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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

Rocky Mountain Haze

Jan. 6, 2017 — An atmospheric scientist has found a correlation between the severity of drought in the Intermountain West and the summertime air quality, particularly the concentration of aerosol particles, in ... read more

Computer Models Find Ancient Solutions to Modern Climate Problems

Dec. 20, 2016 — Archaeologists are at the helm of new research using sophisticated computer technology to learn how past societies responded to climate change. Their work, which links ancient climate and ... read more

Dec. 13, 2016 — Subsurface drip irrigation is the newest method in turfgrass efficiency. Two projects will test these research findings: A subsurface drip irrigation system in several tee boxes at a golf course, and ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — From the Arctic to the Mojave Desert, terrestrial and marine habitats are quickly changing. Satellites are particularly well-suited to observe habitat transformation and help scientists forecast what ... read more

Dec. 8, 2016 — Scientists describe how, in collaboration with Google, they have quantified changes in global surface waters and created interactive maps which highlight the changes in Earth's surface water ... read more

How Tequila Could Be Key in Our Battle Against Climate Change

Dec. 6, 2016 — Agave – the cactus-like plant which forms the base ingredient of tequila – has a nocturnal ‘body clock’ which allows it to ‘breathe’ at night and withstand the driest of conditions, new ... read more

Nov. 8, 2016 — The World Meteorological Organization has published a detailed analysis of the global climate 2011-2015 -- the hottest five-year period on record -- and the increasingly visible human footprint on ... read more

Nov. 7, 2016 — Using 20 years of data from federal and state agencies, a fisheries biologist and a scholar are tracking how land use changes have impacted the water quality and aquatic life in lakes and streams in ... read more

Increasing Cost of Natural Hazards as Climate Changes

Nov. 7, 2016 — A new comprehensive study of Australian natural hazards paints a picture of increasing heatwaves and extreme bushfires as this century progresses, but with much more uncertainty about the future of ... read more

Nov. 3, 2016 — We can tell when plants need water: their leaves droop and they start to look dry. But what's happening on a molecular level? Scientists have made a leap forward in answering that question, ... read more

Nov. 1, 2016 — The western-most region of the continental United States set records for low snowpack levels in 2015 and scientists, through a new study, point the finger at high temperatures, not the low ... read more

Oct. 31, 2016 — Climate change is happening so quickly that a question mark hangs over whether forests can adapt accordingly without human interference and can continue to perform their various functions such as ... read more

Study Reveals Which Genes Are Critical to a Plant's Response to Drought

Oct. 25, 2016 — Because plants cannot relocate when resources become scarce, they need to efficiently regulate their growth by responding to environmental cues. Drought is the most important cause of reduced plant ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient ... read more

Predicting Climate Impacts on Ecosystems Will Require Scientists to Widen the Lens

Oct. 24, 2016 — Scholars are making the case that overly simplistic studies on the climate impacts on ecosystems avoid the inherent complexity and interconnectedness of natural systems — and thus yield erroneous ... read more

U.S. Winter Outlook Predicts Warmer, Drier South and Cooler, Wetter North

Oct. 23, 2016 — Forecasters are saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year. The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Following the devastating droughts in the 70s and 80s in the Sahel region south of the Sahara desert, vegetation has now recovered. What surprised the researchers is that although it is now raining ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — New research suggests that "flash droughts" -- like the one that unexpectedly gripped the Southern Rockies and Midwest in the summer of 2012 -- could be predicted months in advance using ... read more

Oct. 11, 2016 — The impact of old forest roads on the species diversity in the rainforest of Central Guyana has been the focus of recent research. Investigators reached the conclusion that the established roads may ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — As a consequence of a warming Earth, the risk of a megadrought -- one that lasts more than 35 years -- in the American Southwest likely will rise from a low chance over the past thousand years to a ... read more

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