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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.