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Earth Had its 4th-Warmest October on Record

The planet added another warm month to a warm year, with October 2022 ranking as the world’s fourth-warmest October in 143 years.

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Largest Known Manta Ray Population is Thriving Off the Coast of Ecuador, New Research Shows

Scientists have identified off the coast of Ecuador a distinct population of oceanic manta rays that is more than 10 times larger than any other known subpopulation of the species.

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A World Map of Plant Diversity

Why are there more plant species in some places than in others? Why is diversity highest in the tropics?

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Johns Hopkins APL Uses AI, Satellite Images to Track Greenhouse Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the transportation sector accounts for approximately 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions annually in the United States, and emissions from road transportation — driven by carbon-creating internal combustion vehicles — account for a large majority of that.

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Climate Change Creates Complications for Concrete

Pennsylvania drivers know the effects that weather can have on paved roads—potholes, cracks and other pavement woes are a common occurrence.

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Honey Bee Lifespans are 50% Shorter Today Than They Were 50 Years Ago

A drop in longevity for lab-kept honey bees could help explain colony losses and lower honey production in recent decades.

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France Looks to Mandate Solar Panels Over Large Parking Lots

The French Senate has passed legislation requiring parking lots with at least 80 spaces be covered in solar panels.

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USU Geoscientist Says Sea-Level Changes Formed Australia's K'gari Sand Island, Great Barrier Reef

How did the world’s largest sand island, K’gari, the indigenous name for eastern Australia’s Fraser Island, along with the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, come to be?

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Desert Dust Collected From Glacier Ice Helps Document Climate Change

Researchers from The Ohio State University are using dust trapped in glacier ice in Tibet to document past changes in Earth’s intricate climate system – and maybe one day help predict future changes.

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The World Will Probably Warm Beyond the 1.5-Degree Limit. But Peak Warming Can Be Curbed

The world’s current climate pledges are insufficient to keep the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement firmly within grasp. Global warming will likely surpass the 1.5-degree Celsius limit.

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