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May 28, 2017

Hydrological Drought Amplifies Wildfires in Borneo’s Humid Tropics

May 2, 2017 — The area of wildfires in Borneo during drought years turns out to be ten times larger than during non-drought years, an international research team reports. The fires recurrently affecting ... read more

Mar. 27, 2017 — Reduced seasonal flooding of wetlands and farm fields in California's Sacramento Valley threatens a key stopover site for migratory shorebirds, a new study shows. Landsat satellite images reveal ... read more

Farming Becoming Riskier Under Climate Change

Mar. 27, 2017 — Climate change is predicted to impact agriculture, but a new study puts these changes in terms that are directly applicable to farmers. For Illinois, the corn planting window will be split in two to ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — Nearly 1,000 feet below the bed of the Dead Sea, scientists have found evidence that during past warm periods, the Mideast has suffered drought on scales never recorded by humans -- a possible ... read more

Water Conservation Messaging Effectiveness During California's Ongoing Drought

Mar. 16, 2017 — The results of a state-wide study on the communication campaigns California has been employing to address its ongoing drought. The study looked at current message strategies aimed to reduce ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — A multi-year study of Egypt's Nile Delta places the country's major breadbasket at serious risk. The soil-rich delta evolved as the result of natural conditions involving the Nile's ... read more

Vicious Circle of Drought and Forest Loss in the Amazon

Mar. 13, 2017 — Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the ... read more

Mar. 7, 2017 — Droughts can travel hundreds to thousands of kilometers from where they started, like a slow-moving hurricane. A new study sheds light on how these droughts evolve in space and time, bringing vital ... read more

Mar. 7, 2017 — A new study has found that soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants. In drier regions, soil carbon loss decreased but in wetter regions soil carbon ... read more

US Grasslands Affected More by Atmospheric Dryness Than Precipitation

Mar. 7, 2017 — According to 33 years of remote sensing data, productivity of US grasslands is more sensitive to dryness of the atmosphere than precipitation, important information for understanding how ecosystems ... read more

Calculating Recharge of Groundwater More Precisely

Feb. 28, 2017 — Current models underestimate role of subsurface heterogeneity, researchers suggest in a new article. Groundwater is a vital resource in many regions around the globe. For managing drinking water, the ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Research outlines how the genetic pathways that govern growth and stress response in plants sometimes clash. The research could lead to better performing crop ... read more

Melting Polar Ice, Rising Sea Levels Not Only Climate Change Dangers

Feb. 23, 2017 — Climate change from political and ecological standpoints is a constant in the media and with good reason, suggests a new study, but proof of its impact is sometimes found in unlikely ... read more

Low Snowpacks of 2014, 2015 May Become Increasingly Common With Warmer Conditions

Feb. 22, 2017 — Oregon experienced very low snowpack levels in 2014 and historically low snowpack levels in 2015. Now a new study suggests that these occurrences may not be anomalous in the future and could become ... read more

'Atmospheric Rivers' Associated With California Flooding Also Common in the Southeast

Feb. 22, 2017 — Much of the flood-inducing rainfall that has pummeled California over the last month flowed into the region via a river in the sky. But these so-called atmospheric rivers, which transport large ... read more

Forests Worldwide Threatened by Drought

Feb. 21, 2017 — Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, researchers have found. An analysis suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Warming in the 21st century reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet, about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, according to new research. Climate change ... read more

Winners and Losers: Climate Change Will Shift Vegetation

Feb. 21, 2017 — Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by one-third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during ... read more

Deep Groundwater Aquifers Respond Rapidly to Climate Variability

Feb. 8, 2017 — Changes in climate can rapidly impact even the deepest freshwater aquifers according to hydrologists. The researchers found that responses to climate variations can be detected in deep groundwater ... read more

Drought Identified as Key to Severity of West Nile Virus Epidemics

Feb. 7, 2017 — Drought dramatically increases the severity of West Nile virus epidemics in the United States, although populations affected by large outbreaks acquire immunity that limits the size of subsequent ... read more

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