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Submitted by: Adam Rosenblatt

A new metric called “suitable plant growing days” helps address an argument often made by climate skeptics: since carbon dioxide promotes plant growth – especially at middle and high latitudes – anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions will increase agricultural yields and carbon sequestration across the world’s forests.  The relationship is not so simple, however. Other factors influenced by climate change (e.g., temperature, water availability, solar radiation) strongly affect plant growth and survival as well. The interactions…

Submitted by: Marta Jarzyna

The alarming rate of decline of bumblebees—key pollinators of crops and wildflowers across the world and an essential part of a healthy environment— has been at the forefront of scientific news for the past several years. To date, most of the bee die-off has been attributed to changes in agricultural practices and the use of bee-killing pesticides such as neonicotinoids. Recent study, however, adds another dimension to the decline of bumblebees. Kerr et al. (2015) used over 100 years of observations across European…

by Eric Ellman

Advance arrangement with homeowners and industry has allowed Clifton R. Musser Professor of Hydrology Jim Saiers to launch the first ever study of groundwater quality impacts before, during, and after …

 

Postdoctoral researcher Adam Wilson discusses utilization of satellite imagery to uncover patterns governing how landscapes recover from wildfire in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa, and what it portends for the use of the technology in other locations under global warming scenarios.