Outwitting climate change with a plant ‘dimmer’?

Plants possess molecular mechanisms that prevent them from blooming in winter. Once the cold of winter has passed, they are deactivated. However, if it...

Pattern of mammal dwarfing during global warming

More than 50 million years ago, when the Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size....

How to conserve polar bears — and maintain subsistence harvest — under climate change

A properly-managed subsistence harvest of polar bears can continue under climate change, according to analysis that combines sea-ice forecasts with a polar bear population...

Flower-rich habitats increase survival of bumblebee families

New research has revealed for the first time that flower-rich habitats are key to enhancing the survival of bumblebee families between years. The results,...

Scientists mobilize as bleaching resumes on Great Barrier Reef

Coral researchers are remobilizing to conduct aerial and underwater surveys along the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere in Australia as coral bleaching reappears for...

China’s severe winter haze tied to effects of global climate change

China's severe winter air pollution problems may be worsened by changes in atmospheric circulation prompted by Arctic sea ice loss and increased Eurasian snowfall...

Marine recovery after mass extinction was likely delayed by further biotic crises

Biotic crises during the Triassic period may have delayed marine recovery after a mass extinction during the late Permian, according to a new study.

Dissection of the 2015 Bonin deep earthquake

Researchers have been studying the deep earthquake which occurred on May 30, 2015, to the west of Japan's Bonin Islands.

With climate change, shrubs and trees expand northwards in the Subarctic

Shrubs expand in the tundra in northern Scandinavia. And it is known that fixation of nitrogen from the air is in the tundra to...

Method could speed up design of more eco-friendly fabric softeners

In the 1960s, the introduction of fabric softeners transformed rough, scratchy clothes into softer, more comfortable garments. But recently, the products' popularity has dipped...

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