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Climate Change Alters Cast of Winter Birds

Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America’s backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate.

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A Global Natural Gas Boom Alone Won't Slow Climate Change

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A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to a study appearing today in Nature.

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Penguins Use Their Personalities to Prepare for Climate Change

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Birds’ individual personalities may be among the factors that could improve its chances of successfully coping with environmental stressors. Research presented at the APS intersociety meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology.”

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Responses to Global Change: Acclimatize, Adapt or Die

Human-driven climate change will put much of the Earth’s biodiversity at risk of extinction. This session will feature four presentations on how individual species are adapting to environmental changes. It will be presented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the APS Intersociety meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology.”

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

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Global Temperature Report: September 2014

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Climate Change, Cosmic Dust, Fish-Inspired Wind Farms and DARPA's Post-GPS Push

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The following articles are freely available online from Physics Today, the most influential and closely followed magazine in the world devoted to physics and the physical science community.

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Unexpected New Mechanism Reveals How Molecules Become Trapped in Ice

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Expanding our knowledge of the way molecules interact with ice surfaces is a key goal not only for climate change but also a much wider range of other environmental, scientific and defense-related issues. Now, a team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism they call “stable energetic embedding” of atoms and molecules within ice. The work is described in The Journal of Chemical Physics.

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Florida’s Climate Boosts Soil-Carbon Storage, Cuts Greenhouse Emissions

Sequestration helps mitigate carbon-based gases from getting into the atmosphere. A new UF/IFAS study shows Florida's warm, wet climate helps keep carbon in the soil.

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October Blizzard in Midwest Not Attributable to Climate Change

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When the October blizzard hit western South Dakota, neither man nor beast was prepared. Amid changing climate conditions, what can we expect this year? Using climate modeling techniques, scientists from South Dakota and Idaho found no consensus regarding whether the blizzard could be attributed to a changing climate. Their findings are part of an American Meteorological Society publication, Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective.

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Do We Have Time to Save Species from Climate Change?

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Climate change is expected to result in heightened risk of extinction for many species. Because conservation scientists are just starting to understand this threat, many have concluded that current risk assessment protocols, such as the International 'Red List' published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and based on rules established in the 1990s, will fail to identify many species at risk from climate change. However, an international team of researchers, including Professor Resit Akçakaya of Stony Brook University’s Department of Ecology and Evolution, counter that current assessment methods are able to identify such species. Their findings are published in the journal Global Change Biology.

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