Category Archives: Climate Change

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Walden Pond trees leafing out far earlier than in Thoreau’s time

By comparing historical observations with current experiments, we see that climate change is creating a whole new risk for the native plants in Concord

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How Plants Have Become Climate Change Moderaters

A decrease in global deforestation combined with enhanced vegetation growth caused by the rapid increase in carbon dioxide changed the land from a carbon source into a carbon sink.

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Fig Wasps As Keystone Species, Vulnerable To Global Warming

From the wings of tiny creatures hang the fates of hundreds of bird and mammal species, and perhaps even entire rainforests. They are fig wasps and they play a disproportionate role in the grand drama of life on Earth. They shape our own story too because of this. But new research warns that these insects could be

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Climate Change Pressures Cloud Forest To Extinction

Their mission: To collect as many species of flowering plants as possible and return to base camp before heavy afternoon rains swell the river to dangerous levels. They're racing a different clock, too. Climate change and development are beginning to erase these irreplaceable ecosystems. The researchers are scrambling to understand what is here before it disappears.

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Climate Change, Bamboo and Pandas: A Depressing Intersection

A new study predicts that climate change is set to wipe out much of the bamboo on which the bears rely for food.

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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.