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Satellites Can Improve Regional Air Quality Forecasting

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University of Iowa researchers found that data gathered from geo-stationary satellites--satellites orbiting Earth at about 22,000 miles above the equator and commonly used for telecommunications and weather imaging--can greatly improve air-quality forecasting.

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Urban Sprawl Promotes Worm Exchange Across Species

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New research has shed light on the complex exchange of parasitic worms between wildlife, rats and humans.

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Least Known Chimpanzee Threatened by Climate Change

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Human beings are not the only great ape species likely to be severely impacted by climate change in the future. According to a new study by the Drexel University, Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups, the Nigerian-Cameroon chimpanzee—the most endangered of all chimpanzee subspecies—may lose much of its habitat within the next five years and fully half of it in the next century.

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Study Shows Brazil’s Soy Moratorium Still Needed to Preserve Amazon

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In a new study to evaluate the Brazilian Soy Moratorium, published today (Jan. 22, 2015) in Science, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Holly Gibbs and colleagues across the U.S. and Brazil show that the moratorium helped to drastically reduce the amount of deforestation linked to soy production in the region and was much better at curbing it than governmental policy alone.

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California’s Policies Can Significantly Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through 2030

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A new model of the impact of California’s existing and proposed policies on its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals suggests that the state is on track to meet 2020 goals, and could achieve greater emission reductions by 2030, but the state will need to do more to reach its 2050 climate goals.

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One Fish, Two Fish ─ Camera Counts Freshwater Fish, Which Could Help Combat Hydrilla

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A former UF/IFAS graduate student drains ponds to verify fish counted on video. This leads to findings that can help fisheries managers control the invasive hydrilla.

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Zolushka, (the Russian Translation for Cinderella), the Tiger, Rescued And Released Back Into the Wild

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The Russian Far East is the setting for a Cinderella story. In this case, Cinderella is a tiger. An orphaned, starved, frost-bitten cub was rescued in the winter of 2012, rehabilitated, released, and now is possibly mating and re-colonizing former tiger territory, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Two Lakes Beneath the Ice in Greenland, Gone Within Weeks

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Researchers discovered craters left behind when two sub-glacial lakes in Greenland drained away--an indication that the natural plumbing system beneath the ice sheet is overflowing with meltwater.

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Pioneer Study Examines Declining Coral Reef Health Due to Pesticides/Sea Surface Temperatures

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Coral reef health is declining worldwide. To better understand the combined effects of mosquito pesticides and rising sea-surface temperatures, Dr. Cliff Ross, UNF associate professor of biology, exposed coral larvae to selected concentrations of pesticides and temperatures.