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Declining Snowpacks May Cut Many Nations' Water

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Gradual melting of winter snow helps feed water to farms, cities and ecosystems across much of the world, but this resource may soon be critically imperiled. In a new study, scientists have identified snow-dependent drainage basins across the northern hemisphere currently serving 2 billion people that run the risk of declining supplies in the coming century. The basins take in large parts of the American West, southern Europe, the Mideast and central Asia. They range from productive U.S. farm land to war-torn regions already in the grip of long-term water shortages.

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Sharks, Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, ocean ecosystem, Marine Ecosystem, Overfishing

Sharks’ Hunting Ability Destroyed Under Climate Change

The hunting ability and growth of sharks will be dramatically impacted by increased CO2 levels and warmer oceans expected by the end of the century, a University of Adelaide study has found.

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ocean warming, Global Warming, Marine Biodiversity, temperature adaptation

Thermal Sensitivity of Marine Communities Reveals the Most Vulnerable to Global Warming

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The sensitivity of marine communities to ocean warming rather than rising ocean temperatures will have strong short-term impacts on biodiversity changes associated with global warming, according to new research.

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soil, Urban Soils, Urban Gardens, Prairie, Compaction

Going Native—for the Soil?

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Urbanization is known to degrade the quality of soil. Researchers compared the soil under residential prairie gardens to the soil under the adjacent lawns to see if there were any differences.

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microplastics, sea salt, Enviroment

Commercial Sea Salt Samples Purchased in China Contaminated with Microplastics

Tiny plastic bits, collectively known as called microplastics, are showing up in bodies of water around the world, and are accumulating in aquatic creatures, including fish and shellfish. Now scientists, after testing a sampling of commercial products in China, have reported for the first time that they also could be contaminating something else we consume from the sea salt. Their study appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Environment, sustainability certification, Green Construction, Sustainable construction, Sustainability

Williams College Environmental Center Starts Clock on Living Building Challenge

A popular and well-used building on the Williams College campus will attempt to live for one year with only the electricity it can generate on its own and the water it can recycle on-site. This endeavor will earn it a Living Building Challenge certification, the highest environmental performance standard for a building.

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Study Cites Gap Between Theory and Practice in Natural Resource Management

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Natural resource agencies have embraced an approach known as adaptive management to adjust and refine their management plans in the face of uncertainties. But a study finds that agencies often apply adaptive management in ways that fail to promote learning, an approach the authors call “AM Lite.”

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climate change adaptation, climate change action, UNFCC, McGill University , Climate Change Policy, climate change policy makers, Geography

Climate Change Adaptation in High Income Countries: Some Clear Progress

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A McGill University-led group of researchers are looking at whether progress is being made in designing policies and initiatives to reduce vulnerability to climate change across countries. Their aim is to contribute new ways of monitoring the global climate adaptation process. They report that between 2010 and 2014, the 41 Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC countries made progress on climate change adaptation in broad terms, but that more must be done to develop ways to measure what works and what doesn't.

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Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Environmental Defense Fund, Enviroment, Climate, Climate Change, Sustaibability, Health

Cornell, Environmental Defense Fund Partner on Environmental Projects

Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced four new research projects addressing pressing health and environmental issues Nov. 9. The projects mark the official launch of a new partnership between the two institutions made possible by a $1.7 million grant from Cornell alumnus and private investor David Atkinson and his wife, Patricia Atkinson.

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Deepwater Horizon, chemical dispersants, microbial crude oil degradation, Oil dispersants, Deepwater plume, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, oil-degrading microorganisms, Marinobacter, Oil Spills, oil well blowout, Blowout, Samantha Joye

Oil Dispersants Can Suppress Natural Oil-Degrading Microorganisms, New Study Shows

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The use of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial crude oil degradation can in some cases inhibit the microorganisms that naturally degrade hydrocarbons, according to a new study led by University of Georgia marine scientists.







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