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Lake Baikal: Protection of a unique ecosystem

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:30:13 EDT ~ Researchers are studying the impact of climate change and environmental toxins on the lake's fauna. They addressed the question of how Baikal amphipods that fulfill important ecological functions in the lake react to pollutants in the water. Find out more...

Atlantic/Pacific ocean temperature difference fuels US wildfires

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:29:52 EDT ~ A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America. Find out more...

Seawalls: Ecological effects of coastal armoring in soft sediment environments

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:31:56 EDT ~ For nearly a century, the O'Shaughnessy seawall has held back the sand and seas of San Francisco's Ocean Beach. At work even longer: the Galveston seawall, built after America's deadliest hurricane in 1900 killed thousands in Texas. Find out more...

'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:30:34 EDT ~ Using a publicly available climate model, researchers 'hindcast' the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than would otherwise have occurred. Find out more...

Mountain glaciers recharge vital aquifers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:54:46 EDT ~ Small mountain glaciers play a big role in recharging vital aquifers and in keeping rivers flowing during the winter, according to a new study. The study also suggests that the accelerated melting of mountain glaciers in recent decades may explain a phenomenon that has long puzzled scientists -- why Arctic and sub-Arctic rivers have increased their water flow during the winter even without a correlative increase in rain or snowfall. Find out more...

Ancient Italian fossils reveal risk of parasitic infections due to climate change

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:53:14 EDT ~ In 2014, a team of researchers found that clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700 years ago) contained clues about how sea level rise due to climate change could foreshadow a rise in parasitic trematodes. Now, an international team has found that rising seas could be detrimental to human health on a much shorter time scale. Find out more...

Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pennsylvania forests

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:23:29 EDT ~ Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development. Find out more...

Paying people to protect forests is worth it

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:23:12 EDT ~ A new study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions and should be a key part of the global strategy to fight climate change. The study sought to evaluate how effective 'Payments for Ecosystems' (PES) is at reducing deforestation. Find out more...

Coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba may survive global warming, new study finds

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:06:16 EDT ~ Coral reefs in the Red Seas Gulf of Aqaba can resist rising water temperatures, suggests new research. If they survive local pollution, these corals may one day be used to re-seed parts of the world where reefs are dying. The scientists urge governments to protect the Gulf of Aqaba Reefs. Find out more...

The way rivers function reflects their ecological status and is rarely explored

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:50:33 EDT ~ A research project proposes going beyond the study of river ecosystems and incorporating into the studies routinely carried out a set of processes that regulate not only the fluxes of matter but also the fluxes of energy within an ecosystem. In a recently published paper, the group is proposing a new working framework to study the status of rivers. Find out more...