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Satellites Show Major Southwest Groundwater Loss

New NASA satellites suggest that large swaths of groundwater in the Colorado River basin have been depleted

17 hours ago from TIME

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Wildlife loss link to child slavery

New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

20 hours ago from BBC News

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Climate change increases risk of crop slowdown in next 20 years

The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global crop yields because of climate change, new research finds.

5 hours ago from Phys.org

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Blue whales being struck by ships

Fatal encounters may explain why species hasn't recovered

Wed 23 Jul 14 from Science Now

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A six-state California faces a water war

An audacious plan to split California into six pieces is unlikely to succeed, but may force the state to tackle its water woes head-on

15 hours ago from Newscientist

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Give forests to local people to preserve them

The best way to protect forests, and the carbon they contain that could otherwise cause global warming, is to hand them over to local communities

Wed 23 Jul 14 from Newscientist

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Insecticides similar to nicotine widespread in Midwest

Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of ...

Thu 24 Jul 14 from Phys.org

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Urban heat boosts some pest populations 200-fold, killing red maples

New research from North Carolina State University shows that urban "heat islands" are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States. One factor is that researchers have found warmer ...

Wed 23 Jul 14 from Phys.org

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Science Graphic of the Week: Climate Change on Tatooine

Just because Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine is fictional doesn’t mean it’s immune to the effects of climate change. This map shows how, in the past 110 Galactic Standard ...

Thu 24 Jul 14 from Wired Science

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Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality

To reduce fire hazard in the United States, wildland managers often utilize the silvicultural practice of mechanically cutting woody shrubs and suppressed trees (ladder fuels). These cuttings ...

Thu 24 Jul 14 from Phys.org

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