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Genetically Unique Plants Matter Most in Current Mass Extinction

Genetically Unique Plants Matter Most in Current Mass Extinction

SANTA BARBARA, California, October 21, 2008 (ENS) – The sixth mass extinction of both plants and animals is underway, scientists say, warning that nearly 50 percent of all species could disappear within the lifetimes of people now living on Earth. Some species are more critical than others in preserving the functions of ecosystems and scientists…

Climate Change Warms Lake Baikal, World's Largest Lake

Climate Change Warms Lake Baikal, World's Largest Lake

SANTA BARBARA, California, May 2, 2008 (ENS) – The rising temperature of the world’s largest lake – Lake Baikal in Siberia – shows that this icy region of Russia is changing due to global warming, Russian and American scientists have discovered. This lake was expected to be among those most resistant to climate change, due…

Scientists Warn of Profound Changes in World's Oceans

Scientists Warn of Profound Changes in World's Oceans

BOSTON, Massachusetts, February 17, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change is transforming the world’s oceans by increasing the temperature and acidity of seawater, and altering atmospheric and oceanic circulation, reported a panel of scientists this week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS, annual meeting in Boston. Dr. Jane Lubchenko is the Wayne…

Bacteria Keep Undersea Methane Out of the Atmosphere

Bacteria Keep Undersea Methane Out of the Atmosphere

SANTA BARBARA, California, December 20, 2007 (ENS) – Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in great quantities as bubbles from seeps on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara. About half of these bubbles dissolve into the ocean, but until now scientists have not known what happens to this dissolved gas. Today, researchers at the…