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The rare ‘penis plant’ just bloomed for the first time in over two decades
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The rare ‘penis plant’ just bloomed for the first time in over two decades

In a Netherlands garden blooms a rare plant with a tall, phallic shape. It’s known as the “penis plant,” and this is only the third time the species has flowered in Europe since 1997, according to the University of Leiden’s botanical garden, Leiden Hortus Botanicus. The six-year-old penis plant — the scientific name for which…MORE

These World Heritage Forests have gone from removing carbon from the atmosphere to emitting it
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These World Heritage Forests have gone from removing carbon from the atmosphere to emitting it

Human activity and climate change-fueled disasters have turned 10 of the planet’s internationally recognized forests, also known as World Heritage sites, from carbon absorbers into carbon emitters, researchers have found. The report from UNESCO found these sites can absorb approximately 190 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year — roughly half the…MORE

More than 12 million global deaths are associated with environmental risks every year, Pan American health official says
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More than 12 million global deaths are associated with environmental risks every year, Pan American health official says

More than 12 million deaths all over the world are associated with environmental risk factors every year, said Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa. At PAHO’s weekly press briefing on Wednesday, Barbosa highlighted how environment and health are intertwined, ahead of the UN climate summit, COP26. The UN Environment Programme reported this…MORE

Why do only mammals have tusks? Study traces their surprising origins
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Why do only mammals have tusks? Study traces their surprising origins

Tusks are a striking feature of many animals — elephants, hippos, warthogs, walruses — and are often sought-after by humans. But no birds, fish or reptiles today sport this extreme and ever-growing bit of anatomy. Only mammals do, even though they weren’t the first tusked creatures. It is an ancient trait that predates dinosaurs, a…MORE

The world promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions. These countries aren’t meeting their targets.
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The world promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions. These countries aren’t meeting their targets.

Nearly 200 countries have pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis, but there is still a huge gap between what’s been promised and what scientists say is needed, according to a report by the UN Environment Programme. With just five days left until leaders meet at the…MORE

Amid a cascade of crises, Haiti’s fuel shortage could be the worst
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Amid a cascade of crises, Haiti’s fuel shortage could be the worst

An eerie silence lingers over Hospital Universitaire de la Paix in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Footsteps echo through empty hallways. The normal beeps and whirs of hospital equipment are absent. The organized chaos of a city emergency room is replaced by empty chairs strung with caution tape. The stillness is pierced only by the…MORE

These lemurs could win a Grammy for their rhythmic singing abilities
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These lemurs could win a Grammy for their rhythmic singing abilities

If animals could be nominated for Grammys, these lemurs could win. That’s because they’ve got rhythm. The Indri indri, a species of lemur in Madagascar, is one of a few animal species with rhythm, according to a study published Monday in Current Biology. The indri is the largest living lemur species and the only one…MORE

CO2 levels in the atmosphere reach a 3 million-year high, putting the world ‘way off track’ on climate goals
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CO2 levels in the atmosphere reach a 3 million-year high, putting the world ‘way off track’ on climate goals

The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has once again reached record highs, according to a UN report published Monday, putting the planet on course for warming that far exceeds critical limits to stave off catastrophic climate change. The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2020 was 149% higher than levels before industrialization, hitting…MORE

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