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Mixing trees and crops can help both farmers and the climate

Maxwell Ochoo’s first attempt at farming was a dismal failure. In Ochieng Odiere, a village near the shores of Kenya’s...
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How does the summer solstice affect animals?

Does it keep them up later? The summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year in the Northern...
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Climate ‘tipping points’ could push us past the point-of-no-return after less than 2 degrees of warming

Knock-on effects could transform the Amazon rainforest into savannah As climate change continues to heat the planet, ice sheets and...
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Dramatic images capture rapid slide of Antarctic glacier

The ice shelf on Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier lost about one-fifth of its area from 2017 to 2020, mostly in...
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Tons of toxic pellets blanket Sri Lanka beaches, causing environmental disaster

A burning container ship dumped tons of plastic debris onto Sri Lanka's beaches. A burning container ship dumped tons of...
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‘Bonanza’ gold veins in rocks finally explained

Gold veins thicker than your arm finally get a geological explanation. Why did some gold prospectors strike it rich with...
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Iconic ‘Darwin’s Arch’ in the Galapagos has crashed into the sea

Whale sharks, hammerheads and more frequent the site. The top of Darwin's Arch, the famous natural stone archway in the...
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Here’s how lightning may help clean the air

An airplane saw thunderstorms create extremely high levels of chemicals called oxidants. Lightning may play an important role in clearing...
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World’s Oldest Cave Paintings Are Fading—Climate Change May Be to Blame

Repeated shifts between wet and dry conditions boost the growth of salt crystals that destabilize the rock canvas Ancient rock...
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New recycling technologies could keep more plastic out of landfills

A lot of plastic is impossible to recycle. Chemists are trying to change that. It feels good to recycle. When...
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COVID-19 cut pollution in 2020, warming the atmosphere

Researchers trace that uptick in temps to a drop in planet-cooling aerosol pollution. Since COVID-19 burst on the scene last...
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Traces of ancient magma ocean found in Greenland

  Rocks collected in Greenland may hold traces of an ancient magma ocean that bubbled over much of Earth's surface...
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Exotic crystals of ‘ice 19’ discovered

Scientists have identified the 19th form of water ice. The exotic, four-sided crystals of this rare ice variety, now dubbed...
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Earth has a hidden layer, and no one knows exactly what it is

Earth might have more layers than scientists thought. New research finds that there may be a hidden layer inside the...
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Scientists Say: Weather

This is the condition in the atmosphere at a particular place and time. Weather (noun, “WEH-ther”) Weather refers to the...
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What you can do to improve soils

One simple rule of thumb: Give more than you take. Soil didn’t always exist. It grew slowly over the millennia...
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Can wildfires cool the climate?

Tiny airborne particles, like those spewed by forest fires, can alter Earth’s temperature Wildfires have captured headlines around the globe...
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Analyze This: 2020 ties with 2016 for hottest year on record

The most recent six years were the warmest ever recorded The year 2020 capped off the warmest decade on record....
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Unmasking the pandemic’s pollution problem

The same materials that protect people from COVID-19 are creating a global garbage crisis Tanveer Adyel began to notice the...
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How planting 70 million eelgrass seeds led to an ecosystem’s rapid recovery

The study is a blueprint for capitalizing on this habitat’s capacity to store carbon In the world’s largest seagrass restoration...
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