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Byzantine solar eclipse records illuminate obscure history of Earth’s rotation

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Rise in Southeast Asia forest clearance increasing greenhouse gases

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Berlin plans a new network of bike superhighways.

Twenty years ago, Berlin’s network of sidewalk paths marked it out as one of Europe’s best places to ride a bike. But as the...

Hydrology: Increasing river flood risk

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A closer look at how rich countries “outsource” their CO2 emissions to poorer ones.

For years now, carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and Europe have been steadily falling — an encouraging sign of progress in the...

Israeli coastline is contaminated with over two tons of microplastics, researchers discover

A first-of-its-kind study reveals alarming findings about the level of microplastic pollution on Israel's beaches.

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