Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | July 16, 2006

News Roundup

Mountain lions and fear growing out West

The area around Denver is experincing increasing contact with mountain lions. Habitat encroachment has become a real problem for mountain lions and people in the Denver area. Locals report increasing encounters, one family being driven into its home.

Read article at Yahoo News
TPE Link: Habitat Degradation and Human Activity

Rainy Days Driven by Traffic Patterns, Study Says

Thomas Bell of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has shown that temporal summer rainfall patterns follow those of summer traffic pollution patterns.

Read article at National Geographic
TPE Link: Particulates; Atmospheric Moisture

“Instant” Evolution Seen in Darwin’s Finches, Study Says

A new study of Galápagos finches suggests that evolution may happen quite quickly.

Read article at National Geographic
TPE Link: Fundamentals of Biogeography

NASA Explains Puzzling Impact Of Polluted Skies On Climate

NASA scientists have found that the color of air pollution particle affects cloud formation and impacts Earth’s climate.

Read article at ScienceDaily
TPE Link: Particulates; Atmospheric Moisture

Centuries Of Land-use Practices Profoundly Impact Earth System, Scientists Report

Land use activities over the past 300 years has been shown to have profound effects on the Earth system

Read article at ScienceDaily
TPE Link: The Earth System

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