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Rainy season tends to begin earlier in Northern Central Asia
The researchers found robust increase of annual mean precipitation at the end of the 21st century under all modelling scenarios over northern central Asia. (2020-06-02)
Stanford study shows dry air drives overlooked changes in how plants drink and breathe
New research suggests dry air combined with warmer temperatures may prompt bigger than expected changes in how water moves through plants. (2020-06-01)
New biosensor visualizes stress in living plant cells in real time
Plant biologists have developed a new nanosensor that monitors foundational mechanisms related to stress and drought. (2020-06-01)
Latest climate models show more intense droughts to come
An analysis of new climate model projections by Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes shows southwestern Australia and parts of southern Australia will see longer and more intense droughts due to a lack of rainfall caused by climate change. (2020-06-01)
Volcanic eruptions reduce global rainfall
POSTECH Professor Seung-Ki Min's joint research team identifies the mechanism behind the reduction in precipitation after volcanic eruptions. (2020-05-27)
But it's a dry heat: Climate change and the aridification of North America
Discussions of drought often center on the lack of precipitation. (2020-05-19)
What does drought mean for endangered California salmon?
Droughts threatens California's endangered salmon population -- but pools that serve as drought refuges could make the difference between life and death for these vulnerable fish. (2020-05-18)
Chilean scientists warn environmental costs of water roads
The interdisciplinary analysis presented this in Nature Sustaintability by researchers from four Chilean universities, recommends a global analysis in the design of these projects, reconciling the growing demand for water supply with the health of freshwater and marine ecosystems. (2020-05-02)
Study finds natural fires help native bees, improve food security
Native bees that boost food crops are in decline but changing fire management policies could help them. (2020-05-01)
With shrinking snowpack, drought predictability melting away
New research from CU Boulder suggests that during the 21st century, our ability to predict drought using snow will literally melt away. (2020-04-20)
Princeton scientist solves air quality puzzle: Why does ozone linger long after its ban?
As global climate change leads to more hot and dry weather, the resulting droughts are stressing plants, making them less able to remove ozone from the air -- despite laws successfully limiting pollution. (2020-04-20)
Segregation and local funding gaps drive disparities in drinking water
The fragmentation of water service in the US among thousands of community systems, most of which are small and rely on local funding, leaves many households vulnerable to water contamination or loss of service as droughts become more frequent, a Duke University analysis finds. (2020-04-20)
Climate-driven megadrought is emerging in western US, says study
A new study says a megadrought worse than anything known from recorded history is very likely in progress in the western United States and northern Mexico, and warming climate is playing a key role. (2020-04-16)
Special issue: Drought's impacts on society, ecology and agriculture
In this Special Issue of Science, five Reviews highlight new insights into the impacts of drought on social, ecological and agricultural systems worldwide. (2020-04-16)
Turned-down temperatures boost crops' penchant for production
Drought and heat put stress on plants and reduce grain yield. (2020-04-14)
Building a bean that resists leafhoppers
Promising new pinto bean released with increased leafhopper resistance. (2020-04-08)
NASA study adds a pinch of salt to El Niño models
When modeling the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) ocean-climate cycle, adding satellite sea surface salinity -- or saltiness -- data significantly improves model accuracy, according to a new NASA study. (2020-04-07)
Study synthesizes what climate change means for Northwest wildfires
A synthesis study looks at how climate change will affect the risk of wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana. (2020-04-02)
Almond orchard recycling a climate-smart strategy
Recycling orchard trees onsite can sequester carbon, save water and increase crop yields, making it a climate-smart practice for California's irrigated almond orchards, finds a study from the University of California, Davis. (2020-04-01)
NASA, University of Nebraska release new global groundwater maps
NASA researchers have developed new satellite-based, weekly global maps of soil moisture and groundwater wetness conditions. (2020-03-31)
Changing forests
As the climate is changing, so too are the world's forests. (2020-03-30)
Under extreme heat and drought, trees hardly benefit from an increased CO2 level
The increase in the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere does not compensate the negative effect of greenhouse gas-induced climate change on trees: The more extreme drought and heat become, the less do trees profit from the increased supply with carbon dioxide in terms of carbon metabolism and water use efficiency. (2020-03-26)
The right dose of geoengineering could reduce climate change risks
Injecting the right dose of sulphur dioxide into Earth's upper atmosphere to thicken the layer of light reflecting aerosol particles artificially could reduce the effects of climate change overall, exacerbating change in only a small fraction of places, according to new research by UCL and Harvard. (2020-03-19)
Sensitivity to low flow
Researchers are using a new method to determine how resistant rivers are to drought. (2020-03-04)
Colorado river flow dwindles due to loss of reflective snowpack
Due to the disappearance of its sunlight-reflecting seasonal snowpack, the Colorado River Basin is losing more water to evaporation than can be replaced by precipitation, researchers report. (2020-02-20)
In killifish: Diapause protects life from normal consequences of aging
Studying the African turquoise killifish, which enters into a suspended state called 'diapause' during dry and unfavorable growing seasons, researchers uncovered mechanisms that allow the arrested fish to be maintained for long periods while being protected from the normal consequences of aging. (2020-02-20)
Silica increases water availability for plants
As a result of climate change, more frequent and longer drought periods are predicted in the future. (2020-02-12)
Local genetic adaption helps sorghum crop hide from witchweed
Sorgum crops in areas where the parasite witchweed is common have locally adapted to have mutations in a particular gene, which helps the plant resist the parasite. (2020-02-11)
New research shows that El Niño contributes to insect collapse in the Amazon
Hotter and drier El Niño events are having an alarming effect on biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest and further add to a disturbing global insect collapse, scientists show. (2020-02-09)
NYU scientists sequence the genome of basmati rice
Using an innovative genome sequencing technology, researchers assembled the complete genetic blueprint of two basmati rice varieties, including one that is drought-tolerant and resistant to bacterial disease. (2020-02-05)
Putting a finger on plant stress response
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba have found that a PHD zinc finger-like domain in SUMO E3 ligase SIZ1 is essential for protein function in Arabidopsis. (2020-02-05)
Climate change affects soil health
Climate change is affecting the health of agricultural soils. Increased heat and drought make life easy for the pathogenic fungus Pythium ultimum. (2020-02-03)
Fungal decisions can affect climate
Research shows fungi may slow climate change by storing more carbon. (2020-01-29)
Microscopic partners could help plants survive stressful environments
Tiny, symbiotic fungi play an outsized role in helping plants survive stresses like drought and extreme temperatures, which could help feed a planet experiencing climate change, report scientists at Washington State University. (2020-01-29)
Getting to the root of plant survival
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have been able to identify hormones and proteins that interact to regulate root emergence. (2020-01-27)
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm
A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows. (2020-01-26)
Warmer, dryer, browner
Climate hazard scientists connect 2018's Four Corners drought directly to human-caused climate change. (2020-01-23)
Platypus on brink of extinction
New UNSW research calls for national action to minimise the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams and weirs. (2020-01-21)
Scientists uncover how an explosion of new genes explain the origin of land plants
Scientists have made a significant discovery about the genetic origins of how plants evolved from living in water to land 470 million years ago. (2020-01-16)
Widespread droughts affect southern California water sources six times a century
A University of Arizona-led study used the annual growth rings of trees to reconstruct a long-term climate history and examine the duration and frequency of ''perfect droughts'' in Southern California's main water sources. (2020-01-13)
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