Study highlights climate mitigation potential of encouraging Earth’s forests to regenerate naturally

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Allowing forests to grow back naturally should be regarded alongside other measures like large-scale tree-planting as a critical nature-based approach to mitigating climate change, according to a major new study that ....

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California grants western Joshua trees temporary endangered species protections

Credit: CC0 Public Domain California officials took the unusual step Tuesday of granting temporary endangered species status to the western Joshua tree, but will allow 15 solar energy firms to raze Joshua trees that stand ....

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Tiny worlds reveal fundamental drivers of abundance, diversity

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The natural world is astonishingly complex. After centuries of study, scientists still have much to learn about how all the species in an ecosystem coexist, for example. New research on microbial ....

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MoonRanger will search for water at moon’s south pole

MoonRanger, a suitcase-size lunar rover being developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic, will search for signs of water during a NASA mission to the moon in 2022. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University MoonRanger, a small ....

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Scientists identify new species of crystal-encrusted truffle, thanks to bonobos

Scientists discovered an undescribed species of truffle, thanks to bonobos, who savor the mushrooms. Credit: Alexander Georgiev Mushroom-munching bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have introduced scientists to a new species of truffle. ....

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Warming temperatures are driving Arctic greening

When Arctic tundra greens, undergoing increased plant growth, it can impact wildlife species including reindeer and caribou. Credit: Logan Berner/Northern Arizona University As Arctic summers warm, Earth's northern landscapes are changing. Using satellite images to ....

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Wildfires, logging affect fungi pine forests depend on for survival, studies show

PhD candidate Jean Rodriguez Ramos conducts field research on fungi in the soil of a lodgepole pine forest. Ramos found that disturbances such as drought, wildfires and logging alter the balance of fungi in the ....

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Intensive monoculture is putting water systems in peril

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The global spread of vast forest plantations and agricultural monocultures are turning once diverse landscapes into areas of land supporting single plant species, with profound implications for our terrestrial water cycle, ....

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Ecologists confirm Alan Turing’s theory for Australian fairy circles

Drone image of the Australian fairy circles, taken at a flying altitude of 40 m above ground. The gaps have average diameters of 4 m and the spatially periodic pattern results from approximately equal distances ....

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Highly efficient perovskite solar cells with enhanced stability and minimised lead leakage

A researcher tests the function of the solar cells inside the glove box. Credit: City University of Hong Kong While the power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PVSCs)—a future of solar cells—has already greatly ....

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