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To grow or not to grow: How do plants know when the environment is suitable for growth and when it is not?

Plants use photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to the sugars they need to grow and that ultimately feed our planet. Water is also essential for transporting nutrients from the soil and for providing rigidity to the tissues

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Ranking the relative restrictiveness of each state’s voting environment in 2020

Texas has the most restrictive electoral environment in 2020, and Oregon has the least restrictive voting practices of the 50 states. This is based on a study of the relative “cost of voting” in each of the 50 states, as

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Apple should switch the iPhone to USB-C if it really wants to help the environment

Image: Apple If you buy an iPhone in the future, you’re not getting an included charging brick or earbuds. Apple says the reasons are environmental. Giving out fewer “free” accessories with every phone means using less materials, the company claims,

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TenneT launches biodiversity programme at undersea cable projects in North Sea

TenneT has launched a new pilot project, which is designed to improve biodiversity at cable intersections in the North Sea. At crossings with existing oil and gas pipeline, the cables rise above the sea bed and are protected with a

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Environmental groups work to mobilize Black and Latinx voters

Surveys suggest Black and Latinx voters, along with younger voters, are more likely than white voters to view the environment and climate as their top concerns. The League of Conservation Voters and other environmental groups aim to help mobilize these

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Restoring 30% of the world’s ecosystems in priority areas could stave off extinctions and absorb CO2

Returning specific ecosystems that have been replaced by farming to their natural state in all continents worldwide would rescue the majority of land-based species of mammals, amphibians and birds under threat of extinction. Such measures would also soak up more

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Green Deal: Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the

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Hurricanes, heavy rains are critical for Hawai’i’s groundwater supply

Located within the most isolated archipelago in the world, Hawai’i is critically dependent on a clean, ample supply of fresh water. New research led by University of Hawai’i at Mānoa scientists indicates that rain brought to the islands by hurricanes

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Sustainability culture and rebuilding consensus on environmental policy

As bad as things are this year, I confess that I remain an optimist and believe we will figure out the crises we now confront and make the world less bad than it is today. COVID-19, climate, equity, racism and

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Scientists develop new land surface model to monitor global river water environment

Climate change and human activities, including heat emission, nitrogen (N) emission and water management, are altering the hydrothermal condition and N transport in the soil and river systems, thereby affecting the global nitrogen cycle and water environment.

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Getting to Low-Carbon High Seas

The global shipping industry’s annual greenhouse-gas emissions total more than one billion tons, making it a critical front in the fight against climate change. But whether the sector’s emissions will shrink or grow over the next decade will depend largely

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