A proposed mine threatens Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the most popular wilderness in the US

Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.

Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, Pomona College • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~10 min

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Mars: mounting evidence for subglacial lakes, but could they really host life?

New findings boost chances of finding life on Mars, but there are better candidates in the solar system.

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes

Warmer waters, heavier storms and nutrient pollution are a triple threat to Great Lakes cities' drinking water. The solution: Cutting nutrient releases and installing systems to filter runoff.

Joseph D. Ortiz, Professor and Assistant Chair of Geology, Kent State University • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~11 min

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To protect people in the Great Lakes region from climate extremes, weatherize their homes

Climate change is making extreme weather events, both hot and cold, more frequent across the Great Lakes region. Weatherizing low-income residents' homes is an important way to prepare.

Nicholas Rajkovich, Assistant Professor of Architecture, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~8 min

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Balloon releases have deadly consequences – we're helping citizen scientists map them

Releasing balloons at weddings and other celebrations is festive, until they break into pieces and become plastic pollution. A citizen science project is spotlighting the problem.

Shannon Brines, Applied Geographer, Lecturer and Manager, Environmental Spatial Analysis Laboratory, University of Michigan • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Did life on Earth start in ‘soda lakes’?

"For 50 years, what's called 'the phosphate problem,' has plagued studies on the origin of life." New research may solve it.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
Dec. 31, 2019 ~5 min

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Mars used to have salty lakes

Mars once had salt lakes, similar to some on Earth. Scientists now have an idea as to what happened to them.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~4 min

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Lake Tahoe shows microplastics aren’t just an ocean problem

Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in the US, shows how that the issue of microplastics goes way beyond the oceans.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Aug. 8, 2019 ~3 min

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Team cracks mystery of Dead Sea summer ‘snow’

The Dead Sea's salty summer "snow" has been a mystery, but new research explains what's going on.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Aug. 5, 2019 ~5 min

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Big flocks don’t always signal waterbird hotspots

"If we want to preserve our beaches, shorelines, and rivers we need to know which areas are actually hotspots that need conserving."

Jessi Adler-Michigan State • futurity
July 30, 2019 ~4 min

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