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Savannahs slow climate change
Tropical rainforests have long been considered the Earth's lungs, sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and thereby slowing down the increasing greenhouse effect and associated human-made climate change. View News Article (2015-05-22)


Forecasting future infectious disease outbreaks
Machine learning can pinpoint rodent species that harbor diseases and geographic hotspots vulnerable to new parasites and pathogens. View News Article (2015-05-19)


Study: Valuable Massachusetts ecosystems shrinking, doing more with less
All land is not created equal. Some ecosystems do triple duty in the benefits they provide to society. Massachusetts forests, for example, filter public drinking water while also providing habitat for threatened species and storing carbon to combat climate change.  View News Article (2015-05-14)


Harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay are becoming more frequent
A recent study of harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science show a marked increase in these ecosystem-disrupting events in the past 20 years that are being fed by excess nitrogen runoff from the watershed. View News Article (2015-05-11)


Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide makes trees use water more efficiently
The increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration has allowed trees across Europe to use their available water resources more efficiently, new research has shown.  View News Article (2015-05-11)


Ocean fronts improve climate and fishery production, study finds
A recent study by the University of Georgia found that ocean fronts--separate regions of warm and cool water as well as salt and fresh water -- act to increase production in the ocean. View News Article (2015-05-04)


Can photosynthesis be measured over large areas? MBL, Brown U. scientists find a way
By mounting cameras and spectral sensors over a forest canopy in central Massachusetts, scientists have developed an innovative system to measure plant photosynthesis over large areas, such as acres of crops or trees, using information on solar-induced fluorescence in the leaves.  View News Article (2015-04-30)


Study shows diversity of habitat needed around spotted owl reserves
A study just published this week shows many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren't getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada.  View News Article (2015-04-29)


Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink
Approximately 35% of global greenhouse gases (GHGs) come from agriculture. Some argues that human can reverse global worming by sequestering several hundred billion tons of excess CO2 through regenerative, organic farming, ranching and land use. Increasing the soil's organic content will not only fix carbon and reduce emissions, it will also improve the soil's ability to retain water and... View News Article (2015-04-29)


UM study: Oil and gas development transforms landscapes
Improved drilling technologies and energy demand have resulted in the large-scale expansion of oil and gas development, with 50,000 new wells drilled per year recently in central North America.  View News Article (2015-04-29)

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