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Contributor(s): Marta Jarzyna
Changes in vegetation biomass can significantly alter the Earth’s carbon budget and are thus an important factor in regulating the consequences of anthropogenic climate change.  Global estimates of above ground vegetation biomass, however, have been few in number.  Recent advances in remote sensing...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide would be much higher today if not for the world’s forests, which generally act as “carbon sinks,” absorbing and storing large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions which have been rising steadily since the start of the industrial revolution.  A persistent...
Contributor(s): Kevin Lane
There is overwhelming agreement from the scientific community regarding causes and impacts of climate change, while large segments of the US public still regard climate change as affecting the next generation and of low priority. Climate messaging that has focused on future increases in temperature...
Contributor(s): Marta Jarzyna
The Black Death of 1347-1353 began the second of three plague pandemics that resulted in millions of deaths over four centuries. The disease was initially introduced from Asia and is believed to have persisted in European rodent populations until its disappearance in the early 19th century. Latest...
Contributor(s): Marina Mariano Juste
As silicon photovoltaic (PV) technology reaches its efficiency limits, extracting further energy from the sun is as challenging as an obstacle course: for all of its advances, fossil fuel is still a cheaper option. Three criteria are generally recognized for the technology to compete with fossil...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Drought powerfully impacts ecological and agricultural systems, and in many areas is expected to increase in severity as a result of climate change.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/), parts of California and Texas currently suffer from “exceptional drought.”...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Salmon are an iconic Pacific Ocean species upon which millions of people’s livelihoods depend. Their epic migrations link marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, transporting nutrients from the oceans to hundreds of miles upstream. Salmon enhance the productivity of rivers and terrestrial...

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