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Extreme Wildfires Have Doubled in Frequency and Intensity in the Past 20 YearsScience20-20wildfires_shutterstock_710588224.jpg

Extreme Wildfires Have Doubled in Frequency and Intensity in the Past 20 Years

THIS ARTICLE IS republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. It feels like we are getting used to the Earth being on fire. Recently, more than 70 wildfires burned simultaneously in Greece. In early 2024, Chile suffered its worst wildfire season in history, with more than 130 people killed. Last year, Canada’s record-breaking

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The Supreme Court Doesn’t Want You to Have Clean Water and Safe Air

This story originally appeared on Slate and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. US environmental law is a relatively young discipline. The Environmental Protection Agency is a little more than 50 years old, and the Clean Air and Clean Water acts—legislation we today see as bedrocks of public health and environmental safeguards—were passed in

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How a Group of Butterflies Managed to Fly 4,200 Kilometers Without Stopping

THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared on WIRED Italia and has been translated from Italian. The dozen butterflies were flying gracefully over a beach in French Guiana when Gerard Talavera spotted them. It only took a moment to see they were extraordinary. These were not just any butterflies, he saw, but painted ladies (Vanessa cardui)—beautiful orange, white,

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Health Care Should Be Designed for the Extremes of Life

“The adoption of new ideas and the pace of change in health care can lag behind other innovations that consumers experience every day,” says Yves Behar, an industrial designer and founder of design firm fuseproject. People, Behar continues, become frustrated when they contrast their experience in clinics and hospitals versus, for instance, the consumer experience

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US Government Awards Moderna $176 Million for mRNA Bird Flu Vaccine

The US government will pay Moderna $176 million to develop an mRNA vaccine against a pandemic influenza—an award given as the highly pathogenic bird flu virus H5N1 continues to spread widely among US dairy cattle. The funding flows through BARDA, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, as part of a new Rapid Response Partnership

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The UK’s NHS Going Digital Would Be Equivalent to Hiring Thousands of New Doctors

The NHS app could not only allow appointments to be made, but also let patients receive notifications about vaccine campaigns, health tests, cancer screening, and even upcoming clinical trials. “Clinical trials can use genomics to identify patients who will benefit from the latest treatments, but they struggle to recruit—not for a lack of people willing

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Hurricane Beryl Isn’t a Freak Storm—It’s the Exact Nightmare Meteorologists Predicted

Hot water provides the energy hurricanes need to grow and thrive. Gusty winds evaporate a tiny bit of water off the sea’s surface. This warm water vapor rises into the clouds and releases its heat, which powers the thunderstorms that drive a hurricane’s intensity. The Atlantic Ocean has been running a fever for the past

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