Environment

  1. Climate protest
    Climate

    Countries urgently need to ramp up emissions cuts to meet climate targets

    A new U.N. report finds that pledged emissions cuts aren’t nearly enough to limit warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.

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  2. smoke stacks
    Climate

    50 years ago, scientists puzzled over a slight global cooling

    Five decades ago, scientists were puzzled over a slight dip in global temperatures. Today we know it was just a blip, and that Earth’s climate is warming thanks to industrial activity over the last century.

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  3. honeybee
    Animals

    Power lines may mess with honeybees’ behavior and ability to learn

    Under power lines, honeybees might suffer neurological effects from exposure to electromagnetic fields.

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  4. Artisans carving rosewood
    Ecosystems

    Can forensics help keep endangered rosewood off the black market?

    Timber traffickers are plundering the world’s forests, but conservationists have a new set of tools to fight deforestation.

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  5. Michelle O’Malley
    Life

    Michelle O’Malley seeks greener chemistry through elusive fungi

    Michelle O’Malley studies anaerobic gut fungi, microbes that could help make chemicals and fuels from sustainable sources.

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  6. tidewater glacier Greenland
    Climate

    How climate change is already altering oceans and ice, and what’s to come

    A new IPCC report gives the lowdown on how climate change is already wreaking havoc on Earth’s oceans and frozen regions, and how much worse things could get.

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  7. white-crowned sparrow
    Agriculture

    Birds fed a common pesticide lost weight rapidly and had migration delays

    Scientists have previously implicated neonicotinoid pesticides in declining bee populations. Now a study suggests that songbirds are affected, too.

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  8. Amazon fire
    Earth

    Brazil’s Amazon has burned this badly before. This year’s fires are still bad

    An environmental scientist discusses possible impacts from the thousands of fires burning across the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

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  9. Fenrow Experimental Forest
    Earth

    Decades of dumping acid suggest acid rain may make trees thirstier

    Acidified soil loses calcium, which can affect trees’ ability to hang on to water.

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  10. microplastic particles
    Tech

    Tiny magnetic coils could help break down microplastic pollution

    Carbon nanotubes designed to release plastic-eroding chemicals could clear the long-lasting trash from waterways.

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  11. Particle Physics

    How a 2017 radioactive plume may be tied to Russia and nixed neutrino research

    A botched attempt at producing radioactive material needed for a neutrino experiment may have released ruthenium-106 to the atmosphere in 2017.

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  12. solar panels
    Tech

    This solar-powered device produces energy and cleans water at the same time

    Someday, the two-for-one machine could help curb electricity and freshwater shortages.

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