Sediment bacteria likely adding to Greenland melt

Bacteria may add to melting on the Greenland ice sheet, which covers 656,000 square miles. If it melted, global sea level would rise an estimated 20 feet.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

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Now's the time to rethink your relationship with nature

If all of humanity was wiped out tomorrow, it's estimated that the natural world would take at least five million years to recover from the damage humans have done to the world.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

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Low-carbon policies can be ‘balanced’ to benefit small firms and average households – study

A review of ten types of policy used to reduce carbon suggests that some costs fall on those less able to bear them – but it also shows these policies can form

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 18, 2021 ~7 min

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Wildfire smoke’s effects are getting worse

The far-reaching effects of wildfires and wildfire smoke are a growing problem, researchers say. Climate change is the "straw that broke the camel's back."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~11 min

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One termite lineage took over by switching diets

"Termites are mostly misunderstood," says entomologist Thomas Chouvenc. Tracing their evolution shows they do more than eat wood and destroy homes.

Lourdes Rodriguez-U. Florida • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Why you should turn off your camera during Zoom meetings

It's not just to hide clutter anymore—leaving your camera off during your next virtual meeting could help save the planet, too.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Warming oceans will be extra hard on big fish

Large fish will find it particularly difficult to extract oxygen from warming oceans, researchers report.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

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Extreme droughts may hit 2X as many people by century’s end

Global land area and the number of people suffering from the effects of extreme drought could more than double by the late 21st century, experts warn.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~4 min

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Toothpaste chemical can fight antibiotic resistance

Using fluoride in labs that are working with GMOs could be a simple, cheap way to fight antibiotic resistance, researchers say.

James Badham-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

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Bumble bees in places with fewer flowers are sicker

Bumble bees in low-quality landscapes with fewer flowers and places for nesting have more diseases and parasites, researchers say.

Chuck Gill-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 7, 2021 ~7 min

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