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Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature

(University of California - Davis) Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature, indicates a study in the journal Global Change Biology led by the University of California, Davis. In other words, the more things change, the more they are the same.

In search of Edwards' pheasant

(Newcastle University) Scientists from Newcastle University, UK, say we need to improve our information about little-known species to reduce the risk of one going extinct just because no-one is interested in looking for it.

Why the UK’s Booming Capacity Storage Market Could Soon Go Bust

The UK's December capacity market T-4 auction took place at the center of a perfect storm for energy storage. Fifteen-year contracted revenue, the ability to stack value streams with enhanced frequency response contracts, and requirements...Show More Summary

Does Steve Bannon’s China Tirade Tell Us Anything About the Solar Trade Case Outcome?

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (unwittingly) gave an interview this week, saying America is locked in "an economic war with China." Bannon mentioned arcane sections of the 1974 Trade Act to penalize China for alleged steel and aluminum dumping. Show More Summary

New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises

(University of Hawaii at Manoa) In a recent report published in Nature Microbiology, University of Hawai'i at M?noa (UHM) oceanography professor Ed DeLong and his team report the largest single-site microbiome gene catalog constructed to date. With this new information, the team discovered nutrient limitation is a central driver in the evolution of ocean microbe genomes.

Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts

(Indiana University) A new study from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis validates that the central core of the East Antarctic ice sheet should remain stable even if the West Antarctic ice sheet melts.

New weather forecasting model could help advance NOAA's 3-4 week outlooks

(University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science) Predicting the weather three to four weeks in advance is extremely challenging, yet many critical decisions affecting communities and economies must be made using this lead time. Show More Summary

Ray of hope for more abundant wheat crops

(Lancaster University) Using infrared gas analyzers connected to a miniature controlled environment chamber, Dr. Samuel Taylor and Professor Steve Long, at the Lancaster Environment Centre simulated a sudden increase in sunlight following...Show More Summary

Reed warblers have a sense for magnetic declination

(Cell Press) Researchers recently showed that migratory reed warblers depend on an internal geomagnetic map to guide them on their long-distance journeys. But it wasn't clear how the birds were solving the difficult 'longitude problem,' determining where they were along the east-west axis and which way to go. Show More Summary

Digging in the dirt

(University of Delaware) University of Delaware researchers have developed new methods for assessing the loss of phosphorus in soil. While current measurements focus mainly on surface runoff, the new research is looking at the best way to measure the risk of underground phosphorus that winds up in drainage water.

New proposal for a subspecies definition triggered by a new longhorn beetle subspecies

(Pensoft Publishers) The discovery of a new Scandinavian longhorn beetle subspecies triggered a discussion on the vague classification rank. As a result, a newly proposed subspecies definition has been published along with the description of the taxon in the open access journal ZooKeys. Show More Summary

Ocean exploration uncovers one of Cuba's hidden natural treasures

(Florida Atlantic University) After nearly two years of planning, a team of scientists from the US and Cuba has explored never-before-studied mesophotic coral reefs during a month-long circumnavigation of the entire coast of Cuba, spanning about 1,500 miles. Show More Summary

Data rescue projects

It’s often been said that while we can only gather new data about the planet at the rate of one year per year, rescuing old data can add far more data more quickly. Data rescue is however extremely labor intensive. Nonetheless there are multiple data rescue projects and citizen science efforts ongoing, some of which […]

Florida flood risk study identifies priorities for property buyouts

(University of California - Santa Cruz) A study of flood damage in Florida by scientists at UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions. Show More Summary

War of Words: Top Quotes From the Solar Industry’s Latest Salvo Over Trade

On Tuesday, more than 40 witnesses spoke in front of trade commissioners in Washington, offering up their thoughts about a controversial petition submitted by Suniva and SolarWorld. The two bankrupt solar manufacturers are lobbying for harsh penalties on imported solar panels. Show More Summary

Interim FERC Chairman: Coal and Nuclear ‘Need to Be Properly Compensated’

One of Neil Chatterjee's top priorities in his new role as interim chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to ensure coal and nuclear power receive some form of compensation for the "resilience and reliability" benefits they provide to the U.S. Show More Summary

Study: We’re Still Underestimating Battery Cost Improvements

Batteries have been beating expectations in recent years as costs continue to fall. That's good news for the storage industry, but reveals a shortcoming in the scientific understanding of the trend. That discrepancy prompted Berkeley...Show More Summary

Cloudy water linked to gastrointestinal illnesses

(Drexel University) A review of studies from both North America and Europe found links between acute gastrointestinal illness, which typically includes diarrhea and vomiting, and cloudy drinking water.

Growth Prospects for the Global Grid-Connected Battery Market

The global grid-connected energy storage market could reach a total installed capacity of 28 gigawatts by 2022, from just 3 gigwatts in 2016, if an IHS Markit projection cited recently by AES and Siemens proves correct. By 2025, cumulative...Show More Summary

Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs

(Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) A new paper by MBARI researchers shows that filter-feeding animals called giant larvaceans can collect and consume microplastic particles, potentially carrying microplastics to the deep seafloor.

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