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Wildland Fire Modeling Can Lead to Better Predictions

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If we can better understand scientifically how wildland fires behave, we’ll have a better chance to accurately predict their evolution.

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Study Verifies More Than 100,000 African Elephants Killed in Three Years

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New research led by Colorado State University has revealed that an estimated 100,000 elephants in Africa were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012. The study shows these losses are driving population declines of the world's wild African elephants on the order of 2 percent to 3 percent a year.

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Air, Earth, Water Research Join Hands at Michigan Tech

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An interdisciplinary lab at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center brings air, earth and water scientists together to study climate and environmental issues.

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Climate Change Will Threaten Fish by Drying Out Southwest U.S. Streams, Study Predicts

Fish species native to a major Arizona watershed may lose access to important segments of their habitat by 2050 as surface water flow is reduced by the effects of climate warming, new research suggests.

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No One-Size-Fits-All Approach in a Changing Climate, Changing Land

As climate change alters habitats for birds and bees and everything in between, so too does the way humans decide to use land. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Aarhus University in Denmark have, for the first time, found a way to determine the potential combined impacts of both climate and land-use change on plants, animals and ecosystems across the country.

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Study: World's Primary Forests on the Brink

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An international team of conservationist scientists and practitioners has published new research showing the precarious state of the world’s primary forests.

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International Scientific Team Criticizes Adoption of 'Novel Ecosystems' by Policymakers

Novel ecosystems arise when human activities transform biological communities through species invasions and environmental change. They are seemingly ubiquitous, and thus many policymakers and ecologists argue for them to be accepted as the "new normal"—an idea the researchers say is a bad one.

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New Analysis Links Tree Height to Climate

In research to be published in the journal Ecology — and currently posted online as a preprint — Thomas Givnish, a professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, attempts to resolve a debate as to which factors actually set maximum tree height, and how their relative importance varies in different parts of the world.

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