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UMaine-Led Study Shows Mountain Glacier Melting is Linked to Shifting Westerlies and Likely to Accelerate

The combination of global atmospheric warming and westerly winds shifting toward the poles will likely speed up the recession of mountain glaciers in both hemispheres, according to a UMaine study.

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What do Good Investing and Saving the World’s Dying Coral Reefs Have in Common? Diversifying is Key

As the health of coral reefs continues to decline under the stress of climate change, researchers aim to rejuvenate failing reefs by transplanting healthy coral.

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Not Everyone Aware Sustainable Diets Are About Helping the Planet

A new study has found that young Brits would be willing to change to a more sustainable diet, but a lack of understanding about what that actually means is preventing many from doing so.

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Extremely Hot and Cold Days Linked to Cardiovascular Deaths

Extremely hot and cold temperatures both increased the risk of death among people with cardiovascular diseases, such as ischemic heart disease (heart problems caused by narrowed heart arteries), stroke, heart failure and arrhythmia, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.

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Let It Snow, Inside for Science

In the headwaters state of Colorado, snowpack is king. Colorado State University snow hydrologist Steven Fassnacht recently traveled to one of the most advanced snow laboratories in the world to study this important resource and how snow influences water management and climate forecasting.

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Methane From Manholes and Historic Landfills: Significant Sources of Gas Go Unrecognized

Cities are responsible for almost 1/5th of the global methane emissions caused by human activities. 

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Novel 3D Imaging Model May Show Path to More Water-Efficient Plants

A new computational pipeline for analyzing three-dimensional imaging data can help biologists more accurately and quickly see how the cells in a plant’s leaves respond to the environment and identify plants that more efficiently use water, according to researchers.

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Fossil-Sorting Robots Will Help Researchers Study Oceans, Climate

Researchers have developed and demonstrated a robot capable of sorting, manipulating, and identifying microscopic marine fossils. 

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Water Mission to Gauge Alaskan Rivers on Front Lines of Climate Change

The upcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide a trove of data on Earth’s water resources, even in remote locations.

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How Intensive Agriculture Turned a Wild Plant Into a Pervasive Weed

New research in Science is showing how the rise of modern agriculture has turned a North American native plant, common waterhemp, into a problematic agricultural weed.

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