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  • - Protecting the high seas: Identify biodiversity hotspotsResearchers use big data to identify biodiversity hotspots that could become the first generation of high seas marine protected areas.
  • - Adding a pinch of salt to El Niño modelsWhen modeling the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) ocean-climate cycle, adding satellite sea surface salinity -- or saltiness -- data significantly improves model accuracy, according to a new study.
  • - Climate change triggers Great Barrier Reef bleachingThe Great Barrier Reef is suffering through its worst bleaching event. This is the third bleaching within the space of five years.
  • - More pavement, more problemsThink your daily coffee, boutique gym membership and airport lounge access cost a lot? There may be an additional, hidden cost to those luxuries of urban living, says a new study: more flooding. For every percentage point increase in roads, parking lots and other impervious surfaces that prevent water from flowing into the ground, annual floods increase on average by 3.3%, the researchers found.
  • - Societal transformations and resilience in Arabia across 12,000 years of climate changeRecent archaeological and paleoenvironmental research in the Arabian Peninsula shows a range of societal responses to a series of extreme climatic and environmental fluctuations over thousands of years. These responses include migration, increasing population mobility, the introduction of pastoral lifeways, the management of water resources, and the construction of diverse structures to aid survival. Present-day constraints mean that many of these options are not available to populations living in the region today.
  • - Indigenous knowledge could reveal ways to weather climate change on islandsSome islands have such low elevation, that mere inches of sea-level rise will flood them, but higher, larger islands will also be affected by changes in climate and an understanding of ancient practices in times of climate change might help populations survive, according to researchers.