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A farmer sprays an herbicide on a garden. LordHenriVoton

It is clear that the world's pollinators are under threat. A 2019 study found that almost half of all insects have disappeared since 1970 and 41 percent of insect species are at risk of extinction. Further, one in six bee species have gone locally extinct in at least one area, as AFP pointed out.

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A smoldering wooden smudge stick with two white sage bundles and rose quartz healing crystals. PamWalker68 / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Ron Goodman and his boss were training a new volunteer ranger at the North Etiwanda Preserve, a lush and rocky landscape in the foothills of the Cucamonga Wilderness, roughly 50 miles east of Los Angeles. They were looking out over an area of burn scar when Goodman spotted three men with duffle bags among the sand-colored boulders. He knew exactly what they were doing and took off running in their direction.

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When you think about solar energy, you probably tend to think about places in the Sun Belt — Southern California, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and places in between. It might surprise you to learn that New Jersey actually gets ample sun exposure, making it one of the top states for solar installation. In fact, the Solar Energy Industries Association notes that New Jersey ranks No. 7 in the nation for total solar installations.

Of course, some parts of New Jersey rank higher than others for overall solar adoption. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the top cities for solar in New Jersey.

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Here’s What Climate Change Will Mean for Bats

A new study identifies threats facing dozens of bat species in areas of the world that are predicted to get hotter and drier.

Mexican free-tailed bats. USFWS / Ann Froschauer

By Tara Lohan

The Isabelline Serotine bat (Eptesicus isabellinus) ranges across areas north of the Sahara and into the southern portion of the Iberian Peninsula. But it may be time for the species to start packing its bags.

A new study in Global Ecology and Conservation found that dozens of bat species living in parts of the world predicted to get hotter and drier with climate change will need to shift their ranges to find suitable habitat. For Isabelline Serotine bats that could mean a big move — more than 1,000 miles, the researchers determined.

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The electric Ford Mustang Mach-E (L) and Ford Explorer hybrid are shown at AutoMobility LA on Nov. 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew / Getty Images

The Biden administration is set to announce strengthened emissions and fuel efficiency standards and call for half of new car sales in 2030 to be either EVs or plug-in hybrids.

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Wild horses roam on BLM land along the Pony Express Trail on Oct. 15, 2020 outside Dugway, Utah. George Frey / Getty Images
The plight of the roughly 95,0000 wild horses that roam public lands across the Western United States is both complicated and controversial. This year, unprecedented widespread drought is exasperating the issues the horses face.
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A chipmunk photographed near Lake Tahoe. David Berkowitz/ CC BY 2.0

Some iconic Lake Tahoe sites were closed to visitors this week after chipmunks tested positive for plague.

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Solar power has been an energy source of growing importance in recent years, as technology has advanced and the cost of solar panels has declined sharply. As a result, many smaller sun-powered products have become available, from solar phone chargers to solar generators to outdoor solar lights.

Whether you're looking for ground lights or flood lights, illuminating your outdoor spaces with a wired system can be both an electrical challenge and an eyesore. Convenience, sleekness and sustainability are just a few reasons so many people are looking for the best outdoor solar lights.

In this article, we'll go over how solar lights work, show you some of the best solar lights available and help you decide whether solar-powered lighting is a good choice for your home.

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A digital sign displays a temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit as a heat wave continues to bake the Southwest United States on June 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller / Getty Images

By Scott Denning

Summer isn't even half over, and we've seen heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and Canada with temperatures that would be hot for Death Valley, enormous fires that have sent smoke across North America, and lethal floods of biblical proportions in Germany and China. Scientists have warned for over 50 years about increases in extreme events arising from subtle changes in average climate, but many people have been shocked by the ferocity of recent weather disasters.

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Porcupine caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Gary Braasch / NWFblogs

The Interior Department launched its official review of oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the agency announced Tuesday.

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Chapman's pygmy chameleon is one of the world's rarest chameleons, and now clings to survival in small patches of forest. Krystal Tolley

An extremely rare species of chameleon feared to be extinct has been found alive, for now.

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Restoration practitioners in the Florida Keys place new mangrove saplings in the intertidal zone, where they will hopefully grow to stabilize the island's shores. Ian Wilson-Navarro

Mangroves are magic. Planting more of them could help restore the health of the planet's lands, seas and climate.

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A man hands over used mobile phones to employees of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo, as part of Tokyo 2020 Medal Project on Feb. 18, 2019. BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP via Getty Images

By John Marshall

As the athletes take the podium and, with a slight bow, have their medals placed around their necks, they will be happy to have landed in the top three. For the people behind the Tokyo Medal Project, they'll be happy that those Olympic medals are there in the first place.

The project recycled old electronic gadgets such as smartphones and laptops to produce the Olympic Medals that are being awarded at the Tokyo Games.

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