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Newswise: El Niño–linked decreases in soil moisture could trigger massive tropical-plant die offs
Released: 11-May-2020 10:20 AM EDT
El Niño–linked decreases in soil moisture could trigger massive tropical-plant die offs
Los Alamos National Laboratory

New research has found that El Niño events are often associated with droughts in some of the world’s more vulnerable tropical regions. Associated with warmer than average ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific, El Niños can in turn influence global weather patterns and tropical precipitation, and these changes can lead to massive plant die-offs if other extreme factors are also at play.

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Released: 2-Apr-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Climate-related disasters increase risks of conflict in vulnerable countries
University of Melbourne

Researchers have found strong evidence that the risk for armed conflict is higher after a climate-related disaster, but only in vulnerable countries.

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Released: 11-Feb-2020 2:50 PM EST
New research shows that El Niño contributes to insect collapse in the Amazon
Lancaster University

Hotter and drier El Niño events are having an alarming effect on biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest and further add to a disturbing global insect collapse, scientists show.

Newswise: Researchers study the intricate link between climate and conflict
Released: 3-Feb-2020 4:35 PM EST
Researchers study the intricate link between climate and conflict
University of Notre Dame

New research from the University of Notre Dame is shedding light on the unexpected effects climate change could have on regional instability and violent conflict.

Newswise: Getting to the root of plant survival
Released: 27-Jan-2020 3:45 PM EST
Getting to the root of plant survival
University of Delaware

Researchers have new insight into plant survival after identifying hormones and proteins that interact to regulate root emergence. The findings may lead to the ability to control when and how many additional roots a plant can form – a key weapon in battling dry conditions caused by climate change.

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Released: 27-Jan-2020 3:40 PM EST
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm
Lancaster University

A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows.

Released: 13-Jan-2020 1:05 PM EST
Widespread droughts affect southern California water sources six times a century
University of Arizona

Severe droughts happened simultaneously in the regions that supply water to Southern California almost six times per century on average since 1500, according to new University of Arizona-led research.

Newswise: Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought
Released: 9-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST
Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

To understand how the relentless heat, blazing wild fires, and bone-dry conditions have reached such extremes, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are looking to the ocean.

Newswise: Droughts Spell Changes for Soil Microbes
Released: 27-Dec-2019 8:05 AM EST
Droughts Spell Changes for Soil Microbes
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists predict a warming Earth will cause more droughts that are more severe in the grasslands of the central United States. This research found that soil drying affects the microbial community in several ways.


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