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Civil Eats

Gosia Wozniacka

30 March 2021

California, United States

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A trial experiment with three farmers and several California universities is looking to better understand how to farm with little or no chemicals. No-till farming can boost soil health and better store carbon, but it’...

The Times

Rosa Ellis

28 March 2021

United Kingdom

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Bacteriophages, or phages, are viruses that kill bacteria by latching on to and entering target cells and then multiplying and killing the host cell. Phages only attack bacteria, they can’t enter human cells, but the ...

Mongabay

James Fair

24 March 2021

Cyprus

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Thanks to efforts by the Society for the Protection of Turtles and a band of international volunteers, green and loggerhead turtle numbers in North Cyprus are rebounding. Last year, there were more than 2,400 nests co...

The Guardian

Steve Rose

20 March 2021

s’-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

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A Dutch group of engineers known as the Weather Makers has an ambitious plan to regreen the Sinai Peninsula — the stretch of desert connecting Egypt to the rest of Asia. Their efforts would restore forests, wetlands, ...

The Walrus

Moira Donovan

16 March 2021

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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An insect that makes its home on eastern hemlocks in Nova Scotia has the power to wipe out the tree species if left unchecked. Scientists are looking to a strategy called biological control — a historically controvers...

Haitian Times

J.O. Haselhoef

11 March 2021

Hinche, Haiti

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The science and technology gap in Haiti is being bridged through the establishment of the Haitian Bioscience Initiative, which is a full science lab. The program has successfully trained students that have gone on to ...

The Verge

Cory Zapatka

Mariya Abdulkaf

25 February 2021

Dover Plains, New York, United States

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Symbrosia, a clean-tech startup in Hawaii, is taking seaweed from the ocean and turning it into a powder that can be used to feed livestock to reduce the amount of methane they produce — a key contribution to greenhou...

U.S. News & World Report

Thomas K. Grose

24 February 2021

United Kingdom

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When the SARS-CoV-2 variant emerged in the United Kingdom, scientists in Britain were able to quickly identify it and warn other countries thanks to the use of genome sequencing. Now other countries, such as Denmark, ...

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Emily Sohn

Carla Rhodes

23 February 2021

Assam, India

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Purnima Devi Barman has been building trust and working with various community members to save a stork species called the greater adjutant in India. Because of her work, she has inspired more than 10,000 women and the...

The Oregonian

Samantha Swindler

15 February 2021

Oregon, United States

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Oregon law enforcement agencies partnered with a Virginia laboratory, Parabon NanoLabs, to use genetic genealogy to learn the identities of people whose remains were found long ago but never identified. To give peace ...

Crosscut

Ted Alvarez

2 February 2021

Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, United States

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The Grand Coulee, a 500-foot-tall dam on the Columbia River, nearly eradicated the salmon population that the Colville Tribes relied on, but the Indigenous community initiated a restoration effort to save the fish. Th...

BBC

Isabelle Gerretsen

26 January 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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As oil rigs stop producing fossil fuels and become decommissioned, many are being repurposed into artificial reefs that support populations of marine wildlife with food and shelter. In the United States, more than 500...

Gimlet Media

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Alex Blumberg

7 January 2021

Redwood Falls, Minnesota, United States

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More and more farmers are turning to regenerative agriculture techniques as a way to cut down on costs, increase crop yields, and sequester carbon into soil as a way to reverse the effects of climate change. One farmi...

Anchorage Daily News

Kyle Hopkins

30 December 2020

Alaska, United States

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Despite hopes that testing a backlog of rape kits would reveal many new serial-rape suspects, Alaska's three-year push to test 568 kits under the federally funded Sexual Assault Kit Initiative led to only one new pros...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

28 December 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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Dwindling numbers of wild salmon have been reported in British Columbia’s coastal waters, so many organizations, governments, and fishers have advocated for land-based salmon farming. The transition to more sustainabl...

Wired

Jim Morrison

24 December 2020

Montana, United States

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After a fungus has nearly wiped out the whitebark pine species in North America, scientists and conservationists are coming together to restore the species. The trees offer food to various animal species and are impor...

Wired

Sara Harrison

23 December 2020

Washington, United States

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A unique partnership between scientists, state agencies, and coastal communities in Washington state allows these different entities to monitor and manage toxic algal blooms. Known as the Olympic Region Harmful Algal ...

KUNC

Luke Runyon

21 December 2020

Randlett, Utah, United States

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Scientists and environmentalists are working to keep several fish species native to the Colorado River basin from going extinct. Through interventions like fish hatcheries and wetland management, some fish numbers lik...

The Huffington Post

Nadra Nittle

21 December 2020

Marshall, California, United States

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Seaweed aquaculture is a growing field that scientists are investigating for a number of climate-related uses, from reducing methane emissions in livestock to replacing plastic in packaging. Governments, startups, and...

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Katie Jewett

Luka Dakskobler

15 December 2020

Slovenia

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Scientists in Slovenia are working to understand the mysteries of salamanders — known as olms — that live in natural caves and how best to protect this vulnerable species. Industrial pollution infiltrates the water sy...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Christopher Howley

Dylan McKim

Michael Hannan

15 December 2020

Alpine, Arizona, United States

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As the Mexican wolf population neared extinction, the Arizona Game & Fish Department and the Endangered Wolf Center have been placing pups born in captivity in wild dens. This effort, known as cross-fostering, has bee...

The New Yorker

Nicola Twilley

14 December 2020

Carlsbad, California, United States

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A new sort of medical therapy, known as bacteriophage therapy, uses viruses that attack bacteria to treat and potentially cure drug-resistant infections. Although this type of treatment is "a long way from being a sta...

The Washington Post

William Neff

Tatiana Schlossberg

27 November 2020

Prince Edward Island, Canada

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A farmer on Prince Edward Island fed his cows seaweed and noticed that they produced more milk and had better pregnancy success. A study of his cows found that they also reduced methane emissions by about 18 percent, ...

Al Jazeera

Neeta Lal

8 November 2020

Pub Majir Gaon, Assam, India

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After a conservation biologist noticed that the number of birds in her Indian village dwindled over the years, she knew she had to take action. Purnima Devi Barman started to help educate her community about the histo...

BBC

Ben Wyatt

27 October 2020

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States

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To prevent the mass stranding of dolphins on Cape Cod, staff and volunteers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare are utilizing technology to work efficiently and quickly to save these creatures. An app calle...

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