Science & Environment: 'Iron dragon' discovery, wine in peril, and trees around the world.

Science & Environment: 'Iron dragon' discovery, wine in peril, and trees around the world.


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This week's latest in Science and Environment
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In this edition: Explore Africa's carbon time bomb, discover an "iron dragon" pterosaur, and dive into climate's effects on wine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY WILL SEBERGER/ZUMA PRESS, INC/ALAMY
      waning water     
We pump too much water out of the ground—and that's killing our rivers
By 2050, thousands of rivers and streams worldwide could pass a critical ecological threshold, new research shows.
Dive in
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FURTHER: Two-thirds of the longest rivers no longer flow freely—and it's harming us +
      Flipping out     
Earth's magnetic field flipped many more times than we thought
The planet's magnetic poles once swapped places at an astounding rate, offering clues to our planet's past and potential future.
Explore
      surprise visitor     
Borisov, the newest interstellar comet, starts coming into focus
Early looks at the newfound object are offering astronomers exciting glimpses at rare material from another star system.
Take a peek
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I've spent a career looking for new species, but I've never come across anything quite like this.
David Ebert, Pacific Shark Research Center
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PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANS LANTING, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
      Explosive finds     
Inside the search for Africa's carbon time bomb
Journey into the wilds of the Congo rain forest with scientists trying to locate a shockingly large peatland so that they can help to preserve it.
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FURTHER: Arctic permafrost is thawing fast. That affects us all. +
      When reptiles fly     
New 'iron dragon' pterosaur found in Australia
The exquisitely preserved remains make up the most complete flying reptile yet discovered on the continent.
Take flight
      stressed fruit     
Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Records going back 700 years show that Burgundy's wine grapes have been feeling the heat of the past three decades.
Drink it in
PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANS LANTING, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
      Step in the shade     
See the photos of trees that inspire Prince Harry to save forests
The Duke of Sussex took over National Geographic's Instagram feed to raise awareness of the importance of forest conservation.
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FURTHER: What we can learn from Trees +
What We're Reading
A massive earthquake might have released a deadly fungus. (Gizmodo)  ››
NASA can hear Mars making its own mysterious music. Listen here. (Forbes)  ››
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