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Excessive Social Media Use is Comparable to Drug Addiction

Bad decision-making is a trait oftentimes associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? 

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Tornado project takes national spin

A Western-led project to discover and decode tornadoes in remote Northern Ontario has spun into a nationwide mission to identify every Canadian tornado in 2019

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Research Finds Recreationists Support Offshore Wind Energy Development

From boat enthusiasts to anglers, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found surprisingly widespread support for offshore wind energy development (OWD) among outdoor recreationists.

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Western U.S. Monarch Butterfly Population Declined Sharply in 2018

California’s population of monarch butterflies declined 86 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group that conducts an annual survey of the species in the western United States. Overall, the state’s monarch population has declined 97 percent since the 1980s.

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Natural Disasters Caused $160 Billion in Damage in 2018

Natural disasters caused $160 billion in economic damage worldwide in 2018, dominated by costly wildfires in California and tropical storms in the United States and Asia, according to a new report from the reinsurance giant Munich Re. California’s Camp and Woolsey fires alone caused losses of $21.7 billion, $16.5 billion of which was insured.

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Storage Wars

Researcher conducts first-ever global-scale evaluation of the role of soil minerals in carbon storage.

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How Climate Change Is Affecting Small Sierra Nevada Lakes

Spring snowpack a bigger predictor of lake warming than air temperature.

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Researchers Assess Western Forests’ Ability to Survive Next Drought

Researchers have evidence that California’s forests are especially vulnerable to multi-year droughts because their health depends on water stored several feet below ground.

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Using the Sun and Agricultural Waste to Control Pests

Biosolarization shows promise for conventional and organic farmers.

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Is Habitat Restoration Actually Killing Plants in the California Wildlands?

A research team has identified fungicide resistance in California from restoration sites due to exposure to the pesticides in plant nurseries.

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