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Genome sequence of a polar alga explains adaptation to extreme climates

An international team of researchers has identified the genetic mutations which allowed microalgae (phytoplankton) from the Southern Ocean to adapt to extreme and highly variable climates – a step towards understanding how polar organisms are impacted by climate change. Read this full article

Climate Deniers face scientific pushback

  Piece about Dr Phil Williamson’s (ENV) article, published in Nature , on the importance of scientists challenging and correcting online misinformation. Climate deniers face scientific pushback Big News Network  | 11/12/2016

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Low growth in carbon emissions continues for third year

Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels did not grow in 2015 and are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of almost no growth, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project.  Read this full article at: http://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/low-growth-in-global-carbon-emissions-continues-for-third-successive-year  

Extreme weather effects may explain recent butterfly decline

Increasingly frequent extreme weather events could threaten butterfly populations in the UK and could be the cause of recently reported butterfly population crashes, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).  Read this full article at:  https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/extreme-weather-effects-may-explain-recent-butterfly-decline

Species speed up adaptation to beat effects of warmer oceans

Some fish species are adapting to survive environmental changes without significant genetic evolution, according to research from the University of East Anglia and Dalhousie University, Canada. Read this full article at:  http://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/species-speed-up-adaptation-to-beat-effects-of-warmer-oceans

Amazon fishery management solution is rare ‘win-win’

A study into freshwater lake management along the Amazon’s most meandering river has demonstrated astounding benefits to local livelihoods in replenishing vitally important fish stocks — a source of much-needed food and income. Read this full article at:  https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/amazon-fishery-management-provides-rare-win-win-conservation-solution

UEA scientists strengthen UK commitment to greenhouse gases science

The UK has become the newest member of an international consortium supporting science on greenhouse gases, through a long-term research infrastructure.  Read this full article at:  https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/uea-scientists-strengthen-uk-commitment-to-greenhouse-gases-science

Joint School Research Group Seminar, Wednesday, 14th September

Nutrient enrichment from river discharge in the Great Barrier Reef and consequent effects: Loss of resilience for the future against a changing climate Presented by Jon Brodie (TropWater, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia) On Wednesday, 14th September 2016, Clayton Room, 1 - 2 pm The degree of increased discharge of nitrogen and phosphorus from Great Barrier Reef (GBR) rivers, associated with agricultural development of the catchments in the last 200 years,...

Hay fever from ragweed pollen could double due to climate change

Climate change could cause new hay fever misery for millions of people across Europe – according to a new report from the University of East Anglia in collaboration with several European institutes.  Read this full article at:  https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/hay-fever-from-ragweed-pollen-could-double-due-to-climate-change