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Heat Wave Breaks Records in Australia

Temperatures soared in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.

‘Seagrasses’ vital to coastal health

Underwater flowering plants play multiple roles in keeping coastal ecosystems healthy.

Toxic pollutants persist in deepest ocean

Scientists have discovered human-made chemicals, banned in the 1970s, in the bodies of creatures living in the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean.

Drought Turns to Deluge in California

A series of winter storms have pushed reservoirs in the Sacramento Valley to the brim—and one dam to the breaking point.

A Big Decline of River Herring

Tiny stones in fish hold clues to help restore populations

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Wind energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest form of power capacity but concerns remain over politicians’ enthusiasm for renewables

There’s nothing dull about dunnocks

With its riotous sex life and quick, edgy, movements, the hedge sparrow is like a little ticking bomb

Size matters for marine protected areas designed to aid coral

For marine protected areas established to help coral reefs recover from overfishing, size really does seem to make a difference, say experts.

Michigan uses Esri’s ArcGIS platform for highway graffiti cleaning program

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has used geographic information system (GIS) technology from global mapping company Esri to help it remove graffiti from highway information signs in the Detroit metropolitan region.

Rare ‘cave squeaker’ frog seen in Zimbabwe for first time in 55 years

Team of researchers discover three of the frogs once listed as possibly extinct in first reported sighting since 1962.

Vegetation resilient to salvage logging after severe wildfire

Nearly a decade after being logged, vegetation in forested areas severely burned by California’s Cone Fire in 2002 was relatively similar to areas untouched by logging equipment.

Battling corrosion to keep solar panels humming

Researchers are studying corrosion to help industry develop longer-lasting photovoltaic panels and increase reliability.