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Heat, Salt, Drought: This Barley Can Withstand the Challenges of Climate Change

Research for the benefit of food security: A new line of barley achieves good crop yields even under poor environmental conditions. 

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20 Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy

A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. 

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Solar Power with a Free Side of Drinking Water

A multifunctional device that captures the heat shed by photovoltaic solar panels has been developed by KAUST and used to generate clean drinking water as a way to simultaneously generate electricity and water using only renewable energy.

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Amazon Population at Risk from Forest Fire Pollution

Populations living around Amazon areas where forests are cleared with fires to grow crops in soils fertilised by the ashes might have an increased risk of DNA damage, mutation and cancer because of the air pollution.

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Nitrogen from Biosolids Can Help Urban Soils and Plant Growth

The “zero waste” trend could have a friend in the form of biosolids. 

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Coral Reefs Shifting Away from Equatorial Waters

Coral reefs are retreating from equatorial waters and establishing new reefs in more temperate regions, according to new research in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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Smoke from Canadian Fires Drifts into United States

Canada has been battling a very active and destructive fire season on multiple fronts this year.

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Decades-Long Butterfly Study Shows Common Species on the Decline

The most extensive and systematic insect monitoring program ever undertaken in North America shows that butterfly abundance in Ohio declined yearly by 2%, resulting in an overall 33% drop for the 21 years of the program.

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NASA Maps Surface Changes From California Quakes

Damage from two strong earthquakes that rattled Southern California on July 4 and July 5 — a magnitude 6.4 and a magnitude 7.1, respectively — can be seen from space.

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A Drier Future Sets the Stage for More Wildfires

November 8, 2018 was a dry day in Butte County, California. The state was in its sixth consecutive year of drought, and the county had not had a rainfall event producing more than a half inch of rain for seven months.

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