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#119168
2018-12-21

Ancient Antarctic ice sheet collapse could happen again, triggering a new global flood

t's happened before, and it could happen again.Tens of thousands of years ago, a giant ice sheet in Antarctic melted, raising sea levels by up to 30 feet around the world. This inundated huge swaths of what had been dry land. Scientists think it could happen again as the world heats up because o ...

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#119169
2018-12-21

Forget-me-not: Scientists pinpoint memory mechanism in plants

Plant scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham have unravelled a mechanism that enables flowering plants to sense and 'remember' changes in their environment.

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#119170
2018-12-21

Divining roots—revealing how plants branch out to access water

New research has discovered how plant roots sense the availability of moisture in soil and then adapt their shape to optimise acquisition of water.

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#119171
2018-12-21

Wildlife struggle to cope with extreme weather

The mass death of flying foxes in extreme heat in North Queensland last month underscores the importance of University of Queensland wildlife research released today.

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#119172
2018-12-21

The idiosyncratic mammalian diversification after extinction of the dinosaurs

Mass extinction typically conjures a picture of a meteor falling to Earth and decimating the dinosaurs along with everything else. However, this is not exactly what happened. Different groups of living beings were affected differently by the various mass extinctions that have occurred during the ...

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#119173
2018-12-21

Pollutants from wildfires affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometers from impact zone

Pollutants from wild fires affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometres from impact zone, research shows.The startling extent to which violent wild fires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the bla ...

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#119174
2018-12-21

NASA Satellite Will Measure the World's Forests

Forests are often called the lungs of the planet because they produce so much oxygen. But they also store huge amounts of carbon. NASA scientists want to know exactly how much carbon, and so they have just launched a satellite that will finally give them an exact measurement. VOA's Kevin Enochs ...

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#119175
2018-12-21

Evaluation must be done

Scientists attending the U.N. Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland, discussed potential solutions to slow global warming and stay below targets laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

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#119176
2018-12-21

The importance of Mongolia’s boreal forests

Every year as the sun warms and the days lengthen, 28-year-old Baganatsooj moves his herds to their summer pastures outside the town of Tunkhel in Mongolia’s far northern Selenge province – a nomadic lifestyle his ancestors have practiced for thousands of years.

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#119177
2018-12-21

We’re losing monarchs fast—here’s why

The epic 3,000-mile monarch butterfly migration may become a thing of the past. Each fall, monarchs travel from their summer homes in the northern U.S. and Canada to winter habitats in California and Mexico. But the 2018 Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count found that the number of west-coast mona ...

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#119178
2018-12-21

More young and other traits help mammals adapt to urban environments

Species of mammals that live in urban environments produce more young compared to other mammals. But along with this advantage, mammals have other strategies to successfully inhabit cities. This is what Radboud University ecologist Luca Santini and colleagues found in a study that they will publ ...

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#119179
2018-12-21

Are We Bored With Climate Change?

As the COP24 conference on climate change wrapped up last week in Poland without any major developments, downward-trending levels of interest in the subject have raised the question of whether the public and media have become weary of discussing it.

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#119180
2018-12-21

LIFE programme: Council agrees its position on the EU's environmental policy flagship programme

The EU is updating its main funding instrument for nature, biodiversity and climate action projects. The Council today agreed its position (partial general approach) on a regulation to extend the LIFE programme beyond 2020. LIFE is the EU's flagship programme dedicated to funding environmental, ...

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#119181
2018-12-21

Measuring individual argon atoms helps in understanding ocean ventilation

The age of the water in the world's oceans is critical for understanding ocean circulation, especially for the transport of gases from the atmosphere into the deep ocean. Researchers from Heidelberg University recently used an atomic physics technique they developed to determine the age of deep ...

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#119182
2018-12-21

Explorer Reaches the Deepest Point in the Atlantic Ocean

Explorer and multimillionaire Victor Vescovo just reached the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean — the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench.

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#119183
2018-12-21

Ethical Fashion: Top Three Eco-Friendly Sneakers

Fur was officially banned last season at London Fashion Week so perhaps leather is next? Whether or not that happens, it's clear that ethical clothing and accessories are becoming more prevalent. Upmarket brands like Alice Temperley have met the challenge of using ethically sourced materials

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#119184
2018-12-21

Scientists discover Earth's deepest point is polluted by plastic

While the deep ocean is filled with nightmarish creatures that terrorize even my waking thoughts, there's a much more terrifying crisis for the Earth: the plastic apocalypse.

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#119185
2018-12-21

Industrial fishing in marine protected areas poses significant threats to endangered sharks and other species

What began as a Dalhousie Ph.D. student's investigation into North Atlantic shark populations turned into an eye-opening discovery that shows a number of European Union-designated marine protected areas (MPAs) are falling short of protecting threatened biodiversity.

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#119187
2018-12-21

You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.

Since the early 1950s, there has been an estimated 8.3 billion tons — and counting — of plastic produced on the planet, according to a 2017 study published in the Science Advances journal. The United Nations Environment Program reports that roughly 60% of that lump sum has made its way to landfi ...

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#119188
2018-12-21

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation Has Donated $100M To Climate Change Charities

Everyone’s favourite Hollywood philanthropist has helped grant climate change charities $100 million through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and its tireless work to save the world.

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#119189
2018-12-21

New year’s resolutions for nature

While they’re more likely to give up gin and tonic than call themselves environmentalists, my aunts are among the most switched-on people I know when it comes to environmental action.

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#119193
2018-12-27

Towards net gain

Earlier this month the government opened its consultation on biodiversity net gain, seeking views on its proposals to make biodiversity net gain mandatory for developments in England when granting planning permission.

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#119194
2018-12-27

Why private forests should not be neglected

About 120.6 million hectares or 63 percent of land in Indonesia are designated as state forest areas — 26 percent of which are degraded, according to the Environment and Forestry Ministry.

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#119195
2018-12-27

Could a Seaweed-Eating Microbe Help Solve the Ocean Plastic Crisis?

The use of traditional plastics poses a major threat to the world's oceans: If current trends continue, plastics will outnumber fish by 2050. But the oceans might also contain the solution to this massive problem, researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have discovered.

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#119196
2018-12-27

Green-feathered immigrant surge prompts Greek parakeet count

The raucous squawking comes first. Then they are seen, banking and diving before they crash-land on trees. If Greeks had been told, not long ago, that their skies would become the preserve of ring-necked parakeets, the response would have been one of incredulity.

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#119197
2018-12-27

European wheat is not climate resistant enough, study finds

European wheat lacks climate resistance, says an international team of European scientists. European farmers must take a new course to ensure climate-resilience of vital crops such as wheat.

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#119198
2018-12-27

The Next Climate Frontier: Predicting a Complex Domino Effect

When Hurricane Harvey’s record-busting rains drenched Texas in August 2017, they triggered a cascade of chaos. Widespread flooding turned roads into rivers, impeding evacuations and access to emergency services. Stormwater swept up pathogens from wastewater treatment plants and toxins from Super ...

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#119199
2018-12-27

Miami's affluent 'climate refugees' seek higher ground

Climate change is prompting Miami's rich to abandon the oceanfront and head for the hills. That's bad news for the people of Little Haiti, a ridge-top immigrant community suddenly sitting on hot property.

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#119200
2018-12-27

Climate change: Huge costs of warming impacts in 2018

Extreme weather events linked to climate change cost thousands of lives and caused huge damage throughout the world in 2018, say Christian Aid. The charity's report identified ten events that cost more than $1bn each, with four costing more than $7bn each.

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#119201
2018-12-27

Surprising Changes Will Affect Biodiversity in 2019

More than two dozen futurists, environmental scientists and others from around the world recently put their heads together to do a “horizon scan” of emerging trends that are getting relatively little attention but have the potential to have substantial impact on biodiversity conservation in the ...

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#119202
2018-12-27

Glaciers in Western Canada retreat because of climate change: experts

Climate change is prompting glaciers in British Columbia, Yukon and Alberta to retreat faster than at any time in history, threatening to raise water levels and create deserts, scientists say.

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#119203
2018-12-27

Climate Change Is Affecting Shark Swimming Behavior

Climate change has been on everyone’s tongue lately, with many wondering how this phenomenon is changing our animals. Australian scientists have discovered one way it is altering the behavior of one of our oceanic predators: sharks. According to the study published in the Symmetry magazine, our ...

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#119204
2018-12-27

UN Climate Change Conference (COP24): How to limit Climate Change

This video shows the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. It highlights the action that needs to be taken to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement.

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#119205
2018-12-27

Natural ‘Enemies’ Of Trees Good For Keeping Up Tree Biodiversity

Fungi and arthropods that kill seeds and seedlings might be the primary drivers behind the great biodiversity of trees within tropical forests.

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#119206
2018-12-27

At botanical garden in Mexico, natural species blossom again

In 1991, when El Charco first opened, volunteers and staff had identified about 183 different species of plants and about 130 species of birds. Those numbers exploded to about 600 and 186 in 2007 and 2014, respectively.

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#119207
2018-12-27

Cities in 2018: Simple ideas, fancy urban tech

The SDGs and the New Urban Agenda remain a challenge for cities. Goal 11 of the SDGs, to build sustainable cities, has proved to be a particularly tough one for urban areas across continents.

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#119208
2018-12-27

Pacific plea: put $2bn focus on climate change

Pacific Island nations have called for Scott Morrison’s new $2 billion infrastructure bank to fund cyclone shelters, port upgrades and sea walls to protect the region from economy-wrecking storms, after Australia’s recognition of clima­te change as the Pacific’s biggest security threat.

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#119209
2018-12-27

Damage from 2018's worst extreme weather linked to climate change

Extreme floods, droughts, wildfires and storms linked to climate change cost thousands of lives and billions of euros this year, a report has warned. Among the most expensive disasters to hit the world this year were Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which struck the US and parts of Central Ameri ...

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#119210
2018-12-27

New Species of Frog With Weird Claw Thumb Discovered

Researchers have discovered a new species of tree frog on the slopes of a flat-topped mountain in a remote region of the Ecuadorean Andes, which is considered to be one of the richest areas for biodiversity in the world.

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#119216
2019-01-03

Want to thwart climate change? Here are 8 steps you can take

Now that the New Year's Eve party is over, it's time to lay off the balloons and glitter – both are scourges to the environment.UConn faculty members make the case for those and other personal lifestyle changes that can help protect the environment for future generations.

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#119217
2019-01-03

How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events. Changes in stalagmite chemistry from t ...

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#119218
2019-01-03

How Much Climate Change Will Steal from Your Pocket This Year?

When the Fourth National Climate Assessment was released on Black Friday, it presented a pretty grim outlook on the economic impacts of climate change. With the future bringing everything from longer, more intense droughts to more frequent and severe hurricanes, the report suggested that climate ...

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#119219
2019-01-03

Climate change: LED lights making dent in UK energy demand

Installing a single low-energy LED bulb may make a trivial contribution to cutting the carbon emissions that are overheating the planet. But if millions choose LEDs, then with a twist of the collective wrist, their efforts will make a small but significant dent in the UK's energy demand.

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#119220
2019-01-03

Mongolia, Cheese, and the Future of Dairy in the Era of Climate Change

From coast to coast, American farmers are battling record-setting heat waves, fires, droughts, and excess rain. Partially deployed to calm grazing animals stressed by adverse weather, but also help stop, and even reverse, climate change, some dairy farmers are returning to 100 percent pasture-ba ...

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#119221
2019-01-03

Morocco rates high in climate-change performance index

Rabat: Morocco has been named the second best performing country after Sweden in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). Sweden was in top position, followed by Morocco and Lithuania in the CCPI 2019. The bottom five in the list were Saudi Arabia, the US, Iran, South Korea and Taiwan.

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#119222
2019-01-03

Korean women mitigate climate change

Helplessness and depression. That was how the Fukushima Disaster in 2011 affected middle-aged Seoul resident Kim So-young. A mother of teenage twin girls, Kim recalls the day of the nuclear meltdown in neighbouring Japan as a metanoia in her life.

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#119223
2019-01-03

Climate change: ‘Red alert’ from the natural world – leader comment

Scotland must play its part in the fight against climate change amid increasing warning signs from the natural world.Last year’s dramatic weather shifts – from the ‘Beast from the East’ to the hot, dry summer – may well have convinced some that our climate has indeed changed.

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#119224
2019-01-03

Data, democracy and decision making: A look at climate change and India through the prism of past, present, future

Happy New Year! Just kidding — this is a climate change column: of course, I’m going to rain on your parade! In this piece I want to consider the past, through five pieces of data, the present political context, and three important events in the coming year that are central to climate change an ...

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#119225
2019-01-03

The new normal: Climate change fuels natural disasters, more to come

Natural disasters that hit people around the world in 2018 are just a preview of what is next, say scientists if the threshold for the global temperature rise is crossed. But will the efforts be enough to prevent climate change-related disasters this year?

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#119226
2019-01-03

Climate Change Forces Central American Farmers to Migrate

As he milks his cow, Salvadoran Gilberto Gomez laments that poor harvests, due to excessive rain or drought, practically forced his three children to leave the country and undertake the risky journey, as undocumented migrants, to the United States.

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