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Gold Rush Beneath the Deepest Sea

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Cold, dark, and under extreme pressure, the deep sea holds a wealth of unique and unusual species, habitats and ecosystems. And it contains rich mineral resources, some of them in unique or highly enriched concentrations.

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Innovators Find Water Scarcity Solutions

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“We have a water crisis, which is based on increasing population, urbanization and climate disruption. And there’s unsustainable use of our water,” said Argonne National Laboratory researcher Seth Darling. “Part of addressing this is through policy solutions, but we also need new, more energy-efficient and cost-effective technologies.”

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EU Extends Multi-Billion Euro Support to Migrants

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While the United States attempts to limit migration through punitive action at its southern border, the European Union is taking the opposite approach to the flood of migrants from Africa and neighboring countries seeking sanctuary.

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Scientists Find 27 New Viruses in Bees

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) Mwatate Sisal Plantation Dam, Kenya, June 13, 2013 (Photo by Peter Steward)

An international team of researchers has discovered evidence of 27 previously unknown viruses in bees. The finding could help scientists design strategies to prevent the spread of viral pathogens among these crucial pollinators.

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Sustainable Development = Happiness

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“It is literally the truth, that sustainable development is the path to happiness,” Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, told this year’s meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that opened Monday at UN Headquarters in New York.

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The True Cost of Tourism

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This year, for the first time, the world’s tourism footprint has been quantified across the entire supply chain – from flights to food to souvenirs – and revealed as a gigantic contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.

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