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Amazonia's Best and Worst Areas for Carbon Recovery Revealed

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following emissions released by commercial logging activities has been published in the journal eLife.

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ARM/ASR Veteran Researchers Win American Geophysical Union Ascent Awards

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Susan van den Heever and Christian Jakob, two veteran Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility and Atmospheric System Research (ASR)-affiliated atmospheric scientists, have had their achievements recognized with Ascent Awards

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Fralin Life Science Institute, Nature Microbiology, soil, Microbial, Biology (Ecology/Environment)

Scientists Zero in on Biological Diversity in ‘Poor Man’s Rainforest’

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Leftover DNA from dead organisms -- known as "relic DNA" -- has historically thrown a wrench into estimates, causing scientists to overestimate microbial diversity by as much as 55 percent.

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Clouds, ice nucleating material, ice nucleation, Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate Science

Scientists Bear Witness to Birth of an Ice Cloud

Scientists have witnessed the birth of atmospheric ice clouds, creating ice cloud crystals in the laboratory and then taking images of the process through a microscope, essentially documenting the very first steps of cloud formation.

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WCS Spearheads Conservation Science For U.S. Jaguar Recovery Plan

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A recovery plan for the Western Hemisphere’s largest cat species along the U.S.-Mexico border was released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). WCS played a critical role in informing the position of USFWS on jaguar conservation by providing the best available science and research to guide and support the plan.

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Investing in Fisheries Management Improves Fish Populations

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Research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that successful fisheries management can be best achieved by implementing and enforcing science-based catch or effort limits.

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Plate Techtonics, Geology, soil, Geophysics, algorithim

A Tectonic Shift in Predicting Earthquakes, Volcanic Hazards

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A recent study by the University of Delaware's Jessica Warren and colleagues at two other universities provides a new data set that scientists can use to define a tectonic plate and predict future earthquake and volcanic hazards, where they might occur and how deep the devastation might be.

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Younger Dryas, climate reversal, Mass Extinction, impact hypothesis, Nanodiamonds

The Case of the Missing Diamonds

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A Washington University physicist practiced at finding tiny diamonds in stardust from the pre-solar universe has repeatedly failed to find them in Younger Dryas sedimentary layers, effectively discrediting the hypothesis that an exploding comet caused the sudden climate reversal at the end of the last Ice Age.

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Barramundi Populations at Risk From Acid Oceans

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Wild barramundi populations are likely to be at risk under ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found.

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Plant, Photosynthesis, Carbon Cycle, Rainforest, Climate, Ecosystems, Modeling And Simulation, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley Lab, Environment

New Leaf Study Sheds Light on ‘Shady’ Past

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A new study led by a Berkeley Lab research scientist highlights a literally shady practice in plant science that has in some cases underestimated plants’ rate of growth and photosynthesis, among other traits.

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Arctic Lakes, Lakes, Arctic, Jadu Dash, Mary Edwards, University of Southampton, ice, melt, Modis

Arctic Lakes Thawing Earlier Each Year

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Scientists from the University of Southampton have found Arctic lakes, covered with ice during the winter months, are melting earlier each spring.

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European Commission Proposal Leaves Public Exposed to Harmful Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

The Endocrine Society expressed disappointment today in the European Commission's revised proposal on defining and identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), citing unnecessarily narrow criteria for identifying EDCs that will make it nearly impossible for scientists to meet the unrealistically high burden of proof and protect the public from dangerous chemicals.

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CSU Channel Islands Biologist Discovers Naturally Occurring Molecules That May Have Munched Up Methane After Aliso Canyon, CA Gas Leak

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Observations of 2015 India/Pakistan Heat Waves, Warming Could Slow Upslope Migration of Trees, Exciting New Creatures Discovered on Ocean Floor, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

The latest research on the environment in the Environmental Science News Source

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UCI Expert Available to Talk About One Year Anniversary of Flint Water Crisis

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What Makes Influential Science? Telling a Good Story

Researchers from the University of Washington have found that scientific papers written in a more narrative style were more influential among peer-reviewed studies in the climate change literature. Their results were published Dec. 15 in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Research Offers Multiple Lessons

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For Gonzaga University biology major Eric Gutierrez, worries about being in the path of a typhoon while in Southeast Asia conducting research on exotic beetles last summer turned out to be the least of his problems. Negotiating the language and cultural barriers the night he arrived got his blood rushing the most.

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Supercomputer Simulations Confirm Observations of 2015 India/Pakistan Heat Waves

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A paper released December 15 during the American Geophysical Union fall meeting points to new evidence of human influence on extreme weather events. After examining observational and simulated temperature and heat indexes, the research team—which included three scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—concluded that two separate deadly heat waves that occurred in India and Pakistan in the summer of 2015 “were exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change.”

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Study: Warming Could Slow Upslope Migration of Trees

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Scientists expect trees will advance upslope as global temperatures increase, shifting the tree line—the mountain zone where trees become smaller and eventually stop growing—to higher elevations. Subalpine forests will follow their climate up the mountain, in other words. But new research published Dec. 15 in the journal Global Change Biology suggests this may not hold true for two subalpine tree species of western North America.

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soil, Ecosystem, Ecosystem Services

Hard-Working Soil Provides Year-Round Gifts

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Plants need the nutrients of soil to grow. The Earth’s creatures need homes to live. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) December 15th Soils Matter blog post explains how soil provides these and other services.







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