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Neighbourhood defence gene similarity effects on tree performance: a community transcriptomic approach

 

Summary

The structure and dynamics of ecological communities are ultimately the outcome of the differential demographic rates of individuals. Individual growth and mortality rates largely result from the interaction between an organism's phenotype and the abiotic and biotic environment. Functional traits have been used extensively over the past decade to elucidate links among phenotypes, demography and community dynamics.

Could Climate Change Keep Kids Out of School?

 

Education is seen as a key tool for building resilience to climate change in the developing world. But new research shows that climate change could also make it harder to keep kids in school and ensure they get the best out of their time in the classroom.

Self-transportation in a Changing Climate

 

The future of transportation is connected to the future of global warming. As cities encourage residents to shift away from driving, they must also keep in mind: what if it’s just too darn hot or cold to walk or bike?

Shade Trees Help Save Energy

 

f you’re outside on a hot day, the first thing you do is look for a shady tree. The air temperature under a tree can be up to 25 degrees less than the unshaded area around it, in part because of “evapotranspiration” – the process by which plants release water vapor.

Protecting Kids on Playgrounds in a Warming Climate

 

When you take your child to the community park, do you ever touch the playground equipment? Sometimes it gets so hot you could fry an egg. 

Jennifer Vanos, assistant professor in atmospheric science at Texas Tech University, says there are currently few safety guidelines to help protect children from extreme heat at the playground.

Even a Single Tree Makes a Difference

 

Sometimes it feels like the problem of climate change is so large that there’s nothing a single person can do. But Paul Trianosky, chief conservation officer with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, disagrees.

A Better Way to Manage Reservoir Levels

 

Meteorologists may not be able to prevent drought, but they’re developing tools to lessen its impact along the west coast.

There, long dry spells are offset by a handful of winter storms that produce up to half the region’s precipitation. Since these storms often arrive in clusters, reservoirs can quickly overflow. So when the reservoir reaches a certain level, managers release water, sending a precious resource down the drain.

Helping Bees as the Climate Changes

 

It’s been said that if honeybees disappeared from earth, within four years, humans would too. While many experts say this is exaggerated, we do rely on bees to pollinate one third of the food we eat.

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