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Half of Replanted Tropical Trees Don’t Survive, New Study Finds

On average, about half of trees planted in tropical and sub-tropical forest restoration efforts do not survive more than five years, but there is enormous variation in outcomes, new research has found.

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Iron-Rich Dust From South America Played Role in Last Two Glacial Periods, Says Study

Dust from the high Andes of southern Bolivia and northern Argentina was an important source of iron for the nutrient-deficient South Pacific in the last two glacial cycles, especially at the beginnings of these cycles.

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Quantifying the Impact of Vegetation Changes on Water Availability

Dr Chris Huntingford from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology collaborated on a new study which explains how global water availability is affected by changes in vegetation cover.

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Less Intensively Managed Grasslands Have Higher Plant Diversity and Better Soil Health, Research Shows

Researchers have shown - for the first time - that less intensively managed British grazed grasslands have on average 50% more plant species and better soil health than intensively managed grassland.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Weather: Mild for Most, Rainy for Some

As we head into Thanksgiving, NOAA forecasters anticipate temperatures close to seasonal normals in most areas of the country, but there will be increased chances of precipitation in some places. 

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NASA Program Predicted Impact of Small Asteroid Over Ontario, Canada

2022 WJ1 was a tiny asteroid on a collision course with Earth. But astronomers saw it coming, and NASA’s Scout impact hazard assessment system calculated where it would hit.

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NASA Satellite Precipitation Data Joins the Air Force

Rain gauges are plentiful around the United States, but that’s not the case elsewhere in the world – particularly over oceans and sparsely populated areas. 

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Synthetic Fibres Discovered in Antarctic Samples Show the ‘Pristine’ Continent Is Now a Sink for Plastic Pollution

As nations prepare to meet in Uruguay to negotiate a new Global Plastics Treaty, a new study has revealed the discovery of synthetic plastic fibres in air, seawater, sediment and sea ice sampled in the Antarctic Weddell Sea. 

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Planet’s Most Unique Birds at Higher Risk of Extinction

A new study finds that bird species with extreme or uncommon combinations of traits face the highest risk of extinction.

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How Studying the Clouds Can Improve Climate Models

Associate Research Scientist Kara Lamb grew up reading her father’s Scientific American magazines.

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