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Farmers' climate change conundrum: Low yields or revenue instability
Climate change will leave some farmers with a difficult conundrum, according to a new study by researchers from Cornell University and Washington State University: Either risk more revenue volatility, or live with a more predictable decrease in crop yields. (2020-07-10)
Satellite data show severity of drought summers in 2018 and 2019
Measurements by the GRACE-FO satellite mission show a decline in water storage in Central Europe by up to 94 percent compared with seasonal fluctuations. (2020-07-10)
Daytime aardvark sightings are a sign of troubled times
New research by the team from Wits, with collaborators from the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria, reveals what a shift from night-time to daytime activity means for the well-being of aardvarks in a warming and drying world. (2020-07-09)
Climate change: Heavy rain after drought may cause fish kills
Due to climate changes, many regions are experiencing increasingly warmer and dryer summers, followed by heavy rain. (2020-07-09)
Protein involved in corn's water stress response discovered
The protein could help develop drought-resistant plant varieties and products that reduce losses related to climate change. (2020-07-08)
Supergenes play a larger role in evolution than previously thought
Large blocks of 'plug and play' genes play a super-sized role in adaption-and may help fill lingering gaps in Darwin's theories (2020-07-08)
Texas will face driest conditions of the last 1,000 years
Texas' future climate will feature drier summers and decreasing water supplies for much of the state for the remainder of the 21st century -- likely resulting in the driest conditions the state has endured in the last 1,000 years, according to a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University professor. (2020-07-08)
Tree rings show unprecedented rise in extreme weather in South America
A new South American Drought Atlas reveals that unprecedented widespread, intense droughts and unusually wet periods have been on the rise since the mid-20th century. (2020-07-07)
Plant tissue engineering improves drought and salinity tolerance
After several years of experimentation, scientists have engineered thale cress, or Arabidopsis thaliana, to behave like a succulent, improving water-use efficiency, salinity tolerance and reducing the effects of drought. (2020-06-30)
Carbon cycling in wet soils
Testing microbial activity in soil columns helps researchers understand how carbon is stored in soils that are periodically waterlogged. (2020-06-25)
Climate extremes will cause forest changes
No year has been as hot and dry as 2018 since climate records began. (2020-06-25)
Human activity on rivers outpaces, compounds effects of climate change
The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world's biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans -- in addition to the long-term effects of climate change, researchers report. (2020-06-19)
How a historic drought led to higher power costs and emissions
A researcher at North Carolina State University led a study of the impact of a historic drought in California on economic and environmental impacts for electric power systems. (2020-06-19)
Know the risks of investing in forests
Given the tremendous ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, some governments are counting on planted forests as offsets for greenhouse gas emissions--a sort of climate investment. (2020-06-18)
Forests can be risky climate investments to offset greenhouse gas emissions
Given the tremendous ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, some governments are counting on planted forests as offsets for greenhouse gas emissions -- a sort of climate investment. (2020-06-18)
AI goes underground: root crop growth predicted with drone imagery
Root crops like cassava, carrots and potatoes are notoriously good at hiding disease, or deficiencies which might affect their growth. (2020-06-17)
Seafood helped prehistoric people migrate out of Africa, study reveals
A study, led by the University of York, has examined fossil reefs near to the now-submerged Red Sea shorelines that marked prehistoric migratory routes from Africa to Arabia. (2020-06-16)
Study reveals impacts of climate change on migrating mule deer
The benefits of migration are likely to decrease for mule deer and other migratory herbivores as drought becomes more common due to ongoing climate change. (2020-06-12)
Climate change: Warm springtime's unwelcome legacy
A new study shows that the severe impact of the summer drought that hit Europe in 2018 was partly due to the spring heatwave that preceded it, which triggered early and rapid plant growth, depleting soil moisture. (2020-06-10)
Nature's 'slow lanes' offer hope for species feeling heat of climate change
Pockets of landscape less prone than adjacent areas to disturbances like fire and drought may hold the key for scientists, conservationists and land managers seeking to preserve vulnerable species in a changing climate. (2020-06-09)
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)
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