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Lemurs and giant tortoises among species at risk if global warming reaches 3°C – EURACTIV

Unique island species including lemurs and the Galapagos giant tortoise could be at high risk of extinction if the planet warms by more than 3°C above pre-industrial levels, new research warns. EURACTIV’s media partner, The Guardian, reports. Analysis of 270…

Compounds in Amber Could Help Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria Superbugs, Scientists Find

For centuries, people in Baltic nations have used ancient amber for medicinal purposes. Even today, infants are given amber necklaces that they chew to relieve teething pain, and people put pulverized amber in elixirs and ointments for its purported anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties. Now, scientists have pinpointed compounds that help explain Baltic amber’s therapeutic effects […]

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Meeting of the Midcontinent: Geosciences from Canada to Mexico

(Geological Society of America) The Geological Society of America’s North-Central Section and South-Central Section will each hold their 55th Annual Meetings together in an online event on 18-20 April this year. The meeting will have a diverse range of technical sessions, field trips, and student mentoring opportunities. The platform will emphasize creating as much interaction and communication among attendees as possible in an online environment.

Houston flooding polluted reefs more than 100 miles offshore

(Rice University) Extreme storm flooding in Houston washed human waste onto coral reefs more than 100 miles offshore. Rice University marine biologists found fecal bacteria on sponges in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary following 2016’s Tax Day flood and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.

Great tits change their traditions for the better

(University of Konstanz) Researchers at the University of Konstanz and Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Germany have found that birds are able to change their culture to become more efficient. Published today as open access in the journal Current Biology, this research reveals immigration as a powerful driver of cultural change in animal groups that could help them to adapt to rapidly changing environments.

Ozone pollution harms maize crops, study finds

(Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A new study, published in Plant Direct, has shown that ozone in the lower layers of the atmosphere decreases crop yields in maize and changes the types of chemicals that are found inside the leaves.

Global warming spells end of dry and sunny forecasts for southern Africa – NHK WORLD

My early days as a weather reporter in South Africa were marked by long periods of mundane sunny and dry forecasts. I could only watch with envy the storm chasers in America dashing after hurricanes with a mic in hand…

Heating and cooling – UDaily

The global ocean has been warming up as a consequence of anthropogenic, or human-made, climate change, with 90% of the anthropogenic warming stored in the world’s ocean, leading to an increase in ocean heat and sea level rise. From 2003…