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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 […]

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    Whales Use Vocalizations to Mark Their Vocal Clan

    Whales Use Vocalizations to Mark Their Vocal Clan

    There are two types of whale: baleen — who have plates of a keratinous substance that sieve their prey from the sea; and toothed — who have teeth and hunt squid, fish and other sea creatures. The sperm whale is the largest species of toothed whale and can be found in all of Earth’s oceans, […]

    Startup Looks to Use Tobacco Plants to Make Cultured Meat Less Costly

    Startup Looks to Use Tobacco Plants to Make Cultured Meat Less Costly

    A new startup in Israel called BioBetter wants to use tobacco crops to make cultivated meats less expensive. The company plans to use tobacco plants as plant-based growth factors (GFs) required in cellular agriculture, which produces cultivated meat. Cultivated meat is made from animal cells arranged in similar structures as animal tissues to produce real […]

    A Climate Change Resource Guide for Elementary School Teachers (2022)

    A Climate Change Resource Guide for Elementary School Teachers (2022)

    Lesson plans to teach the next generation how to make a difference. Most children are already aware of the adverse effects of climate change. Research shows that children are even anxious about it.1  As a teacher, you have a responsibility to teach the next generation about what’s happening, as well as what they can do […]

    Drumming Chimpanzees Have Unique ‘Signatures’

    Drumming Chimpanzees Have Unique ‘Signatures’

    It turns out that humans aren’t the only animals who pound out beats to express themselves.  A new study published in Animal Behavior Tuesday found that male chimpanzees in Uganda’s Budongo Forest use “individual drumming ‘signatures’” when they drum on the buttress roots of trees, so much so that researchers could compare different chimps to […]

    Climate Change Leaves Flood Maps Outdated, FEMA Says

    Climate Change Leaves Flood Maps Outdated, FEMA Says

    Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deanne Criswell said the federal government’s flood maps are outdated following a rash of disastrous floods due to climate change-induced extreme levels of rainfall, reported The Guardian. “The part that’s really difficult right now is the fact that our flood maps don’t take into account excessive rain […]

    Male Dolphins Seen Playing ‘Wingman’ to Help Each Other Find Mates

    Male Dolphins Seen Playing ‘Wingman’ to Help Each Other Find Mates

    Humans have long been thought to be distinct from other animals in our ability to form complex, multilevel alliances in order to reach shared goals.  However, new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday shows that male bottlenose dolphins do the same thing, and they do it for a very […]