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Wildfire Smoke Killed More Than 50,000 Californians Over a Decade

Tue, 06/11/2024 - 06:10

A new study finds that more than 50,000 Californians died from exposure to wildfire smoke over a little more than a decade.

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Elephants Have Names for Each Other, Study Finds

Mon, 06/10/2024 - 08:00

Elephants call each other by name and respond when they hear others call their name, according to new research.

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Leafy Vegetables Found to Contain Tire Additives

Fri, 06/07/2024 - 06:18

Scientists have found in leafy vegetables traces of several chemicals used to prevent the aging and corrosion of car tires.

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As ‘Zombie’ Deer Disease Spreads, Scientists Look for Answers

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 03:03

Chronic wasting disease, which slowly destroys the brains of deer and elk, is hard to detect, impossible to treat, and spreading across North America. Researchers are mounting new efforts to understand the deadly disease, amid concerns it could someday spill over to humans.

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Rich Countries Still Falling Short on Climate Aid, Analyses Reveal

Wed, 06/05/2024 - 06:26

Fifteen years ago, wealthy nations pledged to channel $100 billion in climate aid to poorer countries by 2020. New analyses find that not only were rich nations two years late in meeting this goal, but much of the money was existing aid that had been relabeled as climate assistance, or it took the form of loans.

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Despite Criticism, the Last of the Rattlesnake Roundups Hang On

Mon, 06/03/2024 - 23:44

Public outrage has caused many rattlesnake roundups — killing contests held in the name of public safety — to go out of business or convert to no-kill wildlife festivals. But in Texas and Oklahoma, these annual events continue, with thousands of snakes being slaughtered.

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U.S. Drillers Have Cut Methane Emissions by More Than a Third

Mon, 06/03/2024 - 06:19

The U.S. oil and gas industry has made significant progress in curbing emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas that leaks from wells and pipelines.

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Tiny Fern Found to Have Largest Genome on Earth

Fri, 05/31/2024 - 07:01

A rare fork fern found in the island nation of New Caledonia has become a world record holder. Scientists have discovered that the tiny plant, which grows in the trunks and branches of trees, has the largest genome of any living organism.

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Relics of a Warmer Past, Some Species May Be Suited to a Hotter Future

Thu, 05/30/2024 - 05:42

Some species may be better able to withstand climate change than was previously thought. That's because these species have changed little since the last warm period on Earth.

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Climate Change Added 26 Days of Extreme Heat Over the Last Year

Wed, 05/29/2024 - 05:40

Over the last 12 months, the world saw, on average, 26 additional days of extreme heat as a result of climate change, a new analysis finds.

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Pollution Paradox: How Cleaning Up Smog Drives Ocean Warming

Tue, 05/28/2024 - 03:56

New research indicates that the decline in smog particles from China’s air cleanups caused the recent extreme heat waves in the Pacific. Scientists are grappling with the fact that reducing such pollution, while essential for public health, is also heating the atmosphere.

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Warming Brings Early Bloom to Bulgarian Rose Fields

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 05:37

In Bulgaria, a famed rose harvest has come nearly a month early this year.

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Can a California Oilfield Be Retrofitted to Store Solar Energy?

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 03:00

The transition to renewables requires batteries that can store energy for long periods of time. To meet that demand, engineers in California’s Kern County are aiming to revamp depleted oil wells to hold concentrated solar energy in super-heated water underground.

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With Climate Change, Winter Storms Delivered 20 Percent More Rainfall to British Isles

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 06:49

A new analysis finds that climate change fueled excessive rainfall in the U.K. and Ireland this fall and winter.

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Report Details 'Catastrophic Decline' of Migratory Fish

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 05:37

Populations of salmon, trout, eel, sturgeon, and other migrating freshwater fish have shrunk by 81 percent on average since 1970, a new report finds.

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How an El Niño-Driven Drought Brought Hunger to Southern Africa

Mon, 05/20/2024 - 01:26

A record-breaking drought, fueled by the El Niño weather pattern, has caused widespread crop failure and national emergency declarations in Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Without harvests of maize, the staple food, millions in the region are facing a severe hunger crisis.

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Windborne Dust Is Helping the Southern Ocean Soak Up Our Emissions

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:23

Windborne dust is spreading across the Southern Ocean, fueling plankton blooms that absorb our emissions. A new study reveals the full impact of dust on plankton.

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How a Small Herd of Romanian Bison Is Locking Away Thousands of Tons of Carbon

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 07:52

Gone from Romania for 200 years, European bison were reintroduced to the Țarcu Mountains, at the southern end of the Carpathian range, in 2014. Now numbering 170, the bison are reshaping the mountain landscape in ways that are helping clean up emissions.

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In Seawater, Researchers See an Untapped Bounty of Critical Metals

Wed, 05/15/2024 - 01:08

Researchers and companies are aiming to draw key minerals, including lithium and magnesium, from ocean water, desalination plant residue, and industrial waste brine. They say their processes will use less land and produce less pollution than mining, but major hurdles remain.

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