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Coral survivors show some cope better with heatwaves

The pressing concerns of climate change have placed the long-term health of the world's coral reefs in jeopardy. However, new research inspires hope as some corals managed to survive a recent and globally unprecedented heatwave.

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China's lockdown cut some air pollution, but not all

Despite a striking drop in nitrogen oxide during China's near-total February lockdown, other air pollution levels didn't follow suit, experts say.
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World population growth to diminish, spurring geopolitical power shift

The number of people in the world could be 2 billion fewer than UN forecasts by 2100, according to a new study. With declining fertility rates and ageing populations, experts predict a global shift in power dynamics.
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Superfund, meet super plants

Can the plant microbiome help clean up contaminated land?
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‘It’s just everywhere already': How delays in testing set back the US coronavirus response

A series of missed chances by the federal government to ensure more widespread testing came during the early days of the outbreak, when containment would have been easier.
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UW summarizes Washington climate impact on water

Climate change is affecting water systems in Washington, and with nearly 70 percent of the state's population living near the coastline, it will likely affect life in the state in the coming decades.

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Weird winds to blame for Greenland's huge water patch

A vast expanse of open water in the sea ice above Greenland in February mystified scientists, but a new analysis shows global warming wasn't the cause.
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Climate change will drive U.S. ragweed north

Ragweed, the most common cause of allergies in North America, could be making New York, Vermont, and Maine sneeze and sniffle by 2050.
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Forests emerge as a major overlooked climate factor

When Abigail Swann started her career in the mid-2000s, she was one of just a handful of scientists exploring a potentially radical notion: that the green plants living on Earth's surface could have a major influence on the planet's climate.

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New endangered Puget Sound orca dies soon after birth

The first calf born in three years to the endangered orcas that spend time in Pacific Northwest waters died Tuesday, the latest troubling sign for a population already at its lowest in more than three decades.

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The case for making chimp-humans

It is a bit of a stretch, but by no means impossible or even unlikely that a hybrid or a chimera combining a human being and a chimpanzee could be produced in a laboratory.

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Ex-Interior secretary – 'No such thing as clean coal'

Ex-U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell takes out after Trump administration policies on coal development, national park visitor fees, and its desire to drill for oil and gas along cherished coastlines.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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