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National Parks, Climate Change, Phenology, onset of spring, UW-Milwaukee , National Parks Service, US Geological Survey, USA National Phenology Network, Climate

Spring Starting Earlier in U.S. National Parks, Study Finds

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Spring is beginning earlier than its historical average in three-quarters of United States’ national parks studied in new research that employed models created by UWM climatologist Mark Schwartz.

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David Rowley, Miquela Ingalls, Geophysical Sciences, Plate Tectonics

Case of Earth’s Missing Continental Crust Solved: It Sank

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How do you make half the mass of two continents disappear? To answer that question, you first need to discover that it’s missing. That’s what a trio of University of Chicago geoscientists and their collaborator did, and their explanation for where the mass went significantly changes prevailing ideas about what can happen when continents collide.

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Hurricane Matthew, Emergency Response, Weather, weather alert, Climate

Hurricane Matthew Continues Westward Shift, Strikes US East Coast

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Peccaries of Mesoamerica Now Highly Threatened, Warn Experts

Hunting, deforestation, and cattle ranching in Mesoamerica have become a triad of trouble for the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), an ecologically important species now threatened with regional extinction, according WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and a group of experts at a recently held meeting in Belize.

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Seismology, Midcontinent rift

A Terrible Rift

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A billion years ago, the core of what was to become North America nearly ripped apart, creating a huge branched scar that extends from the tip of Lake Superior deep into the Midwest. Washington University in St. Louis scientists are using data from seismometers they placed across and along the rift to take a good hard look.

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Hearing the Same Sound Twice in Each Ear Helps Insects Locate Their Mates

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An incredibly advanced hearing system which enables a group of insects to listen to the same sound twice with each ear, helping them to locate the sound’s origin with pinpoint accuracy, has been discovered by scientists at the University of Lincoln, UK.

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Research Provides Understanding About Expansion and Contraction of the Tropical Rain Belt

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The research looks at the monsoon rains that fell in northern Australia over the past 3,000 years.

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Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

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Researchers observed, for the first time, an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a crystal they made at Berkeley Lab.

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Trophy Hunting of Lions Can Conserve the Species

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Trophy hunters can play an important role in lion conservation, researchers from the University’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology have shown.

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Water Splitting, Photosynthesis, Electrcity, Hydrogen, Hydrogen and fuel cells, Clean Fuel, Solar energy , Spinach, Sustaibability, Enviroment, green and energy-efficient technology, Green Tech , Green Technology

Popeye was Right: There’s Energy in that Spinach

Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers have developed a cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. Based on photosynthesis, and technology paves the way for clean fuels from renewable sources.

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Risk-Taking and the Social Science of Wilderness

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A piece of ongoing research about human values and behavior in the wilderness shows that people take greater risks when they possess safety devices.

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Conservation, Nepal, Carnivore, Tiger, gendered perceptions, Chitwan National Park, Neil Carter, Boise State University, Teri Allendorf, University Of Wisconsin At Madison

Research Looks at Importance of Women’s Attitudes Toward Tigers

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Research published in the journal Biological Conservation looks at how human perceptions of tigers affect how willing human communities are to coexist with these large predators, and particularly at how women’s attitudes toward tigers differ from men’s.

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Study Demonstrates Seasonality of Bird Migration in Response to Environmental Cues

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A University of Oklahoma study demonstrates for the first time that remote sensing data from weather surveillance radar and on-the-ground data from the eBird citizen science database both yield robust indices of migration timing, also known as migration phenology. These indices can now be used to address the critical gap in our knowledge regarding the cues that migrants use for fine tuning their migration timing in response to climate.

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UW-Madison Scientists Help Fly Global Hawk Drone Into Hermine, Other Hurricanes

Late Wednesday night (Aug. 31), a shiny white aircraft with a wingspan of roughly 120 feet soared aloft from Wallops Island, Virginia. Following takeoff, the aircraft — a high-altitude drone known as a Global Hawk — flew patterns off the east coast of the U.S., tracing two big loops as it headed south toward Florida’s west coast. Its destination: Tropical Storm Hermine in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Technique Could Assess Historic Changes to Antarctic Sea Ice and Glaciers

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Historic changes to Antarctic sea ice could be unravelled using a new technique pioneered by scientists at Plymouth University.

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Biofuels Are Not Carbon Neutral, Predicting Jellyfish, Health Issues From Fracking, and More in the Environment News Source

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Professor Joins 'Next 100 Coalition' to Change the Future of America's National Parks

Carolyn Finney, University of Kentucky assistant professor of geography, is part of a national effort to assure that all people — regardless of race, religion, gender identification or national origin — are welcome in America’s national parks and all public lands. A significant portion of Americans say they simply don’t feel welcome in national parks. A 2008-09 survey by the University of Wyoming and NPS quantifies this feeling of unease among minorities. Non-Hispanic whites accounted for approximately 78 percent of the visitors to national parks; Hispanics, 9 percent; African Americans, 7 percent; Asian Americans, 3 percent; and Native Americans/Alaskans, 1 percent. Some minorities say they don’t see themselves among park employees and guests.

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Plants, Food Security, CO2, Conservation

Molecular Signature Shows Plants Are Adapting to Increasing Atmospheric CO2

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Plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2 according to a new study from the University of Southampton. The research provides insight into the long-term impacts of rising CO2 and the implications for global food security and nature conservation.

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Earth Science, marine and freshwater biology, Oceanography

Darwin's Theory About 'Impassable' Marine Barrier Holds True for Coral Larvae in the Pacific

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MIAMI--An international team of scientists used a state-of-the-art computer model, a high-powered supercomputer, and five billion 'virtual' coral larvae to test Charles Darwin's 1880 hypothesis that marine species cannot cross the Eastern Pacific's "impassable" marine barrier. The team, which included University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Associate Professor Claire Paris, found that Darwin's theory still hold true today even under extreme El Niño conditions known to speed up ocean currents.

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How National Parks Contribute to Gross National Happiness, According to UGA Experts

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