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A New Approach to Sharing the Burden of Carbon Dioxide Removal

Carbon dioxide removal is key to meeting the climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. 

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Biodiversity Safeguards Bird Communities Under a Changing Climate

A new study shows that North American bird communities containing functionally diverse species have changed less under climate change during the past 50 years than functionally simple communities.

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A Changing Flood Recipe for Las Vegas

Las Vegas, with its rapid urbanization and desert landscape, is highly vulnerable to flooding.

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New Research Shows Humans Impact Wolf Packs in National Parks

New research shows how humans are a substantial source of mortality for wolves that live predominantly in national parks — and more importantly, that human-caused mortality triggers instability in wolf packs in national parks.

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Underlying Assumptions of Air Quality Need to be Redefined

Long-term measurements in the urban area of Innsbruck, Austria, show that the fraction of ozone near the surface tends to be overestimated in atmospheric models.

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Global Warming Reaches Central Greenland

At high elevations of the Greenland Ice Sheet, the years 2001 to 2011 were 1.5 °C warmer than in the 20th century and represent the warmest decade in the last thousand years.

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Study Finds Blowing Bubbles Among Echidna’s Tricks to Beat the Heat

Curtin University research into how echidnas might respond to a warming climate has found clever techniques used by the animal to cope with heat, including blowing bubbles to wet its nose tip, with the moisture then evaporating and cooling its blood.

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Our Future Climate Depends Partly on Soil Microbes—but How Are They Affected by Climate Change?

The largest terrestrial carbon sink on Earth is the planet’s soil. One of the big fears is that a warming planet will liberate significant portions of the soil’s carbon, turning it into carbon dioxide (CO2) gas, and so further accelerate the pace of planetary warming. 

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The Tonga Eruption Is Still Revealing New Volcanic Dangers

One year later, researchers are still marveling at the power of the Hunga Tonga explosion—and wondering how to monitor hundreds of other undersea volcanoes.

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Increased Atmospheric Dust Is Masking Greenhouse Gases’ Warming Effect

A new study shows that global atmospheric dust — microscopic airborne particles from desert dust storms — has a slight overall cooling effect on the planet that has hidden the full amount of warming caused by greenhouse gases.

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