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Researchers with the International Potato Center study blight-resistant potatoes bred from wild relatives. Michael Major for Crop Trust / CC BY-ND 2.0

New research presented Tuesday at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille sounded the alarm that wild relatives of some of the world's most important crops, including potatoes, avocados and vanilla, are at risk of extinction, said The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN). The study was published in the journal Plants, People, Planet.

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Wildfires in Russia's Sakha Republic (Yakutia) on July 22, 2021. Russian Aerial Forest Protection / TASS via Getty Images

Smoke from wildfires burning in Siberia's dense boreal forest has reached the North Pole for the first known time in history, NASA satellite images revealed last week.

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From lighting up the night when you return home to boosting security, installing solar flood lights is a great way to invest in your home’s functionality and safety. Solar flood lights harness their energy from the sun and don’t require wiring or electrical work, making installation a breeze even for renters. And thanks to waterproof designs and efficient LEDs, they offer a fix-it-and-forget solution to myriad lighting predicaments.

In this article, we’ll recommend four of the best LED solar flood lights and motion-detector lights on the market today.

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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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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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The kiwikiu, or Maui parrotbill, is an endangered species and is endemic to the island. Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
A golden, thick-billed bird thought to have died more than 1.5 years ago was seen alive on the slopes of a Maui volcano last Wednesday. The discovery is giving researchers hope for the critically endangered species, Newsweek said.
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A pyrocumulus cloud from the Bootleg Fire drifts into the air near Bly, Oregon on July 16, 2021. PAYTON BRUNI / AFP via Getty Images
As the Bootleg fire in Southern Oregon rages on, the massive wildfire is creating its own weather systems.
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An aerial view of droughts effect at Hemenway Harbor, Lake Mead, which is at its lowest level in history since it was filled 85 years ago, Monday, June 28, 2021. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images

The federal government is expected to declare a first-ever water shortage in the Colorado River basin by next year at the latest –some believe the call could come this summer. The declaration would implement mandatory water cuts in Lower Basin states, three of the seven in the Colorado River Compact, Newsweek and NPR reported.

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"Justice for Berta Caceres is justice for Honduras," reads a placard below the image of the environmental activist on July 5 2021 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Delmer Membreno / picture alliance via Getty Images

Roberto David Castillo Mejía, a former top executive of a Honduran construction firm Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA), was the eighth person charged with the 2016 murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres, Reuters reported.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters block the roads outside the Bank of England on Oct. 14, 2019 in London, England. John Keeble / Getty Images

After six months of deliberation, an international panel of 12 legal experts has drafted an official definition of ecocide.

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The Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes grassroots activists from six continents who have moved the needle on environmental issues their communities face. 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize Virtual Award Ceremony / YouTube

Nicknamed the "Green Nobel Prize," the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes grassroots activists from six continents who have moved the needle on environmental issues their communities face. This year's recipients led the charge on environmental justice, wildlife and rainforest conservation, plastic pollution, dams and coal projects.

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A bdelloid rotifer feeding on algae and other microorganisms, seen under a microscope. Eduardo Baena / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Scientists in Russia have revived a bdelloid rotifer — a type of multicellular microorganism that's accustomed to wet environments — after the invertebrate spent 24,000 years frozen 11 feet beneath the Siberian permafrost.

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Linda Lucas and her granddaughter Lilly Malinowski plant tomatoes in the shadow of GenOns Cheswick Power Station, which still burns coal to produce 637 megawatts of electricity, on June 7, 2021 in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. Scientists reported that despite a year-long pause in much of the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide reached the highest levels since accurate measurements began 63 years ago. Jeff Swensen / Getty Images

Last month, EcoWatch reported that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels this year were expected to climb to beyond 2019 levels, despite falling during the pandemic. Now we know just how much.

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