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Grains in the rain
Of the major food crops, only rice is currently able to survive flooding. (2019-09-19)
The black forest and climate change
Silver and Douglas firs could replace Norway spruce in the long run due to their greater resistance to droughts. (2017-06-30)
The Lancet Planetary Health: Food, climate, greenhouse gas emissions and health
Increasing temperatures, water scarcity, availability of agricultural land, biodiversity loss and climate change threaten to reverse health gains seen over the last century. (2017-04-04)
A Cereal survives heat and drought
An international consortium around the biologist Wolfram Weckwerth has published the genome sequence of Pearl millet, a drought resistant crop plant most important in aride regions in Africa and Asia. (2017-09-18)
RNA discovery could help boost plant heat, drought tolerance
The discovery of a RNA that can increase drought and salt tolerance in thale cress could illuminate a new research approach and hold implications for other plants, including food crops. (2017-09-18)
Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather
Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, wildfires and flooding. (2018-01-12)
The drought that collapsed classic Maya society
A period of severe drought near the end of the 1st millennium C.E. likely sealed the fate of Lowland Classic Maya society, and a new study shows just how dry it was as the populations of the Maya Lowlands began to evaporate. (2018-08-02)
Study: Rural ranchers face less access to water during drought than urban counterparts
The findings highlight a rural-urban divide and show that ranchers' access to water was neither equal nor valued during the drought in Mexico's Baja California Sur state from 2006 to 2012. (2018-02-16)
Drought-induced changes in forest composition amplify effects of climate change
The face of American forests is changing, thanks to climate change-induced shifts in rainfall and temperature that are causing shifts in the abundance of numerous tree species, according to a new paper by University of Florida researchers. (2018-03-21)
Climate change: Soil animals cannot explain self-reinforcing effect
Leipzig. When the soil warms up, it releases more carbon dioxide (CO2) -- an effect that further fuels climate change. (2017-12-21)
Native wildflowers bank on seeds underground to endure drought
Native wildflowers were surprisingly resilient during California's most recent drought, even more so than exotic grasses. (2018-03-01)
A basis for the application of drought indices in China
The definition of a drought index is the foundation of drought research. (2017-03-28)
New research disputes claims that climate change helped spark the Syrian civil war
A new study shows that there is no sound evidence that global climate change was a factor in causing the Syrian civil war. (2017-09-07)
Droughts and ecosystems are determined by the interaction of two climate phenomena
A piece of collaborative research in which the UPV/EHU participated in has discovered an interaction between two climate phenomena that could be crucial for water, agricultural and forestry planning and for assessing the climate vulnerability of ecosystems when facing unprecedented warming scenarios in the Mediterranean. (2017-12-28)
Surprising killer of southeastern salt marshes: Common sea snails
From South Carolina to Texas, salt marshes have experienced a massive die-off in recent years, threatening fisheries and leaving coastal areas vulnerable to flooding. (2005-12-15)
New rice fights off drought
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have developed strains of rice that are resistant to drought in real-world situations. (2017-04-04)
Secrets of succulents' water-wise ways revealed
Plant scientists at the University of Liverpool have revealed new insights into the mechanisms that allow certain plants to conserve water and tolerate drought. (2017-11-16)
Deep roots in plants driven by soil hydrology
Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. (2017-09-18)
UNH researchers find human impact on forest still evident after 500 years
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire used high-tech tools to more precisely view where these cleared sites were and how much lasting impact they had on the rainforest in the Amazon Basin in South America. (2018-01-18)
Genetic limits threaten chickpeas, a globally critical food
Scientists have discovered an extreme lack of genetic diversity and other threats to the future adaptability of domestic chickpeas, the primary source of protein of 20 percent of the world's people. (2018-02-13)
Scientists find culprits for extreme rainfall over Yangtze River in May 2016
Chinese and British scientists used the 'Risk Ratio' (RR), a probabilistic extreme event attribution approach, to characterize the anthropogenic contribution to the occurrence of the extreme event and found the strong El Niño of 2015-16 may account for the extreme precipitation event over Yangtze River basin in 2016. (2018-01-05)
Hidden 'rock moisture' possible key to forest response to drought
A little-studied, underground layer of rock may provide a vital reservoir for trees, especially in times of drought, report scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with The University of Texas (UT) at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley. (2018-02-26)
Extreme climate variability destabilizing West Coast ecosystems
Extreme climate variability over the last century in western North America may be destabilizing both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. (2018-04-13)
NASA's IMERG shows devastating rainfall over East Africa
Heavy seasonal rainfall has recently caused flooding in Kenya and NASA analyzed and estimated the total rainfall using data from a suite of satellites and gauges. (2018-05-04)
Study predicts a significantly drier world at 2ºC
New research predicts a significantly drier world if global warming reaches 2ºC. (2018-01-01)
Space technology predicts droughts several months in advance
Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have used new space technology to predict droughts and increased bushfire risk up to five months in advance. (2019-01-28)
Carbon satellite to serve as an important tool for politicians and climate change experts
A new satellite that measures and provides detailed carbon balance information is one of the most important new tools in carbon measurement since infrared light, believe researchers from the University of Copenhagen. (2018-05-08)
Droughts in Mongolia -- past, present and future
The extreme wet and dry periods Mongolia has experienced in the late 20th and early 21st centuries are rare but not unprecedented and future droughts may be no worse. (2018-03-14)
Tropical forest response to drought depends on age
Factors most important for regulation of transpiration in young forests in Panama had to do with their ability to access water in the soil, whereas older forests were more affected by atmospheric conditions. (2018-03-05)
Food abundance driving conflict in Africa, not food scarcity
In Africa, food abundance may be driving violent conflict rather than food scarcity, according to a study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, a publication of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. (2018-03-01)
New study: Snowpack levels show dramatic decline in western states
A new study of long-term snow monitoring sites in the western United States found declines in snowpack at more than 90 percent of those sites -- and one-third of the declines were deemed significant. (2018-03-02)
New NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack even before the snow falls
As farmers in the American West decide what, when and where to plant, and urban water managers plan for water needs in the next year, they want to know how much water their community will get from melting snow in the mountains. (2018-01-22)
Fighting rice fungus
Plant scientists are uncovering more clues critical to disarming a fungus that leads to rice blast disease and devastating crop losses. (2015-12-22)
Forests worldwide threatened by drought
Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, University of Stirling researchers have found. (2017-02-22)
Droughts and reservoirs: Finding storage space underground
Odd as it sounds, in some places the smartest way to safeguard the water supply is to let it drain out of the reservoirs and soak into the ground. (2006-09-18)
Climatic effect of irrigation over the Yellow River basin
The agricultural irrigation affects the regional climate mainly through changing the surface water process. (2017-04-19)
Why cereal is better
Cereal is much more drought-tolerant than other plants. Researchers from Würzburg have now found out why that is so. (2018-04-27)
Plants become more tolerant when living in symbiosis with fungi
By developing a symbiotic relationship with fungi, plants not only become more tolerant to diseases but can also help contribute to more sustainable agricultural practices. (2017-10-04)
Discovery of compounds that keep plants fresh
A team of scientists at Nagoya University has discovered new compounds that can control stomatal movements in plants. (2018-04-08)
Microbes help plants survive in severe drought
Plants can better tolerate drought and other stressors with the help of natural microbes, University of Washington research has found. (2016-10-03)
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