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Controlled burns limited severity of Rim Fire

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Some doctors back legal action to force UK government to cut carbon emissions

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New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty

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Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool

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Heart monitors on wild narwhals reveal alarming responses to stress

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Hydropower dam energy without sacrificing Mekong food supply: New research offers solution

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Researchers establish long-sought source of ocean methane

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One wet winter can shake up San Francisco Bay’s invasive species

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Solar power advances possible with new ‘double-glazing’ device

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