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Soaking Up Carbon Dioxide and Turning it into Valuable Products

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Berkeley Lab researchers have incorporated molecules of porphyrin CO2 catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) to create a molecular system that not only absorbs carbon dioxide, but also selectively reduces it to CO, a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products.

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Soils Protect the Natural Environment

No matter where you live, soils protect the natural environment around you

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Bitter Pill: Monarchs, Milkweed and Self-Medication in a Changing World

The milkweed plants growing in 40 cube-shaped chambers on a hilltop at the University of Michigan Biological Station provide a glimpse into the future that allows researchers to ask a question: How will monarch butterflies fare?

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Hypoallergenic Parks: Coming Soon?

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Grenada, Spain's climate and layout is like that of many cities in the Mediterranean area, which has the highest occurrence of pollen allergies in the world. The researchers hope their efforts will lead to fantastic urban green spaces that don’t cause allergic reactions for 30% of the city’s population.

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‘Targeted Punishments’ Against Countries Could Tackle Climate Change

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Targeted punishments could provide a path to international climate change cooperation, new research in game theory has found.

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Rare Nautilus Sighted for the First Time in Three Decades

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In early August, biologist Peter Ward returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered an old friend, one he hadn’t seen in over three decades. The University of Washington professor had seen what he considers one of the world’s rarest animals, a remote encounter that may become even more infrequent if illegal fishing practices continue.

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MSU Faculty Research Shows California Levees’ Vulnerability

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With the ongoing extreme drought in California posing a threat to the state’s levee systems, there is an urgent need to invest in research regarding the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure under extreme climatic events. Mississippi State University Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Farshid Vahedifard and his coauthors warn that current drought conditions pose “a great risk to an already endangered levee system” in a letter published Aug. 21 in Science magazine.

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Power Lines Restrict Sage Grouse Movement in Washington

Transmission lines that funnel power from hydroelectric dams and wind turbines across Eastern Washington affect greater sage grouse habitat by isolating fragile populations and limiting movement, a new study finds.

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UF/IFAS Program Highly Successful in Keeping Phosphorus Out of the Everglades

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A 20-year plan to dramatically reduce phosphorus levels of agricultural water entering the Florida Everglades is working.