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As India's Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

Sun, 2017/08/20 - 4:59am

Farmers are starting to grow new crops in winter, when their fields usually lie fallow. Meanwhile, air pollution, which contributes to climate change, is weakening India's solar energy production.

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The Role Of Solar Eclipses In Religion

Fri, 2017/08/18 - 1:31pm

Throughout human history, solar eclipses have been seen as having great religious significance, often as omens or signs of divine warning or punishment. Major and minor religions alike have their own understandings.

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Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks

Fri, 2017/08/18 - 1:13pm

The move reverses an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water. The aim was to cut back on plastic litter.

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Waste Of Thyme: Why Do We Have To Buy More Herbs Than Recipes Call For?

Fri, 2017/08/18 - 4:00am

Fresh herbs are some of the most perishable items in the produce section. And yet, shoppers must buy amounts that are bound to go wasted at home.

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California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

Fri, 2017/08/18 - 2:00am

On a sunny day, California gets up to 40 percent of its energy from solar power. Monday's total eclipse isn't just a scientific spectacle, it's a major concern for the state's power grid.

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Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Flood Standards For Infrastructure Projects

Wed, 2017/08/16 - 2:45pm

An Obama order called for new public infrastructure projects to be built to withstand rising sea levels caused by climate change. President Trump revoked that order to accelerate the review process.

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Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Flood Standards For Infrastructure Projects

Wed, 2017/08/16 - 2:45pm

An Obama order called for new public infrastructure projects to be built to withstand rising sea levels caused by climate change. President Trump revoked that order to accelerate the review process.

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United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 2017/08/16 - 8:06am

Skywatchers and astrophysicists are already gearing up for next month's "Great American Solar Eclipse."

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Woolly Mammoths Are Long Gone, But The Hunt For Their Ivory Tusks Lives On

Wed, 2017/08/16 - 4:18am

Last year China banned the sale of commercial elephant ivory. But that's led to another illicit trade — in woolly mammoth tusks — that is having a severe impact on Siberia's permafrost.

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Scientists Move To Establish Wildlife Preserve At Guantanamo Bay

Tue, 2017/08/15 - 1:29pm

In the 15 years since the Guantanamo Bay detention camp was established to house suspected terrorists, a green buffer surrounding the facility to keep out the world has reverted back to the wild. Now some scientists would like to turn it into a protected research area.

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Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

Tue, 2017/08/15 - 12:01pm

New research suggests there is space on the open ocean to farm essentially all the seafood humans can eat — and then some. But such volumes of fish and shellfish could not be grown without costs.

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Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

Tue, 2017/08/15 - 12:01pm

New research suggests there is space on the open ocean to farm essentially all the seafood humans can eat — and then some. But such volumes of fish and shellfish could not be grown without costs.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Tue, 2017/08/15 - 10:37am

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Tue, 2017/08/15 - 10:37am

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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Science, Solitude And The Sacred On The Appalachian Trail

Tue, 2017/08/15 - 9:47am

There is no greater source for science, for the inspiration to do science, than the wild; that is where the sense of sacredness at the root of science's aspiration lives, says blogger Adam Frank.

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Greenland Is Still Burning, But The Smoke May Be The Real Problem

Tue, 2017/08/15 - 8:02am

Wildfires are still burning in western Greenland, close to the Arctic island's ice sheet. As the fires burn, they release black particles that can coat the ice and snow, and make it melt more quickly.

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Trump Administration Takes Key Step To Rolling Back Auto Fuel Standards

Mon, 2017/08/14 - 1:28pm

The Trump administration has opened a 45-day comment period ahead of proposed changes to Obama-era EPA rules for greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light trucks.

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Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

Mon, 2017/08/14 - 8:41am

A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides can harm wild bees, like bumblebees.

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In Egypt, A Rising Sea — And Growing Worries About Climate Change's Effects

Sun, 2017/08/13 - 5:33am

"In the winter, the sea attacks us," a fisherman says. "We are afraid the village will sink into the sea." The World Bank says Egypt is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change's effects.

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People In Nepal Used To Think Vultures Were Bad Luck. Not Anymore

Sun, 2017/08/13 - 4:00am

The number of vultures in South Asia has plummeted. But "restaurants" to feed rescued chicks and wild vultures are good for the birds — and for the local economy.

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