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Environmental detectives are using DNA to track invasive species

In our increasingly globalized society, when people travel the tend to bring things home with them, whether they mean to or not: microbes, aquatic species, insects, plants. Many of these are harmless, but some wreak economic havoc, and, like the recent Ebola virus, lead to nationwide panic and fear. As in so many other realms, DNA analysis may provide some ways to better combat these problems.

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Mongolian way of life threatened by dramatic climate change

The average annual temperature has risen more in Mongolia than any other place on earth almost, about 4 degrees. The rain patterns have changed. In fact, some 60 to 70 percent of the country is at risk of desertification. If that happens, the country's nomadic herders will have to give up their herds and their traditional way of life.

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U.K. officials want American-style fracking boom without environmental consequences

British energy companies are expected to soon begin using fracking to unlock shale gas, in hopes of igniting an energy revolution for the country. But with the controversy around fracking in the United States, many residents are saying, not so fast.