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Researchers and Citizen Scientists Complete First-Ever Weddell Seal Count

A research team led by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has completed a first-ever global population estimate of Weddell seals in Antarctica, showing that there are significantly fewer seals than previously thought.

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Bushfire Bees on the Brink

The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to increase by nearly five times after the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20, according to new research led by Flinders University.

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Hidden Mangrove Forest in the Yucatan Peninsula Reveals Ancient Sea Levels

Deep in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, an ancient mangrove ecosystem flourishes more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the nearest ocean.

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Protecting The Green Industry Through European Pepper Moth Research

The moth's larvae are among the worst pests for the $9.5 billion U.S. floriculture and nursery crop industry.

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Troubled Waters

Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo is choking with oil slicks and algae.

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When the Western U.S. Burns, the East Also Gets Sick

While most of the largest U.S. wildfires occur in the Western U.S., almost three-quarters of the smoke-related deaths and visits to the emergency room for asthma occur east of the Rocky Mountains.

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Specific UV Light Wavelength Could Offer Low-Cost, Safe Way to Curb COVID-19 Spread

A specific wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) light is not only extremely effective at killing the virus which causes COVID-19, but is also safer for use in public spaces, finds new CU Boulder research. 

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Increasing Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Teaches Old Oaks New Tricks

Mature oak trees will increase their rate of photosynthesis by up to a third in response to the raised CO2 levels expected to be the world average by about 2050, new research shows.

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UM Studies How Climate Change Could Undermine Biodiversity Conservation Goals

In a new study published in the journal Communications, Earth & Environment, University of Montana researchers and colleagues explore how climate change could challenge efforts to protect biodiversity within the network of protected areas around the globe.

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