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Climate Change Will Alter Functioning of Marine Microbial Communities, Study Shows

A study by an international group of researchers shows that interaction between communities of plankton – microorganisms that live at the bottom of the food chain in the oceans and supply most of the planet’s oxygen – will be affected by climate change in different ways depending on location.

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First Global Estimate of Importance of Pollinators for Seed Production in Plants

About 175 000 plant species – half of all flowering plants – mostly or completely rely on animal pollinators to make seeds and so to reproduce.

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Scientists Discover Large Rift in the Arctic's Last Bastion of Thick Sea Ice 

A new study documents the formation of a 3,000-square-kilometer rift in the oldest and thickest Arctic ice.

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Seismic Forensics and Its Importance for Early Warning

The scientific description of the catastrophic rockslide of February 7, 2021, in India’s Dhauli Ganga Valley reads like a forensic report.

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Street-Level Maps to Help Plan For Floods, Disasters

A tool that generates street-level maps of areas with high flood risk promises to aid future disaster planning as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

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New Limits on Water Use Spur Conservation Measures Among Farmers in California’s Central Valley

A 2014 California law intended to protect the state’s depleted aquifers is going into effect, requiring farms not to pump groundwater faster than it can be replenished. 

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The Climate-Driven Mass Extinction No One Had Seen

Sixty-three percent. That’s the proportion of mammal species that vanished from Africa and the Arabian Peninsula around 30 million years ago, after Earth’s climate shifted from swampy to icy. 

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Feather Phenomenon: Radar Indicates Stronger Hurricanes Trap, Transport More Birds

Whether birds get caged in the eye of a hurricane may depend on the intensity and totality of the chaos beyond the calm, says a novel study from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Matthew Van Den Broeke.

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Unprecedented Rise of Heat and Rainfall Extremes in Observational Data

A 90-fold increase in the frequency of monthly heat extremes in the past ten years compared to 1951-1980 has been found by scientists in observation data.

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Helping Coral Reefs Survive Under Climate Change

Coral reefs are the rainforests of the seas, and 30 percent of all marine biodiversity depends on them.

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