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Ecosystem researchers to hold science briefing for policymakers
On Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, six leading ecosystem researchers will share with lawmakers key findings on the impacts of climate change on urban ecosystems. (2009-09-15)
Texas A&M researcher shows possible link between 1918 El Niño and flu pandemic
Research conducted at Texas A&M University casts doubts on the notion that El Niño has been getting stronger because of global warming and raises interesting questions about the relationship between El Niño and a severe flu pandemic 91 years ago. (2009-09-14)
Water scarcity started 15 years ago
New analysis shows that the water scarcity being experienced in southeast Australia started up to 15 years ago. (2009-08-26)
Study of 16 developing countries shows climate change could deepen poverty
Urban workers could suffer most from climate change as the cost of food drives them into poverty, according to a new study that quantifies the effects of climate on the world's poor populations. (2009-08-20)
Stressed crops emit more methane than thought
Scientists at the University of Calgary have found that methane emission by plants could be a bigger problem in global warming than previously thought. (2009-08-17)
Using less energy for more water
Five professors from the University of Arizona have received $2 million from the National Science Foundation to research water reuse and supply systems. (2009-08-05)
MU researchers create drought conditions to unearth solutions
Researchers at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources are constructing drought simulators over a variety of soil types so that scientists can study how certain plants respond to a broad range of drought conditions, providing information that is critical to develop more tolerant crop plants. (2009-07-31)
Gene developed through conventional breeding to improve cowpea aphid resistance
The cowpea or black-eyed pea, as it is more commonly known, is a New Year's tradition for good luck. (2009-07-29)
Getting to the bottom of rice
By looking at what different types of rice have in common, a team of international scientists is unlocking rice's genetic diversity to help conserve it and find valuable rice genes to help improve rice production. (2009-07-23)
Future of West water supply threatened by climate change, says CU-Boulder study
As the West warms, a drier Colorado River system could see as much as a one-in-two chance of fully depleting all of its reservoir storage by mid-century assuming current management practices continue on course, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. (2009-07-20)
Rice defies its reputation as a thirsty crop
Two new sister lines of rice are defying rice's reputation as a thirsty crop as they demonstrate their improved productivity in drought-prone regions of India and the Philippines. (2009-07-20)
Montana State professor hopes to help high elevation pines grow
Thread-like fungi that grow in soils at high elevations may play an important role in restoring whitebark and limber pine forests in Canada. (2009-07-17)
Kenya's national parks not free from wildlife declines
Long-term declines of elephants, giraffe, impala and other animals in Kenya are occurring at the same rates within the country's national parks as outside of these protected areas, according to a study released this week. (2009-07-07)
New crops needed for new climate
Plants grown under high CO2 and drought conditions show an increase in toxic compounds, a decrease in protein content and a decrease in yield. (2009-06-29)
Dry autumns and winters may lead to fewer tornadoes in the spring, says UGA researcher
Global warming will likely mean more unpredictable weather, scientists say, and a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia pins down, possibly for the first time, how drought conditions in an area's fall and winter may effect tornado activity the following spring. (2009-06-24)
New publication shows index insurance has potential to help manage climate risks and reduce poverty
A type of insurance called index insurance offers significant opportunities as a climate-risk management tool in developing countries, according to a new publication launched today during a workshop at the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva. (2009-06-24)
Ancient drought and rapid cooling drastically altered climate
Two abrupt and drastic climate events, 700 years apart and more than 45 centuries ago, are teasing scientists who are now trying to use ancient records to predict future world climate. (2009-06-18)
World Day to Combat Desertification focuses on human security
Human security is under threat from desertification, land degradation and drought. (2009-06-17)
Counting sheep in climate change predictions
Climate change can have devastating effects on endangered species, but new mathematical models may be able to aid conservation of a population of bighorn sheep. (2009-05-29)
NASA uses satellite to unearth innovation in crop forecasting
NASA researchers are using satellite data to deliver a kind of space-based humanitarian assistance. (2009-05-26)
Getting to the root of science in a nutty way
Dr. Leo Lombardini has gone underground to get the most top secret information in his field. (2009-05-26)
Hunt for 'climate-ready' crops accelerates as organizations search seed collections worldwide
The Global Crop Diversity Trust announced today numerous new grant awards to support scientists to explore the millions of seed samples maintained in 1,500 crop gene banks around the world. (2009-05-21)
Human role in Indonesian polluting forest fires -- Guido van der Werf in Nature Geoscience
The large forest fires that sweep through Indonesia in dry periods are not only the result of severe drought. (2009-05-14)
International team finds key gene that allows plants to survive drought
A team of scientists from Canada, Spain and the United States has identified a key gene that allows plants to defend themselves against environmental stresses like drought, freezing and heat. (2009-04-30)
Synthetic chemical offers solution for crops facing drought
Abscisic acid, produced naturally by plants, is a key hormone that helps plants cope with drought conditions. (2009-04-30)
NASA study says climate adds fuel to Asian wildfire emissions
In the last decade, Asian farmers have cleared tens of thousands of square miles of forests to accommodate the world's growing demand for palm oil, an increasingly popular food ingredient. (2009-04-30)
Megadroughts in sub-Saharan Africa normal for the region
Devastating droughts worse than the infamous Sahel drought are part of the normal climate regime for sub-Saharan West Africa, according to new research. (2009-04-16)
Severity, length of past megadroughts dwarf recent drought in West Africa
Droughts far worse than the infamous Sahel drought of the 1970s and 1980s are within normal climate variation for sub-Saharan West Africa, according to new research. (2009-04-16)
West African droughts are the norm, not an anomaly
A new study of lake sediments in Ghana suggests that severe droughts lasting several decades, even centuries, were the norm in West Africa over the past 3,000 years. (2009-04-16)
Biosphere 2 experiment shows how fast heat could kill drought-stressed trees
Widespread die-off of pinyon pine across the southwestern United States during future droughts will occur at least five times faster if climate warms by 4 degrees Celsius, even if future droughts are no worse than droughts of the past century, scientists have discovered in experiments conducted at the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2. (2009-04-13)
Researchers to determine if aeration reduces compaction, runoff on no-till fields
Much of Texas' wheat may be grazed as a part of a dual-use crop. (2009-04-01)
National Science Foundation announces partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The National Science Foundation today announced a nearly $50 million partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support innovative, solutions to critical agricultural challenges in developing countries. (2009-03-30)
Uvalde Center water research could have national, international applications
Intensifying drought conditions in Texas and other parts of the US plus increasing worldwide water consumption makes ongoing water conservation research at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde even more relevant. (2009-03-24)
Drought, urbanization were ingredients for Atlanta's perfect storm
On March 14, 2008, a tornado swept through downtown Atlanta, its 130 mile-per-hour winds ripping holes in the roof of the Georgia Dome, blowing out office windows, and trashing parts of Centennial Olympic Park. (2009-03-11)
Statement by Sandy Andelman, co-author of 'Drought sensitivity of the Amazon Rainforest'
On March 6, 2009, the journal Science published a study showing that the Amazon is more sensitive to drought than scientists previously knew. (2009-03-05)
Amazon carbon sink threatened by drought
The Amazon is surprisingly sensitive to drought, according to new research conducted throughout the world's largest tropical forest. (2009-03-05)
Atmospheric scientists trace the human role in Indonesian forest fires
Severe fires in Indonesia -- responsible for some of the worst air quality conditions worldwide -- are linked not only to drought, but also to changes in land use and population density, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience led by Robert Field of the University of Toronto. (2009-02-22)
Genome sequence shows sorghum's immense potential
Southerners may best know sorghum as sweet, biscuit-topping syrup. But the small grain's uses range from a dependable, drought-tolerant food crop to biofuel source, says a University of Georgia researcher who led a team that recently sequenced the plant's genome. (2009-01-29)
Sequencing of sorghum genome completed
In a paper published in the journal Nature this week, Rutgers researchers Joachim Messing, Remy Bruggmann, and a team of international collaborators have described the genome of sorghum, a drought-tolerant African grass. (2009-01-28)
Warmer climate causing huge increase in tree mortality across the West
Regional warming and drought stress are the (2009-01-22)
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