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April 23, 2017

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Mar. 28, 2017 — Developing drought tolerant corn that makes efficient use of available water will be vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. In March 2014, the National Science Foundation ... read more

New Research Points out That Climate Change Will Increase Fire Activity in Mediterranean Europe

Mar. 10, 2017 — In the forthcoming decades, risks of summer fire may increase in Mediterranean Europe. A recent study, researchers show that the direct effect of climate change in regulating fuel moisture (droughts ... 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

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

Cultivating Cool-for-Cash-Crop

Feb. 22, 2017 — Canola and camelina are cool-season crops that produce oilseeds. Soon they may find a home in California fields as a rotational crop with smart water use and high ... 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

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

How a Plant Resists Drought

Feb. 14, 2017 — Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces the plants to become more drought resistant. Now, ... read more

Scat Sniffer Dogs Tell Researchers a Lot About Endangered Lizards

Jan. 31, 2017 — Dogs can be trained to find almost anything, but one researcher had them detect something a little unusual -- the scat of endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizards. The dogs helped find out how ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — New research suggests that cooperative breeding makes mammal species such as meerkats better suited to dry, harsh ... read more

Jan. 19, 2017 — Why do some trees die in a drought and others don't? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts? Scientists have examined those questions in a new ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Researchers are part of an effort that will use weather radar to identify wetland hotspots used by waterfowl during the winter, which in turn can alert poultry growers about the potential risk of ... read more

Pressures from Grazers Hastens Ecosystem Collapse from Drought

Jan. 11, 2017 — Ecosystem collapse from extreme drought can be significantly hastened by pressures placed on drought-weakened vegetation by grazers and fungal pathogens, a new study finds. The study's ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — For centuries drought has come and gone across northern sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, water shortages have been most severe in the Sahel -- a band of semi-arid land situated just south of the ... read more

Jan. 3, 2017 — The future of the red-capped manakin and other tropical birds in Panama looks bleak. A research project spanning more than three decades and simulating another five decades analyzes how changes in ... 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

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

Dec. 6, 2016 — As part of an effort to develop drought-resistant food and bioenergy crops, scientists have uncovered the genetic and metabolic mechanisms that allow certain plants to conserve water and thrive in ... read more

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