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Live Biodiversity

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There’s a certain predictable expression that frequently settles on the face of the friend or family member I’m talking to when I say the word “biodiversity.” I’d call it tolerantly bored.

It’s a Dry Heat

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What happens in an always warm world when it doesn’t rain for an unusual amount of time?

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The Smallest Stars Have Gone Out

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More than 20 species of sea star suffered in a disease outbreak that started in 2013. But in many places in the Bay Area, one small star hasn’t returned.