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One-third of plant and animal species could be gone in 50 years

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 22:01
Researchers studied recent extinctions from climate change to estimate the loss of plant and animal species by 2070. Their results suggest that as many as one in three species could face extinction unless warming is reduced.

Climate-driven farming 'frontiers' pose major environmental risks

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 22:01
Future farming in regions that were previously unsuitable for agriculture could significantly impact biodiversity, water resources, and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

A coral's symbiotic community may predict how well it resists climate stress

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 22:01
U.S. and Australian researchers have found a potential tool for identifying stress-tolerant ''super corals.'' In experiments that simulated climate change stress, researchers found corals that best survived had symbiotic algae communities with similar features.

Small altitude changes could cut climate impact of aircraft by up to 59%

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 19:19
Altering the altitudes of less than 2% of flights could reduce contrail-linked climate change by 59%, says a new study.

Climate warming disrupts tree seed production

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 19:19
Research has revealed the effect of climate warming on the complex interactions between tree masting and the insects that eat their seeds.

Polar bears in Baffin Bay skinnier, having fewer cubs due to less sea ice

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:30
Satellite tracking of adult females and visual monitoring of polar bears in Baffin Bay show changes from the 1990s to the period from 2009 to 2015. Bears in Baffin Bay are getting thinner and adult females are having fewer cubs than when sea ice was more available.

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters -- and it could happen again

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 23:48
Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, a new international study l shows - and the scientists say we're headed in that direction again.

Storm-induced sea level spikes differ in origin on US east, Gulf coasts

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 23:05
The Gulf Coast, especially New Orleans, is particularly vulnerable to storm surge. As the climate warms, the region will be even more susceptible to extreme storm surges, according to new research.

Hot climates to see more variability in tree leafing as temperatures rise

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 20:45
Scientists found that while all regions of the country can expect an earlier start to the growing season as temperatures rise, the trend is likely to become more variable year-over-year in hotter regions.

Climate change could trigger more landslides in High Mountain Asia

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 19:15
More frequent and intense rainfall events due to climate change could cause more landslides in the High Mountain Asia region of China, Tibet and Nepal, according to the first quantitative study of the link between precipitation and landslides in the region.

Coincidences influence the onset and ending of ice ages

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 17:38
An analysis of the so called climate spectrum shows why the ice ages have not behaved precisely as the models predict. A large element of coincidence is involved when an ice age begins or ends, the analysis shows. The results imply we should maybe use a more conservative risk assessment then the one IPCC recommends.

New method to allow corals to rapidly respond to climate change

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 16:23
A team of marine biology and environmental genomics researchers have demonstrated that epigenetic modifications in reef-building corals can be transmitted from parents to their offspring.

Adapting to climate change: We're doing it wrong

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 23:57
When it comes to adapting to the effects of climate change, scientists and policymakers are thinking too small, according to a new research review.

Himalayan glacier shows evidence of start of Industrial Revolution

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 22:33
Human beings altered one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas hundreds of years before a person ever set foot there, new research has found. The study indicates that the byproducts of burning coal in Europe in the late 18th century made their way to the Dasuopu glacier in the central Himalayas, some 6,400 miles as the crow flies from London, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

Scientists show solar system processes control the carbon cycle throughout Earth's history

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 22:33
This new work sheds fresh light on the complicated interplay of factors affecting global climate and the carbon cycle -- and on what transpired millions of years ago to spark two of the most devastating extinction events in Earth's history.

Gulf coast mollusks rode out past periods of climate change

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 22:33
About 55 million years ago, a rapidly warming climate decimated marine communities around the world. But according to new research, it was a different story for snails, clams and other mollusks living in the shallow waters along what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States. They were able to survive.

Twist in the story of volcanism and mass extinctions

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 21:48
An emerging scientific consensus is that gases -- in particular carbon gases -- released by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago contributed to some of Earth's greatest mass extinctions. But new research suggests that that's not the entire story.

Global warming and extinction risk

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 20:32
How can fossils predict the consequences of climate change? A research team compared data from fossil and marine organisms living today to predict which groups of animals are most at risk from climate change.

New research supports previous studies on global sea level rise

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:53
Using data from European satellites, a student has demonstrated that the global sea level rise has accelerated over the past four decades.

'Rule breaking' plants may be climate change survivors

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:11
Plants that break some of the 'rules' of ecology by adapting in unconventional ways may have a higher chance of surviving climate change, according to researchers.