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    Grape expectations

    Antonio Busalacchi knows quality wine. As a sommelier, his educated palate can discern the oak undertones or mineral accents of a wine — flavors that elude most wine drinkers. He picks up on other nuances too. One sip of deep, inky purple, and he can distinguish the jammy, syrup-ripe fruit flavor of a shiraz grown in a warm climate from the lean olive notes of a syrah, made from the same grape...

    01/24/2014 - 14:50 Climate, Ecosystems
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    Climate change may bring dramatic behavior shifts

    BOULDER, Colo. — Warming climate may dramatically change not just where animals live, but how. Solitary sweat bees in northern climes are projected to become builders of social colonies, researchers reported July 31 at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society. Closer to the equator, fitful rainfall may drive tree frogs to exchange plants for ponds as their place to lay eggs.

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    08/07/2013 - 11:38 Animals
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    Animals on the Move

    Fuzzy, bright-eyed and no bigger than a baked potato, the American pika is the kind of critter you could imagine starring in a blockbuster animated movie for kids. With its high-pitched squeaks, its lightning quickness and its habit of racing around all summer to harvest and sun-dry “hay piles” of grasses and wildflowers for its winter meals, the tiny rabbit relative is one comical ball of...

    06/15/2012 - 10:21 Animals
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    The final climate frontiers

    Modern explorers have pushed into nearly every nook and cranny of the globe, from polar Antarctica to the depths of the Amazonian jungle. Yet there’s land still to explore, and regularly comes news of unexpected and wondrous findings — a mongooselike carnivore spotted in Madagascar, a massive waterfall discovered in Peru.

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    11/19/2010 - 12:00
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    As climate shifts, birds follow

    Climate has become warmer and wetter in parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains over the past century, and the vast majority of the birds there have shifted their range accordingly, a new study suggests.

    Over many generations, some plant and animal species can adapt to a slowly changing climate. When climate changes suddenly and dramatically, however, creatures generally shift...

    09/14/2009 - 18:00 Ecology, Climate, Life & Evolution, Earth & Environment