Research identifies climate-change refugia in dry-forest region

Several indicators point to the adverse impacts of climate change on the planet's vegetation, but a little-known positive fact is the existence of climate-change refugia in which trees are far less affected by the gradual ...

Was Cascadia's 1700 earthquake part of a sequence of earthquakes?

The famous 1700 Cascadia earthquake that altered the coastline of western North America and sent a tsunami across the Pacific Ocean to Japan may have been one of a sequence of earthquakes, according to new research presented ...

Solar activity reconstructed over a millennium

An international team of researchers led by ETH Zurich has reconstructed solar activity back to the year 969 using measurements of radioactive carbon in tree rings. Those results help scientists to better understand the dynamics ...

Forests go into growth 'overdrive' to recover from drought

One in 12 people could face severe drought every year by 2100, according to a recent study. And water stored on two-thirds of the Earth's land surface will shrink as the climate warms. As plant ecologists, we're concerned ...

Irreversible hotter and drier climate over inner East Asia

Mongolia's semi-arid plateau may soon become as barren as parts of the American Southwest due to a "vicious cycle" of heatwaves—that exacerbates soil drying, and ultimately produces more heatwaves—according to an international ...

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