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Collapse of the Atlantic Ocean heat transport might lead to hot European summers

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New sustainable building simulation method points to the future of design

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Major natural carbon sink may soon become carbon source

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Are China’s pollution remediation efforts making the planet warmer?

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Depths of the Weddell Sea are warming five times faster than elsewhere

Over the past three decades, the depths of the Antarctic Weddell Sea have warmed five times faster than the rest of the ocean at...

To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village

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How to get salt out of water: Make it self-eject

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