Tropical forests have been called the lungs of the planet. They soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide, hold the world’s greatest diversity of plants and animals, and employ millions of people. And these hot ecosystems—often a patchwork of trees and grasslands—are being deeply altered by logging and other land use change.
A first-of-its-kind model—that measures the effects of human behavior on climate—provides new insight into the range of temperatures the planet may face in the coming century. And it provides “a rational basis for hope”—one of the co-authors says—that people, as the dominant cause of global temperature rise, may also be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it.
A UVM research study, which discovered Instagram photos hold clues to aid in the early detection of depression, was one of the 20 most popular pieces of academic research in all of 2017, according to a new ranking.
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