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Ecology

KDHE issues blue-green algae warning for four Kansas lake
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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas health officials say four lakes in the state are under health warnings because of high levels of toxic blue-green algae blooms. In a news release, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the lakes under warning aren’t closed, but contact with the water can cause serious illness and should be avoided. […]

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Green boon: Fast-growing trees aid paper-making, help save forests
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Dehradun: They look like normal eucalyptus trees up to 65 feet tall with a trunk girth of about 19 cm and towering over their peers in an evaluation trial on the foothills of Himalayas here. They are hybrids, progenies of two high-growth species of eucalyptus parent trees. Welcome to the world of tree breeding at […]

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Earth ‘entering new extinction phase’ – US study – BBC News
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The Earth has entered a “new period of extinction”, a study by three US universities concludes, and humans could be among the first casualties.        

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Crop-based biofuels will take years to truly help the environment | Ars Technica
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The push for renewable energy has led to the generation of biofuels from cellulose-rich biomass, algae, and crops. Currently, crop-based biofuels are limited to those derived from agricultural products: corn, soybean, rapeseed, and surgarcane. An increase in the demand for crop-based biofuels will require either an increase in the amount of agricultural land or an increase in crop […]

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Common Hormone Used To Fatten Up Cows Is Contaminating The Environment | ThinkProgress
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Researchers have found that a commonly-used hormone persists in the environment longer and in higher concentrations than previously thought. Source: Common Hormone Used To Fatten Up Cows Is Contaminating The Environment | ThinkProgress

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World on course to lose 1 in 6 species to climate change – South America, Australia, New Zealand face even more extinctions
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Renowned biologist E.O Wilson, assessing Earth’s sixth great extinction now underway, described the future as a shrinking keyhole through which all species must pass as humanity responds to, and hopefully averts catastrophe. A new study published in the journal Science shows that this keyhole could drastically narrow with each degree increase in global temperature due […]

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11 ways climate change affects the world – CNN.com
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From Polar Bears to Droughts, Wildfires to food prices we are are facing a change to the world like no other in its history (as far as we know) and here from CNN is an encapsulation of all the problems facing us and, much more importantly, our children. Feeling powerless is what is now becoming […]

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China is building a Great Wall of Trees to fight climate change and the encroaching Gobi Desert – Quartz
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Source: China is building a Great Wall of Trees to fight climate change and the encroaching Gobi Desert – Quartz China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but it is also engaged in a massive tree-planting program that has helped to offset tropical deforestation, and suck some of the climate-changing carbon dioxide out of the […]

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