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Once a Rich Desert River, the Gila Struggles to Keep Flowing

The confluence of the tiny San Pedro River and the much larger Gila was once one of the richest locales in one of the most productive river ecosystems in the American Southwest, an incomparable oasis of biodiversity.

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Climate Changed the Size of Our Bodies and, To Some Extent, Our Brains

The average body size of humans has fluctuated significantly over the last million years and is strongly linked to temperature. 

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New Satellite Data Techniques Reveal Coastal Sea-Level Rise

For the hundreds of millions of people living in coastal regions around the world, rising seas driven by climate change pose a direct threat.

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Fires Scorch the Sakha Republic

Large, smoky fires are raging through forests in northeastern Russia.

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Study Projects a Surge in Coastal Flooding, Starting in 2030s

In the mid-2030s, every U.S. coast will experience rapidly increasing high-tide floods, when a lunar cycle will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change.

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NASA Space Lasers Map Meltwater Lakes in Antarctica With Striking Precision

From above, the Antarctic Ice Sheet might look like a calm, perpetual ice blanket that has covered Antarctica for millions of years. But the ice sheet can be thousands of meters deep at its thickest, and it hides hundreds of meltwater lakes where its base meets the continent’s bedrock.

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Male Dragonflies Lose Their ‘Bling’ in Hotter Climates

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led by Michael Moore at Washington University in St. Louis finds that dragonfly males have consistently evolved less breeding coloration in regions with hotter climates.

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Scientists Track the Sudden Disappearance of an Antarctic Ice-Shelf Lake

A global team of scientists has observed the sudden drainage of a large, deep, ice-covered lake within an Antarctic ice shelf—a rare phenomenon that could be interpreted as an ominous sign for the future survival of the ice sheet, and potential global sea-level rise.

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Scientists Home in on Recipe for Entirely Renewable Energy

Scientists from Trinity are homing in on a recipe that would enable the future production of entirely renewable, clean energy from which water would be the only waste product.

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