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Heat-Lovers Are the Lucky Ones

Sparse data often make it difficult to track how climate change is affecting populations of insect species. 

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Feeling the Heat

Personal exposure to heat is an environmental hazard that might not make the same headlines as hurricanes or wildfires. But its effects are devastating. 

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Which Forces Control the Elevation of Mountains?

Scientists have come up with a new classification scheme for mountain belts that uses just a single number to describe whether the elevation of the mountain belt is controlled mainly by weathering and erosion or by properties of the Earth’s crust, i.e., the lithospheric strength: the “Beaumont number” (Bm). 

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Patagonia’s Coast Offers Cool Refuge for Giant Kelp

Giant kelp forests around the world have struggled to stay healthy in recent decades, with some vanishing altogether. 

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Melting Glacier in Chile Reveals Trove of Ichthyosaur Fossils

The retreat of Chile’s Tyndall Glacier has revealed a graveyard of ichthyosaurs, dolphin-like reptiles that roamed the oceans more than 90 million years ago.

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Joint Effort By TTI, Texas A&M AgriLife Helps To Protect Endangered Species From Road Projects

The agencies are testing three different fence designs created to keep protected species like the Houston toad and Louisiana pine snake out of construction zones.

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NOAA Forecasts Average-Size Gulf of Mexico Summer ‘Dead Zone’

The Gulf of Mexico dead zone, or hypoxic area, is an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life.

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Global Changes Affect Algal Production in Northern Lakes

Globally rising temperatures and the browning of lakes can both inhibit and promote algal growth in northern lakes.

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Scientists Show that at Least 44 Percent of Earth’s Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

New research published in the June 3, 2022 journal Science reveals that 44 percent of Earth’s land area – some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to safeguard biodiversity.

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Shifting Signatures of Climate Change Reshuffle Northern Species

Climate change is occurring at unprecedented rates, particularly in northern regions, making it a major threat to biodiversity and ecosystem integrity.

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