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Conifer Communication Is Complex and Can Be Altered by Air Pollution

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that upon attack by bark-feeding weevils, conifers release substantial quantities of volatile organic compounds that provide important cues to neighbouring seedlings.

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Forests’ Carbon Uptake Will Be Compromised by Climate Change, Leaf Temperature Study Suggests

A new study led by Oregon State University suggests leaves in forest canopies are not able to cool themselves below the surrounding air temperature, likely meaning trees’ ability to avoid damaging temperature increases, and to pull carbon from the atmosphere, will be compromised in a warmer, drier climate.

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Researchers Identify How Science Can Help Cities and Companies to Operate Within Earth System Limits

What businesses and cities must do to stay within ‘safe and just’ environmental limits for carbon, water, nutrients, land and other natural resources is the subject of a new set of recommendations from Earth Commission experts.

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Study Quantifies Impact of Human Activity on Atlantic Rainforest’s Carbon Storage Capacity

The countless benefits of native forests include the capacity of tree biomass to store large amounts of carbon, which can counterbalance greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. 

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Decarbonising the Energy System by 2050 Could Save Trillions

Transitioning to a decarbonised energy system by around 2050 is expected to save the world at least $12 trillion compared to continuing our current levels of fossil fuel use.

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WPI Researchers Receive New Funding for Sustainable Concrete Substitute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers Nima Rahbar and Suzanne Scarlata have received $692,386 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve and develop new functions for their Enzymatic Construction Material (ECM), a “living” low-cost negative-emission construction material they created to address one of the largest contributors to climate change—concrete—by providing what they refer to as “a pathway to repair or even replace [traditional] concrete in the future.”

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Now’s the Time to Plant Winter Cover Crops to Prepare Soil for Next Year’s Vegetable Garden

No one wants to think of harvest’s end as the vegetable garden reaches peak, but now’s the time to plant over-winter cover crops to improve your soil for next season.

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Little Ice Age Study Reveals North Atlantic Reached a Tipping Point

Scientists have used centuries-old clam shells to see how the North Atlantic climate system reached a "tipping point" before the Little Ice Age.

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Global ‘Stilling’: Is Climate Change Slowing Down the Wind?

Last year, from summer into fall, much of Europe experienced what’s known as a “wind drought.”

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Insects Struggle to Adjust to Extreme Temperatures Making Them Vulnerable to Climate Change, Study Finds

As more frequent and intense heat waves expose animals to temperatures outside of their normal limits, an international team led by researchers at the University of Bristol studied over 100 species of insect to better understand how these changes will likely affect them.

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