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Warm, Dry October Intensifies U.S. Drought

Below-normal rainfall and above-average temperatures intensified drought conditions, broadening the geographic areas of drought across the U.S. in October 2022.

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Beavers Will Become a Bigger Boon to River Water Quality as U.S. West Warms, Stanford Study Finds

As climate change worsens water quality and threatens ecosystems, the famous dams of beavers may help lessen the damage.

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Understanding Rogue Waves of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

The eastern Mediterranean Sea, a large basin surrounded by ancient cultural sites, is also a climatology hot spot. 

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Artificial Intelligence and Molecule Machine Join Forces to Generalize Automated Chemistry

Artificial intelligence, “building-block” chemistry and a molecule-making machine teamed up to find the best general reaction conditions for synthesizing chemicals important to biomedical and materials research – a finding that could speed innovation and drug discovery as well as make complex chemistry automated and accessible.

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Emperor Penguins Granted Protections Under Endangered Species Act

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that emperor penguins have been listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) based on evidence that the animal's sea ice habitat is shrinking and is likely to continue to do so over the next several decades.

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Agriculture in Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert

This photograph was captured by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as the spacecraft orbited over the city of Nuevo Casas Grandes and the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.

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Rethinking Mountain Water Security

The study, led by Imperial College London, University of Birmingham, University of Zurich, the British Geological Survey and Pontifical Catholic University of Peru along with local partners, suggests this lack of integrated water security knowledge is due to poor understanding of what happens ‘beyond the cryosphere’ – that is the contribution from water sources other than frozen water such as hillslopes, wetlands, and groundwater.

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Farmers in China, Uganda Move to High-Yielding, Cost-Saving Perennial Rice

After more than 9,000 years in cultivation, annual paddy rice is now available as a long-lived perennial.

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Entomologists Issue Warning About Effects of Climate Change on Insects

In a new scientific review, a team of 70 scientists from 19 countries warned that if no steps are taken to shield insects from the consequences of climate change, it will “drastically reduce our ability to build a sustainable future based on healthy, functional ecosystems.”

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Working With Mountain Communities Could Help Water Systems Adapt to Climate

Imperial scientists have shared how working directly with mountain communities could drive adaptation to the loss of their main water sources.

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