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  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Climate change causes species to move north and to higher elevations

by brettcherry in Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog

How climate change is causing species in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere to move on average 12.2 metres higher in elevation per decade and northwards 17.6 kilometres per decade. Species are moving the most in regions showing the highest levels of warming, but some are more influenced by climate change than others... Read more »

Chen IC, Hill JK, Ohlemüller R, Roy DB, & Thomas CD. (2011) Rapid range shifts of species associated with high levels of climate warming. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6045), 1024-6. PMID: 21852500  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Shellfish Threatened by Ocean Acidificacion

by United Academics in United Academics

New research published in Global Change Biology shows that at least four types of shellfish (clams, sea snails, lamp shells and sea urchins) are experiencing a loss of shell mass and weight due to acidifying seawater. There is the chance that they will adapt to the new circumstances, as they have done before, but also the risk that they will become scarcer in the future, bringing an ecological sea change.... Read more »

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Could fracking actually save us water?

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A new study in Environmental Research Letters indicates that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may save water compared to conventional electricity generation.... Read more »

Bridget R Scanlon, Ian Duncan and Robert C Reedy. (2013) Drought and the water-energy nexus in Texas. Environmental Research Letters. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045033  

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