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California's giant water tunnels win first crucial approval

U.S. wildlife officials gave crucial first approval Monday to California Gov. Jerry Brown's decades-old ambitions to build two massive tunnels that would re-engineer the water system in the ...

7 hours ago from Phys.org

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Ten million tonnes of fish wasted every year despite declining fish stocks

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new research.

10 hours ago from Phys.org

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Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

In the year 2100, 2 billion people - about one-fifth of the world's population - could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face ...

12 hours ago from Phys.org

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Panda love spreads to benefit the planet

Loving pandas isn't just a feel-good activity. Recent Michigan State University (MSU) work shows China's decades of defending panda turf have been good not just for the beloved bears, but also ...

13 hours ago from Phys.org

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Amazon basin deforestation could disrupt distant rainforest by remote climate connection

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of the rainforest. A new research study shows that it is not only the ...

14 hours ago from Phys.org

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Scientists study changes in the biodiversity of California's sandy beaches

And to think it was all right there in her garage. A load of boxes pulled from biologist Dale Straughan's home yielded a veritable treasure trove for UC Santa Barbara researchers studying the ...

10 hours ago from Phys.org

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Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs

Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a dam built out of wood, concrete and steel—trying to pinpoint what repairs will work best ...

13 hours ago from Phys.org

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Septic systems are a major source of emerging contaminants in drinking water

A new analysis shows that septic systems in the United States routinely discharge pharmaceuticals, consumer product chemicals, and other potentially hazardous chemicals into the environment. ...

7 hours ago from Phys.org

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Biodiversity loss from deep-sea mining will be unavoidable

Biodiversity losses from deep-sea mining are unavoidable and possibly irrevocable, an international team of 15 marine scientists, resource economists and legal scholars argue in a letter published ...

12 hours ago from Phys.org

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Predicting future outcomes in the natural world

When pesticides and intentional fires fail to eradicate an invasive plant species, declaring biological war may be the best option.

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