Environment

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. discarded fishing gear
    Environment

    4 ways to tackle ocean trash besides Ocean Cleanup’s broken system

    Here are three approaches to reducing ocean pollution that might be more effective than a controversial plan to fish trash out of the Pacific.

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  7. animal feedlots
    Environment

    Satellites make mapping hot spots of ammonia pollution easier

    There’s a more accurate way to estimate ammonia emissions.

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  8. scientists with hybrid rice plants
    Plants

    Hybrid rice engineered with CRISPR can clone its seeds

    New research has created self-cloning hybrid rice, raising hopes of higher food production.

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  9. desalination device
    Tech

    A new way to turn saltwater fresh can kill germs and avoid gunk buildup

    A new device that harnesses sunlight to produce pure vapor from seawater could last longer and produce cleaner water than other technology.

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  10. traffic
    Climate

    Global carbon dioxide emissions will hit a record high in 2018

    Carbon dioxide emissions from China, the United States and India all rose this year, a new report finds.

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  11. deer
    Environment

    An acid found in soil may make a disease killing deer less infectious

    An incurable neurodegenerative disease crippling North American deer, elk and moose may be thwarted by an organic soil compound.

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  12. glass of water
    Environment

    Engineers are plugging holes in drinking water treatment

    Drinking water quality has come a long way in the past hundred years — but challenges remain.

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