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UMD Climate Research Capabilities Potential Resource for Maryland and the Nation

On April 1, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Maryland (UMD) welcomed the Honorable Nancy Kopp, Treasurer of the State of Maryland, and Deputy State Treasurer, Susanne Brogan, for a briefing on environmental and climate research programs at the University of Maryland Research Park (M-Square).

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Worldwatch Institute Launches State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability

The Worldwatch Institute will release State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, the latest edition of its signature book series, on April 29. This edition discusses the immediate need for governments, private entities, and social groups to work together as a means to create a more sustainable future.

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Warm U.S. West, Cold East: A 4,000-Year Pattern

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Last winter’s curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the East. A University of Utah-led study shows that pattern became more pronounced 4,000 years ago, and suggests it may worsen as Earth’s climate warms.

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Gut Capacity Limits Wildlife’s Ability to Adapt to Rapid Climate Change

A URI ornithologist has found that the capacity of a bird’s gut to change with environmental conditions is a primary limiting factor in their ability to adapt to the rapidly changing climate. And he believes that most other animals are also limited in a similar way.

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Bioarchaeologists Link Climate Instability to Human Mobility in Ancient Sahara

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Studies by researchers at Arizona State University and University of Chicago uncovered clues to how past peoples moved across their landscape as the once lush environment deteriorated.

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Moth Study Suggests Hidden Climate Change Impacts

A 32-year study of subarctic forest moths in Finnish Lapland suggests that scientists may be underestimating the impacts of climate change on animals and plants because much of the harm is hidden from view.

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Man-Made Particles From Asia Affect Global Weather

In the first study of its kind, scientists have compared air pollution rates from 1850 to 2000 and found that anthropogenic (man-made) particles from Asia impact the Pacific storm track that can influence weather over much of the world.

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Fish From Acidic Ocean Waters Less Able to Smell Predators

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Fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor were less able to detect predator odor than fish from normal coral reefs, according to a new study.

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Odds That Global Warming Is Due to Natural Factors: Slim to None

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.

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