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River Complexity Maintains Regional Population Stability

An international group of researchers has demonstrated that branching complexity of rivers affects regional population stability and persistence in nature, contrary to current theories which suggest the importance of an ecosystem’s size.

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Platinum Rain

Supervolcanoes are one of Mother Nature’s deadliest phenomena, and when they erupt, they can change the climate of the entire planet.

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How to protect your children from wildfire smoke

We’re very careful about what our kids eat, but what about the air they breathe?

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Follow National Wildfire Information in the Palm of Your Hand

The public can now access information about active wildfires across the country using a smartphone.

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Australia Facing Increased Intense Rain Storms

Landmark study shows how heavy, short rain storms are intensifying more rapidly than would be expected with global warming.

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Carbon ‘Leak’ May Have Warmed the Planet for 11,000 Years, Encouraging Human Civilization

The oceans are the planet’s most important depository for atmospheric carbon dioxide on time scales of decades to millenia. But the process of locking away greenhouse gas is weakened by activity of the Southern Ocean, so an increase in its activity could explain the mysterious warmth of the past 11,000 years, an international team of researchers reports.

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Climate Taxes on Agriculture Could Lead to More Food Insecurity Than Climate Change Itself

New IIASA-led research has found that a single climate mitigation scheme applied to all sectors, such as a global carbon tax, could have a serious impact on agriculture and result in far more widespread hunger and food insecurity than the direct impacts of climate change. Smarter, inclusive policies are necessary instead.

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NASA Finds Development of Tropical Depression 16W

Tropical Depression 16W formed in the northwestern Pacific Ocean despite vertical wind shear. Wind shear was elongating the newly formed tropical depression when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and analyzed the storm in infrared light. 

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As Economics Improve, Solar Shines in Rural America

A five-year effort by electric cooperatives to expand the use of solar energy in rural parts of the United States is coming to a successful conclusion.

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Native Bison Hunters Amplified Climate Impacts on Prairie Fires

Native American communities actively managed North American prairies for centuries before Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World, according to a new study by researchers from Southern Methodist University and the University of Arizona.

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