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  • Experts hold climate talks in Bonn as pressure to act grows

    Experts hold climate talks in Bonn as pressure to act grows

    Diplomats meeting in the western city of Bonn starting Monday will focus on resolving issues that couldn't be agreed upon at last December's climate summit in Poland. This includes the rules governing the international trade in carbon certificates, which allow rich countries to offset emissions by paying for projects in poor nations.

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  • This fish turns gloomy when separated from its true lover

    This fish turns gloomy when separated from its true lover

    Researchers in France found that tropical fish 'convict cichlid', known to be a loyal and monogamous partner, suffers from heartache when separated from its lover. Scientists believe that over the course of evolution, fish species such as the convict cichlid have developed loyal partnerships as a way to better protect their young, which are extremely vulnerable to predators.

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  • Polar bears inspire novel heat insulating material

    Polar bears inspire novel heat insulating material

    For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials that might lock in heat just as well as the natural version.

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  • Food delivery apps drowning China in plastic

    Food delivery apps drowning China in plastic

    Scientists estimate the online takeout business in China was responsible for 1.6 million tonnes of packaging waste in 2017, a ninefold jump from two years before and for 2018 grew to an estimated 2 million tonnes. People in China still generate less plastic waste, per capita, than Americans, however, more plastic enters world’s oceans from China than from any other country.

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  • Light pollution may harm amphibians: Study

    Light pollution may harm amphibians: Study

    Exposure to light at night has the potential to make amphibians more susceptible to the effects of additional stressors, like road salt and parasites. The light at night on itself might not have too much negative effect, however, since wildlife rarely encounter just one stressor in their natural habitat, its combination with additional stressors may have negative impacts.

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  • Melting glaciers may add 10 inches to sea levels by 2100: Study

    Melting glaciers may add 10 inches to sea levels by 2100: Study

    Melting glaciers worldwide could result in almost 10 inches of sea level rise by the end of this century, a study warns. The research, published in the Journal of Glaciology, indicates that the smaller glaciers could play a much larger role in sea level rise than researchers had previously thought.

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