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Permafrost Thaw Could Release Bacteria and Viruses

When considering the implications of thawing permafrost, our initial worries are likely to turn to the major issue of methane being released into the atmosphere and exacerbating global warming or issues for local communities as the ground and infrastructure become unstable.

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Project To Study Marine Life In Gulf Of Mexico Reefs

Texas A&M-Galveston professor Jay Rooker will lead a $1.9 million effort to learn more about the Flower Garden Banks and the fish that inhabit the marine sanctuary.

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Pro­jection of Extre­me Rain­fall Impro­ved

Extreme events such as heavy rainfall will become more frequent and more intense in the future due to climate change.

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Forest Farmers

Planting trees to help Minnesota’s warming climate

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Fungal Outbreak in Marine Mammals Began on Land

How a deadly land fungus began killing marine mammals in the Salish Sea

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Drought Curbs a Vine Disease

Drought and disease are a source of pressure on vines, causing yield loss and mortality in vineyards. But these plant stresses do not necessarily act in synergy.

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Biology Team Studies Climate’s ‘Hidden’ Effects

Organisms at the base of the aquatic food web may be hidden from sight, but they are just as sensitive to climate change as other plant and animal life, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.

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Northern Lakes Warming Six Times Faster in the Past 25 Years

Lakes in the Northern Hemisphere are warming six times faster since 1992 than any other time period in the last 100 years, research led by York University has found.

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URI Scientists Part of Team That Points to Strong Connection Between Climate Change, Plastics Pollution

University of Rhode Island researchers Andrew Davies and Coleen Suckling say that when a major hurricane churns up storm surges and heavy, drenching rains, the storm washes trash from the land into our rivers and coasts.

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Microplastics May Be Impacting the Climate, Study Finds

Like the ash spewed from a supervolcano, microplastics have infested the atmosphere and encircled the globe. These are bits of plastic less than 5 millimeters long, and they come in two main varieties.

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