Science & Environment:Insect apocalypse, fossil forests, and a massive parrot

Science & Environment:Insect apocalypse, fossil forests, and a massive parrot




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In this edition: Smoke-ring blowing volcanoes, 'squawkzilla' the parrot, the fate of cigarette butts, and more.
PHOTOGRAPH BY DIETER TELEMANS/PANOS PICTURES/REDUX
      silent killer     
Insect 'apocalypse' in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides
Bees, butterflies, and other insects are under attack by the very plants they feed on as U.S. agriculture continues to use chemicals known to kill.
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further Why insect populations are plummeting—and why it matters +
      squawkzilla     
This toddler-size parrot was a prehistoric oddity
The flightless 'squawkzilla' stood three feet tall and was twice the weight of the kakapo, the heaviest parrot alive today.
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      Pint-sized     
Tiny liver grown in the lab. Here's what it can teach us.
The most complex mini-organ of its kind offers clues to treating a host of diseases.
LEARN WHY
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23
That's the percentage of of all greenhouse gas emissions caused by agriculture, food production like raising cattle, and deforestation, according to the IPCC's annual report.
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      Story of plastic     
Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned?
Trillions of cigarette butts are thrown into the environment every year, where they leach nicotine and heavy metals before turning into microplastic pollution.
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FURTHER: This common plastic packaging is a recycling nightmare +
      up in the air     
Volcanoes blow smoke rings. Now we know how they do it.
These ghostly hoops have been spotted above volcanic events around the world. But how they form has long been a mystery.
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      fiery fate     
To better grasp nuclear winter, scientists study wildfire cloud
A giant cloud from 2017 Canadian fires lingered for a year, showing scientists how a cloud from a nuclear bomb would behave.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY DEMING WANG
      stumpy stalks     
Bizarre fossils reveal Asia's oldest known forest
The spindly trees had surprisingly complex roots—setting the stage for the formation of coal seams still mined today.
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FURTHER: Prehistoric tree is first of its kind found below the Equator +
What We're REading
Climate change is making it more dangerous to eat certain fish (grist)  ››
A Crashed Israeli Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon (Wired)  ››
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