Findings





1 Arctic sea ice reached an all-time minimum of 1.59 million square miles on September 16—a decrease of about one million square miles, or an area the size of Alaska and Texas combined. 2 Climate change may decrease locust plagues because the insects proliferate after cooler periods, when damper conditions create an environment more favorable for their eggs to grow. 

3 Japanese scientists have bred the very first see-through frog. They say the transparent amphibian will allow researchers and students to observe internal structures and organs without resorting to dissection.

4 Junk could hinder the recovery of California condors: Adults have been feeding their young metal springs, glass fragments, and other trash they find while scavenging.  

5 Counter to climate-model predictions, parts of the Amazon forest grew vigorously during a drought in 2005. Scientists are uncertain how the forest will respond to long-term droughts, but say it’s still vulnerable to deforestation and forest fires.

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DNA profiling of meat sold in Korean shops between 1999 and 2003 revealed that endangered minke whales may be at increased risk—twice the number reported are sold for consumption.

7 If verified, the recent finding that a molecule in chlorofluorocarbons might not break down as rapidly as thought would mean that 60 percent of ozone depletion is due to an unknown mechanism.

8 Tankers and container ships pump 50 percent more CO2 into the atmosphere than previously thought; the shipping industry emits 1.2 billion tons—nearly twice the emissions of the aviation industry.

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