Grishma Patel

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A Tree That Could Stop Wildfires

The thin green line<p>Wildfires are devastating North American forests this summer. Dry, hot weather has pushed millions of acres of trees past their breaking (burning?) point. And while firefighters from around the globe do all they can to save both forests and people, in another part of the world, …

Wildfires

New Tree Census Shows There Are More Trees On Earth Than We Thought

But only half as many as there could be<p>It's official. Humans are vastly outnumbered by trees.<p>In a paper published today in <i>Nature</i> researchers announced that there were 3 trillion trees on the planet, way more than scientists estimated. In previous studies, researchers found that there were 400 …

Ecology

60,000 Antelope Died in Four Days and No One Knows Why

It started in late May. When geoecologist Steffen Zuther and his colleagues arrived in central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas, a critically endangered, steppe-dwelling antelope, veterinarians in the area had already reported dead animals on the ground.<p>"But since there …

Wildlife

Nearly Every Seabird on Earth Is Eating Plastic

Plastic trash is found in 90 percent of seabirds. The rate is growing steadily as global production of plastics increases.<p>So much plastic trash is flowing into the oceans that 90 percent of seabirds eat it now and virtually every one will be consuming it by 2050. That finding, revealed in a new …

See China's air pollution in real time

Recent study links smog to 1.6 million deaths per year in China<p>Researchers at Berkeley have used Google Maps and new data on China's air pollution to create a near real-time visualization of the country's air quality. The online map is based on findings that the scientists published last month in …

Pollution