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Paradox lost: wetlands can form in deserts, but we need to find and protect them

An oasis in the Sahara Desert, Libya. Patrick Poendl/Shutterstock Stephen Tooth, Aberystwyth University; Peyton Lisenby, Midwestern State University, and Timothy J. Ralph, Macquarie University Once dismissed as dank and bug-infested backwaters – good only for draining and destroying to make farmland – the world’s wetlands may finally be having their moment in the sun. In the UK, the government is …

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Microplastics: tiny crustaceans can fragment them into even smaller nanoplastics

Gammarus duebeni, the shrimp-like animal that can break down microplastic. Alicia Mateos Cárdenas, Author provided

Gammarus duebeni, the shrimp-like animal that can break down microplastic. Alicia Mateos Cárdenas, Author provided Alicia Mateos Cárdenas, University College Cork Microplastics are widespread in seas and oceans, and their harmful effects on many different marine animals are well known. However, we know relatively little about the microplastics in our freshwater rivers, streams and lakes. We still don’t know exactly …

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