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Renewable energy might be able to green a desert

Wind turbines and solar panels appear able to boost nearby rains — and plant growth Wind turbines and solar panels that create electricity are examples…

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Distant volcano could turn latest lunar eclipse dark red

Pollution spewed by Anak Krakatau’s eruption in Indonesia may darken an already red moon On the evening of January 20 to 21, the entire Western…

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Rare-plant hunters race against time to save at-risk species

Scientists rappel down cliffs and trek through forests to collect plants and seeds Somewhere on a windswept cliff on the edge of the Hawaiian island…

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Earth’s permafrost is heating up

Climate change is warming soil that’s been frozen for centuries — and in some places thawing it It’s no secret that climate change is melting…

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Life on Earth is mostly green

A new census of life finds that by mass, animals are a small minority If you were writing to an alien pen pal in a…

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Oceans’ fever means fewer fish

Since 1930, some regions have seen a 35 percent drop in individuals that can be caught without harming fisheries Finding fish is going to get…

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Microplastics are blowing in the wind

A remote spot in the French Pyrenees is getting as many microplastics per day as downtown Paris Plastic pollution from cities doesn’t always stay in…

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Studies show how homes can pollute indoor air

Teams examined emissions from cooking, cleaning, furniture and more WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans spend roughly 90 percent of their time indoors, the U.S. Environmental Protection…

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Could climate change worsen global conflict?

By stressing resources and prompting mass migrations, climate change could be a ‘threat multiplier’ There is a region in the Middle East known as the…

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City living makes trees grow fast but die young

Urban trees may not remove as much carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, as rural trees City trees grow faster and die younger than trees in…

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