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2023 Rolling Hills Estates Landslide Likely Began the Winter Before

Californians are familiar with landslides that occur around storms, when saturated soil and rock loses its grip and slips from its perch on the substrate. 

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Complex Impact of Large Wildfires on Ozone Layer Dynamics

In a revelation highlighting the fragile balance of our planet's atmosphere, scientists from China, Germany, and the USA have uncovered an unexpected link between massive wildfire events and the chemistry of the ozone layer.

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Forest Carbon Storage Has Declined Across Much of the Western Us, Likely Due to Drought and Fire

Forests have been embraced as a natural climate solution, due to their ability to soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, locking it up in their trunks, branches, leaves, and roots.

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Wild Plants and Crops Don’t Make Great Neighbors

Native plants and non-native crops do not fare well in proximity to one another, attracting pests that spread diseases in both directions, according to two new UC Riverside studies.

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Study Finds Natural Selection Favors Cheaters

Mutualisms, which are interactions between members of different species that benefit both parties, are found everywhere — from exchanges between pollinators and the plants they pollinate, to symbiotic interactions between us and our beneficial microbes.

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Extreme Heat Hammers U.S. Coasts

In June 2024, early summer heat waves hit both the western and eastern United States. Temperatures in July have not brought much relief.

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As World’s Springs Vanish, Ripple Effects Alter Ecosystems

Strong winds sweep over the Rhön, a vast region of rolling, forested hills and pastureland in central Germany. Undeterred, Stefan Zaenker, leading a group of four volunteers, runs through his checklist alongside a forest road.

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How Bad Is Warming? La Niña May Reveal

The Pacific is set to shift from its warmer El Niño phase to its cooler La Niña phase in late summer or early fall, U.S. officials say, likely bringing an end to a long stretch of unprecedented warmth.

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Scientists Release New Research on Planted Mangroves’ Ability to Store Carbon

U.S. Forest Service ecologists and partners published new findings on how planted mangroves can store up to 70% of carbon stock to that found in intact stands after only 20 years.

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Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä Are Mapping the World’s Fungi From Air Samples

Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä have found that the key to a quick and cost-effective mapping of biodiversity has been right in front of our eyes all along, but at the same time invisible, i.e. in the air that surrounds us.

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