Climate

Research shows ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the Arctic
March 10, 2017 08:27 AM - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the western Arctic Ocean in both area and depth, potentially affecting shellfish, other marine species in the food web, and communities that depend on these resources, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change by NOAA, Chinese marine scientists and other partners.

Research shows ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the Arctic
March 10, 2017 08:27 AM - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the western Arctic Ocean in both area and depth, potentially affecting shellfish, other marine species in the food web, and communities that depend on these resources, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change by NOAA, Chinese marine scientists and other partners.

Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
March 9, 2017 10:16 AM - University of California - Los Angeles

It is rare in biology that a single trait can answer questions spanning several fields of research. One such trait is plant biology’s “leaf mass per area,” a simple measurement calculated by weighing a dried leaf and dividing by its original fresh area. Leaf mass per area, or LMA, which has been measured in thousands of studies, is used in nearly every field of plant biology to make predictions of many processes and properties such as leaf photosynthetic rates, nitrogen content and plant environmental preferences.

Investment key in adapting to climate change in West Africa
March 9, 2017 10:06 AM - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Climate projections for West Africa show that crop yields and grass for livestock grazing are likely to decline in the future. But a new study in the journal Global Environmental Change shows that when ineffective institutions and political instability limit investment in agriculture climate change would have greater impacts on regional food security.

West Africa is a major producer of crops such as cassava, millet, and sorghum but in the future, regional production may not be able to meet the growing demand for food and livestock feed. “How and to what extent the region’s agricultural sector develops in the future will have profound implications for the livelihoods of millions of people,” says IIASA researcher Amanda Palazzo, who led the study.

Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
March 9, 2017 09:59 AM - Lappeenranta University of Technology

Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades.

Unseasonable Warm Spells Endanger Fruit Crops Nationwide
March 9, 2017 09:43 AM - Nithin Coca, Triple Pundit

Plants are blooming early across the country as a result of this winter’s ongoing record warmth, which many connect to climate change. And some fear that an impending freeze could destroy countless fruit flowers and wreak havoc on the industry.

Chicago Records No Snow in January and February for the First Time in 146 Years
March 9, 2017 09:38 AM - Lorraine Chow, Care2

Chicago—a city well known for its windy and snowy winters—is experiencing some unusually warm weather. For the first time in 146 years, there was no documented snow on the ground in January and February, according to the local National Weather Service.

Chicago Records No Snow in January and February for the First Time in 146 Years
March 9, 2017 09:38 AM - Lorraine Chow, Care2

Chicago—a city well known for its windy and snowy winters—is experiencing some unusually warm weather. For the first time in 146 years, there was no documented snow on the ground in January and February, according to the local National Weather Service.

New evidence that tropical ice caps existed in the Andes
March 9, 2017 08:31 AM - Simon Fraser University

Scientists have long suspected that ice caps formed repeatedly in the tropical Andes during the late Pliocene, but only evidence of a single glaciation was known until now.

Caribou Appear to Keep up with Warming Arctic
March 9, 2017 08:19 AM - United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Despite recent changes to the growing season for plants in the Arctic, Alaska, caribou appear to have remained in sync with these changes over the last 30 years. 

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