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Track latest hydrological situation across the UK via new portal

(UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology ) The new UK Water Resources Portal provides the most up-to-date available data on river flows, rainfall, soil moisture and groundwater levels from a local to a national scale. The free, interactive online tool has been developed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).

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Reanalysis of global amphibian crisis study finds important flaws

Last year in the journal Science, a research review concluded that the chytrid fungus caused the decline of at least 501 amphibian species, of which 90 have gone extinct. A team has reanalyzed a study, finding that the paper’s main conclusions lack evidence and are unreproducible. The authors argue that transparent data collection and analysis are crucial — both for science and conservation efforts.

Impact of a second Dust Bowl would be felt worldwide

(Frontiers) The climate crisis means that an agricultural disaster comparable to the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression can’t be excluded in the long term. A new study forecasts that its effects would exhaust 94% of American wheat reserves, and echo throughout the global trade network to cause shortfalls around the world. These results demonstrate that today’s global food system is highly vulnerable to shocks.

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Biomass Fuels Can Significantly Mitigate Global Warming – HSToday

Biomass fuels derived from various grasses could significantly mitigate global warming by reducing carbon, according to a long-term field study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Michigan State University (MSU). In a new paper published in…

Biomass fuels can significantly mitigate global warming – EurekAlert

IMAGE: Photo of the Biofuels Cropping System Experiment in Michigan, taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Research conducted by Ben-Gurion University and Michigan State University view more  Credit: Photo credit: Ryan Mater BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL…March 10, 2020 – Biomass fuels derived…

Biomass fuels can significantly mitigate global warming

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) ‘Every crop we tested had a very significant mitigation capacity despite being grown on very different soils and under natural climate variability,’ says Dr. Ilya Gelfand, of the BGU French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research. ‘These crops could provide a very significant portion of the decarbonization of US light-duty vehicle transport to curb CO2 emissions and slow global warming.’ Decarbonization of transportation is critical to limit rising temperatures.’

World-first system forecasts warming of lakes globally

(UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology ) Pioneering research led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has devised the first system that classifies lakes globally, placing each of them in one of nine ‘thermal regions.’ This will enable scientists to better predict future warming of the world’s lakes due to climate change, and the potential threat to cold-water species such as salmon and trout.

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New version of Earth model captures climate dynamics

A new high-resolution Earth systems model has been designed to predict climate trends into the next century. The model will provide the scientific basis by which to mitigate the effects of extreme climate on energy and other essential services.

Feeling connected to nature makes children happier, too

There’s plenty of research demonstrating the link between being in nature and being happy, but most of the research has focused on adults. In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers wanted to see if kids…