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Positives of climate change? Agricultural, economic possibilities for West Virginia

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 19:35
Researchers found that, between 1900 and 2016, maximum temperatures in West Virginia trended downward, average minimum temperatures ascended and annual precipitation increased. Even so, he predicts future climates in West Virginia will be more conducive to agricultural production.

Glacier-fed rivers may consume atmospheric carbon dioxide

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 19:35
Glacier-fed rivers in northern Canada may be consuming significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to new research.

Would a carbon tax help to innovate more-efficient energy use?

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:11
Taxing carbon emissions would drive innovation and lead to improved energy efficiency, according to a new article.

Satellite-based estimates of reduced deforestation in protected areas needed

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:11
In the context of progressing towards new targets for a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the debate remains on whether the emphasis should be on protected area coverage or protected area effectiveness.

Affordable, less intensive methane detection protocol

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:11
A new testing protocol that uses existing, affordable water chemistry tests can help scientists and regulators detect sites showing evidence of new methane gas leaks caused by oil and gas drilling, according to researchers.

Bad Blooms: Researchers review environmental conditions leading to harmful algae blooms

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 16:50
When there is a combination of population increase, wastewater discharge, agricultural fertilization, and climate change, the cocktail is detrimental to humans and animals. This harmful cocktail produces harmful algal blooms, and many of these are toxic to humans and wildlife.

Chipping away at how ice forms could keep windshields, power lines ice-free

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:47
How does ice form? Surprisingly, science hasn't fully answered that question. But researchers today will explain their finding that the arrangements that surface atoms impose on water molecules are the key. Their work has implications for preventing ice formation on windshields, ships and power lines, and for improving weather prediction.

Deep transformations needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:27
The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change call for deep transformations that require complementary actions by governments, civil society, science, and business.

Wildfires could permanently alter Alaska's forest composition

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:26
A team of researchers projected that the combination of climate change and increased wildfires will cause the iconic evergreen conifer trees of Alaska to get pushed out in favor of broadleaf deciduous trees, which shed their leaves seasonally.

Big increase in ocean carbon dioxide absorption along West Antarctic Peninsula

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:26
Climate change is altering the ability of the Southern Ocean off the West Antarctic Peninsula to absorb carbon dioxide, according to a new study, and that could magnify climate change in the long run.

Salt marshes' capacity to sink carbon may be threatened by nitrogen pollution

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 16:23
Salt marshes sequester carbon at rates an order of magnitude higher than land ecosystems. A new study indicates nitrate pollution of coastal waters stimulates the decomposition of organic matter in salt marsh sediments that normally would have remained stable, and can alter the capacity of salt marshes to sequester carbon over the long term.

'100-year' floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 23:50
Researchers have developed new maps that predict coastal flooding for every county on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts and find 100-year floods could become annual occurrences in New England; and happen every one to 30 years along the southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shorelines.

The case for retreat in the battle against climate change

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 21:18
With sea level rise and extreme weather threatening coastal communities, it's no longer a question of whether they are going to retreat; it's where, when and how. In a new paper, researchers advocate for a managed and planned retreat, not a short-term spur of the moment reaction to a massive storm.

Early life on Earth limited by enzyme

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:34
A single enzyme found in early single-cell life forms could explain why oxygen levels in the atmosphere remained low for two billion years during the Proterozoic eon, preventing life colonizing land.

Climate change will alter waves along half the world's coast

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 17:38
New research finds that a warming planet will also alter ocean waves along more than 50% of the world's coastlines. This research has significant implications for coastal flooding and erosion.

Rising summer heat could soon endanger travelers on annual Muslim pilgrimage

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 17:38
Over two million Muslim travelers just finished the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, traveling during some of the country's hottest weather. New research finds pilgrims in future summers may have to endure heat and humidity extreme enough to endanger their health.

Health care workers unprepared for magnitude of climate change

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 16:40
An epidemic of chronic kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers worldwide, is just one of many ailments poised to strike as a result of climate change, according to researchers.

Switching on the Atlantic Ocean heat pump

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 15:11
34 million years ago the warm 'greenhouse climate' of the dinosaur age ended and the colder 'icehouse climate' of today commenced. Antarctica glaciated first and geological data imply that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, the global ocean conveyor belt of heat and nutrients that today helps keep Europe warm, also started at this time. Why exactly, has remained a mystery.

Shift to more intense rains threatens historic Italian winery

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 23:38
Wine lovers may appreciate a dry white, but a lack of steady rainfall brought on by a changing climate is threatening a centuries old winemaking tradition in Italy, according to an international team of scientists.

Ocean temperatures turbocharge April tornadoes over Great Plains region

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 21:27
Do climate shifts influence tornados over North America? New research found that Pacific and Atlantic ocean temperatures in April can influence large-scale weather patterns as well as the frequency of tornadoes over the Great Plains region.