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Researchers race to save tree that may hold cancer treatment

Three Chinese fir trees on a nature reserve in southeastern China are the last of their kind. As their existence is threatened by human...

In China, a link between happiness and air quality

For many years, China has been struggling to tackle high pollution levels that are crippling its major cities. Indeed, a recent study by researchers...

From toilet to brickyard: Recycling biosolids to make sustainable bricks

How can you recycle the world's stockpiles of treated sewage sludge and boost sustainability in the construction industry, all at the same time? Turn...

Unraveling of 58-year-old corn gene mystery may have plant-breeding implications

In discovering a mutant gene that "turns on" another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old...

Elevated Nitrate Levels Found in Millions of Americans’ Drinking Water

Public water systems serving more than 5.6 million Americans contain concentrations of nitrate at levels found to cause health problems, including cancer and birth...

With fire, warming and drought, Yellowstone forests could be grassland by mid-century

The fires in Yellowstone National Park began to burn in June 1988. A natural feature of the landscape, park managers expected the fires to...

Natural habitats, bee diversity key to better apple production

A Cornell-led study, published Jan. 18 in the journal Science, shows that apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection...

Penguins, starfish, whales: Which animals will win and lose in a warming Antarctic?

Marine Antarctic animals closely associated with sea ice for food or breeding, such the humpback whale and emperor penguin, are most at risk from...

Global Tax On Carbon May Be Feasible

There is a consistently high level of public support across nations for a global carbon tax if the tax policy is carefully designed, according...

The double-edged sword of palm oil

Widespread cultivation of oil palm trees has been both an economic boon and an environmental disaster for tropical developing-world countries. New research points to a...

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