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Flood And Drought Risk To Cities On Rise Even With No Climate Change

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A heads-up to New York, Baltimore, Houston and Miami: a new study suggests that these metropolitan areas and others will increase their exposure to floods even in the absence of climate change, according to researchers from Texas A&M University.

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Permafrost's Turn of the Microbes

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As the Arctic warms, tons of carbon locked away in Arctic tundra will be transformed into the powerful greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane, but scientists know little about how that transition takes place. In a study appearing in today's issue of Nature, scientists looking at microbes in different types of Arctic soil have a new picture of life in permafrost that reveals entirely new species and hints that subzero microbes might be active.

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Global Climate Trend Since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.14 C Per Decade

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Global Temperature Report: February 2015

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Advancing Multiple Approaches for Characterizing Permafrost Microbes in a Changing Climate

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To better characterize the microbial activities in the thawing permafrost, a team including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) reported on the application of multiple molecular technologies - “omics” - in a paper published online March 4, 2015 in Nature.

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Genetic Data Can Help Predict How Pine Forests Will Cope with Climate Change

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Data from only a small number of gene variants can predict which maritime pine trees are most vulnerable to climate change, scientists report in the March issue of GENETICS. The results will improve computer models designed to forecast where forests will grow as the climate changes, and promises to help forestry managers decide where to focus reforestation efforts. The results will also guide the choice of tree stocks.

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Researcher’s Patented Tech Could Significantly Cut CO2 Emissions

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A provisionally patented technology from an NMSU researcher could revolutionize carbon dioxide capture and help significantly reduce pollution worldwide.

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Climate Change Affects Human Health, ATS Membership Survey Shows

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The American Thoracic Society has published the results of a survey of the ATS membership on climate change which found that the majority of ATS members believe that climate change is real and that it is having a negative impact on the health of the patients that they care for.

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Munching Bugs Thwart Eager Trees, Reducing the Carbon Sink

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A new study published today [Monday, March 2, 2015] in Nature Plants shows that hungry, plant-eating insects may limit the ability of forests to take up elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing their capacity to slow human-driven climate change.

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Embrace Unknowns, Opt for Flexibility in Environmental Policies

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Two University of Washington professors argue in a Science perspectives article that ecosystem managers must learn to make decisions based on an uncertain future.

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Changing Climate Impacts Food Production

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