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Invasive parakeets threaten Hawaii’s ecosystem

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Rose-ringed parakeets have multiplied by the thousands on the Hawaiian island of Kauai since the 1960s, when a few parakeets kept as pets escaped. The birds have since caused problems by damaging native plants and farm crops. Continue reading

New carbon capture technology may change the future of energy

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About 30 percent of our electricity in the United States is produced through coal, but coal-fired power plants produce a large proportion of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. As a result, the W.A. Parish power plant in Texas is developing technology called “carbon capture.” Continue reading

How does mountaintop mining impact the Appalachian landscape?

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Underground coal mining has all but disappeared in West Virginia after 200 years of nonstop mining, replaced instead by surface mining that drastically changes the landscape. Continue reading

Defending scientific facts from political attack takes center stage on Earth Day

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More than 500 “March for Science” demonstrations took place around the U.S. and the world on Saturday in response to those who challenge widely-accepted scientific evidence and consensus. Continue reading

Lionfish-zapping robot offers solution to invasive species

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Invasive lionfish have devastating effects on native species and ecosystems in the Western Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, but robotic technology offers a new way to stem their spread. Continue reading

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