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Scientists have discovered a new function in a plant enzyme that could inspire the design of new chemical catalysts. The enzyme catalyzes, or initiates,...

New England fishermen losing jobs due to climate fluctuations

For decades the biggest threat to the industry has been overfishing, but it is no longer the only threat. According to new research, fluctuations...

Last remaining glaciers in the Pacific will soon melt away

The last remaining tropical glaciers between the Himalayas and the Andes will disappear in the next decade -- and possibly sooner -- due to...

The Antarctic: Data about the structure of the icy continent

Satellite data from the European Space Agency (ESA) has now been used as the basis for new insights on the deep structure of the...

Community characteristics shape climate change discussions after extreme weather

Political affiliations, the presence of local environmental organizations and prior local media coverage of climate change play a role in how a community reacts...

Megadroughts fueled Peruvian cloud forest activity

New research has found that strong and long-lasting droughts parched the usually moist Peruvian cloud forests, spurring farmers to colonize new cropland. Findings also...

Some forests crucial for climate change mitigation, biodiversity

Researchers have identified forests in the western United States that should be preserved for their potential to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, as...

Wing genes responsible for tiny treehopper’s extraordinary helmet

Why the treehopper developed the enlarged, three-dimensional hood ornament that distinguishes it from the rest of the insect world remains a mystery to scientists,...

New study compares floodplain protection today to predicted future flood losses

A new study seeks to answer an important question related to flooding in the United States - pay now to protect undeveloped areas that...

Large atmospheric waves in the jet stream present risk to global food production

Researchers have discovered jet stream patterns that could affect up to a quarter of global food production.

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