Environment

  1. Pteris vittata ferns
    Environment

    How one fern hoards toxic arsenic in its fronds and doesn’t die

    To survive high levels of arsenic, a fern sequesters the heavy metal in its shoots with the help of three proteins.

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  2. air quality station
    Environment

    Emissions of a banned ozone-destroying chemical have been traced to China

    Since 2013, eastern China has increased its annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon by about 7,000 metric tons, a study finds.

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  3. golden toad
    Life

    1 million species are under threat. Here are 5 ways we speed up extinctions

    One million of the world’s plant and animal species are now under threat of extinction, a new report finds.

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  4. flamingo lagoon
    Earth

    The search for new geologic sources of lithium could power a clean future

    Futuristic clean-energy visions of electric vehicles are driving the hunt for lithium.

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  5. Chiasson, Ricci and Snorkel
    Agriculture

    Can Silicon Valley entrepreneurs make crickets the next chicken?

    Entrepreneurs are bringing automation and data analysis to insect agriculture to build a profitable business that helps feed the planet.

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  6. a photo of the Pyrenees Mountains
    Climate

    Tiny microplastics travel far on the wind

    Airborne bits of plastic that originated in cities ended up in pristine mountains at least 95 kilometers away, a study finds.

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  7. vinyl flooring
    Chemistry

    Why kids may be at risk from vinyl floors and fire-resistant couches

    Children from homes with all vinyl floors and flame-retardant sofas show higher levels of some synthetic chemicals in their bodies than other kids.

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  8. peregrine falcon
    Animals

    50 years ago, DDT pushed peregrine falcons to the edge of extinction

    In 1969, peregrine falcons were at risk of extinction. But a ban on the pesticide DDT and new captive breeding programs allowed the raptors to recover.

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  9. drinking water
    Tech

    A new 2-D material uses light to quickly and safely purify water

    A newly designed material uses only light to speedily remove 99.9999 percent of microbes from water.

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  10. air pollution in China
    Health & Medicine

    Chinese ‘tweets’ hint that happiness drops as air pollution rises

    A study of more than 210 million social media posts reveals a link between people’s sense of well-being and pollution.

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  11. Prosecco vineyard
    Agriculture

    Prosecco production takes a toll on northeast Italy’s environment

    The soil in Northern Italy’s prosecco vineyards is washing away.

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  12. desalination plant in Saudi Arabia
    Tech

    Desalination pours more toxic brine into the ocean than previously thought

    Desalination plants help offset the world’s growing water needs, but they also produce much more supersalty water than scientists realized.

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