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New Philippine Butterfly Subspecies Is Discovered Thanks to a Field Guide

New Philippine Butterfly Subspecies Is Discovered Thanks to a Field Guide

By Keith Anthony Fabro Filipino lepidopterist Jade Aster T. Badon is accustomed to traveling to some of the remotest parts of the Philippines in search of new butterfly species. In August 2019, he made a discovery in a more unexpected place: a field guide he had published himself five years earlier. In 2014, Badon even […]

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    Planting Non-Native Trees Accelerates Carbon Release Back Into the Atmosphere

    Planting Non-Native Trees Accelerates Carbon Release Back Into the Atmosphere

    By Lauren Waller and Warwick Allen Large-scale reforestation projects such as New Zealand’s One Billion Trees program are underway in many countries to help sequester carbon from the atmosphere. But there is ongoing debate about whether to prioritize native or non-native plants to fight climate change. As our recent research shows, non-native plants often grow […]

    The U.S. Could Get to 90 Percent Clean Power by 2035

    The U.S. Could Get to 90 Percent Clean Power by 2035

    By Jeremy Deaton Experts disagree about how fast the United States can replace coal and gas-fired power plants with zero-carbon electricity. Some say we can shift to 100 percent clean power by 2050 with little friction and minimal cost. Others say that’s unrealistically optimistic. Scientists on both sides of the argument agree that it’s possible […]

    Cuba’s Clean Rivers Benefit From Sustainable Agriculture

    Cuba’s Clean Rivers Benefit From Sustainable Agriculture

    By Paul Bierman and Amanda H. Schmidt For most of the past 60 years, the United States and Cuba have had very limited diplomatic ties. President Barack Obama started the process of normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, but the Trump administration reversed this policy, sharply reducing interactions between the two countries. Scientific cooperation is a bright spot […]

    A New Hybrid Fungus Found in Hospitals Is Linked to Lung Disease

    A New Hybrid Fungus Found in Hospitals Is Linked to Lung Disease

    By Jacob L. Steenwyk and Antonis Rokas From the mythical minotaur to the mule, creatures created from merging two or more distinct organisms – hybrids – have played defining roles in human history and culture. However, not all hybrids are as fantastic as the minotaur or as dependable as the mule; in fact, some of […]

    Bumblebees Trick Plants Into Flowering Early, Study Finds

    Bumblebees Trick Plants Into Flowering Early, Study Finds

    The climate crisis has caused Japanese cherry blossoms to bloom in October and sped the arrival of spring in much of the U.S. But it turns out that humans aren’t the only animals who can trick plants into flowering early. Scientists have discovered that bumblebees can cause plants to flower as much as 30 days […]

    NASA Satellites Enable Scientists to Observe Climate Change

    NASA Satellites Enable Scientists to Observe Climate Change

    For much of human history, it’s been hard for scientists to learn about remote areas of the Earth that they cannot observe directly. Jack Kaye is associate director for research in NASA’s Earth Science Division. “It’s very hard to know what’s going on out in the middle of the ocean or on polar ice sheets […]