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Great Barrier Reef not bouncing back as before, but there is hope

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:31:09 EDT ~ The Great Barrier Reef is losing its ability to recover from disturbances, but effective local management could revive its capacity to bounce back. Find out more...

Atlantic circulation is not collapsing -- but as it shifts gears, warming will reaccelerate

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:11:28 EDT ~ Data suggest that the recent, rapid slowdown of the Atlantic Ocean circulation is not a sign of imminent collapse, but a shift back toward a more sluggish phase. The slowdown implies that global air temperatures will increase more quickly in the coming decades. Find out more...

Scientists lack vital knowledge on rapid Arctic climate change

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:24:36 EDT ~ Arctic climate change research relies on field measurements and samples that are too scarce, and patchy at best, according to a comprehensive review study. The researchers looked at thousands of scientific studies, and found that around 30% of cited studies were clustered around only two research stations in the vast Arctic region. Find out more...

Potential for Antarctica to become plastics dumping ground and home for new species

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:24:57 EDT ~ Antarctica is not as isolated from the rest of the world as scientists have thought, new research reveals, with potential for drifting plastics to create problems in the continent in future and new species to colonise there as the climate warms. Find out more...

Protecting tropical forest carbon stocks may not prevent large-scale species loss

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:45:20 EDT ~ As the world seeks to curb human-induced climate change, will protecting the carbon of tropical forests also ensure the survival of their species? A study suggests the answer to this question is far from straightforward. Forests with the greatest carbon content do not necessarily house the most species, meaning carbon-focused conservation can miss large swathes of tropical forest biodiversity. Find out more...

Thawing permafrost microbiomes fuel climate change

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:15:29 EDT ~ A new study could lead to more accurate predictions or the rate of global warming from greenhouse gas emissions produced by thawing permafrost in the next 100 years. The study of the microorganisms involved in permafrost carbon degradation links changing microbial communities and biogeochemistry to the rise of greenhouse gas emissions. Find out more...

Buried Internet infrastructure at risk as sea levels rise

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:16:27 EDT ~ Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study. Find out more...

Looking toward Earth's future climate

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:16:19 EDT ~ A new article reveals new insights into one of the most complex challenges of Earth's climate: understanding and predicting future atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and the role of the ocean and land in determining those levels. Find out more...

Reducing carbon emissions will limit sea level rise

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:07:24 EDT ~ A new study demonstrates that a correlation also exists between cumulative carbon emissions and future sea level rise over time -- and the news isn't good. Find out more...

Getting to know the microbes that drive climate change

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:45:21 EDT ~ A new understanding of the microbes and viruses in the thawing permafrost in Sweden may help scientists better predict the pace of climate change. Find out more...