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Six Leading Models Agree: Rapid Decarbonization of Power, Transportation Sectors Key to a Successful Energy Transition

The latest United Nations IPCC Reports describe how limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels can avert the worst impacts of climate change.

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Including All Types of Emissions Shortens Timeline to Reach Paris Agreement Temperature Targets

Countries around the world pledged in the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or, at most, 2 degrees Celsius. 

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Textile Filter Testing Shows Promise for Carbon Capture

North Carolina State University researchers found they could filter carbon dioxide from air and gas mixtures at promising rates using a proposed new textile-based filter that combines cotton fabric and an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase – one of nature’s tools for speeding chemical reactions.

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Beyond “Plant Trees!”: UMBC Research Finds Tree Plantations Encroaching on Essential Ecosystems

Trees store carbon, filter the air, create habitat, and supply a host of other benefits for animals and people.

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After Long Decline, Eastern Monarchs Show Signs of Recovery, Survey Finds

Eastern monarch butterflies covered 35 percent more ground in the mountain forests of central Mexico this past winter than they did the year before, according to a survey from the World Wildlife Fund.

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How a Knee Replacement Impacts the Planet

A total knee replacement can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life, but first the procedure itself will create nearly 30 pounds of waste, about half of which presents a biohazard and requires energy-intensive treatment for safe disposal.

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A 50% Reduction in Emissions by 2030 Can be Achieved. Here’s How

A new study by a team of scientists and policy analysts from across the nation suggests that there are multiple pathways to achieve this goal – but big commitments will need to be made, immediately.

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Why Confronting Invasive Species Is One of the Best Ways to Prepare for Climate Change

New research, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, finds that the ecological effect of invasive species alone is comparable to the combined effects of invasives plus warming temperatures, drought or nitrogen deposition. 

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Managing Habitat for Flowering Plants May Mitigate Climate Effects on Bee Health

Warm, wet weather conditions and changing climate negatively influence the nectar intake and nutritional health of honey bees, but maintaining large tracts of grassy natural habitat with flowering plants around apiaries may help to mitigate the detrimental effects of climate, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.

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Great Timing, Supercomputer Upgrade Lead to Successful Forecast of Volcanic Eruption

In the fall of 2017, geology professor Patricia Gregg and her team had just set up a new volcanic forecasting modeling program on the Blue Waters and iForge supercomputers.

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