Elevated carbon dioxide conditions pose threat for the Monarch butterfly

Milkweed plants from the chambers were fed to hundreds of monarch caterpillars this summer. Milkweed is a monarch caterpillar’s only food, satisfying its nutritional needs while providing an invaluable medicinal boost. The plant’s leaves contain a bitter toxin that helps the insects ward off predators and parasites. But previous work at U-M’s northern Michigan biological…

Climate Effects on Human Evolution

This article explores the hypothesis that key human adaptations evolved in response to environmental instability.  This idea was developed during research conducted by the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program. Natural selection was not always a matter of ‘survival of the fittest’ but also survival of those most adaptable to changing surroundings. By the Smithonian  Background Paleoanthropologists – scientists who…

Climate Change in the Ocean – the big picture? Ove Hoegh Guldberg (21mins Lecture)

Oct 15, 2013 by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies http://www.youtube.com/user/CoralCoE/videos Presentation given at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies 2013 Symposium: Coral Reefs in the 21st Century ~ James Cook University, in Townsville Australia by Professor Ove Hoegh Guldberg (21mins Lecture) Global Change Institute University of Queensland,…

Climate change is messing with coral skeletons – Aurelie Moya (7mins lecture)

Oct 15, 2013 by The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies undertakes world-best integrated research for sustainable use and management of coral reefs. http://www.youtube.com/user/CoralCoE/videos & http://www.coralcoe.org.au/ Presentation given at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies 2013 evening Forum: Coral Reefs in the 21st Century Research Fellow at James Cook University…

Ocean Acidification Summary for Policymakers 2013

Published by IGBP November 14, 2013 This summary for policymakers reports on the state of scientific knowledge on ocean acidification, based on the latest research presented at The Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, held in Monterey, California, in September 2012. Experts present the projected changes from ocean acidification for ecosystems and the people who rely on…

Amazon River Basin Tipping Point

Published on YouTube Dec 13, 2013: The Amazon River Basin holds 20% of the world ‘s freshwater and produces 20% of the world’s oxygen. And plays a major role in stabilizing the earth’s ecosystem. But the balance is shifting. Production and profit for a fast-growing economy jeopardizes the preservation of Amazonia. As Brazilians-and the world-watch…

Plant Productivity Reduction with Climate Change

NASA: Drought Drives Decade-Long Decline in Plant Growth published 08.19.10 by Kathryn Hansen | Source Earth has done an ecological about-face: Global plant productivity that once flourished under warming temperatures and a lengthened growing season is now on the decline, struck by the stress of drought. NASA-funded researchers Maosheng Zhao and Steven Running, of the…