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Global warming will accelerate water cycle over global land monsoon regions
A new study provides a broader understanding on the redistribution of freshwater resources across the globe induced by future changes in the monsoon system. (2019-07-23)
Volcano eruption at different latitudes: A switch of hemispheric monsoon rainfall change
Future volcanic eruptions located in different latitudes will impact the monsoon rainfall differently through circulation changes, which implies that the rainfall response to volcanic eruptions at different hemispheres should be considered in the design of Decadal Climate Prediction Project (DCPP) experiments and the implementation of geoengineering activities. (2019-07-22)
Researchers suggest new approach needed to address Anthropocene risk
A team of international researchers suggest adopting a holistic approach to understanding environmental risks. (2019-07-22)
Stone tool changes may show how Mesolithic hunter-gatherers responded to changing climate
The development of new hunting projectiles by European hunter-gatherers during the Mesolithic may have been linked to territoriality in a rapidly-changing climate, according to a study published July 17, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Philippe Crombé from Ghent University, Belgium. (2019-07-17)
Joshua trees facing extinction
They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won't survive much past this century. (2019-07-16)
Warming climate intensifes summer drought in parts of US, study finds
Researchers using climate data from before and after the Industrial Revolution found that in regions with low soil moisture, higher temperatures brought about by climate change led to a 'coupling' of land and atmosphere, which increased the severity of heatwaves. (2019-07-15)
New analysis reveals challenges for drought management in Oregon's Willamette River Basin
In Oregon's fertile Willamette River Basin, where two-thirds of the state's population lives, managing water scarcity would be more effective if conservation measures were introduced in advance and upstream from the locations where droughts are likely to cause shortages. (2019-07-15)
Genomic analysis reveals ancient origins of domestic cattle
A new genome-wide analysis by Marta Pereira Verdugo and colleagues uncovers the complex origins of domestic cattle (Bos taurus), demonstrating why it has been difficult to untangle these origins from studies of modern breeds. (2019-07-11)
Heat, salt, drought: This barley can withstand the challenges of climate change
A new line of barley achieves good crop yields even under poor environmental conditions. (2019-07-10)
Scientists decode DNA secrets of world's toughest bean
UC Riverside scientists have decoded the genome of black-eyed peas, offering hope for feeding Earth's expanding population, especially as the climate changes. (2019-07-09)
Scientists reveal close connections between the Northern Hemisphere mid-high latitudes and East Asia
In recent years, increasingly more observational and simulation evidence shows that the mid-high latitude climate variability has an important impact on the East Asian monsoon climate, and its impact is as significant as the tropical climate variability, which has been of more concern in previous studies. (2019-07-09)
A drier future sets the stage for more wildfires
November 8, 2018 was a dry day in Butte County, California. (2019-07-09)
Transformed tobacco fields could cuts costs for medical proteins
A new Cornell University-led study describes the first successful rearing of engineered tobacco plants in order to produce medical and industrial proteins outdoors in the field, a necessity for economic viability, so they can be grown at large scales. (2019-07-08)
Indian Ocean causes drought and heatwaves in South America
Researchers have revealed that atmospheric waves originating from convection over the Indian Ocean had a dramatic impact on climate conditions over South America and South Atlantic, leading to drought and marine heatwaves. (2019-07-08)
Maize-centric diet may have contributed to ancient Maya collapse
Researchers look at the role of diet in the ability of the ancient Maya to withstand periods of severe climatic stress. (2019-07-02)
UCI, UC Merced: California forest die-off caused by depletion of deep-soil water
The inability of long-rooted trees to reach their subsurface water supply in the Sierra Nevada mountain range led to widespread forest die-offs following the drought of 2012-2015. (2019-07-01)
Does limited underground water storage make plants less susceptible to drought?
By tracking water flow through different environments in California, UC Berkeley researchers have discovered a secret to the surprising resilence of Mediterranean plant communities during drought years. (2019-06-24)
Cell structure linked to longevity of slow-growing Ponderosa Pines
Slow-growing ponderosa pines may have a better chance of surviving longer than fast-growing ones, especially as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of drought, according to new research from the University of Montana. (2019-06-18)
NASA explores our changing freshwater world
Water is so commonplace that we often take it for granted. (2019-06-12)
New study shows how climate change could affect impact of roundworms on grasslands
The researchers found in extreme drought conditions that predator nematodes significantly decreased, which led to the growth of root-feeding nematodes. (2019-06-10)
Heat, not drought, will drive lower crop yields, researchers say
Climate change-induced heat stress will play a larger role than drought stress in reducing the yields of several major US crops later this century, according to Cornell University researchers who weighed in on a high-stakes debate between crop experts and scientists. (2019-06-03)
Scientists demonstrate plant stress memory and adaptation capabilities
Russian and Taiwanese scientists have discovered a connection between the two signalling systems that help plants survive stress situations, demonstrating that they can remember dangerous conditions that they have experienced and adapt to them. (2019-05-30)
Asia's glaciers provide buffer against drought
A new study to assess the contribution that Asia's high mountain glaciers make to relieving water stress in the region is published this week (May 29, 2019) in the journal Nature. (2019-05-29)
Thinning forests, prescribed fire before drought reduced tree loss
Thinning forests and conducting prescribed burns may help preserve trees in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics expected under climate change, suggests a study from the University of California, Davis. (2019-05-29)
Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change
Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change. (2019-05-21)
Scientists see fingerprint of warming climate on droughts going back to 1900
In an unusual new study, scientists say they have detected the fingerprint of human-driven global warming on patterns of drought and moisture across the world as far back as 1900. (2019-05-01)
NASA study: Human influence on global droughts goes back 100 years
Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a study from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. (2019-05-01)
Excessive rainfall as damaging to corn yield as extreme heat, drought
Recent flooding in the Midwest has brought attention to the complex agricultural problems associated with too much rain. (2019-04-30)
GRACE mission data contributes to our understanding of climate change
Intended to last just five years in orbit on an experimental mission to measure changes in the Earth's gravitational fields, GRACE lasted over 15 years, providing unique insight into our global water resources, more accurate measurements of polar ice loss, ocean currents and the rise in global sea levels. (2019-04-29)
Knowing how cells grow and divide can lead to more robust and productive plants
In contrast to mammals, where the body plan is final at birth, the formation of new root branches ensures that the root system keeps growing throughout a plant's life. (2019-04-12)
How severe drought influences ozone pollution
From 2011 to 2015, California experienced its worst drought on record, with a parching combination of high temperatures and low precipitation. (2019-04-10)
Gene responsible for toxic metal accumulation in durum wheat identified
University of Alberta biologists identify gene responsible for cadmium accumulation in durum wheat, according to a new study published in Nature Genetics. (2019-04-09)
Natural climate processes overshadow recent human-induced Walker circulation trends
A new study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that the recent intensification of the equatorial Pacific wind system, known as Walker Circulation, is unrelated to human influences and can be explained by natural processes. (2019-04-01)
Study shows arctic warming contributes to drought
According to new research involving a University of Wyoming scientist, changes similar to those after the ice age 10,000 years ago could be in store today because a warming Arctic weakens the temperature difference between the tropics and the poles. (2019-03-27)
Droughts could hit aging power plants hard
Droughts will pose a much larger threat to U.S. power plants with once-through cooling systems than scientists previously suspected, a Duke University study shows. (2019-03-26)
The tremendous supply of apple cultivars in Wyoming
Study provides insight into possible heritage apple cultivars that could be grown in Wyoming and also in other states with similar harsh growing conditions. (2019-03-26)
Floodplain forests under threat
Researchers at the University of Freiburg warn of the effects of summer drought and competition for ground water. (2019-03-19)
Measuring impact of drought on groundwater resources from space
A team of Arizona State University scientists has been using the latest space technology, combined with ground measurements, to assess the health of one of the nation's most important sources of underground water, a large aquifer system located in California's San Joaquin Valley. (2019-03-19)
Research connects dots among ocean dynamics, drought and forests
The study found predictable, traceable connections between changes in how the Atlantic Ocean flowed and operated with centuries-long droughts and changes in forest makeup. (2019-03-11)
Houston, we're here to help the farmers
The International Space Station's ECOSTRESS gathers plant data. (2019-03-06)
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