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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Are Herders, Livestock Bad for Rare Wildlife? It's Complicated

Jan. 13, 2017 — A new article looks at the positive and negative relationships occurring between pastoralists, livestock, native carnivores and native herbivores in the world’s largest unfenced grassland and ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — New research reveals how a single warming event in Antarctica may be an indication of future ecosystem changes. Stationed in East Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys -- a polar desert that's ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — Researchers had to go deep to uncover brand new knowledge that they say will "shake up" the archaeological field in the southwestern United States. Various salt compounds found deep in the ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — A study of ants across three continents has revealed that their color and size is strongly influenced by their environment, and that the dominant color and average body size can change from year to ... read more

Aug. 24, 2016 — Earth scientists have untangled the curious landscape of China's Tarim Basin using a model simulation of ancient events. Despite lying in arid desert and being the site of rapidly growing, ... read more

Aug. 3, 2016 — Despite reported differences in appearance and behavior, DNA evidence finds that Namibian desert elephants share the same DNA as African savanna elephants. However, Namibian desert-dwelling elephants ... read more

Trees on Farms: The Missing Link in Carbon Accounting

Aug. 2, 2016 — While tropical forests continued to decline, a remarkable change is happening: tree cover on agricultural land has increased across the globe, capturing nearly 0.75 Gigatonnes carbon dioxide every ... read more

July 26, 2016 — A recent research report about one of the largest lithium brine and salt deposits in the world in Chile's Atacama Desert is the first to show that water and solutes flowing into the basin ... read more

July 25, 2016 — Volcanic climate perturbations that delivered cold and stormy weather to much of the Northern Hemisphere generated a combination of conditions in the Sonoran Desert that were just right for ... read more

July 19, 2016 — The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and ... read more

June 9, 2016 — Future manned missions to the Mars will rely heavily on training at sites here on Earth that serve as analogues to the red planet, such Utah's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), run by the ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Iron can be hard to hard to come by in open marine waters -- except each summer, when atmospherically transported dust from north Africa's Sahara Desert provides pulses of biologically important ... read more

Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Will Help and Hurt Crops

May 4, 2016 — Elevated carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere may increase water-use efficiency in crops and considerably mitigate yield losses due to climate change, according to a new ... read more

May 2, 2016 — Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate ... read more

Apr. 6, 2016 — Despite only being in orbit a matter of weeks, Sentinel-3A has already delivered some impressive first images. With the thermal-infrared channels now turned on, the satellite completes its set of ... read more

Shifting Sands on Mars

Apr. 4, 2016 — Researchers are traveling to Iceland to better understand sand dunes found all over the planet Mars. They hope the Iceland site will show how Martian sands have changed, which could yield more clues ... read more

Palaeosol Loess Shed Light on Early Pleistocene Climate in Western Arid Central Asia

Mar. 30, 2016 — The transition from shallow marine sediments to loess deposits at ~2.4 Ma in the northeastern Iranian Golestan Province documents a dramatic change in the early Pleistocene from a region with a ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts, researchers have found. The new ... read more

Micro-Sanctuaries Key to Survival of Wildlife in Human-Dominated Landscapes

Mar. 25, 2016 — Maintaining even the tiniest wildlife sanctuaries will help preserve some biodiversity in increasingly urbanized landscapes, a new report ... read more

Water Flow in Mediterranean Rivers to Fall by 34 Percent by the End of the Century, Study Predicts

Mar. 17, 2016 — The rising global average temperature induced by climate change will cause regions such as the Mediterranean Basin to become drier and more arid, in turn directly affecting the availability of water, ... read more

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