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The human imperative of stabilizing global climate change at 1.5°C – Science Magazine

The need to stabilize global climate Climate change will be the greatest threat to humanity and global ecosystems in the coming years, and there is a pressing need to understand and communicate the impacts of warming, across the perspectives of…

Global warming makes it harder for birds to mate, study finds – EurekAlert

New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Porto (CIBIO-InBIO) shows how global warming could reduce the mating activity and success of grassland birds. The study examined the threatened grassland bird Tetrax tetrax, or little…

Border wall construction begins in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

The only place in the United States where the organ pipe cactus grows is set to receive a section of President Trump’s planned 30-foot-tall border wall. A federally protected and UNESCO-recognized reserve, the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument also shares…

Controversial insecticides shown to threaten survival of wild birds

New research shows how the world’s most widely used insecticides could be partly responsible for dramatic declines in farmland bird populations. In the first experiment to track effects of a neonicotinoid pesticide on birds in the wild, the team found that white-crowned sparrows who consumed small doses of imidacloprid insecticide suffered weight loss and delays to their migration — effects that could severely harm the birds’ chances of surviving and reproducing.

Digital records of preserved plants and animals change how scientists explore the world

(Field Museum) There’s a whole world behind the scenes at natural history museums that most people never see — millions upon millions of dinosaur bones, pickled sharks, dried leaves, and every other part of the natural world.These specimens are used in research by scientists trying to understand how different kinds of life evolved and how we can protect them. A study in PLOS ONE shows how scientists are using digital records of all these specimens in their research.

Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable – Science Magazine

By Tim AppenzellerSep. 11, 2019 , 4:15 PM On 23 June 1802, German geographer Alexander von Humboldt and his companions could climb no higher. Plagued by altitude sickness, their gloveless hands bloodied from jagged handholds, and their boots sodden, they…

What the noggin of modern humans’ ancestor would have looked like

(CNRS) Despite having lived about 300,000 years ago, the oldest ancestor of all members of our species had a surprisingly modern skull — as suggested by a model created by CNRS researcher Aurélien Mounier and Cambridge University professor Marta Mirazón Lahr. After comparing the virtually rendered skull to five African fossil specimens contemporaneous with the first appearance of Homo sapiens, the two researchers posit that our species emerged through interbreeding of South and East African populations.

Bearcam Week in Review September 6, 2019

Hi and welcome to our weekly Bear Cam blog. We will be publishing this blog every week with a review of the previous weeks Bear Cam highlights. Brought to you by your bear cam Mods, LaniH and GABear. This weeks…