Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Mussel flexing

Bivalve save drought-stricken marshes, research finds

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Science Daily

As coastal ecosystems feel the heat of climate change worldwide, new research shows the humble mussel and marsh grass form an intimate interaction known as mutualism that benefits both partner species and may be critical to helping these ecosystems bounce back from extreme climatic events such as drought. The study finds that when mussels pile up in mounds around the grass stems, they provide protection by improving water storage around the grass roots and reducing soil salinity.

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Vt., N.Y. officials still need to add up PFOA costs

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State officials in Vermont and New York still need to add up how much money they will request from companies believed to be responsible for PFOA contamination. Vermont officials have only added up the first month worth of costs from dealing with contamination around North Bennington. In New York, officials have not yet added up any costs for Hoosick Falls or Petersburgh.

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New England drought changing wildlife behavior

Associated Press

Bears are bolder, mosquitoes are multiplying and stream-dwelling fish are stressed. Beyond hurting crops and helping the tourism industry, New England’s hot, dry summer also is affecting the region’s wildlife. All six New England states are experiencing at least moderate drought, with severe patches in all but Vermont and pockets of extreme drought in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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