Whimbrel on the tundra on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska. (Credit: Rachel Richardson, USGS, Alaska Science Center)
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Shorebird egg theft is becoming a big problem in the Arctic. And climate change is behind it.

The daily rate of eggs stolen from shorebirds' nests in the Arctic is three times higher than it was 70 years ago. The trouble, which coincides with warming temperatures, could impact vulnerable populations of stunning birds.

For centuries, the Arctic has been a relatively safe place for shorebirds such as plovers and sandpipers to lay their eggs, as nests in the tropics were much more likely to suffer attacks from predators.

That is changing.

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Rising CO2 will leave crops—and millions of humans—less healthy

Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will render some major crops less nutritious and leave hundreds of millions of people protein and zinc deficient over the next three decades, according to a new study.

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Happy people … happy forests?

The growth of forests globally is linked to human progress and well-being, according to a new report.

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Fracking chemicals “imbalance” the immune system

Chemicals commonly found in groundwater near fracked oil and gas wells appear to impair the proper functioning of the immune system, according to a lab study released today.

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Fracking chemical mix causes disturbing changes in breast tissue: Study

Female mice exposed to a mixture of 23 chemicals used in oil and gas fracking developed mammary lesions and enlarged tissues—suggesting the chemicals may leave breast tissues more prone to cancer, according to a new study.

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Fertilizer is fouling the air in California: Study

A large proportion of California's nitrogen oxide—which can cause harmful ozone and a variety of health impacts—comes from heavy fertilizer use in the state's Central Valley, according to a new study.

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