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California’s Wildfire Season has Lengthened, and its Peak is Now Earlier in the Year

California’s wildfire problem, fueled by a concurrence of climate change and a heightened risk of human-caused ignitions in once uninhabited areas, has been getting worse with each passing year of the 21st century.

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Spring Forest Flowers Likely a Key to Bumble Bee Survival, Illinois Study Finds

For more than a decade, ecologists have been warning of a downward trend in bumble bee populations across North America, with habitat destruction a primary culprit in those losses.

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Idle Wells Could be Big Source of Methane Releases

Uncapped, idle oil wells could be leaking millions of kilograms of methane each year into the atmosphere and surface water, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati.

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Research Gives Trees an Edge in Landfill Clean-up

A research team from the USDA Forest Service and the University of Missouri has developed a new contaminant prioritization tool that has the potential to increase the effectiveness of environmental approaches to landfill clean-up.

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Crop Rotations with Beans and Peas Offer More Sustainable and Nutritious Food Production

The authors use a first-of-its-kind approach to show that the increased cultivation of legumes would deliver higher nutritional value at lower environmental and resource costs.

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Study of Oak Forests of European Russia Elucidates Climate Change in the Region

Scientific classifications of forest vegetation on the territory of the former USSR, including the Republic of Tatarstan, previously used the dominant approach, traditional for northern countries, taking into account the dominance degree of one or another species in the main tree layer, or similarity in the composition of subordinate layers with the identification of cycles and series of associations.

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Fishing in African Waters

African waters have been contributing to the global supply of fish for years, with three of the four most productive marine ecosystems in the world near the continent.

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Species or Ecosystems: How Best to Restore the Natural World?

The Serengeti plain of East Africa is one of the world’s great wild lands — teeming with lions, leopards and migrating wildebeest.

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Limited Value of Tree Plantations for Biodiversity Conservation

In light of declining natural forests, tree plantations may seem like a good way to replace forest habitats.

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Incentives Could Turn Costs of Biofuel Mandates into Environmental Benefits

New studies from the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) shed more light on the economic and environmental costs of mandates in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), a federal program to expand the nation’s biofuels sector.

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