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Researchers can finally modify plant mitochondrial DNA

Researchers have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply. Nuclear DNA was first edited in the early 1970s, chloroplast DNA was first edited in 1988, and animal mitochondrial DNA was edited in 2008. However, no tool previously successfully edited plant mitochondrial DNA. Researchers used their technique to create four new lines of rice and three new lines of rapeseed (canola).

Great Plains’ Ecosystems Have Shifted 365 Miles Northward Since 1970

Ecosystems in North America’s Great Plains have shifted hundreds of miles northward in the past 50 years, driven by climate change, wildfire suppression, energy development, land use changes, and urbanization, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature…

Climate change could put these colleges underwater. Why they’re staying put – USA TODAY

CLOSE Rising sea levels could put cities underwater in just 80 years. Buzz60 The leaders of Texas A&M University’s seaside Galveston campus had a choice to make. It was 2008, and Hurricane Ike had just devastated the Gulf Coast, forcing the…

Analysis finds US ecosystems shifting hundreds of miles north

(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) Researchers with the Center for Resilience in Working Agricultural Landscapes used 50 years of data on bird distributions and concluded that ecosystems have shifted northward by hundreds of miles. The data suggests that climate change and other phenomena are at play.

Why California dumped 96 millions plastic balls into a reservoir

They’re hypnotic and incredibly odd. Thousands of black plastic “shade balls” float and bob on the surface of the Los Angeles Reservoir, looking like a kind of dark playground ball pit. Roughly 96 million plastic balls now reside in the…

The Debates Showed America Still Doesn’t Know How to Talk About Climate Change – TIME

If you want to understand just how badly climate change was handled in the Democratic debates, start by looking at a good answer on another subject. When former HUD Secretary Julián Castro was asked about immigration during the first night…