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Unbreathable: Air Pollution Becomes a Major Global Killer | TIME.com

Unbreathable: Air Pollution Becomes a Major Global Killer | TIME.com | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
According to a new analysis published in "The Lancet," more than 3.2 million people suffered premature deaths from air pollution in 2010, the largest number on record
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Blue Whale "Hot Spots" Overlap With Shipping Lanes, Raising Threats

Blue Whale "Hot Spots" Overlap With Shipping Lanes, Raising Threats | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Popular spots for blue whales off the California coast overlap commercial shipping lanes, a new study finds.
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What Do Wild Animals Do in a Wildfire?

What Do Wild Animals Do in a Wildfire? | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
As summer wildfires burn a million acres in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, some of the wild animals that live there have evolved to cope with—and even thrive after—the flames.
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How might climate change affect our food supply?

How might climate change affect our food supply? | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
It's no easy question to answer, but prudence demands that we try. Thus, Microsoft and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have teamed up to tackle 'food resilience,' one of several themes that make up the White House's Climate Data Initiative.
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Wild Pictures From Your Shot's Embrace the Untamed

Wild Pictures From Your Shot's Embrace the Untamed | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
A bear chomps a salmon, cranes take wing, and wild dolphins frolic in this selection of pictures from a Your Shot story.
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Ancient ocean currents may have changed pacing and intensity of ice ages: Slowing of currents may have flipped switch

Ancient ocean currents may have changed pacing and intensity of ice ages: Slowing of currents may have flipped switch | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that the deep ocean currents that move heat around the globe stalled or even stopped about 950,000 years ago, possibly due to expanding ice cover in the north. The slowing currents increased carbon dioxide storage in the ocean, leaving less in the atmosphere, which kept temperatures cold and kicked the climate system into a new phase of colder but less frequent ice ages, they hypothesize.
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New look at old forests: Future growth of U.S. forests expected to decline

New look at old forests: Future growth of U.S. forests expected to decline | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
As forests age, their ability to grow decreases, because energy production (photosynthesis) and energy consumption (respiration) decrease with age, a new study has determined. Since most US forests are maturing from regeneration that began about 100 years ago when extensive clear-cutting occurred, the study suggests the future growth of US forests will decline.
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Tree hugging helps koalas keep their cool

Tree hugging helps koalas keep their cool | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Australia's koalas cope with extreme heat by resting against cooler tree trunks, new research has revealed. Researchers used a portable weather station and thermal imaging to uncover the koalas' cool plan. "Understanding the types of factors that can make some populations more resilient is important," one researcher said. Koalas also pant and lick their fur to cool down, but that can lead to dehydration.
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Lone Wolf That Took Epic Journey Across West Finds a Mate

Lone Wolf That Took Epic Journey Across West Finds a Mate | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
An Oregon wolf that headed west, traveling alone for hundreds of miles, is alone no longer.
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Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger

Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.
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Ozone levels drop 20 percent with switch from ethanol to gasoline

Ozone levels drop 20 percent with switch from ethanol to gasoline | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
When fuel prices drove residents of São Paulo, Brazil, to mostly switch from ethanol to gasoline in their flexible-fuel vehicles, local ozone levels dropped 20 percent. At the same time, nitric oxide and carbon monoxide concentrations tended to go up. The four-year study by an economist and a chemist is the first real-world trial looking at the effects of human behavior at the pump on urban air pollution.
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Drunken Trees: Dramatic Signs of Climate Change

Drunken Trees: Dramatic Signs of Climate Change | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
As the permafrost melts in the north, forests no longer grow straight.
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There's something ancient in the icebox: Three-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

There's something ancient in the icebox: Three-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland Ice Sheet | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Scientists were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice. This finding provides strong evidence that the ice sheet has persisted much longer than previously known, enduring through many past periods of global warming.
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Most comprehensive wiring diagram of the mammalian brain to date

Most comprehensive wiring diagram of the mammalian brain to date | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Researchers have published the first comprehensive, large-scale data set on how the brain of a mammal is wired, providing a groundbreaking data resource and fresh insights into how the nervous system processes information. Their landmark paper describes the publicly available Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas and demonstrates the exciting knowledge that can be gleaned from this valuable resource.
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Dire UN Climate Reports Raise Questions About Global Willpower

Dire UN Climate Reports Raise Questions About Global Willpower | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Influential climate reports point to a pivotal moment in global warming diplomacy.
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Evolution in rainforest flies points to climate change survival

Evolution in rainforest flies points to climate change survival | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Scientists believe some tropical species may be able to evolve and adapt to the effects of climate change. The new findings suggests some sensitive rainforest-restricted species may survive climate change and avoid extinction. But only if the change is not too abrupt and dramatically beyond the conditions that a species currently experiences.
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Gulf Oil Spill "Not Over": Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

Gulf Oil Spill "Not Over": Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the Gulf of Mexico's wildlife species are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released today.
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Climate change and the ecology of fear

Climate change and the ecology of fear | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Climate change is predicted to have major impacts on the many species that call our rocky shorelines home. Indeed, species living in these intertidal habitats, which spend half their day exposed to air and the other half submerged by water, may be subjected to a double whammy as both air and water temperatures rise. Given the reliance of human society on nearshore coastal ecosystems, it is critical that we better understand how climate change will affect them.
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Extreme Photo of the Week - National Geographic

Extreme Photo of the Week - National Geographic | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Extreme Photo of the Week: See new extreme adventure photos each week featuring tips from your favorite athletes and photographers. And get the stories behind the shots.
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Wing design proves key factor in determining migration success of Monarch butterflies

Wing design proves key factor in determining migration success of Monarch butterflies | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies make a spectacular journey from the eastern parts of North America to reach their overwintering grounds in Mexico. Researchers have long known that not all butterflies successfully reach their destination. Now scientists provide some crucial answers on what it takes for Monarchs to complete the trip. It turns out - it's all in the wings.
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Urban Farming Yields Fresh Foods, Land Reuse | Nat Geo Food

Urban Farming Yields Fresh Foods, Land Reuse | Nat Geo Food | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Thanks to urban farms, surplus city land is blooming with food crops and big-city chickens are coming home to roost.
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Dire UN Climate Reports Raise Questions About Global Willpower

Dire UN Climate Reports Raise Questions About Global Willpower | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Influential climate reports point to a pivotal moment in global warming diplomacy.
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Coral reefs provide potent new anti-HIV proteins

Coral reefs provide potent new anti-HIV proteins | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
A new class of proteins capable of blocking the HIV virus from penetrating T-cells has been discovered. The proteins, found in a coral from Australia's northern coast, could be well-suited for use in gels or sexual lubricants to provide a potent barrier against HIV infection, potentially filling a pressing need for a female-applied anti-HIV microbicide that doesn't rely on a man's willingness to use a condom.
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Urban river pollutants suppress wild bird development

Urban river pollutants suppress wild bird development | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Hormone disrupting pollutants are affecting the health and development of wild birds nesting along the urban rivers of South Wales, new research shows. Findings reveal that chicks of the Eurasian Dipper -- a river bird that feeds exclusively on insects and fish in upland streams -- are underweight compared to their rural counterparts. Also of concern is that birds nesting in urban rivers have altered hormone levels, and are hatching fewer female chicks than those nesting along rural rivers, which could have negative implications for the population’s breeding and survival.
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Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years

Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States have been outlined in a new report. "The northern quadrant of the United States includes 172 million acres of forest land and 124 million people," said one researcher. This report "is helping identify the individual and collective steps needed to ensure healthy and resilient futures for trees and people alike."
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The story of animal domestication retold: Scientists now think wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until quite recently

The story of animal domestication retold: Scientists now think wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until quite recently | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
A review of recent research on the domestication of large herbivores suggests that neither intentional breeding nor genetic isolation were as significant as traditionally thought. "Our findings show little control of breeding, particularly of domestic females, and indicate long-term gene flow, or interbreeding, between managed and wild animal populations," a co-author said.
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