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Drought News
August 12, 2020

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Small Trees Offer Hope for Rainforests

Small trees that grow up in drought conditions could form the basis of more drought-resistant rainforests, new research ...

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Thrive at Paiute's Summit Lake in Far Northern Nevada

Summit Lake in remote northwest Nevada is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, North America's ...

Tree Rings Show Unprecedented Rise in Extreme Weather in South America

A new South American Drought Atlas reveals that unprecedented widespread, intense droughts and unusually wet periods have been on the rise since the mid-20th ...

To Listen Is to Survive: Unravelling How Plants Process Information

Researchers mapped the signaling network in plants and discovered novel insights about how plants process information about their environment. This gives new potential to strategies to protect crops ...
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Seafood Helped Prehistoric People Migrate out of Africa

A study has examined fossil reefs near to the now-submerged Red Sea shorelines that marked prehistoric migratory routes from Africa to Arabia. The findings suggest this coast offered the resources ...

Plant Cell Gatekeepers' Diversity Could Be Key to Better Crops

Scientists have shed new light on how the network of gatekeepers that controls the traffic in and out of plant cells works, which they think is key to develop food crops with bigger yields and ...

Impacts of Climate Change on Migrating Mule Deer

The benefits of migration are likely to decrease for mule deer and other migratory herbivores as drought becomes more common due to ongoing climate ...

Climate Change: Warm Springtime's Unwelcome Legacy

A new study shows that the severe impact of the summer drought that hit Europe in 2018 was partly due to the spring heatwave that preceded it, which triggered early and rapid plant growth, depleting ...

Nature's 'Slow Lanes' Offer Hope for Species Feeling Heat of Climate Change

Pockets of landscape less prone than adjacent areas to disturbances like fire and drought may hold the key for scientists, conservationists and land managers seeking to preserve vulnerable species in ...

Latest Climate Models Show More Intense Droughts to Come

An analysis of new climate model projections shows southwestern Australia and parts of southern Australia will see longer and more intense droughts due to a lack of rainfall caused by climate change. ...

New Biosensor Visualizes Stress in Living Plant Cells in Real Time

Plant biologists have developed a new nanosensor that monitors foundational mechanisms related to stress and drought. The new biosensor allows researchers to analyze changes in real time as they ...

Dry Air Drives Overlooked Changes in How Plants Drink and Breathe

New research suggests dry air combined with warmer temperatures may prompt bigger than expected changes in how water moves through plants. The adjustment may allow plants to survive with less water ...

Global Environmental Changes Leading to Shorter, Younger Trees

Ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees. Researchers found that a range of factors, including rising temperatures and carbon dioxide ...

But It's a Dry Heat: Climate Change and the Aridification of North America

Discussions of drought often center on the lack of precipitation. But among climate scientists, the focus is shifting to include the growing role that warming temperatures are playing as potent ...

What Does Drought Mean for Endangered California Salmon?

Droughts threatens California's endangered salmon population -- but pools that serve as drought refuges could make the difference between life and death for these vulnerable ...

Multiscale Crop Modeling Effort Required to Assess Climate Change Adaptation

Crop modeling is essential for understanding how to secure the food supply as the planet adapts to climate change. Many current crop models focus on simulating crop growth and yield at the field ...

Tree Trunks Take a Licking as Koalas Source Water

A study published today in Ethology, led by a researcher from The University of Sydney, has captured koala drinking behaviour in the wild for the first time. The paper describes how koalas drink by ...

Turned-Down Temperatures Boost Crops' Penchant for Production

Drought and heat put stress on plants and reduce grain yield. For some farmers, irrigation is the answer. Many of us assume the practice boosts crop yields by delivering soil water, but it turns out ...

Timely Precipitation Will Be Essential for Plants to Counteract Global Warming

A new Columbia Engineering study shows that increased water stress -- higher frequency of drought due to higher temperatures, is going to constrain the phenological cycle: in effect, by shutting down ...

New Tool to Combat Major Wheat Disease

Scientists have discovered a gene that can be used to develop varieties of wheat that will be more resistant to a disease that is a major threat both overseas and to the nation's $10 billion ...

What Climate Change Means for Northwestern US Wildfires

A synthesis study looks at how climate change will affect the risk of wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana. The authors also suggest how managers and individual landowners in ...

Almond Orchard Recycling a Climate-Smart Strategy

Recycling orchard trees onsite can sequester carbon, save water and increase crop yields, making it a climate-smart practice for California's irrigated almond orchards, finds a new ...

'Tequila' Powered Biofuels More Efficient Than Corn or Sugar

Agave tequilana, the plant native to Mexico used to make tequila, could prove to be an efficient alternative to sugarcane and corn to make biofuels in semi-arid regions. This research is the first to ...

How Forests Are Changing in Response to Global Warming

As the climate is changing, so too are the world's forests. From the misty redwoods in the west to the Blue Ridge forest of Appalachia, many sylvan ecosystems are adapting to drier ...

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