Thursday, June 9, 2016

Endangered

Changes threaten West's snowpack, water supply

Inside Climate News

Inside Climate News

Low-elevation snowpack across the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades will disappear in the coming decades if global warming continues unabated, according to a new study. The changes will cause water shortages in the region and dry out forests and grasslands, the study's authors say. The study, by a team of University of Utah scientists, was published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters last month.

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CSU team calls for more study of fracking spills

Coloradoan

A team of Colorado State University researchers wanted to find out how long chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing remain in soil after being spilled and whether certain chemical combinations have different effects. The team's findings, the scientists say, underscore the need for more research on fracking and other chemical spills, especially those on or near agricultural land.

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Bacterial studies may lead to less polluted waters

Science Daily

Phosphorus is a crucial nutrient regularly applied to crops such as corn and soybeans to help them grow efficiently. However, excess phosphorus can be carried by rainwater runoff into lakes and streams, creating potential problems for aquatic environments and the ecosystem services they provide to humans.

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