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October 9, 2015

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October 9, 2015

Oct. 1, 2015 — Local habitat variability in northwest streams can help shield coastal cutthroat trout from the effects of forest harvest and climate change, a new study has ... read more

The Danish Nitrogen Budget in a Nutshell

Sep. 30, 2015 — To get a clearer overall picture of the sources and sinks of nitrogen, scientists have developed a national nitrogen budget for Denmark for the years 1990 to 2010. The budget shows inputs and outputs ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — As carbon emissions continue to rise, scientists project forests will grow faster and larger, due to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, which fuels photosynthesis. But a new study finds that ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — A survey of nearly 700 scientists from non-climate disciplines shows that more than 90 percent believe that average global temperatures are higher than pre-1800s levels and that human activity has ... read more

Tiny Plankton Can Play a Major Role in Carbon Dioxide Storage in the Oceans

Sep. 24, 2015 — Tiny zooplankton animals, each no bigger than a grain of rice, may be playing a huge part in regulating climate change, research has ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Brazil's public authorities regularly publish "blacklists" of municipalities with high illegal deforestation rates. This environmental policy tool is working: scientists have found ... read more

Curbing Short-Lived Pollutants: A Win-Win for Climate and Air Quality

Sep. 24, 2015 — Ozone, methane and aerosols (tiny pollutant particles) remain in the atmosphere for a shorter time than CO2, but can affect both the climate and air quality. Yet environmental policies tend to ... read more

Could Indigenous Knowledge Systems Combat Climate Change?

Sep. 23, 2015 — As the global scientific community combines technology and brains to track climate change patterns and effects, the indigenous populations across the world have, for generations, already been noting ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — A new research study examines the market potential and environmental trade-offs of using natural gas in marine fuels. Natural gas is considered by many to be a 21st century energy resource that will ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Human caused climate change is increasingly apparent today through multiple lines of evidence. But now researchers have revealed for the first time when and where the first clear signs of global ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Many studies predict that future sea-level rise along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts will increase flooding. Others suggest that the human-caused warming driving this rise will also boost the ... read more

Emissions from Melting Permafrost Could Cost $43 Trillion

Sep. 21, 2015 — New analysis of the effects of melting permafrost in the Arctic points to $43 trillion in extra economic damage by the end of the next century, on top of the more than the $300 trillion economic ... read more

Greening the Electric Grid With Gas Turbines

Sep. 21, 2015 — Much of the nation's energy policy is premised on the assumption that clean renewable sources like wind and solar will require huge quantities of storage before they can make a significant dent ... read more

A New Analysis and Approach to Watershed Management

Sep. 18, 2015 — The first continent-wide, multi-factor analysis of climate and land cover effects on watersheds in the United States, published today, provides a broad new assessment of runoff, flooding and storm ... read more

Harvesting Clues to GMO Dilemmas from China's Soybean Fields

Sep. 18, 2015 — China's struggle -- mirrored across the globe -- to balance public concern over the safety of genetically modified crops with a swelling demand for affordable food crops has left a disconnect: ... read more

Closer Look Reveals True Cost of Coal

Sep. 17, 2015 — The cost of coal use is greater than it seems and policies geared toward subsidizing its use must be reformed quickly, before countries invest in coal-fired ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — China has invested substantially in nature reserves to protect giant pandas in the wild. A new study finds that in addition to benefiting the charismatic pandas, the reserves also protect substantial ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Researchers carried out an island-wide survey of the last wild population of Sumatran rhinoceros, and now recommend that wildlife conservation managers consolidate the small population, provide ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — Experts estimate the value of ecosystem services worldwide forfeited due to land degradation at US $6.3-10.6 trillion annually, or the equivalent of 10-17 percent of global GDP, a new report ... read more

Sep. 14, 2015 — Experts predict farmers can sustainably, and affordably, meet humanity's growing demand for food and ... read more

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