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Researchers study deepwater gas formation to prevent accidents
IMAGE: Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, will lead an interdisciplinary project to develop new ways to predict when an offshore drilling operation is at risk of… view more  Credit: University of Houston A team of researchers from the University of Houston is working with the... Read more
A head start through human intervention
IMAGE: The common sowthistle, Sonchus oleraceus, occurs typically in human-made environments in its native European range (right), and is globally the most widely naturalized plant species (left, here in Taizhou, China)…. view more  Credit: Mark van Kleunen More and more plant species are introduced to new areas through humans. Often,... Read more
Forests are the key to fresh water
IMAGE: UBC researchers (from left to right) Abby Yang, Associate Professor Adam Wei, Krysta Giles-Hansen and Qiang Li discuss the role forest vegetation plays while monitoring water resources. view more  Credit: UBC Okanagan Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that... Read more
Dust on the wind: Study reveals surprising role of dust in mountain ecosystems
IMAGE: What stories they tell: Jeffrey pine needles have a record of the trees’ dust-derived nutrients. view more  Credit: Lindsay Arvin Trees growing atop granite in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains rely on nutrients from windborne dust more than on nutrients from the underlying bedrock. This surprising finding resulted from... Read more
Projected winter Arctic sea-ice decline coupled to Eurasian circulation
IMAGE: Coupling between uncertainties in the global warming response: Arctic sea-ice concentrations (top) and mean sea level pressure over Eurasia (bottom), explaining 70.5 percent of intermodel covariability. view more  Credit: Hoffman Cheung Arctic sea-ice cover will diminish rapidly under global warming, but its rate of retreat in boreal winter shows... Read more
Special issue to highlight impact of changes in Arctic climate
IMAGE: In recent decades, Arctic warming has amplified markedly and sea ice has shrunk drastically, leading to an emergent forcing that possibly drives anomalous atmospheric circulation and weather patterns beyond the… view more  Credit: Advances in Atmospheric Sciences There’s controversy in climate change research–not whether climate change exists, but how... Read more
Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?
IMAGE: Relic of St. Nicholas (pelvis fragment) at St. Martha of Bethany Church/Shrine of All Saints, Morton Grove Ill., USA. view more  Credit: Image Credit copyright T. Higham & G. Kazan Was St Nicholas, the fourth century saint who inspired the iconography of Santa Claus, a legend or was he... Read more
Local knowledge can save endangered animals
From knowing where animals live, to which plants provide what medicinal benefits, communities around the world hold expert levels of knowledge on their local environments. In general, scientific investigations provide precise and measurable information, collected over short amounts of time. But this “local ecological knowledge” is made up of... Read more
The molecular structure of a forest aroma deconstructed
IMAGE: Gas-phase structure of alpha-pinene has been experimentally unveiled, using Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. view more  Credit: Elias M. Neeman, including the picture of the forest WASHINGTON, D.C., December 7, 2017 — The fresh, unmistakable scent of a pine forest comes from a medley of chemicals... Read more
Arctic sea ice loss and the Eurasian winter cooling trend: Is there a link?
IMAGE: Mean DJF 2-m temperature and 200-hpa geopotential height changes in the ERA-Interim reanalysis product (2005-2014 mean minus 1981-1990 mean). view more  Credit: Thomas W. Collow, Wanqiu Wang, and Arun Kumar Observations of the Arctic sea ice have shown that Arctic sea ice has been melting at a fast pace... Read more