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COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights the Urgent Global Need to Control Air Pollution

More than 91 percent of the world's population lives in areas that exceed air quality guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization, and more people are impacted by worsening air quality each year. 

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Mountain Growth Influences Greenhouse Effect

Taiwan is an island of extremes: severe earthquakes and typhoons repeatedly strike the region and change the landscape, sometimes catastrophically.

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Better Solutions for Making Hydrogen May Lie Just at the Surface

A clean energy future propelled by hydrogen fuel depends on figuring out how to reliably and efficiently split water. 

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More Nuanced Approach Needed In Deciding Who Gets COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Third Wave, Say Experts

It's time for a more nuanced approach to prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations as more contagious variants become prevalent and a third wave of infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals in some provinces, according to an analysis published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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Abrupt Ice Age Climate Changes Behaved Like Cascading Dominoes

Throughout the last ice age, the climate changed repeatedly and rapidly during so-called Dansgaard-Oeschger events, where Greenland temperatures rose between 5 and 16 degrees Celsius in decades. 

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Curtin Research Finds Introduced Honeybee May Pose Threat to Native Bees

Published in the ‘Biological Journal of the Linnean Society’, the research found competition between the native bees and the introduced European honeybee could be particularly intense in residential gardens dominated by non-native flowers, and occurred when the bees shared the same flower preferences.

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Fostered Flamingos Just as Friendly

Six Chilean flamingo chicks were reared by Andean flamingos – a species of similar size and behaviour – at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre in the summer of 2018.

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Corals Carefully Organize Proteins to Form Rock-Hard Skeletons

Charles Darwin, the British naturalist who championed the theory of evolution, noted that corals form far-reaching structures, largely made of limestone, that surround tropical islands.

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Regional Habitat Differences Identified for Threatened Piping Plovers on Atlantic Coast

Piping plovers, charismatic shorebirds that nest and feed on many Atlantic Coast beaches, rely on different kinds of coastal habitats in different regions along the Atlantic Coast, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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UBCO Researchers Find a New Use for Waste

Waste materials from the pulp and paper industry have long been seen as possible fillers for building products like cement, but for years these materials have ended up in the landfill.

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