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#133512
2022-02-24

Mosquitoes might be attracted to certain colors

There's no question that finding yourself covered in mosquito bites quickly takes the shine off a pleasant summer evening. But mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. They're also the deadliest creatures on Earth, owing to the diseases they spread.

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#133513
2022-02-24

Global cropland could be almost halved by increasing agricultural productivity

With rising global demand for agricultural commodities for use as food, feed, and bioenergy, pressure on land is increasing. At the same time, land is an important resource for tackling the principal challenges of the 21st century—the loss of biodiversity and global climate change.

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#133514
2022-02-24

Climate change: effect on forests could last millennia, ancient ruins suggest

Forests are home to 80% of land-based biodiversity, but these arks of life are under threat. The rising average global temperature is forcing tiny plants like sidebells wintergreen on the forest floor (known as the understory) to shift upslope in search of cooler climes.

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#133515
2022-02-24

Climate change's encroaching toll

Climate change can seem far away from our daily lives. But behind headlines about melting ice sheets, devastating droughts and the collision of wildlife and agriculture are ordinary people.

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#133516
2022-02-24

Q&A: Can the World Change Course on Climate?

In this ongoing series on climate issues, MIT faculty, students, and alumni in the humanistic fields share perspectives that are significant for solving climate change and mitigating its myriad social and ecological impacts. Nazli Choucri is a professor of political science and an expert on clim ...

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#133517
2022-02-24

Is there something to learn from Barbados?

Countries around the world are attempting to restart economic activities as covid19 is becoming more manageable. In the Caribbean, tourism, the region’s main economic driver is on the uptick as many visitors, especially from North America and Europe, are starting to travel.

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#133518
2022-02-24

Indigenous and Western forest education find harmony at the Wildwood ecoforest

What happens when you bring together Indigenous wisdom and Western science from the forest? Maybe, something like magic. That’s what educators are learning at the Wildwood ecoforest, on Stz’uminus and Snuneymuxw territory.

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#133519
2022-02-24

Plastic treaty would be historic for planet: UNEP chief

The world has a rare opportunity to clean up the planet for future generations by uniting behind an ambitious treaty to tackle plastic trash, the UN environment chief told AFP.

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#133555
2022-02-25

What is the IPCC climate change report – and what does it say?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is made up of the world’s leading climate scientists, charged with publishing regular comprehensive updates of global knowledge on the climate crisis, intended to inform government policymaking. Each “assessment report” takes about five to seven year ...

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#133520
2022-02-25

Natural England chair backs ‘biodiversity net gain’ plan to boost wild areas

Demand for nature is exceeding supply but new wildlife areas can be created by regulations to ensure housing estates bring about “biodiversity net gain”, according to the chair of England’s nature watchdog.

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#133521
2022-02-25

PFAS pollution led to contamination of US drinking water wells, study finds

Pollution by toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” in America’s aquifer system has led to widespread contamination of private and public drinking water wells, data from a new study by the US Geological Survey finds.

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#133522
2022-02-25

The week in wildlife – in pictures

The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including firefall, rock goats and a pack of grey wolves

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#133523
2022-02-25

Guest post: How to model society’s response to climate change

How ambitious climate policy will be in the future is key to understanding the scale of climate change impacts we can expect. Yet, the question of how society responds to climate change is not well represented in climate and energy models.

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#133524
2022-02-25

Alaska worries for its salmon run as climate change warms Arctic waters

With marine heat waves helping to wipe out some of Alaska’s storied salmon runs in recent years, officials have resorted to sending emergency food shipments to affected communities while scientists warn that the industry’s days of traditional harvests may be numbered.

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#133525
2022-02-25

The Macaque Monkeys of Mauritius: An Invasive Alien Species, a Major Export for Research

Macaque monkeys live as both captive and wild animals on the island of Mauritius. The wild population number is estimated at between 25,000 and 35,000 animals, it’s uncertain how many exist in captivity, but the figure is in the tens of thousands.

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#133526
2022-02-25

Choosing the right trees for a changing climate

In urban environments, trees are threatened by heatwaves and lack of rain, both predicted to increase in coming decades. Towns and cities are often home to a great diversity of trees, including those with a high tolerance of climate extremes, but species' selection criteria and climate-risk asse ...

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#133527
2022-02-25

How do two of the world's biggest carbon emitters join hands to fight climate change

Climate cooperation between China and the U.S. over the next decade is one of the areas in which the two countries have been working together, a promising development since they are two of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases.

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#133528
2022-02-25

Lessons on climate grief from the people of the sea ice

These "people of the sea ice" have endured years of dramatic warming that is ravaging their beloved landscape at the edge of the Arctic, forcing them to reimagine a way of life that goes back centuries.

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#133529
2022-02-25

How Climate Change Affects Our Brains

When I was a little girl, my favorite thing to do was to listen to my grandmother’s stories. During mealtimes, we would all sit at the dining table, and I would beg my grandmother to tell me memories from her childhood in Istanbul, Turkey, where I was born and raised.

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#133530
2022-02-25

Biodiversity: 30 years of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas and the LIFE programme

To mark 30 years of the Natura 2000 network and the LIFE programme, a Ministerial Conference is taking place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, co-organised by the French Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission. EU Ministers and Commissioner for the Environment, ...

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#133531
2022-02-25

Refuge of endangered ‘African unicorn’ threatened by mining, poaching, deforestation

Perched in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) near the borders of Uganda and South Sudan, Okapi Wildlife Reserve quietly encompasses some 14,000 square kilometers (5,405 square miles) of rainforest habitat.

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#133532
2022-02-25

Pay or punish? Study looks at how to engage with farmers deforesting the Cerrado

During last year’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, more than 140 countries committed to halting and reversing deforestation by 2030. The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use recognized the critical role of all forest types for biodiversity, sustainable land use, and mitigating a ...

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#133533
2022-02-25

Environmental impact of hand-sanitizing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The use of hand sanitizing gels and increased hand-washing practices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the environment and—by extension—public health.

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#133534
2022-02-25

Satellite-derived salinity improves Arctic marine circulation prediction

Researchers at the Barcelona Expert Center (BEC) of the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) have proved that satellite-derived salinity improves marine circulation prediction in the Arctic, which, as in the rest of the planet, is directly influenced by this and other parameters such as tempe ...

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#133535
2022-02-25

Discovery of ancient underwater landslide could help Middle Eastern nations realize tsunami hazards

An earth scientist from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science discovered evidence of an ancient underwater landslide and associated tsunami in the Gulf of Aqaba, a subsidiary of the Red Sea, that should serve as a warning for many nations in the Middle East.

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#133536
2022-02-25

Hidden weaknesses within volcanoes may cause their collapse

Lava domes form at the top of many volcanoes when viscous lava erupts. When they become unstable, they can collapse and cause a hazard. An international team of researchers has analyzed summit dome instabilities at the Merapi Volcano, Indonesia.

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#133537
2022-02-25

Scientists share final findings from Tonawanda Coke Soil Study

Scientists from the Tonawanda Coke Soil Study hosted a community meeting on Feb. 24 to share the final results of the research with the public.

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#133538
2022-02-25

Listening to everything: How sound reveals an unseen world

Vision is often regarded as first among the human senses, as our eyes are the way most of us come to know the world. However, vision has its limits.

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#133539
2022-02-25

Machine learning helps identify climatic thresholds that shape the distribution of natural vegetation

Changing climate brings more frequent and more intense climatic extreme events. It is unclear, however, exactly how climate extremes will affect vegetation distribution in the future. This is an acute question for research in order to be able to mitigate coming extremities and their impact on ve ...

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#133540
2022-02-25

World's top banks show minimal clear commitments to shift financing away from fossil fuels, finds revelational study

Big banking is saying little on how they will combat climate change through their financing, shows a new study which finds minimal, clear commitments to aid financing away from fossil fuels.

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#133541
2022-02-25

UN Climate Report: How vulnerable are we, and how can we adapt?

How vulnerable is humanity in the face of climate change? And how have people around the world already been impacted? These are some of the questions to be answered on 28 February by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Two researchers from Lund University participated in the fina ...

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#133542
2022-02-25

What brain-eating amoebae can tell us about the diversity of life on earth and evolutionary history

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently announced in the journal Current Biology that an amoeba called Naegleria has evolved more distinct sets of tubulins, used for specific cellular processes, than previously thought.

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#133543
2022-02-25

Using lasers and a long-term experiment to investigate how deer change a forest canopy

University of Minnesota researchers are using high-frequency lasers to learn more about how deer populations influence forest landscapes. From the far northern forests of Canada, through the temperate forests of the U.S. Midwest, to the tropical forests of Columbia, white-tailed deer are ever–pr ...

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#133544
2022-02-25

New species of octocoral: The jewel of Caloundra

Queensland Museum scientists have re-described a species of bright blue octocorals that can only be found on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

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#133545
2022-02-25

The insect brain: We froze ants and beetles to learn how they remember their way home

We humans are versatile and accomplished navigators, but insects might have navigation skills that are even better. For them, it's literally a matter of life and death—and that's why we decided to freeze some ants and beetles (don't worry, they still survived) to learn more about how they rememb ...

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#133546
2022-02-25

Uniting with the enemy: How microbes protect against pathogens in plants

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen have discovered how benign strains of Pseudomonas protect against their harmful bacterial relatives.

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#133547
2022-02-25

A fresh view of microbial life in Yellowstone's hot springs

Yellowstone National Park is home to more than 10,000 hydrothermal features. The park's hot springs, geysers, mud pots, and fumaroles are home to trillions of heat-loving microbes.

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#133548
2022-02-25

Is regenerative farming an eco wake-up call?

Could regenerative farming be the future of WA food production? The next time you open your pantry or fridge, pick five foods. Do you know where they came from?

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#133549
2022-02-25

'Baby boot camp' exercises critically endangered orangutan

The 2-month-old critically endangered orangutan, still so tiny that infant-sized diapers hung loosely in front of his belly, clung tightly to a caretaker's fingers as she lifted him gently from her lap.

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#133550
2022-02-25

New state-of-the-art technology collects a unique time series from methane seeps in the Arctic

A new study published in Ocean Science conducted by CAGE Ph.D. candidate Knut Ola Dølven and co-authors presents time-series data from two methane seep sites offshore western Svalbard, in the Arctic.

News Headlines
#133551
2022-02-25

Wildfires are getting worse across the globe. How does California compare?

An alarming new United Nations report warns that the number of extreme wildfires is expected to increase 50% globally by the end of the century, and that governments are largely unprepared for the burgeoning crisis.

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#133552
2022-02-25

Scientists identify key regulator of malaria parasite transmission

Malaria remains one of the biggest global public health challenges. It kills a young child every two minutes, more than any other infectious disease.

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#133553
2022-02-25

Should we be growing trees in the desert to combat climate change?

Reforestation is one of our best tools to fight the climate crisis. In the tropics, forests have been reported to absorb 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.

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#133554
2022-02-25

Indigenous knowledge ‘gives us a much richer picture’: Q&A with Māori researcher Ocean Mercier

Small islands, big seascapes: that’s how many Pacific Ocean nations are characterized. Aotearoa New Zealand, a country about the size of the U.K. but with the world’s fourth-largest maritime area, is no exception.

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#133556
2022-02-28

This climate crisis report asks: what is at stake? In short, everything

“A liveable and sustainable future for all”. It is the very last words of the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that spell out what is at stake. In short, it is everything.

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#133557
2022-02-28

‘Showing respect’: revival of Japanese technique that promises fish a better way to die

Fishermen in Mexico are using the ike jime method, which aims to reduce fish trauma, to improve the quality of catches and help sustainability

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#133558
2022-02-28

Impact of climate crisis much worse than predicted, says Alok Sharma

The impacts of the climate crisis are proving much worse than predicted, and governments must act more urgently to adapt to them or face global disaster, the UK president of the UN climate talks has warned on the eve of a landmark new scientific assessment of the climate.

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#133559
2022-02-28

Climate change: IPCC report warns of ‘irreversible’ impacts of global warming

Many of the impacts of global warming are now simply "irreversible" according to the UN's latest assessment. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that humans and nature are being pushed beyond their abilities to adapt,

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#133560
2022-02-28

Environment Minister leaves for Kenya to participate in the resumed session of UNEA-5

Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera has left the island to participate in the resumed session of the United Nations Environment Assembly to be held in Nairobi Kenya.

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#133561
2022-02-28

UNEA 5.2: Support technological transfer for enhancing circular economy, says EU

The European Union called for support for technological transfer to enhance ‘circular economy’ at a working group meeting held February 24, 2022 ahead of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2).

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