Category Archives: Climate Change

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When An Iconic Centuries-Old Plant Isn’t Welcome Anymore

Over the millennia, the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) has evolved to thrive in the dry and hot Southwestern desert conditions and barren soils that a less specialized plant species could not tolerate. Now, two recent papers detailing future climate scenarios for Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua tree's natural range are projecting tough times for this venerable Southwest icon.

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Can Forest Plantings Control Global Warming?

Foresting all or half the world's cropland reduced global temperatures in 2100 by 0.45 °C and 0.25 °C respectively.

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Can Mangrove Protection Slow Global Warming?

Per hectare mangrove forests store up to four times more carbon than most other tropical forests around the world.

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Climate Change And Trees That Disperse Seeds By Wind

According to the research, trees which disperse their seeds by wind, such as pines and maples, will be unable to spread at a pace that can cope with expected climate changes

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Climate Change A Matter Of Belief More Than Facts

Over the past few months, polls show that fewer Americans say they believe humans are making the planet dangerously warmer, despite a raft of scientific reports that say otherwise.
This puzzles many climate scientists

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The Amazon Giveth As Well As Taketh Away

For years the Amazon forest has been helping slow down climate change… But relying on this subsidy from nature is extremely dangerous. If the Earth's carbon sinks slow or go into reverse, as our results show is possible, carbon dioxide levels will rise even faster.

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Conservative Plants And Climate Change

Most southern hemisphere plants — except for weeds — will not be able to adapt to rapid climate change, a study of more than 11,000 species suggests.

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Shade Grown Coffee Reduces Global Warming

Shady farms have greater water availability than sunny farms, due in part to lower evaporation rates from the coffee plants and soils. More shade also reduced peak temperatures between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when southern Mexican coffee plants experience the greatest heat stress.

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A Crop To Combat Climate Change

Salicornia is a better photosynthesizer than wheat and some other grains… Salicornia (like sugarcane) laps up carbon dioxide better, does so in saline water, and gives oil&

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You Can Help Scientists Track Climate Change

Climate change may be affecting our backyards and communities in ways that we dont even notice…Project BudBurst is designed to help both adults and children understand the changing relationship among climate, seasons, and plants, while giving the participants the tools to communicate their observations to others.