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Lugworm’s turn to feel effects of ocean acidity

Marine worm suffers from rising pH despite lack of shell

Does drought turn the Amazon brown or green?

New technique tallies satellite and field data from rainforest, shows El Niño drying reduces greenness

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including nitrate in drinking water, winter cyclones and flooding, sustainable water consumption, and more.

Scientists put upper limit on sea-level rise

95% chance level for 2100 will help coastal areas with “worst-case scenario” planning

Seagrass meadows are crucial for human food supply

Many fish in coral triangle rely on seagrass habitat for at least part of their lifecycle

Seaweed problem could provide biofuel solution

A common algae found in abundance around coastlines and clogging up beaches may be the answer

No-till farming alone could cut yields

Study shows crop rotation and soil cover must accompany no-till to minimize yield drop

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including pest outbreaks in the Arctic, thawing permafrost, intensifying rainfall, particulate carbon in lakes, and more.

Using herbicide boosted release of banned insecticide DDT

French lake reveals vineyard pesticide history, and effects of glyphosate on soil erosion

Measuring plant output reveals where food demand may outstrip supply

Study of net primary production in sub-Saharan Africa identifies vulnerable regions

Why are tornadoes clustering together?

Average number of US tornadoes each year remains same but numbers per month are reaching extremes, both high and low

Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6000 years, says study

Research finds 20cm rise since start of 20th century, caused by global warming and the melting of polar ice, is unprecedented (from the Guardian)

Helping models reproduce Chinese haze

Solar radiation-aerosol interaction could be missing mechanism, scientists say

Poll reveals public’s ocean worries

Research into sea ice, physical changes in the ocean, and impacts of climate change on marine organisms should be a priority, citizens say

Shift to renewable electricity would cut pollution too

First global comprehensive lifecycle assessment to 2050 reveals extra benefits

US targets novel fusion research

Technologies falling between tokomaks and lasers will be funded

UN biodiversity report highlights failure to meet conservation targets

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts to meet a set of targets agreed in 2010 (from the Guardian)

China’s ‘white revolution’ turns to plastic pollution

Use of thin, white plastic film mulch boosts crop yields but ultimately degrades soil

Soil stores more carbon than scientists thought

Global map reveals rain affects carbon turnover time at least as much as temperature

Century of northeast Pacific warming due to changing winds

Scientists reckon change in atmospheric circulation is key factor