Ecosystems

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  1. Earth

    Earthworms lose weight in soils polluted with microplastics

    Bits of plastic pollution in the ground caused earthworms to lose weight. That could hurt the worms’ ability to make soil healthy, and may explain why plants were stunted.

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  2. Ecosystems

    Scientists Say: Wetland

    Wetlands are land areas that are flooded with water some or all of the time. They’re more than just wet, though. They filter water, shelter young animals and much more.

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  3. Ecosystems

    Warming pushes lobsters and other species to seek cooler homes

    Plants and animals are moving toward the poles, changing timing of important events and more — all in response to climate change.

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  4. Ecosystems

    Photographing wildflowers and other ways you can help fight climate change

    Citizen scientists can help with climate and conservation research by counting birds, taking pictures of flowers and deciphering old weather records.

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  5. Environment

    Life on Earth is mostly green

    A new survey of life on Earth finds that plants and microbes dominate. But even though humans are in the minority, they still play a major role.

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  6. Climate

    Disappearing sea ice could disrupt Arctic’s food web

    When sea ice goes missing in the Arctic, every part of the ecosystem feels the effects.

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  7. Animals

    Animal graveyard found in deeply buried Antarctic lake

    Mud from Antarctica’s Lake Mercer surprised scientists with what appeared to be the carcasses of tiny animals. A neighboring lake had only microbes.

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  8. Ecosystems

    Scientists Say: Niche

    An organism’s niche is the role it fills in the community it lives in.

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  9. Plants

    Rare-plant hunters race against time to save at-risk species

    One in five plants is at risk of extinction. Meet the rare plant hunters who rappel down cliffs and trek through forests to save them.

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