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A warming world increases air pollution
Climate change is warming the ocean, but it’s warming land faster and that’s really bad news for air quality all over the world, says a new University of California, Riverside study.  The study, published February 4 in Nature Climate Change, shows that the contrast in warming between the continents and sea, called the land-sea…
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Oldest evidence for animals found by UCR researchers
"Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have found the oldest clue yet of animal life, dating back at least 100 million years before the famous Cambrian explosion of animal fossils. The study, led by Gordon Love, a professor in UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences, was published today in Nature Ecology &…
Read More »aboutMolecular fossil evidence suggests sponges lived on the ancient ocean floors 100 million years before the Cambrian period
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Special journal issue looks for new clues about old life
"Hundreds of millions of years before there was a chicken or an egg to debate, the first complex animals were evolving in parallel with Earth’s rising oxygen levels. But what came first — animals or oxygen? That question is the central theme of a special issue of Emerging Topics in Life Sciences published Sept. 28 by Portland…
Read More »aboutCollection edited by UCR researchers focuses on the role of rising oxygen in the birth of complex life
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Global Warming, El Niño Could Cause Wetter Winters, Drier Conditions in Other Months
"RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — So here’s the good news: Despite fears to the contrary, California isn’t facing a year-round drought in our warming new world. However, UC Riverside Earth Sciences Professor Robert Allen’s research indicates that what precipitation the state does get will be pretty much limited to the winter…
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