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China Touts Massive Renewable Energy Buildout, New Funding for Biodiversity

China has broken ground on a massive 100-gigawatt renewable energy project, larger than all solar and wind installations in India combined, President Xi Jinping announced Tuesday, by video link, at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China.

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Winds of Change: Improvements for Wind Energy Production

The development of wind energy, a renewable, emissions-free energy source, is widely acknowledged as an imperative to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.

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Increases in Extreme Humid-heat Disproportionately Affect Populated Regions

The world is not only getting hotter but also more humid, and new research by Washington State University scientists shows people living in areas where humid-heat extremes are already a significant hazard are bearing the brunt of the impact. 

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Insects in the Light of Land Use and Climate

Urbanisation appears to be another key factor for insect decline. 

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Novel Habitats Created by Non-native Mangrove Trees May Inform the Future Management of Some Invasive Species

In a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, environmental science and management professor Elise Granek and lead author Casey Lewis, PSU alumna, report the findings of a census of zooplankton communities in non-native mangrove habitats and open coastline on the island of Moloka'i, Hawaii. 

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Arctic Sea Ice May Make a Last Stand in This Remote Region. It May Lose the Battle.

With warming climate, summer sea ice in the Arctic has been shrinking fast, and now consistently spans less than half the area it did in the early 1980s. 

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Icy ‘Glue’ May Control Pace of Antarctic Ice-Shelf Breakup

As the ice-and-snow rubble known as mélange melts in Antarctica’s ice shelves, rifts can grow and icebergs break off even in the brutal cold of winter.

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Study Highlights How Humans and Nature Are Causing Significant Changes to the Health of Global Rivers

Many of the world’s largest rivers are experiencing significant changes in their chemical composition as a result of natural and human activity, according to new research.

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Lake Formation and Expansion Due to Sea-Level Rise Causes Freshwater Resource Depletion on Small Islands

Coastal regions and small ocean islands face significant risks from rising sea levels due to climate change, because waters can flood and inundate low-lying land surfaces.

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Low-Cost, Continuous Seismic Monitoring System to Support Emission Reduction Efforts

Kyushu University researchers demonstrated a new method for continuously monitoring the environment just below Earth’s surface using a small seismic source and fiber-optic cables.

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