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February 18, 2020

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Rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100, suggesting restoration projects in these areas will likely ... read more
A new study suggests that iron fertilization may not have a significant impact on phytoplankton growth, at least on a ... read more
Toxic and invisible oil spread well beyond the known satellite footprint of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a new study. These new findings have important ... read more
Plants that break some of the 'rules' of ecology by adapting in unconventional ways may have a higher chance of surviving climate change, according ... read more
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Warming Oceans Are Getting Louder

One of the ocean's loudest creatures is smaller than you'd expect -- and will get even louder and more troublesome to humans and sea life as the ocean warms, according to new ... read more

In a new study, scientists with NASA's Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) used planes equipped with the Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer -- Next Generation (AVIRIS -- ... read more

Forests Bouncing Back from Beetles, but Elk and Deer Slowing Recovery

New research reveals that even simultaneous bark beetle outbreaks are not a death sentence to the state's beloved forests. The study found that high-elevation forests in the southern Rocky ... read more

Extinct Giant Turtle Had Horned Shell of Up to Three Meters

Paleobiologists have discovered exceptional specimens in Venezuela and Colombia of an extinct giant freshwater turtle called Stupendemys. The carapace of this turtle, which is the largest ever known, ... read more

Climate-Driven Farming 'Frontiers' Pose Major Environmental Risks

Future farming in regions that were previously unsuitable for agriculture could significantly impact biodiversity, water resources, and greenhouse gas emissions ... read more

Protecting Redundancy in the Food Web Helps Ensure Ecological Resilience

In 2014, a disease of epidemic proportions gripped the West Coast of the US. You may not have noticed, though, unless you were ... read more

Ancient Antarctic Ice Melt Increased Sea Levels by 3+ Meters -- And It Could Happen Again

Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, a new international study l shows - and the scientists say ... read more

Storm-Induced Sea Level Spikes Differ in Origin on US East, Gulf Coasts

The Gulf Coast, especially New Orleans, is particularly vulnerable to storm surge. As the climate warms, the region will be even more susceptible to extreme storm surges, according to new ... read more

Climate Change Could Trigger More Landslides in High Mountain Asia

More frequent and intense rainfall events due to climate change could cause more landslides in the High Mountain Asia region of China, Tibet and Nepal, according to the first quantitative study of ... read more

Scientists Show Solar System Processes Control the Carbon Cycle Throughout Earth's History

This new work sheds fresh light on the complicated interplay of factors affecting global climate and the carbon cycle -- and on what transpired millions of years ago to spark two of the most ... read more

New World Map of Fish Genetic Diversity

An international research team has studied genetic diversity among fish around the world for the first time. Their research produced a map that will serve as a tool in improving the protection of ... read more

New Research Supports Previous Studies on Global Sea Level Rise

Using data from European satellites, a student has demonstrated that the global sea level rise has accelerated over the past four ... read more

Acid-Loving Microbe Can Improve Understanding of Past Climate

Study of an 'extremophile' found in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park can be used to help researchers understand climate ... read more

Using 12 years of satellite data, NASA scientists have measured how the influx of cold, fresh water is affecting the Beaufort Gyre, a major Arctic ... read more

Mystery of Marine Recycling Squad Solved

Nitrogen cycling in shelf waters is crucial to reduce surplus nutrients, which rivers pour out into the ocean. Yet many of its aspects are poorly understood. Scientists have now succeeded in finding ... read more

Enjoying the View? How Computer Games Can Help Evaluate Landscapes

Geographers are stepping into the virtual world of computer games to develop exciting new ways of assessing landscapes. Researchers have spent years analyzing geographical landscapes and determining ... read more

New Global Biodiversity Study Provides Unified Map of Life on Land and in the Ocean

A new study offers the most complete picture available of where life occurs on Earth and what the most critical environmental factors are for determining why it's in specific places. The ... read more

Asian Hornet Invasion Spreads to Northern Germany

Known to prey on many insects, including honey bees and other beneficiary species, the Asian hornet, which had recently invaded parts of Europe, presents a serious threat to apiculture and even to ... read more

Ocean Temperatures Impact Central American Climate More Than Once Thought

Researchers examined the rainfall history of Central America over the last 11,000 years. The results provide context for the development of tropical rainforest ecosystems in the region, and ... read more

Global Cooling After Nuclear War Would Harm Ocean Life

A nuclear war that cooled Earth could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons, according to the first study of its ... read more

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