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South Pole’s Ozone Hole Shrinks to Smallest Since Discovery

WASHINGTON — The ozone hole near the south pole this year is the smallest since it was discovered, but it is more due to freakish Antarctic weather than efforts to cut down on pollution, NASA reported. This fall, the average hole in Earth's protective ozone...
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UN Chief Urges Action to Make Earth Carbon Neutral by 2050

UNITED NATIONS — World leader after world leader told the United Nations on Monday that they will do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels, but as they made their pledges, they conceded it was not enough. Sixty-six countri...
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When Was the Last Time You Saw a Monarch Butterfly?

GREENBELT, Md. — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from it...
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Farmers Don’t Need to Read the Science. We Are Living It.

The New York Times Subscription FIREBAUGH, Calif. — Many farmers probably haven’t read the new report from the United Nations warning of threats to the global food supply from climate change and land misuse. But we don’t need to read the science — ...
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UN Report: Humans Accelerating Extinction of Species

People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday. But it's not too late to fix the problem, according to the United Nations' f...