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From steak to mangoes, here are some water-hogging foods

With California's drought worsening, there has been a growing focus on the amount of water needed to produce certain foods.<p>So how do foods typically eaten by Americans stack up? The selected foods in the graphic provide a representative example, based on a report published by the UNESCO Institute …

Here’s what burning fossil fuels is doing to our oceans

About a quarter of the carbon dioxide emitted by humans ends up in the seas, which causes them to become more acidic, killing off coral reefs and some types of shellfish.<p>Scientists trying to monitor changes in the ocean's acidity are usually stuck measuring small portions of the vast ocean with …

European Space Agency

Road Salt is Polluting our Rivers

113,376 tons of salt were applied in Boston this winter. As both a driver and pedestrian, I'm grateful for salt that melts snow and ice. I also feel …

This is absolutely terrifying: “There are really only two big patches of intact forest left on Earth”

A new study uncovers the ruinous consequences, to plant and animal species, of our increasingly fragmented forests<p>Can a forest that exists only in the spaces between roads and patches cleared for human settlement and agricultural development truly be called a forest?<p>Not so much, say researchers …

Ecology

New Species of Monkey Discovered In Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is revered for its incredible biodiversity, and a new mammal has joined the ranks. Researchers discovered what they believed to …

Biodiversity