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Whales Face New Threats From Humans Despite Conservation Efforts

Whales Face New Threats From Humans Despite Conservation Efforts

By John R. Platt Humans and whales have a complex relationship. We’ve hunted whales for food for centuries, celebrated them in our art and culture, admired their familial relationships and songs, and even worshipped them as gods. But at the same time, we’ve overhunted multiple whale species to the brink of extinction, overfished their prey, […]

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    Climate Change Could Cause ‘Irreversible Impacts’ to Lake Ecosystems

    Climate Change Could Cause ‘Irreversible Impacts’ to Lake Ecosystems

    By Ayesha Tandon New research shows that lake “stratification periods” – a seasonal separation of water into layers – will last longer in a warmer climate. These longer periods of stratification could have “far-reaching implications” for lake ecosystems, the paper says, and can drive toxic algal blooms, fish die-offs and increased methane emissions. The study, […]

    97% of Earth’s Land No Longer Ecologically Intact, Study Finds

    97% of Earth’s Land No Longer Ecologically Intact, Study Finds

    By Julia Conley Ecologists and environmental advocates on Thursday called for swift action to reintroduce species into the wild as scientists at the University of Cambridge in England found that 97% of the planet’s land area no longer qualifies as ecologically intact. “Conservation is simply not enough anymore,” said financier and activist Ben Goldsmith. “We […]

    World Will Exceed 1.5 Degrees Celsius in the 2030s, Australian Report Predicts

    World Will Exceed 1.5 Degrees Celsius in the 2030s, Australian Report Predicts

    A new report promoting urgent climate action in Australia has stirred debate for claiming that global temperatures will rise past 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next decade. Australia’s Climate Council released the report on Thursday. The council is an independent organization of climate scientists and experts on health, renewable energy and policy who work to […]

    Study: Climate Change Could Impact Your Favorite Cup of Coffee

    Study: Climate Change Could Impact Your Favorite Cup of Coffee

    Climate change could make it harder to find a good cup of coffee, new research finds. A changing climate might shrink suitable areas for specialty coffee production without adaptation, making coffee taste blander and impacting the livelihoods of small farms in the Global South. Published in Scientific Reports on Wednesday, the study focused on regions […]

    Beer Could Help Scientists Understand How Crops Adapt to Climate Change

    Beer Could Help Scientists Understand How Crops Adapt to Climate Change

    Researchers at UC-Riverside are investigating how barley, a key ingredient in beer, survives in such a wide variety of climates with hopes of learning what exactly makes it so resilient across climates. Barley was first grown domestically in Southwest Asia about 10,000 year ago and is grown around the world, from Egypt to Minnesota. Barley’s […]

    New Study Changes Understanding of How Greenland’s Ice Melts

    New Study Changes Understanding of How Greenland’s Ice Melts

    A new study of Greenland‘s glacial rivers has important implications for how scientists might model future ice melt and subsequent sea level rise. Previously, researchers thought they could measure ice melt simply by looking at the amount of meltwater sitting on top of glaciers and in moulins — shafts in the glacier that empty rivers […]