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July 24, 2013
Major global analysis offers hope for saving the wild side of staple food crops
Kew, UK (SPX) Jul 23, 2013
Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost today as new research shows the whereabouts of their wild cousins. These wild relations could offer beneficial qualities to help major crops become more productive and resilient in the face of future climates and new threats. This new analysis assesses 29 of the world's most important food crops and reveals severe threats to just over half of their wild relatives, as they are not adequa ... read more
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Tropical ecosystems regulate variations in Earth's carbon dioxide levels
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that a temperature anomaly of just 1+ C (in near surface air temperatures in the tropics) leads to a 3.5-Pe ... more

Ancient Antarctic ice got muddy
East Antarctic Ice Sheet repeatedly melted back several hundred miles inland during several warming periods 3 million to 5 million years ago in the Pliocene Epoch, according to a new study in the jo ... more

New study finds "nighttime heat waves" increasing in Pacific Northwest
A new study has found that heat waves are increasing in the western portions of the Pacific Northwest, but not the kind most people envision, with scorching hot days of temperatures reaching triple ... more
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Nighttime heat waves quadruple in Pacific Northwest
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Exploring the World of Life Underground
Hundreds of millions of kilometers away on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is working away looking for clues that a suitable environment for life might once have existed on our desolate neighboring pla ... more

First global atlas of marine plankton reveals remarkable underwater world
Under the microscope, they look like they could be from another planet, but these microscopic organisms inhabit the depths of our oceans in nearly infinite numbers. To begin to identify where, ... more

Current efforts will not save the world's most endangered cat
Almost 100 million euros has been spent so far on conservation efforts for the last 250 remaining Iberian lynxes in the wild. But the charismatic species is likely to go extinct within 50 years beca ... more
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Rapid upper ocean warming linked to declining aerosols
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Czech police crack rhinoceros horn smuggling ring
Czech authorities said Tuesday they had cracked an international gang smuggling horns of rare white rhinoceroses from South Africa to Asia, where they are prized in traditional medicine. ... more

American detained in China amid pharma probe: official
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US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' order for strike

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NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident

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BJP functionary hacked to death in Tamil Nadu
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Quake shatters migrants' dream of better life for son
Less than six months after Dong Kong's parents finally made the long journey to Shanghai to try to give him a better life, the boy was dead - killed in China's twin earthquakes. ... more

China quake survivors bury their dead
The traumatised survivors of two shallow earthquakes that killed at least 94 people in China began burying their dead Tuesday, as they struggled with the devastation left behind. ... more
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The best defense against catastrophic storms: Mother Nature, say Stanford researchers

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First atlas on oceanic plankton

Carnegie Mellon-Developed Chemicals That Break Down Water Contaminants Pass Safety Test

NUS researchers developed world's first water treatment techniques using apple and tomato peels

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Ancient Antarctic ice got muddy

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Loss of African woodland may impact on climate
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NUS researchers developed world's first water treatment techniques using apple and tomato peels
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Carnegie Mellon-Developed Chemicals That Break Down Water Contaminants Pass Safety Test
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Most flammable boreal forests in North America become more so
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