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Warming Trends: Couples Disconnected in Their Climate Concerns Can Learn About Global Warming Over 200 Year… – InsideClimate News

CULTURE Love Me, Love My Climate Concerns Couples in romantic relationships often don’t have the same beliefs or behaviors surrounding climate change. But that’s an opportunity for people who are concerned about climate change and favor climate action to convince…

CLOs, global warming and the great opportunity – Chief Learning Officer

President Joe Biden’s recent pronouncement that he intends to halve our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 with the help of major business leaders and companies is a pitch into the wheelhouse of chief learning officers. CLOs should knock this out…

Climate-Driven Changes in Clouds are Likely to Amplify Global Warming – InsideClimate News

Scientists know that global warming is changing clouds, but they haven’t been sure whether those changes would heat or cool the planet overall. It’s an important question, because clouds have been the main source of uncertainty in projecting just how…

DNA duplication linked to the origin and evolution of pine trees and their relatives

(Florida Museum of Natural History) A new study shows that DNA duplication has been vitally important throughout the evolutionary history of gymnosperms, a diverse group of seed plants that includes pines, cypresses, sequoias, ginkgos and cycads.

How a butterfly tree becomes a web

(SMBE journals (Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution)) Scientists reveal a key role for interspecific gene flow in the continent-wide adaptive radiation of the Heliconius butterflies.

Among spotted hyenas, social ties are inherited

(Bar-Ilan University) A massive study of data collected over 27 years has shown, for the first time on such a large scale, that a model hypothesizing that a process of social inheritance determines how offspring relationships are formed and maintained is correct. The study, published today in the journal Science, also elucidates the major role that social rank plays in structuring the spotted hyena clan, and how this affects survival.

Climate regulation changed with the proliferation of marine animals and terrestrial plants

(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) Earth’s climate was relatively stable for a long period of time. For three billion years, temperatures were mostly warm and carbon dioxide levels high – until a shift occurred about 400 million years ago. A new study suggests that the change at this time was accompanied by a fundamental alteration to the carbon-silicon cycle.

Symbionts sans frontieres: Bacterial partners travel the world

(Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology) This pandemic year has restricted us from travelling the globe. Not so for some microscopic bacteria in the ocean: They partner up with clams living in the sand beneath the shimmering waters of coastal habitats throughout the globe. According to research by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen and the University of Vienna now published in PNAS, the bacterial symbionts living in lucinid gills travel the world without borders.

Emotions and culture are most important for acceptance of carnivore management strategies

(Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)) Emotions towards and cultural importance of large carnivores are better predictors of the acceptance of management strategies by local communities than the extent of livestock depredation. This is the result of an interdisciplinary investigation led by Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. They conducted 100 questionnaires with Maasai pastoralists in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, focusing on three large carnivore species (spotted hyenas, lions and leopards) and three management strategies (no action, relocation and lethal control).

Some birds, mammals, and fish are shrinking. Blame climate change. – Vox.com

This story is part of Down to Earth, a Vox reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of the biodiversity crisis. One fall morning in 1978, David Willard, an ornithologist at the Field Museum in Chicago, walked to the…

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