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Duke University's decision to close major plant collection sparks outrage

Duke University has announced the closure of its herbarium, a significant blow to biodiversity research.

Carl Zimmer reports for The New York Times.

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A vanished bird might live on, or not. The video is grainy

Scientists say they’ve compiled evidence showing that the ivory-billed woodpecker, a kind of Holy Grail for American birders, still exists.
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As temperatures rise, Melbourne’s bats get their own sprinkler system

On the hottest days, a refreshing mist will cool down flying foxes, which have suffered mass death in Australian heat waves.
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Are butterflies wildlife? Depends where you live in the U.S.

A legal quirk leaves officials in at least a dozen states with little or no authority to protect insects. That’s a growing problem for humans.
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How widespread are these toxic chemicals? They’re everywhere.

Researchers created a map showing where PFAS compounds, linked to cancer in humans, have been detected in wildlife. It spans the globe.
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How climate change is spreading malaria in Africa

The mosquitoes that transmit the disease dramatically increased their range over the last century as temperatures warmed, scientists reported.

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Ecuador moves to expand drilling in the Amazon

A novel idea to leave the country’s vast oil reserves in the ground fizzled for lack of international support. Now, struggling under painful debt, the government wants to expand drilling in the rainforest.