Exquisite Fossils Show an Entire Rain Forest Ecosystem

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September 14, 2022

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The residents of the suburbs around Sydney, Australia, seem to be in an arms race—or maybe that should be a beak race—as they try to keep cockatoos from getting into their garbage bins. I, for one, welcome our bin-raiding avian overlords.

Andrea Thompson, Associate Editor, Sustainability

Paleontology

Exquisite Fossils Show an Entire Rain Forest Ecosystem

The fossil-filled volcanic crater Foulden Maar was almost destroyed. A new book documents its ancient-ecosystem wonders

By Kate Evans

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Who Owns the Ocean's Genes? Tension on the High Seas

Countries are struggling with how to share genetic code from myriad ocean creatures, which could lead to billion-dollar drugs

By Olive Heffernan

Climate Change

$35 Billion Worth of Real Estate Could Be Underwater by 2050

Local governments in coastal states will lose billions of dollars in local tax revenue as rising seas claim developed land

By Thomas Frank,E&E News

Pollution

A Growing Drinking Water Crisis Threatens American Cities and Towns

The Jackson, Miss., disaster rings alarm bells about myriad problems lurking in water systems across the country

By Robin Lloyd

Animals

Cockatoos Work to Outsmart Humans in Escalating Garbage Bin Wars

An innovation arms race may rage between birds and humans on the suburban streets of southeastern Australia 

By Darren Incorvaia

Animals

These Tiny Pollinators Can Travel Surprisingly Huge Distances

It turns out that hoverflies may fly hundreds or even thousands of miles—all to help pollinate our flowers and vegetables.

By Christopher Intagliata | 02:06

Climate Change

Greenland Is Still Melting, and It's September

The Greenland ice sheet just experienced one of its strongest late-season melt events on record

By Chelsea Harvey,E&E News

Climate Change

Here's How Climate Change Is Hurting the U.S.

A new U.S. government website keeps a running tally of climate-juiced hazards and the number of residents facing these threats

By Daniel Cusick,E&E News

Climate Change

U.N. Calls for Climate Alert Systems Worldwide in 5 Years

Early-warning systems for heat waves, floods and other hazards can save lives and property across the planet

By Sara Schonhardt,E&E News

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