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Weight of Microplastics Raining on Auckland Equal to 3 Million Plastic Bottles Yearly, Study Finds

Some 74 million metric tons of microplastics, the equivalent of more than 3 million plastic bottles, are falling on Auckland yearly, new research finds.

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Study Finds Flightless Puffins Vulnerable to Winter Storms for Two Months a Year

Puffins lose the ability to fly for up to two months every year – twice as long as previously believed.

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Winter Sandstorm in China

On December 12, 2022, waves of sand and dust streamed over northern China, degrading air quality in several cities.

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Worst Drought on Record Parches Horn of Africa

As the end of 2022 draws near, the Horn of Africa is experiencing the longest and most severe drought on record, threatening millions of people with starvation.

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New Tool Offers Hope in the Fight Against Plant Extinction

In a powerful speech to open CoP15, the UN Biodiversity Conference, in Montreal, UN Secretary General António Guterres said that “We are waging a war on nature” and called for “a peace pact with nature”.

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Signals From the Ionosphere Could Improve Tsunami Forecasts

Research from the University of Washington shows that signals from the upper atmosphere could improve tsunami forecasting and, someday, help track ash plumes and other impacts after a volcanic eruption.

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New Research Shows Wildlife & Marine Environment Benefit when Island-Ocean Connections Are Restored

Restoring and rewilding islands that have been decimated by damaging invasive species provides benefits to not only the terrestrial ecosystem but to coastal and marine environments as well. 

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Changes in Earth’s Orbit May Have Triggered Ancient Warming Event

Changes in Earth’s orbit that favored hotter conditions may have helped trigger a rapid global warming event 56 million years ago that is considered an analogue for modern climate change, according to an international team of scientists.

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Pollination Loss Removes Healthy Foods From Global Diets, Increases Chronic Diseases Causing Excess Deaths

Inadequate pollination has led to a 3-5% loss of fruit, vegetable, and nut production and an estimated 427,000 excess deaths annually from lost healthy food consumption and associated diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers, according to research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

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UMaine Leads $3 Million Study on How Warming Arctic Affects American Lobster in New England, Atlantic Canada

Investigating how a rapidly warming Arctic will affect American lobster populations and the communities that depend on them in New England and Atlantic Canada will be the focus of a University of Maine-led study backed by a $3 million award from the National Science Foundation’s Navigating the New Arctic Program (NNA).

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