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Arkansas's former oil fields may become the forefront of sustainable lithium extraction

Arkansas's former oil fields may become the forefront of sustainable lithium extraction

Southern Arkansas's Smackover Formation, known for its oil production history, is now a hopeful ground for lithium mining.

Boyce Upholt reports for Yale E360.

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How warming ruined a crab fishery and hurt an Alaskan town

As the world warms, extended spikes in ocean temperatures are triggering the collapse of key marine populations. In the Aleut community of St. Paul, Alaska, the loss of the snow crab fishery is having a profound economic impact and raising questions about the small city’s future.
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Beyond the yuck factor: Cities turn to ‘extreme’ water recycling

San Francisco is at the forefront of a movement to recycle wastewater from commercial buildings, homes, and neighborhoods and use it for toilets and landscaping. This decentralized approach, proponents say, will drive down demand in an era of increasing water scarcity.
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Youth climate lawsuit against federal government headed for trial

A federal judge has ruled that a high-profile climate lawsuit, brought by a group of Oregon youth against the U.S. government, can finally go to trial.

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As plastics keep piling up, can ‘advanced’ recycling cut the waste?

Proponents of a process called pyrolysis — including oil and gas companies — contend it will keep post-consumer plastics out of landfills and reduce pollution. But critics say that by converting waste to petroleum feedstock, it will only perpetuate a dependence on fossil fuels.
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Among some fish, heat stress may be contagious, study finds

“We found that heat-stressed zebrafish embryos release cues into the water, which then stresses other embryos that have not been exposed to heat themselves,” tweeted Katharina Wollenberg Valero, a biologist at University College Dublin.

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The upper atmosphere is cooling, prompting new climate concerns

A new study reaffirming that global climate change is human-made also found the upper atmosphere is cooling dramatically because of rising CO2 levels. Scientists are worried about the effect this cooling could have on orbiting satellites, the ozone layer, and Earth’s weather.