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Environment

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Australian Researchers Use Surveillance Cameras and Drones to Spy on Trees

A scientist from The Australian National University (ANU) is helping set up an international network to use surveillance camera networks and drone data to spy on trees. The network will help make huge amounts of time-lapse image data accessible for scientists trying to understand how climate change will affect forests around the world. Dr Tim

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Rainier Winters Occur Across the United States

Across the U.S., a greater percentage of winter precipitation is falling as rain, with potentially severe consequences in Western states where industries and cities depend on snowpack for water, and across the country wherever there is a winter sports economy.

Monday, April 4th, 2016

New Cause of Exceptional Greenland Melt Revealed

A new study by researchers from Denmark and Canada’s York University, published in Geophysical Research Letters, has found that the climate models commonly used to simulate melting of the Greenland ice sheet tend to underestimate the impact of exceptionally warm weather episodes on the ice sheet. The study investigated the causes of ice melt during

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Massive Deforestation Found in Brazil’s Cerrado

Agricultural expansion in Brazil’s Cerrado is quickly chewing up rainforests and savannas – even altering the region’s water cycle, a new study finds.

Monday, March 28th, 2016

DRI Wildland Fire Research Center Targets New Era of Fire Science

RENO – More than 10 million acres of land across the United States were scorched by wildland fires last year – more than any other year on record. Those fires destroyed more than 2,600 homes nationwide and burned nearly one million acres of land in California and Nevada alone. Fighting them, several of which were

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Drought Alters Recovery of Rocky Mountain Forests After Fire

MADISON, Wis. — A changing climate is altering the ability of Rocky Mountain forests to recover from wildfire, according to a new study published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography. When warm, dry conditions lead to drought in the years following fires, it impedes the growth and establishment of vulnerable new post-fire seedlings. The

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Monthly and Seasonal Temperature Records Smashed

Global average surface temperatures in February 2016 broke the monthly record by the widest ever margin, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The December-February seasonal temperature was also the highest on record. The NOAA report confirmed data from NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency of an exceptional surge in temperatures. The

Monday, March 21st, 2016

China’s Forest Recovery Shows Hope for Mitigating Global Climate Change

China’s sweeping program to restore forests across the country is working. The vast destruction of China’s forests, leveled after decades of logging, floods and conversion to farmland, has become a story of recovery, according to the first independent verification published in today’s Science Advances by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers. “It is encouraging that China’s

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Plants’ Ability to Adapt Could Change Conventional Wisdom on Climate Change

MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL, March 16, 2016—Plants speed up their respiratory metabolism as temperatures rise, leading to a long-held concern that as climate warms the elevated carbon release from a ramped-up metabolism could flip global forests from a long-term carbon sink to a carbon source, further accelerating climate change. However, a new University of Minnesota study with more

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Ecologist Advances Understanding of the Role of Greenhouse Gases

A new research paper published in Nature, advances the understanding of how greenhouse gases from forests, grasslands, and agriculture other than carbon dioxide play a role in climate change. The paper, authored by a Montana State University ecologist and nearly two dozen other scientists around the world, takes a closer look at the role of

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