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The human imperative of stabilizing global climate change at 1.5°C – Science Magazine

The need to stabilize global climate Climate change will be the greatest threat to humanity and global ecosystems in the coming years, and there is a pressing need to understand and communicate the impacts of warming, across the perspectives of…

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Green light given to fruit fly’s color preference

Researchers have made two unexpected discoveries. First, they found that, given a choice, fruit flies are drawn to green light early in the morning and late in the afternoon, when they are most active, and to red, or dim light, in midday, when like many humans, they slow down to eat and perhaps take a siesta.

A new material made from spider silk and trees could replace plastic

From raindrops in the Rockies to the very food on our plates, we’ve woven a tangled web for ourselves out of plastic. It’s strong and flexible and cheap. It’s also a choking hazard for the planet. But new research from…

21 reasons why forests are important

Forests cover nearly a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet’s densest, most diverse collections of life. They support countless species, including our own, yet we often seem oblivious of that. Humans…

Clean Water Act changes put wetlands in the crosshairs

The Trump administration has finalized its deconstruction of clean water rules that buffered streams and wetlands from some forms of pollution. As a result, polluters will no longer need a permit to discharge potentially harmful substances into these bodies of…

Controversial insecticides shown to threaten survival of wild birds

New research shows how the world’s most widely used insecticides could be partly responsible for dramatic declines in farmland bird populations. In the first experiment to track effects of a neonicotinoid pesticide on birds in the wild, the team found that white-crowned sparrows who consumed small doses of imidacloprid insecticide suffered weight loss and delays to their migration — effects that could severely harm the birds’ chances of surviving and reproducing.

This bat-friendly town turned the night red

A sustainable neighborhood in the Dutch town of Nieuwkoop is leaving on the welcome light for bats. And if all goes well, they’ll never even notice it. The groundbreaking initiative, a culmination of more than five years of research on…