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Monitoring the environment with artificial intelligence

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:12:29 EST ~ Microorganisms perform key functions in ecosystems and their diversity reflects the health of their environment. Researchers use genomic tools to sequence the DNA of microorganisms in samples, and then exploit this considerable amount of data with artificial intelligence. They build predictive models capable of establishing a diagnosis of the health of ecosystems and identify species that perform important functions. This new approach will significantly increase the observation capacity of large ecosystems. Find out more...

Organic food worse for the climate?

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:13:08 EST ~ Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required, a new study finds. Find out more...

Climate change imperils Midwest ag production

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:46:25 EST ~ A new study shows that Midwest agriculture is increasingly vulnerable to climate change because of the region's reliance on growing rain-fed crops. Find out more...

Warming, sea-ice loss: Arctic Report Card tracks region's environmental changes

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:11:07 EST ~ NOAA's annual report card on the Arctic, released today, shows that the Arctic region experienced the second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea; and earlier plankton blooms due to early melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea. Find out more...

'Pest-controlling' bats could help save rainforests

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:19:26 EST ~ A new study shows that several species of bats are giving Madagascar's rice farmers a vital pest control service by feasting on plagues of insects. And this, a zoologist believes, can ease the financial pressure on farmers to turn forest into fields. Find out more...

Simple steps to climate-proof farms have big potential upside for tropical farmers

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:00:19 EST ~ Climate-smart agriculture boosts yields, mitigates extreme weather impact and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A new study points to profitable opportunities for farmers and the environment. Find out more...

Why Tehran is sinking dangerously

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:59:35 EST ~ Researchers have used data from radar satellites to measure the subsidence of the Earth's surface in the Tehran region in Iran. They found out that between 2003 and 2017 three areas sank there with rates of sometimes more than 25 centimeters per year, and several meters in total. For the first time, this study traces in detail the subsidence in this region over a longer period of time. Find out more...

Transforming our food system to ensure a sustainable future

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:47:29 EST ~ By 2050, the world will have almost 10 billion people. It will be impossible to feed everyone without exacerbating poverty, accelarting deforestation and increasing GHG emissions unless we start making substantial changes to our food system now. This issue is covered in a new report. Find out more...

Flint, Michigan lead crisis should have buried the city in water bottles. So, why didn't it?

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:38:09 EST ~ The Flint, Michigan lead crisis should have buried the city in waste. A case study investigates why not and proposes solutions for future water disasters. Find out more...

Human actions impact wild salmon's ability to evolve

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:39:00 EST ~ Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish. Prompt conservation action could preserve spring-run chinook, as well as their evolutionary potential. Find out more...