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USDA Updates Plant Hardiness Map With Many Areas Moving Into Warmer Zones

USDA Updates Plant Hardiness Map With Many Areas Moving Into Warmer Zones

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated its Plant Hardiness Zone map, a map of the U.S. that helps gardeners decide what plants will grow best in their local areas, based on average annual extreme minimum winter temperature. The updates show an average of 2.5°F warmer across the contiguous U.S. compared to the previous map, […]

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    New Delhi Considers Cloud Seeding to Combat Smog

    New Delhi Considers Cloud Seeding to Combat Smog

    New Delhi’s environment minister Gopal Rai met with the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) Wednesday to talk about the possibility of cloud seeding to induce rain in the capital city, which has been plagued by dangerous smog, reported Business Today. Pending approval of IIT Kanpur’s proposal from the Supreme Court, the cloud seeding […]

    Global Wildlife Harmed by Flame-Retardant Chemicals, New Map Shows

    Global Wildlife Harmed by Flame-Retardant Chemicals, New Map Shows

    Often when we talk about the health implications of particular chemicals, the conversation tends to focus on the human impact, yet animals also suffer when harmful chemicals accumulate in their bodies and ecosystems.  A new map highlights how pervasive the problem is for wildlife around the world by showcasing the scientific evidence linking so-called flame-retardant […]

    What to Do With Your Compost (Even if You Don’t Have a Garden)

    What to Do With Your Compost (Even if You Don’t Have a Garden)

    When food scraps are thrown into a landfill, they decompose anaerobically and create methane: a climate-warming greenhouse gas. When food scraps are composted, however, not only are they kept out of landfills, but they turn into nutrient-rich organic matter that can fertilize next season’s plants. You can compost anywhere — even in an apartment or […]

    Drought 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Drought 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Quick Key Facts What Is a Drought? A meteorological drought is when there is a severe lack of precipitation in a given area for a notable amount of time. But as the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska explains, whether or not an area is experiencing a drought is “in relation to […]

    Deforestation in Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands Could Make El Niño Southern Oscillation More Unpredictable, Study Finds

    Deforestation in Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands Could Make El Niño Southern Oscillation More Unpredictable, Study Finds

    Every two to seven years, a climate phenomenon known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) occurs in the tropical Pacific Ocean. ENSO is associated with air pressure changes from east to west, reported Phys.org. El Niño events cause westerly trade winds blowing along the equator to become weaker, leading to wind speed and air pressure […]

    Flooding 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Flooding 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Quick Key Facts What Is ‘Flooding’? Flooding occurs when water submerges land that is typically dry. That water can come from a variety of sources, such as rainfall, a storm surge or high tide, a river overflowing its banks, a dam bursting or snow or ice melting. Some types of flooding can be beneficial for […]