Category Archives: Climate Change

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Buildings That "Green" Themselves (just add water)

They seek to produce a ceramic material that promotes plant growth on its surface whilst conserving a balance with the technical characteristics necessary for use in urban architectural applications.

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Climate Change Is Re-Designing Trees

If your plan for escaping climate change is to hide in the shade of a tree, you might be out of luck. It turns out the leaves of some plants are shrinking in response to the warmer weather.

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Look To Seagrass Beds To Store Atmospheric Carbon

Seagrass meadows act as a massive carbon sink, capable of storing as much carbon as forests. There's only one problem: due to poor watershed management and declining water quality near shorelines, seagrasses are disappearing at alarming rates.

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A New Way To "Light Up:" Tobacco As Biofuel!

The leaves would then be crushed, and the fuel extracted and separated. The scientists estimate that about 1000 acres of tobacco could yield more than one million gallons of fuel.

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Palm Biodiesel As Polluting As Oil

So palm oil and soy bean biodiesel is just a touch less polluting than fuel from tar sands: that's pretty damning. Maize and sugar do better than crude oil but still cause significant carbon emissions.

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Climate Change Driving Elk To Decimate Mountain Forests

The densities of seasonal woodsy plants, including aspen and maple trees, in the northern Arizona mountains have steadily declined over the last two decades… this decline is primarily the result of one of two things: decreased soil water or increased exposure to hungry elk.

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Ants On Strike Against Global Warming

If the temperature increases by just a half a degree Celsius, the most important seed-dispersing ants basically shut down. They do not go out and forage and do the things they normally do.

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Now It’s Serious: Climate Change Hurts Coffee Production

Global warming has increased the spread of pests in key farming regions with coffee exports facing the strain from the berry disease

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300 Year Old Plants Predict Our Climate Future

A strong relationship between mountain plum pine growth and snow cover means we may be able to estimate annual snow conditions well before European settlement, which is important because it will tell us whether the current declining snow conditions have precedent.

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How A Fungus Destroyed Ancient Forests And Might Do It Again

The demise of the world's forests some 250 million years ago likely was accelerated by aggressive tree-killing fungi triggered by global climate change