according to researchers who estimated a global net loss of 1.71 million square kilometers of forest -- an area about two and a ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Scientists plumbing the depths of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean have found ancient sediments suggesting that one proposed way to mitigate climate warming -- fertilizing the oceans with iron to ... read more

Capitalize on 'Life Transitions' to Instill Better Environmental Behaviors

Jan. 27, 2016 — House moves or a change of job provide an idea 'window of opportunity' to promote more sustainable behaviors, according to a new psychology ... read more

Storm Desmond Stripped Agricultural Land of Soil and Nutrients

Jan. 27, 2016 — More large storms in the future, such as Storm Desmond, will increase the loss of valuable soil and nutrients from agricultural fields, according to new research. In the wake of Storm Desmond, and ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — If environmentalists want to protect fragile ecosytems from landing in the hands of developers -- in the US and around the globe -- they should team up with ecotourists, according to a study. ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — A new model explains three fundamental features of the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Its huge size, its timescale of about 45 days, and why the tropical storm clouds always move toward the ... read more

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