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El Nino Swings More Violently in the Industrial Age, Hard Evidence Says

November 27, 2019

El Ninos have been very intense in our times, which stands to worsen storms, drought, and coral bleaching in…
Heat waves, fires, droughts and the environment: what do we need to know in a changing climate?

November 21, 2019

The research finds that engaging public opinion is the top priority. James Cook University’s Professor Stephen Williams led…
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Drought-Stressed Forest Fueled Amazon Fires

November 6, 2019

A new satellite-based map of a section of the Amazon Basin reveals that at least some of the…
NASA Gauges Plant Stress in Costa Rican Drought

August 9, 2019

NASA’s ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) has imaged the stress on Costa Rican vegetation…
How the Pacific Ocean influences long-term drought in the Southwestern U.S.

August 9, 2019

The Southwest has always faced periods of drought. Most recently, from late 2011 to 2017, California experienced years…
Does limited underground water storage make plants less susceptible to drought?

June 25, 2019

You might expect that plants hoping to thrive in California’s boom-or-bust rain cycle would choose to set down…
Human impact on droughts goes back 100 years

May 2, 2019

Observations and climate reconstructions using data from tree rings confirm that human activity was affecting the worldwide drought…
Tackling drought with data visualisation

February 1, 2019

The long stretch of dry weather is putting pressure on farmers and communities across the country. Plus climate…
With climate change less obvious in Midwest, park visitors want to know how local resources are impacted

January 29, 2019

An image of a polar bear stranded on a sheet of ice makes for a dramatic impression of…
Trout, salamander populations able to quickly bounce back from severe drought conditions

January 24, 2019

Populations of coastal cutthroat trout and coastal giant salamanders in the Pacific Northwest show the ability to rebound…
Termites help reduce the impact of drought on tropical rainforests

January 14, 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, the Natural History Museum,…
Revealed: Termites mitigate against effects of drought in tropical rainforests

January 14, 2019

A major new study by the University of Liverpool and the Natural History Museum has discovered that termites mitigate against the effects…
Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance brought on by fire suppression

December 28, 2018

Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less…
Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up

December 27, 2018

When hydropower runs low in a drought, western states tend to ramp up power generation – and emissions…
Regions increasingly suffer hot, dry conditions at the same time

December 3, 2018

A new study from Stanford University suggests that the kind of hot, dry conditions that can shrink crop yields, destabilize…
Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air

August 30, 2018

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster during drier years because struggling ecosystems absorb less…
Drought driving more yellowjackets into backyards this year

August 16, 2018

Yellowjackets zeroing in on your steak and fruit salad as you dine al fresco can be irritating, but…
Climate change-driven droughts are getting hotter

August 6, 2018

Dry months are getting hotter in large parts of the United States, another sign that human-caused climate change…
New NASA Mission to Detect Plant Water Use from Space

June 20, 2018

Doctors learn a lot about their patients’ health by taking their temperature. An elevated temperature, or fever, can…
3D View of Amazon Forests Captures Effects of El Niño Drought

June 13, 2018

Three-dimensional measurements of the central Brazilian Amazon rainforest have given NASA researchers a detailed window into the high…
Drought treatment restructures plants’ microbiomes

April 18, 2018

New research from the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB) demonstrates that exposing sorghum plants to drought…
UGA researchers develop method to improve crops

March 12, 2018

A team of University of Georgia researchers has developed a new way to breed plants with better traits.…
Research provides framework for understanding how populations handle random disturbances

March 9, 2018

Research at Oregon State University has provided a mathematical framework for understanding how population-reducing events of varying frequency…
Hidden ‘rock moisture’ may be key to tree survival during drought

March 1, 2018

An oft-neglected layer of weathered rock underlying the soil on hillslopes could be a significant reservoir for water,…
Scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index

December 13, 2017

Relying on data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, the index adds terrestrial water storage (groundwater)…
Genes found in drought-resistant plants could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops

December 3, 2017

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that…
Secrets of succulents’ water-wise ways revealed

November 17, 2017

Plant scientists at the University of Liverpool have revealed new insights into the mechanisms that allow certain plants…
Scientists monitor Silicon Valley’s underground water reserves — from space

September 27, 2017

Scientists have used satellite data to monitor underground water reserves in California’s Silicon Valley, discovering that water levels…
Water Conservation Can Have Unintended Consequences

September 15, 2017

Conventional wisdom dictates water conservation can only benefit communities affected by drought. But researchers at the University of…
Italy’s drought seen from space

September 6, 2017

Despite the welcome showers at the weekend, abnormally low soil-moisture conditions persist in central Italy. Scientists are using…
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