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Yesterday’s Silk Road could be tomorrow’s environmental superhighway

While China is building a gigantic modern-day upgrade of the famed ancient Silk Road resplendent in global cooperation in the name of economic expansion, a group of sustainability scholars point out that the Belt and Road Initiative (B&R) also could be a superhighway of environmental progress.

How each one of us contribute to Arctic sea ice melt

Measurements reveal the relationship between individual CO2 emissions and the Arctic's shrinking summer sea ice. For each ton of carbon dioxide that any person on our planet emits, three square metres of Arctic summer sea ice disappear.

Chicago wouldn’t last long under zombie invasion, model finds

In the unlikely event of the zombie apocalypse, it would take less than two months for the undead to take control of the city, says a new study.

Impact of sea smell overestimated by present climate models

The most comprehensive study on the atmospheric oxidation of the natural climatic gas dimethyl sulfide has been published in a new report.

The destructive effects of supercooled liquid water on airplane safety and climate models

Exploring the properties of supercooled liquid water - the bane of airplane wings and climate theorists - investigators are mounting an expedition to fly huge tethered balloons in Alaska this coming winter, where temperatures descend to 40 degrees below zero and it’s dark as a dungeon for all but a few hours of the day.

Informing action on a historic climate agreement

The Paris Agreement on climate change goes into effect today, but while the agreement set ambitious targets for tackling climate change, scientists say there is a long way to go to achieve it. Research suggests pathways to get the world on track.

Algal fat opens window to past Arctic temperatures

A new paper uses alkenones from the Svalbard islands and is among the first studies that present Arctic summer temperature change over the period from the end of the last Ice Age some 12,000 years ago. Its results show a large range of natural summer temperature variability and identify distinct phases of rapid change. 

Scientists decode the genome of Chinese licorice

A group of scientists has decoded the genome of Glycyrrhiza uralensis, or Chinese licorice, a plant that is important for its use in Chinese medicine and as a natural sweetener.

Plumage evolution: Explaining the vivid colors of birds

Tropical birds are well known for their colorful appearance: vibrantly colored macaws, parakeets and parrots are widely considered to be the quintessential birds of this region. The popularity of these birds leads many to assume that tropical climates are home to a greater proportion of colorful birds than temperate climates. But do birds evolve to become more colorful when they move to the tropics? New research provides insight into plumage evolution.

Herbivorous mammals have bigger bellies

Herbivorous mammals have bigger bellies than their usually slim carnivorous counterparts, an international study based on 3D reconstructions of animal skeletons reveals for the first time. In dinosaurs, however, there is no notable difference between carnivores and herbivores.

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