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UT AgResearch and The Nature Conservancy to partner on working woodlands

(University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture) The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and The Nature Conservancy have signed a historic agreement to manage the university’s forested research properties under the highest standards for forest management while also selling carbon credits to benefit society and fight climate change.

Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year: ‘Climate Emergency’

Oxford Dictionaries has declared the phrase “climate emergency” as its Word of the Year, after a 10,000 percent spike in usage. Oxford defines “climate emergency” as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change…

EurekAlert! fellowship spotlights early-career science journalists from Latin America, other emerging regions

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Five early-career science journalists from emerging regions will attend the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting as winners of the 2020 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters.

US corn yields get boost from a global warming ‘hole’ – EurekAlert

IMAGE: U.S. map of growing season average temperature from 1930 to 2011 over agricultural land with a box drawn around the Corn Belt. Growing season based on USDA planting and harvesting… view more  Credit: Figure by Trevor F. Partridge. The global…

What’s driving tropical deforestation? Scientists map 45 years of satellite images

(International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) Tropical forests are under increasing pressure from human activity such as agriculture. However, in order to put effective conservation measures in place, local decision-makers must be able to precisely identify which areas of forest are most vulnerable. A new analysis method spearheaded by researchers from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the University of Rennes-2 could hold the key.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners will take your breath away

A marmot reacts with shock as it ventures out from its burrow and is rushed by a Tibetan fox in a meadow in China’s Qilian Mountains National Nature Reserve. Yongging Bao captured the intensity of the moment, earning him the…

Electrode-fitted microscope points to better designed devices that make fuel from sunlight

(University of Oregon) Using an atomic-force microscope fitted with an electrode tip 1,000 times smaller than a human hair, University of Oregon researchers have identified in real time how nanoscale catalysts collect charges that are excited by light in semiconductors. It’s a discovery that could help efforts to design devices that can store solar power for later use.

Daddy daycare: Why some songbirds care for the ‘wrong’ kids

Interspecific feeding — when an adult of one species feeds the young of another — is rare among songbirds, and scientists could only speculate on why it occurs, but now, researchers have new insight into this behavior.


Santa Barbara coastline: Preparing for the future

Santa Barbara County residents love their coastline, from the small-town beaches of Carpinteria to Santa Barbara’s waterfront to camping hotspots like Jalama Beach and dramatic Guadalupe Dunes. But drastic changes are in store in coming decades as temperatures and sea levels rise, bringing massive impacts to local ecology and human systems.