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December 8, 2019

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How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
Using an innovative microscopy method, scientists have revealed the structure of the microbial communities coating microplastic trash collected from a variety of ... read more
Biodiversity across the globe could be in a worse state than previously thought, as assessments fail to account for long-lasting impact of land change, a new study ... read more
With climate change, plants of the future will consume more water than in the present day, leading to less water available ... read more
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Novel Way to ID Disease-Resistance Genes in Chocolate-Producing Trees Found

Chocolate-producing cacao trees that are resistant to a major pathogen were identified by an international team of plant geneticists. The findings point the way for plant breeders to develop trees ... read more

Gulf of Mexico Coral Reefs to Protect from Storm Surge in the Future -- But Will They?

Researchers used 120,000-year-old fossils to predict how Gulf of Mexico coral reefs will respond to climate change toward the end of this ... read more

How Do World's Smallest Sea Turtles Become Stranded in Cape Cod?

A computational analysis has surfaced new insights into the wind and water conditions that cause Kemp's ridley sea turtles to become stranded on beaches in Cape Cod, ... read more

Lake Methane Emissions Should Prompt Rethink on Climate Change

Study sheds new light on the impact of natural methane production on global climate change ... read more

New, Young Volcano Discovered in the Pacific

Researchers have discovered a new petit-spot volcano at the oldest section of the Pacific ... read more

Southern Arizona Once Looked Like Tibet

A new study determined that the Earth's crust in southern Arizona was once almost 60 kilometers thick, which is twice as thick as it is today -- and comparable to how thick the crust is in parts ... read more

Great Barrier Reef Study Shows How Reef Copes With Rapid Sea-Level Rise

A survey of coral reef cores on the Great Barrier Reef has revealed how it has responded to recent periods of rapid sea-level rise. The study, covering the past 9000 years, has revealed a system in ... read more

What's Driving Erosion Worldwide?

Researchers are reexamining the causes of soil erosion around the world -- and have found that countries themselves have a surprisingly strong influence on their soil. This country effect was ... read more

Finnish Rivers Transport Carbon to Baltic Sea at an Increasing Rate

The amount of carbon transported via Finnish rivers to the Baltic Sea has risen substantially in the past few decades. The researchers don't know the exact effects ... read more

Drone Images Show Greenland Ice Sheet Becoming More Unstable as It Fractures

The world's second-largest ice sheet, and the single largest contributor to global sea-level rise, is potentially becoming unstable because of fractures developing in response to faster ice flow ... read more

Antarctica's Thinning Ice Shelves Causing More Ice to Move from Land Into Sea

New study provides the first evidence that thinning ice shelves around Antarctica are causing more ice to move from the land into the ... read more

When Reefs Die, Parrotfish Thrive

In contrast to most other species, reef-dwelling parrotfish populations boom in the wake of severe coral bleaching. The surprise finding came when researchers looked at fish populations in severely ... read more

Antarctic Ice Sheets Could Be at Greater Risk of Melting Than Previously Thought

Antarctica is the largest reservoir of ice on Earth -- but new research suggests it could be at greater risk of melting than previously ... read more

Operational Mapping System for High-Resolution Tropical Forest Carbon Emissions

For the first time, scientists have developed a method to monitor carbon emissions from tropical forests at an unprecedented level of detail. The approach will provide the basis for developing a ... read more

Compliance With Paris Agreement Would Limit Loss of Productivity in Fishing, Agriculture

Scientists show that 90% of the global population may face decreases in productivity for both agriculture and fishing if greenhouse emissions are not reduced. On the other hand, most countries are in ... read more

Underwater Telecom Cables Make Superb Seismic Network

Photonic systems can transform underwater fiber-optic cables into a dense network of seismic stations to illuminate ocean-floor earthquake zones impossible to study today, according to a new study. ... read more

Animals Could Help Humans Monitor Oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic ... read more

Nine Climate Tipping Points Now 'Active,' Warn Scientists

More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now 'active,' a group of leading scientists have ... read more

Nearly 40% of Plant Species Are Very Rare and Are Vulnerable to Climate Change

Almost 40 percent of global flora is categorized as 'exceedingly rare,' and these species are most at risk of extinction by human development and as the climate continues to change, ... read more

New Modeling Will Shed Light on Policy Decisions' Effect on Migration from Sea Level Rise

A new modeling approach can help researchers, policymakers and the public better understand how policy decisions will influence human migration as sea levels rise around the ... read more

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