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Trending Stories Report for 15 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: social media trends, lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV, lasers, Hubble, neurology, and the seafood industry.

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soil, Envionment, Mudslides

Why Do Mudslides Occur?

In celebration of the International Year of Soil 2015 (IYS), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout the year to educate the public about the importance of soil. May’s theme is “Soils Support Buildings and Infrastructure”. In SSSA’s May 15 Soils Matter blog post, experts why mudslides occur.

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Climate Change, Drought, Megadrought, Caribbean, Weather, Water

Caribbean Drought – a Glimpse of the Future Under Climate Change

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Environment, microbiobiome populations, Ecology, Geoscience, Remediation

Using Microbial Communities to Assess Environmental Contamination

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A study sponsored by ENIGMA, a DOE “Scientific Focus Area Program” based at the Berkeley Lab has found that statistical analysis of DNA from natural microbial communities can be used to accurately identify environmental contaminants and serve as quantitative geochemical biosensors.

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Environment, Climate Change, Natural Resources, Ecosystem, ecosystem based management, Ecology, Biodiversity, Conservation, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Restoration, Warming, Mining

Experts Outline Keys to Bolster Ecosystems Degraded by Climate Change

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To maximize such benefits as conserved biodiversity and sustained livelihoods, ecological restoration should increase ecological integrity, be sustainable in the long term, be informed by the past and future, and benefit and engage society.

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Brazilian Beef Industry Moves to Reduce Its Destruction of Rain Forests

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Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Holly Gibbs shows that market-driven “zero deforestation agreements” have dramatically influenced the behavior of ranchers and the slaughterhouses to which they sell.

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Ice Core, Western Antarctica Ice Sheet Divide, SDSU Ice Core and Environmental Chemistry Lab, South Dakota State University, Climate Change, National Science Foundation

Ice Core Dating Determines Climate Change Begins in Arctic

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Scientists at South Dakota State University analyzed a half-mile slice of Western Antarctica ice core to help determine that climate change begins in the Arctic and moves southward, according to chemistry professor Jihong Cole-Dai of the SDSU Ice Core and Environmental Chemistry Lab. Since 2006, the SDSU research team have been part of a National Science Foundation project to uncover the secrets within the 2-mile long Western Antarctica Ice Sheet Divide ice core.

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Boreal Forest, bird ecology, irruption, Climate, Citizen Science, Birdwatchers, Birdwatching, weather conditions

Massive Southern Invasions by Northern Birds Linked to Climate Shifts

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Citizen scientists tracking backyard bird feeders helped scientists pinpoint the climate forces that likely set the stage for boreal bird irruptions in which vast numbers of northern birds migrate far south of their usual winter range. The discovery could make it possible to predict the events more than a year in advance.

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Earth Science, Geology, Mining, Copper

A Climate Signal in the Global Distribution of Copper Deposits

Climate helps drive the erosion process that exposes economically valuable copper deposits and shapes the pattern of their global distribution, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Idaho and the University of Michigan.

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Oil Spill, Indian Point, transformer oil spill, Beacon Institute, Clarkson University, Hudson River, Hudson River watershed, Oil Spills, dissolved oil

Oil Spill Experts from Clarkson U. - Beacon Institute Available to Interview on Indian Point Plant Oil Spill Impact







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