Cloud of data

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R E S E A R C H E R S H AV E in­ter­preted the pop­u­lar phrase "ev­ery cloud has a sil­ver lin­ing" in a new way. They used cloud cover to iden­tify threat­ened bio­di­ver­sity. Clouds in­flu­ence fac­tors such as rain, sun­light, sur­face tem­per­a­ture and leaf wet­ness that dic­tate where plants and an­i­mals can sur­vive. The study found variations in cloud cover sharply de­lin­eated the bound­aries of eco­log­i­cal biomes, in­clud­ing trop­i­cal cloud forests that har­bor many species not found any­where else in the world. Clouds also helped bet­ter pre­dict where spe­cific species live. PLOS Bi­ol­ogy, March 31

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