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December 1, 2016
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Hippo teeth reveal environmental change

Changed plant types associated with loss of elephants in Ugandan national park Loss of megaherbivores such as elephants and hippos can allow woody plants and non-grassy herbs and flowering plants to encroach on grasslands in African national parks, according to … Continue reading

August 12, 2014
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Climate Change Winners and Losers

The Antarctic Peninsula, the northern most region of Antarctica, is experiencing some of the most dramatic changes due to climate warming, including population declines of some penguin species. This is not the first time that region has felt the effects … Continue reading

February 6, 2013
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Even Adaptable Viruses Have Trouble Surviving Erratic Temperatures

Viruses such as those that cause the common cold are some of the most hardy and adaptable things on earth, but even they have trouble surviving the unpredictable and sudden temperature changes predicted by climate change models. A simple RNA … Continue reading

September 29, 2012
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Controlling the Spread of Diseases Among Humans, Other Animals and the Environment

New NSF-NIH-USDA-BBSRC grants fund research on how infectious diseases are transmitted West Nile virus, Lyme disease and hantavirus are all infectious diseases spreading in animals and in people. Is human interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in … Continue reading

September 4, 2012
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Researchers Share Surprising Discovery about Coral Reef Ecology

Researchers at the UH Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) made a discovery that challenges a major theory in the field of coral reef ecology. The general assumption has been that the more flexible corals are, … Continue reading

August 16, 2012
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Impulsive Micromanagers Help Plants to Adapt, Survive

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Soil microbes are impulsive. So much so that they help plants face the challenges of a rapidly changing climate. Jen Lau and Jay Lennon, Michigan State University biologists, studied how plants and microbes work together to … Continue reading

June 26, 2012
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Humans Have Love-Hate Relationship With the Environment

James Watson, a UA anthropologist, has published chapters describing how long-term environmental trends encourage stable adaptations within local environments. Human/environment interactions have a history as long as the existence of our species on the planet. Hominid ancestors began polluting their … Continue reading

June 19, 2012
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Scientists Reconstruct Pre-Columbian Human Effects on the Amazon Basin

Findings overturn idea that the Amazon had large populations of humans that transformed the landscape Small, shifting human populations existed in the Amazon before the arrival of Europeans, with little long-term effect on the forest. That’s the result of research … Continue reading