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States Nix Plastic Bag Bans To Avoid Viral Spread, Contamination

States that introduced “green” regulations that taxed single-use plastic grocery bags in an effort to eventually annihilate them are now welcoming them back as health officials caution of possible contamination with reusable bags. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said Thursday…

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In Earth’s largest extinction, land animal die-offs began long before marine extinction

Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that the terrestrial extinctions from Gondwana occurred at the same time as the better-documented marine extinctions. But a new study provides more precise dates for South African fossils and points to a long, perhaps 400,000-year period of extinction on land before the rapid marine extinction 252 million years ago.

In Earth’s largest extinction, land animal die-offs began long before marine extinction

(University of California – Berkeley) Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that the terrestrial extinctions from Gondwana occurred at the same time as the better-documented marine extinctions. But a new study provides more precise dates for South African fossils and points to a long, perhaps 400,000-year period of extinction on land before the rapid marine extinction 252 million years ago.

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Legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief

More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a new study.

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A small forage fish should command greater notice, researchers say

A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as ‘a quintessential forage fish’ for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform ‘relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.’

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A small forage fish should command greater notice, researchers say

A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as ‘a quintessential forage fish’ for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform ‘relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.’

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Meet Dr. Jennifer Jenkins: Nobel Prize-winning scientist and bioenergy champion

In 2007, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins was part of a group of scientists, including former Vice President Al Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on climate. Nine years later, she became vice president and chief sustainability officer…

Study: Rapid Sea-Level Rise Found Along Atlantic Coast In 18th Century

A study by the University of York found evidence for a period of enhanced pre-industrial sea-level rise of about 2-3 millimeters per year in three locations — Nova Scotia, Maine, and Connecticut, which was largely natural, without any human constructions…

Half the world's beaches could be gone by the end of this century

Life under climate change will not be a beach. In fact, future generations aren’t likely to know many sandy beaches at all. By the year 2100, nearly half the world’s sandy beaches are expected to fall victim to rising sea…