Will climate change slow the Boston marathon?
(Phys.org) —In the middle of April, world attention focuses on the Boston Marathon. Researchers from the Biology and Earth and Environment Departments of Boston University have taken a new angle to provide novel insights ...
Gene discovery may yield lettuce that will sprout in hot weather
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers, led by a University of California, Davis, plant scientist, has identified a lettuce gene and related enzyme that put the brakes on germination during hot weather—a discovery ...
Warm springs may be best winter refuge for Florida manatees
Natural warm water springs may offer the best protection to Florida manatees trying to survive cold winter periods, according to research published Mar. 20 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by David Laiast ...
Australian climate on 'steroids' after hottest summer
Australia's weather went "on steroids" over a summer that saw an unprecedented heatwave, bushfires and floods, the climate chief said Monday, warning that global warming would only make things worse.
Australian summer lurches from fire to floods
From bushfires raging in searing tinder-dry conditions to surging floodwaters and destructive tornadoes, Australia has witnessed staggering climate extremes during its summer of 2013.
Temperature hits all-time record in Sydney
Temperatures in Sydney on Friday hit their highest levels since records began 150 years ago, after an Australian government agency warned of more frequent and intense heatwaves in the future.
Australia heatwave part of global trend: IPCC chief
Australia's extreme summer heatwave, which caused devastating bushfires and saw temperature forecasts go off the scale, is part of a global warming trend, the UN's climate panel chief said Tuesday.
Fire hits top Australian telescope site
Australia's top research observatory, which houses telescopes used by scientists from around the world, was damaged by a large wildfire Sunday as hot weather and storms stoked dozens of new blazes.
Heat wave means pet precautions
With Christmas temperatures forecast to rise above 35 degrees, Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital is reminding people to be mindful of heat stroke in pets.
Competing to create a more energy-efficient air conditioner
A University of California, Davis, challenge to build more energy efficient air conditioning has spurred a major global manufacturer to build a rooftop air conditioner that is 40 percent more energy-efficient ...
Squirrel population boom frustrates fruit growers
(AP)—A squirrel population boom is menacing fruit growers and others in some patches of the country.
Toyota's go-slow message on electric cars
No automaker looking at the electric car market right now is going to read "full speed ahead" from what's happened so far. The Chevy Volt is outselling half the car models on the market, but many others, ...
From lake to land, in a land of lakes
(Phys.org) -- What animal can see only a limited distance, has no top front teeth, and prefers shady, wet areas such as bogs and marshes?
Climate change could open trade opportunities for some vulnerable nations
Tanzania is one developing country that could actually benefit from climate change by increasing exports of corn to the U.S. and other nations, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University, the World Bank and ...