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State Agriculture Department Urges Pasco Residents to Report Sightings of Invasive Japanese Beetles

In recent weeks, five invasive Japanese Beetles have been found in Pasco. So now, the State Department of Agriculture wants you to be on the lookout for these destructive bugs. The pests are a danger to over three hundred types of crops. Luckily, the recent findings are the first in the tri-cities in about a year. Leaders from […]

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Senator Hoeven Meets With North Dakota Agriculture Leaders to Discuss the Farm Bill

Leaders in the agriculture industry discussed what they need in the farm bill with Senator John Hoeven on Sept. 8 in Mandan. Hoeven says strengthening crop insurance is one of the top priorities for farmers across the state. He also stressed the importance of keeping the bill farmer-friendly. “So, we’re not tying them up in […]

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EPA Agrees to Issue Standards for Protecting U.S. Waters From Ship Pollution, Invasive Species

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency agreed today to finalize nationwide standards that will protect U.S. waterways from harmful vessel discharges. Under the agreement, the agency must release final regulations on ballast water discharges by Sept. 24, 2024. “I’m glad the EPA will take action after years of delay, and I hope the agency finally cracks down on […]

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Aotearoa’s Kelp Forests at Risk, Study Shows

New research from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington shows warming waters are putting kelp forests in danger. The study, published open access in the New Zealand Journal of Botany, was led by Dr. Christopher Cornwall from the University’s School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Cornwall says New Zealand’s “iconic” seaweed communities are “economically, environmentally, and culturally crucial.” “Seaweed […]

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The Future of US Rangelands: Choices That Reshape Our Landscape

Pastoral scenes of vast open spaces filled with roaming cattle have long been emblematic of the American landscape. Rangelands cover almost half of the contiguous U.S. and include grasslands, deserts and shrublands. These ecosystems are integral to our way of life in that they provide services ranging from food production to carbon sequestration. To anticipate […]

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Beech Leaf Disease Now Confirmed to be Found in Maryland Ecosystems

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of beech leaf disease and the associated nematode, Litylenchus crenatae maccannii in Harford County. Beech leaf disease is a new disease affecting all beech species including American beech (Fagus grandifolia). The disease has been found in surrounding states including Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, […]

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Marine Plankton and Ecosystems Affected by Climate Change

Marine plankton plays an important role in the food chain, which is said to be undergoing a transformation due to climate change. Assistant Professor Kohei Matsuno of the Faculty of Fisheries Sciences spoke about how climate change is changing the distribution and ecology of marine plankton and what impact this will have on higher-trophic predators, […]

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Research: Rising Temperatures Impact Ecosystems via Decomposition

Our world is changing, and warming temperatures will alter our natural ecosystems. Some of these changes will be straightforward, like animal ranges creeping northward as they strive to maintain their ideal temperatures. But other changes will be more complicated, as warming sets off complex chain reactions that reverberate through these systems. An important process in […]

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NOAA: Marine Heat Waves Threaten Marine Ecosystems

WASHINGTON — Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say unusually warm ocean surface temperatures, or “marine heat waves” off the coast of South Florida could continue into the fall, threatening the health of marine ecosystems.  Chris Kelble, the director of the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division at NOAA, says scientists began noticing anomalously high water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and off […]

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Artificial Intelligence: A Step Change in Climate Modeling Predictions for Climate Adaptation

As of today, climate models face the challenge of providing the high-resolution predictions—with quantified uncertainties—needed by a growing number of adaptation planners, from local decision-makers to the private sector, who require detailed assessments of the climate risks they may face locally. This calls for a step change in the accuracy and usability of climate predictions […]

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