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Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:39:19 EDT ~ Biologists have shown what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events. Find out more...

Tiny shells indicate big changes to global carbon cycle

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:13:26 EDT ~ Experiments with tiny, shelled organisms in the ocean suggest big changes to the global carbon cycle are underway, according to a new study. Find out more...

Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:11:34 EDT ~ Research based on more than 180 fossil insects preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles indicate that the climate in what is now southern California has been relatively stable over the past 50,000 years. Find out more...

Fuel from the air technology provides a path to new business for OPEC countries

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:46:04 EDT ~ Pioneering technology makes OPEC countries prime regions to produce synthetic fuels. This could be a key asset in phasing out fossil fuels after the Paris Agreement, while also keeping some of the existing oil industry value chain intact. Find out more...

Going with the flow: The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:45:03 EDT ~ Ocean currents affect how climate change impacts movements of species to cooler regions. A new study provides novel insight into how species' distributions change from the interaction between climate change and ocean currents. Find out more...

Heavier precipitation in the northeast began in 1996

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:44:03 EDT ~ Over the past century, the Northeast has experienced an increase in the number of storms with extreme precipitation. A new study finds that the increase in extreme Northeast storms occurred as an abrupt shift in 1996, particularly in the spring and fall, rather than as a steady change over several decades. Find out more...

Pope's encyclical boosted his credibility on climate change, especially among liberals

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:16 EDT ~ The Pope's 2015 encyclical on climate change did not directly influence people's beliefs about the seriousness of climate change or its effect on the poor, a study has found. The papal message did, however, indirectly influence people's beliefs about climate change by raising the Pope's credibility on that issue, most strongly among liberals. Find out more...

Weather patterns' influence on frost timing

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:37:24 EDT ~ The frost-free season in North America is approximately 10 days longer now than it was a century ago. In a new study researchers parse the factors contributing to the timing of frost in the United States. Atmospheric circulation patterns, they found, were the dominant influence on frost timing, although the trend of globally warming temperatures played a part as well. Find out more...

Smoke from wildfires can have lasting climate impact

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:33:54 EDT ~ Researchers have found that carbon particles released into the air from burning trees and other organic matter are much more likely than previously thought to travel to the upper levels of the atmosphere, where they can interfere with rays from the sun -- sometimes cooling the air and at other times warming it. Find out more...

Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:20:09 EDT ~ Evidence from the age of the dinosaurs to today shows that chemical weathering of rocks is less sensitive to global temperature, and may depend on the steepness of the surface. The results call into question the role of rocks in setting our planet's temperature over millions of years. Find out more...