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News spotlight: Humanity barreling toward ‘irreversible’ climate tipping points

By Matthew Ribel

September 22, 2022
In case you missed it: A new study suggests that the consequences of crossing critical climate thresholds could be more severe than previously thought — including the collapse of polar ice sheets and death of coral reefs.
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New report: Without nature, there is no path to a climate-safe future

By Kiley Price

September 19, 2022
A first-of-its-kind report lays out how humanity must change its relationship with nature to avert a climate crisis.
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A diverse, dense coral community was present throughout the dive at Debussy Seamount.
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News spotlight: Sea creatures could harbor the next generation of medications, but are they at risk?

By Vanessa Bauza

September 12, 2022
In case you missed it: Scientists are sourcing new, lifesaving medications from the sea. But deep-sea mining explorations could risk critical marine ecosystems before their potential is understood.
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News spotlight: Researchers want to resurrect the Tasmanian tiger. Should they?

By Will McCarry

September 2, 2022
In case you missed it: Emerging genetic technologies could someday bring back Tasmania’s apex predator. But critics say concerns abound — including siphoning resources from conservation.
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The constructed wetlands were created by the people in Xiadong Village.
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In China, engineered wetlands remove waste from fresh water

By Kiley Price

August 24, 2022
In China, “engineered wetlands” are helping villages decontaminate their water by moving it through traditional infrastructure — such as shallow septic tanks — and into natural ecosystems such as marshes, plants and soil that absorb pollutants.
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