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Climate resilient development: New open source index and indicators
The JRC has designed a global index to support the EU's Global Climate Change Alliance plus (GCCA+) programme in its goal to help the most vulnerable countries to respond to climate change in the period up to 2020. It has been presented today at a dedicated event at COP21, the UN Climate Conference in Paris. (2015-12-02)

COP21 Paris climate meeting - 'climate change in the Arctic' session
As world attention focuses on this week's climate change talks in Paris, leading scientists, economist and geopolitical commentators highlight the increased prominence of Arctic issues for European and global society. (2015-12-01)

Enabling Asia to stabilize the climate
The book 'Enabling Asia to Stabilize the Climate,' edited by Shuzo Nishioka, presents good practices in Asia and ASEAN countries for effectively promoting advances in response to climate change, which can help to achieve sustainable development in Asia and around the world. As a proposal, the aim is to influence the discussions at COP 21 by providing a positive agenda with concrete actions from an Asian perspective. (2015-12-01)

Advanced new camera can measure greenhouse gases
A camera so advanced that it can photograph and film methane in the air around us is now presented by a team of researchers from Linköping and Stockholm Universities. It can be an important part of the efforts to measure and monitor greenhouse gases. (2015-11-30)

Statement: The co-benefits of actions on climate change and public health
On the occasion of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has published a short statement on the co-benefits of actions on climate change and public health. (2015-11-27)

Extreme heatwaves may hit Europe in the short term
Regional climate projections for the two coming decades (2021-2040) suggest enhanced probability of heatwaves anywhere in Europe, which would be comparable or greater than the Russian heatwave in 2010 -- the worst since 1950 -- according to a JRC-led article published today in Environmental Research Letters. Using an improved heatwave index, the article also ranks the 10 record-breaking heatwaves that have struck the continent in the last 65 years. (2015-11-27)

Up to 90 percent of drinking water contaminants in ultrasonic humidifier aerosols are inhalable
A new study of five drinking water samples of different quality shows that ultrasonic humidifiers aerosolize and emit dissolved contaminants that can be inhaled, including minerals and metals. For an ultrasonic humidifier, 90% of the aerosols formed are in the respirable range, which may have negative effects on human health depending on the quality of the water source, as reported in the study published in Environmental Engineering Science. (2015-11-24)

South Central Climate Science Center receive DOI Environmental Achievement Award
The South Center Climate Science Center, located on the University of Oklahoma's Research Campus, is the recipient of the Department of Interior 2015 Environmental Achievement Award, a prestigious award for 'Climate Science and Partnerships--Increasing the Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation.' (2015-11-19)

UK health professionals unite for stronger measures to tackle climate change
As world leaders prepare to meet in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, UK health professionals have formed an alliance of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals to advocate for stronger measures to tackle climate change. (2015-11-18)

'Changing the rules of the game' on collaborative climate change research
A new framework seeks to clarify roles, responsibilities of local stakeholders on climate change research. (2015-11-17)

Impact of climate change on the nutrient load of the Pike River watershed
Using future climate change scenarios and water quality projections, experts found that sediment and the blue-green algae producing nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are likely to increase in the Missisquoi Bay despite active efforts to reduce nutrient loads. (2015-11-17)

Study shows how crop prices and climate variables affect yield and acreage
When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of Illinois study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and two-thirds from cropping additional acreage. Agricultural economist Madhu Khanna says the findings dampen the ongoing debate about the food price and land use changes due to corn ethanol. (2015-11-17)

Adelie penguin numbers may expand as glaciers retreat
Shrinking glaciers could lead to increasing numbers of Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) in East Antarctica, according to research published in the open access journal, BMC Evolutionary Biology. (2015-11-17)

Every species counts
The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning greatly depends on the prevalent environmental conditions. An interdisciplinary team consisting of microbiologists and ecological modellers has now tested this hypothesis which is considered crucial for biodiversity research. Through laboratory experiments on microbial communities, the researchers were able to demonstrate that although bacterial species may exhibit functional redundancy, the magnitude of this redundancy is strongly affected by environmental conditions. (2015-11-17)

Study ranks 6 American cities on preparation for climate change
A new study assesses the factors that affect climate change adaptation and ranks six American cities, finding that Portland, Boston and Los Angeles are all in the advanced to middle stages of planning for extreme weather events linked to climate change while Raleigh and Tucson are in the early to middle stages. (2015-11-16)

Oceans -- and ocean activism -- deserve broader role in climate change discussions
Researchers argue that both ocean scientists and world leaders should pay more attention to how communities are experiencing, adapting to and even influencing changes in the world's oceans. (2015-11-12)

Shrubs on warming North Slope attract moose, hares
Snowshoe hares and moose, which are both relative newcomers to Alaska's North Slope, may have become established in the area with the help of warming temperatures and thicker vegetation. (2015-11-11)

Idea of slow climate change in the Earth's past misleading
Climate change is progressing rapidly. It is not the first time in our planet's history that temperatures have been rising, but it is happening much faster now than it ever has before. Or is it? Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have shown in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications that the temperature changes millions of years ago probably happened no more slowly than they are happening today. (2015-11-11)

Cornell, Environmental Defense Fund partner on environmental projects
Cornell University's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced four new research projects addressing pressing health and environmental issues Nov. 9. The projects mark the official launch of a new partnership between the two institutions made possible by a $1.7 million grant from Cornell alumnus and private investor David Atkinson and his wife, Patricia Atkinson. (2015-11-09)

New light shed on the challenge of climate negotiations
After over two decades of climate negotiation meetings, it is clear that agreeing on reduction of emissions poses a great challenge. New research from Chalmers indicates that it might be more difficult to reach agreement than previous theoretical models have shown, but it also shows that there are ways to move forward. The research was published in the journal Nature Climate Change. (2015-11-09)

Snail trails lead to climate-driven cultural shift in ancient Morocco
UC research on ancient Moroccan snails shows clear evidence for climate-induced early human agricultural production. (2015-11-05)

Rural-to-urban migration associated with negative environmental effects in Chinese cities
A University of Missouri researcher has found a strong correlation between the influx of labor migrants from rural to urban areas and negative environmental effects on those destination cities. (2015-11-03)

The role of plant science in food security
Plant science has an important role to play in meeting the global food security challenge, conclude Dr. John S. I. Ingram from University of Oxford and Professor Dr. John R. Porter from University of Copenhagen in a comment in Nature Plants. (2015-11-03)

Researchers provide detailed genetic information on fish
The fathead minnow has long been a premier animal model for research and regulation related to environmental toxins. Unfortunately, however, genetic information about this species is incomplete. The lack of genome sequence information for the species has limited scientists' ability to dissect complex traits, evaluate genetic markers, identify gene regulatory sequences, and elucidate biological pathways. (2015-11-03)

Chapman University granted $1.5 million by Department of Energy to study climate change
Chapman University is the recipient of a nearly $1.5 million Department of Energy (DoE) grant as part of a larger DoE project designed to understand climate change impacts in peatland ecosystems. (2015-11-02)

Extreme weather events in Chesapeake Bay give clues for future climate impacts
For the millions of people who live in its expansive coastal areas, Chesapeake Bay provides an important source of income and recreational enjoyment. To protect the ecosystem and the livelihood of area residents, it is important to assess how climate variability and change will affect Chesapeake Bay's shallow water ecosystems and water quality. The intensity, duration, and frequency of extreme temperature- and precipitation-based events are key components to understanding the climate of Chesapeake Bay. (2015-10-30)

Queen's researchers link crayfish decline in Algonquin Park lakes to lack of calcium
Researchers from Queen's University have linked the localized near-extinction of a native crayfish species in four lakes in Algonquin Park to declining calcium levels. (2015-10-28)

Response to environmental change depends on variation in corals and algae partnerships
Some corals are more protective than others of their partner algae in harsh environmental conditions, new research reveals. This individual variation among corals could reflect a greater capacity than currently is recognized to adapt to changing ocean conditions brought about by climate change. (2015-10-26)

Failing to account for climate change in mining land reclamation may cost billions: Study
Researchers at the University of Waterloo are warning that plans to reclaim mined land risk failure and could cost industry and government billions in future cleanup costs if they do not take into account the affects of climate change. (2015-10-23)

An ocean of hope
A new book by a UC Santa Barbara scholar explores the meaning of hope amid environmental struggles in the Pacific Ocean. (2015-10-19)

Fossils reveal humans were greater threat than climate change to Caribbean wildlife
Nearly 100 fossil species pulled from a flooded cave in the Bahamas reveal a true story of persistence against all odds -- at least until the time humans stepped foot on the islands. (2015-10-19)

Carbon sequestration in soil: The potential underfoot
Declining greenhouse gas emissions from European cropland could compensate for up to 7 percent of annual agricultural emissions from the region, according to a new study analyzing the carbon uptake potential of soil. However at global scale, indirect effects could offset significant parts of these emission savings. (2015-10-19)

New crystal captures carbon from humid gas
A new material with micropores might be a way to fight climate change. Scientists have created crystals that capture carbon dioxide much more efficiently than previously known materials, even in the presence of water. The research was recently published in a report in the scientific journal Science. (2015-10-15)

Belief in climate change not linked to wildfire mitigation actions
People who believe that climate change is increasing the risk of devastating wildfires in Colorado are no more likely to take mitigation actions to protect their property, a new study led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the US Forest Service has found. (2015-10-13)

Paleoclimate researchers find connection between carbon cycles, climate trends
Making predictions about climate variability often means looking to the past to find trends. Now paleoclimate researchers from the University of Missouri have found clues in exposed bedrock alongside an Alabama highway that could help forecast climate variability. In their study, the researchers verified evidence suggesting carbon dioxide decreased significantly at the end of the Ordovician Period, 450 million years ago, preceding an ice age and eventual mass extinction. These results will help climatologists better predict future environmental changes. (2015-10-09)

A village of bacteria to help frogs fight disease
The naturally occurring bacteria on a frog's skin could be the most important tool for helping the animal fight off a deadly skin disease, according to an experiment conducted by Virginia Tech researchers. (2015-10-07)

Know your enemy: Outdated mental biases are making modern life more difficult
What does Dumbledore have in common with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Why is it that Batman, Superman and Spiderman fearlessly defeat evil monsters, but are hopelessly shy when it comes to women? And why is it that we crave sugary and greasy food, even though we know it's not healthy? The answer: our mind is like a smartphone with outdated software, whose different modules engage in constant struggle among themselves. (2015-10-06)

How much radioactivity is in infant formula?
Based on measurements of radioactivity in samples of infant formula manufactured and sold around the world, researchers estimate that infants 1 year of age or younger who consume these formulas would ingest a significantly higher radioactivity dose than reported levels, but lower than internationally recommended limits. The researchers report the radioactivity levels for each brand of formula in an article published in Environmental Engineering Science. (2015-10-01)

SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting
The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 36th Annual Meeting will be held from Nov. 1-5 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Scientists from more than 40 countries, representing business, academia and government, will present and discuss the latest in environmental science with an impressive 1,600 presentations. (2015-09-30)

Gone fishing: Loss of ocean predators has impact on climate change strategies
As Australia engages in debate over shark culling, new research says unsustainable harvesting of larger fish will affect how we tackle climate change. (2015-09-28)

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