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  1. Earth about to be hit by asteroid
    Earth

    An asteroid impact, not volcanism, may have made Earth unlivable for dinosaurs

    New simulations add to growing evidence that an asteroid strike, rather than the Deccan Traps eruptions, caused the end-Cretaceous extinction.

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  2. Oil spill in Norilsk, Russia
    Climate

    Climate change made Siberia’s heat wave at least 600 times more likely

    Siberia’s six-month heat wave during the first half of 2020 would not have happened without human-caused climate change, researchers find.

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  3. Methane in earth's atmosphere illustration
    Earth

    Agriculture and fossil fuels are driving record-high methane emissions

    Releases of the heat-trapping gas methane from human activities have ramped up in the 21st century, especially in Africa and Asia.

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  4. huge pile of discarded keyboards, computers and more
    Earth

    Earth’s annual e-waste could grow to 75 million metric tons by 2030

    Unwanted electronic waste is piling up rapidly around the globe, while collection and recycling efforts are failing to keep pace, a new report shows.

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  5. Yamal region of Siberia
    Climate

    4 ways to put the 100-degree Arctic heat record in context

    June’s record heat in Siberia is part of a much bigger picture of dramatic climate change in the Arctic.

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  6. lightning bolt
    Earth

    Two lightning megaflashes shattered distance and duration records

    Satellite data show that the two extreme bolts, both appearing over South America, more than doubled the previous records.

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  7. Siberian town of Verkhoyansk
    Climate

    A Siberian town hit 100 degrees, setting a new record for the Arctic Circle

    Verkhoyansk’s high temperature, which has yet to be confirmed, follows a six-month period of record heat in the region.

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  8. drone pollinating flower with bubbles
    Tech

    Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination

    Drones are too clumsy to rub pollen on flowers and not damage them. But blowing pollen-laden bubbles may help the machines be better pollinators.

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  9. seismograph image
    Earth

    Machine learning helped demystify a California earthquake swarm

    Computer algorithms helped scientists find that circulating groundwater probably triggered a four-year-long series of tiny quakes in Southern California.

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  10. pyrocumulonimbus cloud
    Earth

    Smoke from Australian fires rose higher into the ozone layer than ever before

    The catastrophic wildfires in Australia around New Year’s generated a massive smoke plume that still hasn’t dissipated in the stratosphere.

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  11. Indonesia forest
    Environment

    How giving cash to poor families may also save trees in Indonesia

    Indonesia’s poverty reduction program also reduced deforestation by 30 percent, researchers say.

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  12. Earth

    50 years ago, scientists were getting a better glimpse inside storms

    In 1970, experts were harnessing technologies that provided a three-dimensional picture of the inside of a storm.

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