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These World Heritage Forests have gone from removing carbon from the atmosphere to emitting it
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These World Heritage Forests have gone from removing carbon from the atmosphere to emitting it

Human activity and climate change-fueled disasters have turned 10 of the planet’s internationally recognized forests, also known as World Heritage sites, from carbon absorbers into carbon emitters, researchers have found. The report from UNESCO found these sites can absorb approximately 190 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year — roughly half the…MORE

More than 12 million global deaths are associated with environmental risks every year, Pan American health official says
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More than 12 million global deaths are associated with environmental risks every year, Pan American health official says

More than 12 million deaths all over the world are associated with environmental risk factors every year, said Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa. At PAHO’s weekly press briefing on Wednesday, Barbosa highlighted how environment and health are intertwined, ahead of the UN climate summit, COP26. The UN Environment Programme reported this…MORE

Why do only mammals have tusks? Study traces their surprising origins
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Why do only mammals have tusks? Study traces their surprising origins

Tusks are a striking feature of many animals — elephants, hippos, warthogs, walruses — and are often sought-after by humans. But no birds, fish or reptiles today sport this extreme and ever-growing bit of anatomy. Only mammals do, even though they weren’t the first tusked creatures. It is an ancient trait that predates dinosaurs, a…MORE

Amid a cascade of crises, Haiti’s fuel shortage could be the worst

Amid a cascade of crises, Haiti’s fuel shortage could be the worst

An eerie silence lingers over Hospital Universitaire de la Paix in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Footsteps echo through empty hallways. The normal beeps and whirs of hospital equipment are absent. The organized chaos of a city emergency room is replaced by empty chairs strung with caution tape. The stillness is pierced only by the…MORE

These lemurs could win a Grammy for their rhythmic singing abilities
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These lemurs could win a Grammy for their rhythmic singing abilities

If animals could be nominated for Grammys, these lemurs could win. That’s because they’ve got rhythm. The Indri indri, a species of lemur in Madagascar, is one of a few animal species with rhythm, according to a study published Monday in Current Biology. The indri is the largest living lemur species and the only one…MORE

CO2 levels in the atmosphere reach a 3 million-year high, putting the world ‘way off track’ on climate goals
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CO2 levels in the atmosphere reach a 3 million-year high, putting the world ‘way off track’ on climate goals

The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has once again reached record highs, according to a UN report published Monday, putting the planet on course for warming that far exceeds critical limits to stave off catastrophic climate change. The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2020 was 149% higher than levels before industrialization, hitting…MORE

Mammoths and other extinct Ice Age giants clung on longer than previously thought, DNA analysis suggests
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Mammoths and other extinct Ice Age giants clung on longer than previously thought, DNA analysis suggests

Mammoths and other giant creatures of the Ice Age such as woolly rhinos survived longer than scientists thought, coexisting with humans for tens of thousands of years before they vanished for good. That’s according to the results of an ambitious 10-year research project that analyzed DNA from hundreds of soil samples across the Arctic. The…MORE

Turkey’s president has ordered 10 ambassadors to be declared ‘persona non grata’ for backing jailed activist
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Turkey’s president has ordered 10 ambassadors to be declared ‘persona non grata’ for backing jailed activist

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the U.S., France, and Germany, be declared “persona non grata” after calling for the release of jailed Turkish businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala. Persona non grata literally means “an unwelcome person.” “I gave the necessary instructions to our minister of foreign affairs,”…MORE

The moment domesticated horses changed the course of human history is now revealed

The moment domesticated horses changed the course of human history is now revealed

The domestication of horses changed the course of human history, but scientists have tried for years to figure out when and where this crucial event happened. Now, evidence from a new study using DNA analysis suggests horses were first domesticated 4,200 years ago in the steppes of the Black Sea region, part of modern-day Russia,…MORE

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