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Scientists Discover Fire Records Embedded Within Sand Dunes

Knowing how the frequency and intensity of wildfires has changed over time offers scientists a glimpse into Earth’s past landscapes, as well as an understanding of future climate change impacts. To reconstruct fire records, researchers rely heavily on sediment records from lake beds, but this means that fire histories from arid regions are often overlooked. […]

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Wildfire Smoke Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of Contracting COVID-19

Reno, Nev. (July 15, 2021) – Wildfire smoke may greatly increase susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to new research from the Center for Genomic Medicine at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Washoe County Health District (WCHD) and Renown Health (Renown) in Reno, Nev.  In a study published earlier this week in […]

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Researchers to investigate impact of changing snowpack on water rights, agriculture

Reno, NV, Sept. 24, 2018 – Mountain snowpack and rainfall are the primary sources of water for the arid western United States, and water allocation rules determine how that water gets distributed among competing uses, including agriculture. Historically, agriculture in the West has benefited from predictable snowmelt, but under changing climate conditions, earlier melting of […]

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