Environment

Climate change-driven droughts are getting hotter, study finds

Temperature increases during dry periods outpace average climate warming Dry months are getting hotter in large parts of the United States, another sign that human-caused climate change is forcing people to encounter new extremes. In a study published today in Science Advances, researchers at the University of California, Irvine report that temperatures during droughts have…

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How forests improve kids’ diets

A first-of-its-kind global study shows that children in 27 developing countries have better nutrition — when they live near forests. The results turn on its head the common assumption that improving nutrition in poorer countries requires clearing forests for more farmland — and, instead, suggest that forest conservation could be an important tool for aid…

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Soil bugs munch on plastics

Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. Researchers have now identified an alternative: films made of the polymer PBAT biodegrade in soils. Our world is drowning in a flood of plastic. Eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year.…

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Impact of climate change on mammals and birds ‘greatly underestimated’

An international study published today involving University of Queensland research has found large numbers of threatened species have already been impacted by climate change. Associate Professor James Watson of UQ’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Wildlife Conservation Society said alarmingly, the team of international researchers found evidence of observed responses to recent…

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