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Actions on Climate Change Bring Better Health, Study Says

The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study. In presenting their synthesis, the study authors seek to encourage efforts that benefit both the health of the planet and the health of people.

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Snail Shells Show High-Rise Plateau Is Much Lower Than It Used to Be

Geologists have long debated when and how the Tibetan Plateau reached a 14,000-foot-plus elevation, but new research shows it once was probably thousands of feet higher.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? (Video)

It’s the first day of autumn, and the telltale signs are here: crisp weather, pumpkin spice lattes and, most importantly, the leaves are changing colors. Ever wonder why some leaves turn red, others yellow and some just turn brown? We’ll tell you all about the chemistry behind this seasonal spectacle in the latest Reactions episode.

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Mown Grass Smell Sends SOS for Help in Resisting Insect Attacks

The smell of cut grass in recent years has been identified as the plant’s way of signalling distress, but new research says the aroma also summons beneficial insects to the rescue.

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NYIT Urban Architecture & Design Expert Available to Discuss Sustainable-Resilient Design in Response to Climate Change

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Dwindling Wind May Tip Predator-Prey Balance

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Rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns may get the lion’s share of our climate change attention, but predators may want to give some thought to wind, according to a University of Wisconsin Madison zoologist’s study, which is among the first to demonstrate the way “global stilling” may alter predator-prey relationships.

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Can Biomass Harvesting Reduce the Risk of Wildfires: HSU Forestry Expert Can Comment

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Study of Ocean Upwelling Near California Shows Greater Variability Over Latter Part of 20th Century

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A nearly 600-year reconstruction of climate indicators along the West Coast of North America indicates that upwelling in the California Current became more variable over the latter part of the 20th century.

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Crowdsourcing Could Lead to Better Water in Rural India

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A three-continent research consortium is evaluating a novel environmental crowdsourcing technique for assessing water quality in India. The technique relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.

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Consumers Will Pay More for Eco-Friendly Plants, Study Shows

People make decisions all the time, and some have long-term consequences: Do I work out? Do I take the bus? Do I recycle? A UF/IFAS researcher and his colleagues found those who value long-term consequences of their decisions are more apt to buy eco-friendly plants.

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