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USask study reveals origin of endangered Colombian poison frog hybrids

(University of Saskatchewan) The origin of an understudied hybrid population of poisonous frogs — highly endangered colorful animals that live deep in the Colombian jungle — is the result of natural breeding and not caused by wildlife traffickers moving them, a University of Saskatchewan (USask) study shows.

Energized by enzymes — nature’s catalysts

(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using a custom virtual reality app to design an artificial enzyme that converts carbon dioxide to formate, a kind of fuel. PNNL’s Wendy Shaw and Aaron Appel organized a session at the 2020 #AAASmtg and invited colleagues from across the nation to share what they’ve learned.

Climate summit calls for urgent action after Australia’s fire-hit summer

The megafires of Australia’s summer “are a harbinger of life and death on a hotter Earth”, a climate summit has said in a forceful declaration for urgent and dramatic climate action. The Climate Emergency Summit, held in Melbourne this week…

London Cops Look On As Extinction Rebellion Digs Up Govt. Lawn

London’s Metropolitan Police watched as Extinction Rebellion activists committed vandalism against government property by digging up grass outside of the Home Office. At least two police officers were seen in footage and photographs taken by news blog Guido Fawkes standing…

70% of Americans rarely discuss the environmental impact of their food

(Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ) American consumers are hungry for more climate-friendly plant-based diets, but they need more information, according to a new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the Earth Day Network.

The curious case of the disappearing snakes

(Michigan State University) A Michigan State University- and University of Maryland-led study featured on the cover of this week’s Science magazine should sound alarm bells regarding the “biodiversity crisis” or the loss of wildlife around the world.

Climate change could trigger more landslides in High Mountain Asia

More frequent and intense rainfall events due to climate change could cause more landslides in the High Mountain Asia region of China, Tibet and Nepal, according to the first quantitative study of the link between precipitation and landslides in the region.

Press highlights for the 2020 American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia

(American Chemical Society) Journalists may now apply for press credentials for the American Chemical Society Spring 2020 National Meeting & Exposition, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year. The meeting will be held March 22-26, 2020 in Philadelphia.

Skeptical Science’s Climate Blacklist Exposed: Make Scientists ‘Unhirable’

Dr. Judith Curry A climate advocacy group called Skeptical Science hosts a list of academics that it has labeled “climate misinformers.” The list includes 17 academics and is intended as a blacklist. We know of this intent because one of the…