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More Than Half of Palm Species Threatened With Extinction, Study Finds

More Than Half of Palm Species Threatened With Extinction, Study Finds

It’s hard to imagine a world without palm trees. Members of the recognizable Arecaceae family drop coconuts onto white-sand beaches, pierce their fronds through the greenery of rainforests and line glamorous boulevards from Los Angeles to Miami.  But a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution Monday warns that we might have to. A […]

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    Pollinator Gardens on Bus Stop Roofs Grow Across Europe

    Pollinator Gardens on Bus Stop Roofs Grow Across Europe

    Across Europe, more and more bus stops are sporting a new look — with lush green roofs designed to support pollinators. The number of bus stops topped with pollinator gardens is expected to increase another 50% in the UK alone by the end of this year. The “bee bus stops” began popping up in Utrecht, […]

    Umbilical Cord Blood Tests Reveal Widespread PFAS Contamination

    Umbilical Cord Blood Tests Reveal Widespread PFAS Contamination

    Five years of research, more than 40 studies, and over 30,000 samples reveal per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also called “forever chemicals,” are present in umbilical cord blood. Further, many of the studies linked PFAS in umbilical cord blood with health issues of the fetus during the parent’s pregnancy, in childhood, and as adults. “Even before […]

    U.S. Ratifies First Climate Treaty in 30 Years

    U.S. Ratifies First Climate Treaty in 30 Years

    The U.S. Senate ratified a treaty Wednesday that could prevent half a degree Celsius — or a full degree Fahrenheit — of global warming by 2100.  The legislative body voted 69 to 27 to approve the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The agreement, which has been ratified by 137 other countries so far, would […]

    Al Gore Calls Head of World Bank a ‘Climate Denier’

    Al Gore Calls Head of World Bank a ‘Climate Denier’

    Yesterday, at a New York Times-organized climate change event that coincided with the United Nations General Assembly, former Vice President Al Gore said President Biden should work to remove World Bank President David Malpass, referring to him as a “climate denier,” reported The New York Times. Later, during a panel discussion, Malpass refused to respond […]

    Grasslands Build Biodiversity and Resilience Over Centuries

    Grasslands Build Biodiversity and Resilience Over Centuries

    The perhaps underappreciated champions of underground carbon storage and resilience, grasslands can often be found at most latitudes in open, continuous areas. Their grasses grow to between eight inches and seven feet in height with roots that go deep underground, according to NASA Earth Observatory. The height of the grass depends on soil depth and […]