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NYIT Urban Architecture & Design Expert Available to Discuss Sustainable-Resilient Design in Response to Climate Change

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Dwindling Wind May Tip Predator-Prey Balance

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Rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns may get the lion’s share of our climate change attention, but predators may want to give some thought to wind, according to a University of Wisconsin Madison zoologist’s study, which is among the first to demonstrate the way “global stilling” may alter predator-prey relationships.

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Study of Ocean Upwelling Near California Shows Greater Variability Over Latter Part of 20th Century

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A nearly 600-year reconstruction of climate indicators along the West Coast of North America indicates that upwelling in the California Current became more variable over the latter part of the 20th century.

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Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak Heads List of Prestigious Speakers, Thought Leaders

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Mind the Climate Gap

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One fundamental challenge of climate change forecasting is how to bridge the gap between global-scale models and local impacts. A new study—the first-of-its kind for the Lake Champlain region —bridges this gap and forecasts that northern Vermont and southern Quebec by 2100 will get eight degrees Fahrenheit hotter; Burlington, Vt., will experience 10 more days in July above 90; and ski resorts will see 50% less snowfall.

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New Report: Illegal Land Clearing for Commercial Agriculture Responsible for Half of Tropical Deforestation

A comprehensive new analysis released today says that nearly half (49%) of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of illegal clearing for commercial agriculture. The study also finds that the majority of this illegal destruction was driven by overseas demand for agricultural commodities including palm oil, beef, soy, and wood products. In addition to devastating impacts on forest-dependent people and biodiversity, the illegal conversion of tropical forests for commercial agriculture is estimated to produce 1.47 gigatonnes of carbon each year—equivalent to 25% of the EU’s annual fossil fuel-based emissions.

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Sharks in Acidic Waters Avoid Smell of Food

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The increasing acidification of ocean waters caused by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could rob sharks of their ability to sense the smell of food, a new study suggests.

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Live Fast, Die Young: Soil Microbes in a Warmer World

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The mortality of soil microbes in warmer temperatures may affect soil carbon storage.

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Dietary Recommendations May Be Tied to Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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If Americans altered their menus to conform to federal dietary recommendations, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases tied to agricultural production could increase significantly, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers.

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Global Climate Trend Since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.14 C Per Decade

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Global Temperature Report: August 2014

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