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Modeling the Past to Understand the Future of a Stronger El Nino

El Nino is not a contemporary phenomenon; it’s long been the Earth’s dominant source of year-to-year climate fluctuation. But as the climate warms and the feedbacks that drive the cycle change, researchers want to know how El Nino will respond. A team of researchers led by the University of Wisconsin’s Zhengyu Liu published the latest findings in this quest Nov. 27, 2014 in Nature.

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Process Converts Human Waste Into Rocket Fuel

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste – yes, that kind -- into rocket fuel.

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Better Forecasts for Sea Ice Under Climate Change

New research is helping pinpoint the impact of waves on sea ice, which is vulnerable to climate change, particularly in the Arctic where it is rapidly retreating.

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Global Climate Policy Expert from ASU Available to Discuss UN Climate Negotiations

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Giammar Seeking New Solutions for Underground Carbon Storage

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Dan Giammar, PhD, is going deep into the earth to find a potential solution to store carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Grasshoppers Signal Slow Recovery of Post-Agricultural Woodlands, Study Finds

By comparing grasshoppers found at woodland sites once used for agriculture to similar sites never disturbed by farming, UW-Madison Philip Hahn and John Orrock show that despite decades of recovery, the numbers and types of species found in each differ, as do the understory plants and other ecological variables, like soil properties.

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New Web Portal Displays West Coast Ocean Acidification Data

A new site displays real-time ocean acidification data for the open ocean and protected bays in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California.

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Next-Door Leopards: First GPS-Collar Study Reveals how Leopards Live with People

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In the first-ever GPS-based study of leopards in India, led by WCS and partners has delved into the secret lives of these big cats, and recorded their strategies to thrive in human-dominated areas.

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Opinion Poll: Canada’s Climate Change Consensus Confronts Keystone

Despite the fact that 81% of Canadians accept that temperature on Earth is increasing, Université de Montréal researchers have revealed that Canadians are generally misinformed about the science of climate change and are divided over the construction of new oil pipelines.

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Crops Play a Major Role in the Annual CO2 Cycle Increase

In a study published Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Nature, scientists at Boston University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and McGill University show that a steep rise in the productivity of crops grown for food accounts for as much as 25 percent of the increase in this carbon dioxide (CO2) seasonality.

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