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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345058/nonrainfall-water-origins-and-formation-mechanisms
#1
Kudzai Farai Kaseke, Lixin Wang, Mary K Seely
Dryland ecosystems cover 40% of the total land surface on Earth and are defined broadly as zones where precipitation is considerably less than the potential evapotranspiration. Nonrainfall waters (for example, fog and dew) are the least-studied and least-characterized components of the hydrological cycle, although they supply critical amounts of water for dryland ecosystems. The sources of nonrainfall waters are largely unknown for most systems. In addition, most field and modeling studies tend to consider all nonrainfall inputs as a single category because of technical constraints, which hinders prediction of dryland responses to future warming conditions...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345033/improved-estimates-of-ocean-heat-content-from-1960-to-2015
#2
Lijing Cheng, Kevin E Trenberth, John Fasullo, Tim Boyer, John Abraham, Jiang Zhu
Earth's energy imbalance (EEI) drives the ongoing global warming and can best be assessed across the historical record (that is, since 1960) from ocean heat content (OHC) changes. An accurate assessment of OHC is a challenge, mainly because of insufficient and irregular data coverage. We provide updated OHC estimates with the goal of minimizing associated sampling error. We performed a subsample test, in which subsets of data during the data-rich Argo era are colocated with locations of earlier ocean observations, to quantify this error...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345031/repetitive-mammalian-dwarfing-during-ancient-greenhouse-warming-events
#3
Abigail R D'Ambrosia, William C Clyde, Henry C Fricke, Philip D Gingerich, Hemmo A Abels
Abrupt perturbations of the global carbon cycle during the early Eocene are associated with rapid global warming events, which are analogous in many ways to present greenhouse warming. Mammal dwarfing has been observed, along with other changes in community structure, during the largest of these ancient global warming events, known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum [PETM; ~56 million years ago (Ma)]. We show that mammalian dwarfing accompanied the subsequent, smaller-magnitude warming event known as Eocene Thermal Maximum 2 [ETM2 (~53 Ma)]...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342414/impacts-of-soil-incorporation-of-pre-incubated-silica-rich-rice-residue-on-soil-biogeochemistry-and-greenhouse-gas-fluxes-under-flooding-and-drying
#4
Madison Y Gutekunst, Rodrigo Vargas, Angelia L Seyfferth
Incorporation of silica-rich rice husk residue into flooded paddy soil decreases arsenic uptake by rice. However, the impact of this practice on soil greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and elemental cycling is unresolved particularly as amended soils experience recurrent flooding and drying cycles. We evaluated the impact of pre-incubated silica-rich rice residue incorporation to soils on pore water chemistry and soil GHG fluxes (i.e., CO2, CH4, N2O) over a flooding and drying cycle typical of flooded rice cultivation...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341676/anaerobic-methane-oxidation-driven-by-microbial-reduction-of-natural-organic-matter-in-a-tropical-wetland
#5
Edgardo I Valenzuela, Alejandra Prieto-Davó, Nguyen E López-Lozano, Alberto Hernández-Eligio, Leticia Vega-Alvarado, Katy Juárez, Ana Sarahí García-González, Mercedes G López, Francisco J Cervantes
Wetlands constitute the main natural source of methane on Earth due to their high content of natural organic matter (NOM), but key drivers such as electron acceptors supporting methanotrophic activities in these habitats are poorly understood. We performed anoxic incubations using freshly collected sediment along with water samples harvested from a tropical wetland, amended with (13)C-methane (0.67 atm) to test the capacity of its microbial community to perform anaerobic methane oxidation (AOM) linked to the reduction of the humic fraction of its NOM...
March 24, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341463/increasing-trends-in-rainfall-runoff-erosivity-in-the-source-region-of-the-three-rivers-1961-2012
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Yousheng Wang, Congcong Cheng, Yun Xie, Baoyuan Liu, Shuiqing Yin, Yingna Liu, Yanfang Hao
As the head source of the two longest rivers in China and the longest river in Southeast Asia, the East Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is experiencing increasing thaw snowmelt and more heavy precipitation events under global warming, which might lead to soil erosion risk. To understand the potential driving force of soil erosion and its relationship with precipitation in the context of climate change, this study analyzed long-term variations in annual rainfall-runoff erosivity, a climatic index of soil erosion, by using the Mann-Kendall statistical test and Theil and Sen's approach in the Source Region of the Three Rivers during 1961-2012...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339181/oxidative-polyoxometalates-modified-graphitic-carbon-nitride-for-visible-light-co2-reduction
#7
Jie Zhou, Weichao Chen, Chunyi Sun, Lu Han, Chao Qin, Mengmeng Chen, Xinlong Wang, Enbo Wang, Zhongmin Su
Developing a photocatalysis system for converting CO2 to valuable fuels or chemicals is a promising strategy to address global warming and fossil fuel consumption. Exploring photocatalysts with high-performance and low-cost has been two ultimate goals toward photoreduction of CO2. Herein, noble-metal-free polyoxometalates (Co4) with oxidative ability was first introduced into g-C3N4 resulted in inexpensive hybrid materials (Co4@g-C3N4) with staggered band alignment. The staggered composited materials show a higher activity of CO2 reduction than bare g-C3N4...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338970/woody-plant-ecosystems-under-climate-change-and-air-pollution-response-consistencies-across-zonobiomes
#8
R Matyssek, A R Kozovits, G Wieser, J King, H Rennenberg
Forests store the largest terrestrial pools of carbon (C), helping to stabilize the global climate system, yet are threatened by climate change (CC) and associated air pollution (AP, highlighting ozone (O3) and nitrogen oxides (NOx)). We adopt the perspective that CC-AP drivers and physiological impacts are universal, resulting in consistent stress responses of forest ecosystems across zonobiomes. Evidence supporting this viewpoint is presented from the literature on ecosystem gross/net primary productivity and water cycling...
March 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338803/vertical-and-seasonal-variations-in-temperature-responses-of-leaf-respiration-in-a-chamaecyparis-obtusa-canopy
#9
Masatake G Araki, Koichiro Gyokusen, Takuya Kajimoto
Leaf respiration (R) is a major component of carbon balance in forest ecosystems. Clarifying the variability of leaf R within a canopy is essential for predicting the impact of global warming on forest productivity and the potential future function of the forest ecosystem as a carbon sink. We examined vertical and seasonal variations in short-term temperature responses of leaf R as well as environmental factors (light and mean air temperature) and physiological factors [leaf nitrogen (N), leaf mass per area (LMA), and shoot growth] in the canopy of a 10-year-old stand of hinoki cypress [Chamaecyparis obtusa (Sieb...
February 23, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338279/elemental-boron-for-efficient-carbon-dioxide-reduction-under-light-irradiation
#10
Guigao Liu, Xianguang Meng, Huabin Zhang, Guixia Zhao, Hong Pang, Tao Wang, Peng Li, Tetsuya Kako, Jinhua Ye
The photoreduction of CO2 is attractive for the production of renewable fuels and the mitigation of global warming. Herein, we report an efficient method for CO2 reduction over elemental boron catalysts in the presence of only water and light irradiation through a photothermocatalytic process. Owing to its high solar-light absorption and effective photothermal conversion, the illuminated boron catalyst experiences remarkable self-heating. This process favors CO2 activation and also induces localized boron hydrolysis to in situ produce H2 as an active proton source and electron donor for CO2 reduction as well as boron oxides as promoters of CO2 adsorption...
March 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334679/multi-sectorial-convergence-in-greenhouse-gas-emissions
#11
Guilherme de Oliveira, Deise Maria Bourscheidt
This paper uses the World Input-Output Database (WIOD) to test the hypothesis of per capita convergence in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for a multi-sectorial panel of countries. The empirical strategy applies conventional estimators of random and fixed effects and Arellano and Bond's (1991) GMM to the main pollutants related to the greenhouse effect. For reasonable empirical specifications, the model revealed robust evidence of per capita convergence in CH4 emissions in the agriculture, food, and services sectors...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334274/interactive-effects-of-multiple-climate-change-factors-on-ammonia-oxidizers-and-denitrifiers-in-a-temperate-steppe
#12
Cuijing Zhang, Jupei Shen, Yifei Sun, Juntao Wang, Limei Zhang, Zhongling Yang, Hongyan Han, Shiqiang Wan, Jizheng He
Global climate change could have profound effects on belowground microbial communities and subsequently affect soil biogeochemical processes. The interactive effects of multiple co-occurring climate change factors on microbially-mediated processes are not well understood. A four-factorial field experiment with elevated CO2, watering, nitrogen (N) addition and night warming was conducted in a temperate steppe of northern China. Real-time polymerase chain reaction and terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism, combined with clone library techniques were applied to examine the effects of those climate change factors on N-related microbial abundance and community composition...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334256/distribution-of-invasive-cylindrospermopsis-raciborskii-in-the-east-central-europe-is-driven-by-climatic-and-local-environmental-variables
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Mikolaj Kokocinski, Ilona Gagala, Iwona Jasser, Jurate Karosiene, Jurate Kasperoviciene, Justyna Kobos, Judita Koreiviene, Janne Soininen, Agnieszka Szczurowska, Michal Woszczyk, Joanna Mankiewicz-Boczek
Mechanisms behind expansion of an invasive cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii have not been fully resolved and different hypotheses, such as global warming, are suggested. In the East-Central Europe, it is widely occurring in western part of Poland but only in single locations in the East due to some limiting factors. Therefore, broad scale phytoplankton survey including 117 randomly selected lakes in Poland and Lithuania was conducted. The results showed that C. raciborskii occurred widely in western part of Poland but was absent from other regions and Lithuania except one lake...
March 9, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334161/elevated-co2-and-warming-effects-on-grassland-plant-mortality-are-determined-by-the-timing-of-rainfall
#14
Mark J Hovenden, Paul C D Newton, Meagan Porter
Background and aims: Global warming is expected to increase the mortality rate of established plants in water-limited systems because of its effect on evapotranspiration. The rising CO 2 concentration ([CO 2 ]), however, should have the opposite effect because it reduces plant transpiration, delaying the onset of drought. This potential for elevated [CO 2 ] (eCO 2 ) to modify the warming effect on mortality should be related to prevailing moisture conditions. This study aimed to determine the impacts of warming by 2 °C and eCO 2 (550 μmol mol -1 ) on plant mortality in an Australian temperate grassland over a 6-year period and to test how interannual variation in rainfall influenced treatment effects...
February 28, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333994/chronic-environmental-stress-enhances-tolerance-to-seasonal-gradual-warming-in-marine-mussels
#15
Ionan Marigómez, Maria Múgica, Urtzi Izagirre, Inna M Sokolova
In global climate change scenarios, seawater warming acts in concert with multiple stress sources, which may enhance the susceptibility of marine biota to thermal stress. Here, the responsiveness to seasonal gradual warming was investigated in temperate mussels from a chronically stressed population in comparison with a healthy one. Stressed and healthy mussels were subjected to gradual temperature elevation for 8 days (1°C per day; fall: 16-24°C, winter: 12-20°C, summer: 20-28°C) and kept at elevated temperature for 3 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333165/mass-coral-mortality-under-local-amplification-of-2%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c-ocean-warming
#16
Thomas M DeCarlo, Anne L Cohen, George T F Wong, Kristen A Davis, Pat Lohmann, Keryea Soong
A 2 °C increase in global temperature above pre-industrial levels is considered a reasonable target for avoiding the most devastating impacts of anthropogenic climate change. In June 2015, sea surface temperature (SST) of the South China Sea (SCS) increased by 2 °C in response to the developing Pacific El Niño. On its own, this moderate, short-lived warming was unlikely to cause widespread damage to coral reefs in the region, and the coral reef "Bleaching Alert" alarm was not raised. However, on Dongsha Atoll, in the northern SCS, unusually weak winds created low-flow conditions that amplified the 2 °C basin-scale anomaly...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332751/fast-and-minimal-solvent-production-of-superinsulating-silica-aerogel-granulate
#17
Lukas Huber, Shanyu Zhao, Wim J Malfait, Sirje Vares, Matthias M Koebel
With their low thermal conductivity (λ), silica aerogels can reduce carbon emissions from heating and cooling demands, but their widespread adoption is limited by the high production cost. A one-pot synthesis for silica aerogel granulate is presented that drastically reduces solvent use, production time, and global warming potential. The inclusion of the hydrophobization agent prior to gelation with a post-gelation activation step, enables a complete production cycle of less than four hours at the lab scale for a solvent use close to the theoretical minimum, and limits the global warming potential...
March 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330916/climate-warming-and-humans-played-different-roles-in-triggering-late-quaternary-extinctions-in-east-and-west-eurasia
#18
Xinru Wan, Zhibin Zhang
Climate change and humans are proposed as the two key drivers of total extinction of many large mammals in the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene, but disentangling their relative roles remains challenging owing to a lack of quantitative evaluation of human impact and climate-driven distribution changes on the extinctions of these large mammals in a continuous temporal-spatial dimension. Here, our analyses showed that temperature change had significant effects on mammoth (genus Mammuthus), rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae), horse (Equidae) and deer (Cervidae)...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330215/bioremediation-of-high-strength-agricultural-wastewater-using-ochrobactrum-sp-strain-sz1
#19
Chin Hong Neoh, Chi Yong Lam, Suriati Mat Ghani, Ismail Ware, Siti Hajar Mat Sarip, Zaharah Ibrahim
The biggest agricultural sector that contributes to the Malaysian economy is the oil palm industry. The effluent generated during the production of crude palm oil known as palm oil mill effluent (POME). POME undergoes anaerobic treatment that requires long retention time and produces large amount of methane that consequently contributes to global warming. In this study, an isolated bacteria was selected based on its ability to degrade kraft lignin (KL) and identified as Ochrobactrum sp. The bacteria were able to treat POME (from anaerobic pond) under the aerobic condition without addition of nutrient, resulting in a significant chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal of 71 %, removal rate of 1385 mg/l/day, and 12...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329029/global-warming-and-global-decrease-in-vector-borne-disease-prevalence-and-mortality
#20
Philippe Gautret, Philippe Parola, Didier Raoult
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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