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Predicting plant responses to drought

A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows how plants' vulnerability to drought varies across the landscape; factors such as plant structure and soil type where the plant is growing can either make them more vulnerable or protect ...

dateFeb 10, 2015 in Ecology
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One-two punch of drought, global warming

California being in the clutches of drought—as it is today—is nothing new. From prehistoric droughts to so-called "megadroughts" that strangled the state some 1,000 years ago, to more recent extreme dry periods in the ...

dateJan 29, 2014 in Environment
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Is climate change behind California's dry spell?

California's parched landscapes are receiving a much-needed soaking this week as heavy rainstorms roll across the West Coast. The break in the state's dry spell is due to a weakening of an atmospheric anomaly that has been ...

dateFeb 28, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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