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Could applying medical nanotech to crops revolutionise farming?

New Food Magazine |
UCR's Juan Pablo Giraldo, and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, argue that applying nanotechnology to agriculture may help growers meet increasing global food demands.
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After Jan. 6, Twitter banned 70,000 right-wing accounts. Lies plummeted.

Washington Post |
In the week after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, Twitter suspended some 70,000 accounts, citing their role in spreading misinformation that was fueling real-world violence. A new study led by UCR's Kevin Esterling finds the move had an immediate and widespread impact on the overall spread of bogus information on the social media site.
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Coming to grips with a climate paradox: Less air pollution spurs more wildfires

Anthropocene Magazine |
It’s hard to fathom that there’s an upside to air pollution. But it’s becoming clear that, paradoxically, cleaning up tailpipes and smokestacks comes with a price for the planet. A study led by UCR climate scientist Robert Allen shows that as we cut polluting emissions of aerosols such as sulfur dioxide, scientists are uncovering the myriad ways these tiny, sunlight-reflecting particles have been taking some of the sting out of global warming.
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Reducing aerosol pollution causes more wildfires in an ironic twist of fate |
A study led by UCR climatologist Robert Allen reveals a startling paradox: reducing air pollution could lead to an increase in forest fires, particularly in the vast boreal forests of the northern hemisphere.
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How sharks survived a major spike in Earth's temperature

MSN / |
The sharks we know today as the open ocean's top predators evolved from stubby bottom dwellers during a dramatic episode of global warming millions of years ago, according to a new study led by UCR doctoral candidate Phillip Sternes and Professor Tim Higham.
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Who Wants to Have Children in a Warming World?

Wired |
UCR environmental scientist Jade Sasser’s new book focuses on the racial dimensions of eco-anxiety. Among her findings: Women of color are likelier to say climate change will make them have fewer children than they want.  
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Eliminating This Common Pollutant Could Actually Lead to More Forest Fires

Inverse |
Reducing aerosol pollution, without simultaneously cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions, could lead to more and worse wildfires across the Northern Hemisphere, according to research led by UCR climatologist Robert Allen. Using an intricate climate model, the study researchers found that imposing strict air quality standards, while continuing to pump out carbon dioxide and methane, could significantly boost boreal fire activity in Canada, Russia, Alaska, and parts of Europe.  
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Invasive insect continues its spread across SoCal, killing more than 80,000 oak trees so far

ABC7 Eyewitness News |
Joelene Tamm, a graduate student at UC Riverside, estimates that back in 2013 there were about 20,000 to 30,000 oak trees in Southern California killed by the goldspotted oak borer. She said that number has now jumped to more than 80,000 dead oak trees as the invasive pest marches to the north.