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Thinking outside the box on climate mitigation

ENN Climate - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 21:01
In a new commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, IIASA researchers argue that a broader range of scenarios is needed to support international policymakers in the target of limiting climate change to under 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to avoid potential negative environmental and social consequences of carbon dioxide removal on a massive scale. 
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A pesticide ban is necessary to protect our essential bee population - but it is not enough

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 20:43
A pesticide ban is necessary to protect our essential bee population - but it is not enough Channel Comment brendan 12th January 2018 Teaser Media
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NASA Calculated Heavy Rainfall Leading to California Mudslides

ENN Climate - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 19:42
Winter rains falling on recently burned ground triggered deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California on January 9. NASA calculated the amount of rain fall between January 8 and 10, 2018 and calculated the potential for landslides.
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Airing dirty laundry: Students develop new way to measure plastics released in environment while washing clothes

ENN Pollution - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:53
Two undergraduate students researching pollution have helped develop a new way to measure how much plastic is released into the environment from laundering clothes – which may be contributing to plastic pollution choking the world's oceans.
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New environment plan must be enshrined in law, campaigners say

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 04:26
New environment plan must be enshrined in law, campaigners say Channel News brendan 11th January 2018 Teaser Media
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Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female

ENN Climate - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:52
Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world’s largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes. 
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Adaptation now: River flood risks increase around the globe under future warming

ENN Climate - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:52
Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flood risks across the globe. Already today, fluvial floods are among the most common and devastating natural disasters.
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Babies Stir Up Clouds of Bio-Gunk When They Crawl

ENN Health - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:40
When babies crawl, their movement across floors, especially carpeted surfaces, kicks up high levels of dirt, skin cells, bacteria, pollen, and fungal spores, a new study has found. The infants inhale a dose of bio bits in their lungs that is four times (per kilogram of body mass) what an adult would breathe walking across the same floor.  
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New Insight Into Climate Impacts of Deforestation

ENN Climate - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:35
Deforestation is likely to warm the climate even more than originally thought, scientists warn.
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Blame it on the rain: Study ties phosphorus loading in lakes to extreme precipitation events

ENN Pollution - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:31
While April showers might bring May flowers, they also contribute to toxic algae blooms, dead zones and declining water quality in U.S. lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters, a new study shows.
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Blame it on the rain: Study ties phosphorus loading in lakes to extreme precipitation events

ENN Agriculture - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:31
While April showers might bring May flowers, they also contribute to toxic algae blooms, dead zones and declining water quality in U.S. lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters, a new study shows.
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Pacific Northwest Salmon Species Has Lost Two-Thirds of Its Genetic Diversity

ENN Climate - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:22
Chinook salmon, an iconic species in the Pacific Northwest that supports a major fishery industry and indigenous traditions, have lost up to two-thirds of their genetic diversity over the past 7,000 years, according to a new study. Scientists warn the loss could make it difficult for the species to cope with warming global temperatures and ocean acidification — environmental changes that are already impacting the fish today.
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Machine learning predicts new details of geothermal heat flux beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

ENN Health - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 22:05
A paper appearing in Geophysical Research Letters uses machine learning to craft an improved model for understanding geothermal heat flux — heat emanating from the Earth’s interior — below the Greenland Ice Sheet. It’s a research approach new to glaciology that could lead to more accurate predictions for ice-mass loss and global sea-level rise.
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Stanford mechanical engineers give breast cancer research a boost

ENN Health - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:55
One of the most puzzling questions in breast cancer research is why some tumors stay put, while rogue cells from others break free and spread to surrounding tissues, the first step toward creating a more lethal disease. Although researchers have found some signs in mutated genes or telltale proteins on the cell’s surface, those discoveries don’t tell the whole story.
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Study Shows Stressed Urban Insects are More Resilient in Extreme Weather

ENN Climate - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:36
A study led by Amy Savage, a Rutgers University–Camden assistant professor of biology, will help researchers understand how to make predictions and conservation decisions about how organisms living in cities will respond to catastrophic weather events.
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Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest

ENN Climate - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 20:59
When studying the effect of climate change on biodiversity, it is important to consider the climate near the ground (microclimate) which a plant or an animal actually experiences. Deep shady depressions, dense old forests or places close to water for example are always considerably cooler than their surroundings.
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Snow squall warnings to begin this winter

ENN Climate - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:48
Imagine driving down a busy highway in winter: The weather is clear and you are going the speed limit.Suddenly, traffic is enveloped by white-out conditions with little to no visibility and strong, gusty winds. As you slow down, you see a chain-reaction of vehicles swerving, colliding into each other in the distance like amusement park bumper cars.Lucky for you, you just survived a snow squall.
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Researchers develop risk assessment tool to predict future kidney disease

ENN Health - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:48
Paulette McIlvena went to bed, at home, and woke up three weeks later, in hospital. She became severely ill due to complications from pancreatitis. While she was in a coma McIlvena underwent surgery and was put on dialysis as a temporary measure. Following those events in 2004, the pancreatitis cleared up, McIlvena’s kidneys started working again, and she thought her kidney troubles were behind her.Recently, however, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease related to her experience 13 years ago and is now being treated by UCalgary’s Cumming School of Medicine physician-scientist Dr. Matthew James.
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How ancient pastoral communities across Africa are facing the new challenges to their way of life

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:21
How ancient pastoral communities across Africa are facing the new challenges to their way of life Channel News brendan 11th January 2018 Teaser Media
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