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The Demise of Gasoline Cars? What We Know About N.Y.’s Climate Plan

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The sweeping climate plan that New York lawmakers have agreed to pass sets the country’s most ambitious goals for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions: getting…

Demise of Gasoline Cars? What We Know About N.Y.’s Ambitious Climate Goals

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The sweeping climate plan that New York lawmakers have agreed to pass sets the country’s most ambitious goals for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions: getting…

Now They Want To ‘Fix’ A Climate They Say Is ‘Unpredictable’

They have always been around, the weeping prophets and merchants of doom, as have their credulous followers. The descendants of Jeremiah and Nostradamus also claim to have had special insight and esoteric knowledge. They urge us to make sacrifices, change…

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Archaeological mystery solved with modern genetics

Researchers have conducted a census of the Japanese population around 2,500 years ago using the Y chromosomes of men living on the main islands of modern-day Japan. This is the first time analysis of modern genomes has estimated the size of an ancient human population before they were met by a separate ancient population.

Narwhals and belugas can interbreed

A team of researchers has compiled the first and only evidence that narwhals and beluga whales can breed successfully. DNA and stable isotope analysis of an anomalous skull from the Natural History Museum of Denmark has allowed researchers to confirm the existence of a narwhal-beluga hybrid.

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Groundwater pumping has significantly reduced US stream flows

Groundwater pumping in the last century has contributed as much as 50% to stream flow declines in some US rivers. This is the first study to examine the impact of past groundwater pumping across the entire US. Previous research examined how groundwater pumping affected surface waters, but at smaller scales. The researchers compared what US surface waters would have been like without consumptive uses with changes since large-scale groundwater pumping began in the 1950s.

Trump’s EPA Finalizes Plan To Repeal And Replace Obama’s Job-Killing Coal Regs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its plan to repeal and replace an Obama-era regulation that critics said would cost thousands of coal industry jobs. The Clean Power Plan never went into effect. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay…