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Arctic Melt Season is Lengthening by Several Days Each Decade

April 2, 2014

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A new study by NSIDC and NASA researchers reveals that length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade. The length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade, and an earlier start to the melt season is allowing the Arctic […]

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Climate Models Predict 21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Changes

September 27, 2013

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This four minute video shows climate model estimates on how global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century given current rising greenhouse gas levels. Models used by the IPCC estimate global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century given current rising greenhouse gas levels. This video depicts a scenario […]

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Study Reveals Climate Change is Occurring at an Increased Pace

August 5, 2013

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According to scientists at Stanford University, climate change is on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years. The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the […]

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Century-Old HMS Challenger Expedition Data Helps Confirm Ocean Warming

May 29, 2013

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A new study using ocean data from the 135 year old HMS Challenger oceanographic expedition combined with modern measurements of ocean temperatures reveals that warming of the planet can be clearly detected since 1873 and that our oceans continue to absorb the great majority of this heat. A new NASA and university analysis of ocean […]

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Discovery May Lead to the Creation of Biofuel from CO2 in the Atmosphere

March 26, 2013

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Scientists at the University of Georgia have discovered a way to transform carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products, possibly allowing scientists to make biofuels from CO2 in the atmosphere. Athens, Georgia – Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving […]

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Amazon Area Twice the Size of California Still Suffering from the Effects of a Megadrought

January 18, 2013

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A new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that 700,000 square kilometers of forest in southwestern Amazonia is still suffering from a megadrought that began 2005. Pasadena, California – An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds […]

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Soot’s Role in Climate Change Underestimated

January 16, 2013

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A new comprehensive and quantitative analysis of the role of black carbon, aka soot, in the climate system found that the direct warming effect of black carbon could be about twice that of previous estimates. Soot is the second largest man made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, […]

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Deepwater Horizon Disaster Payout Announced by US Justice Department

January 4, 2013

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A new cash settlement will be given to the Gulf of Mexico science and restoration project, due to the federal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The company that operated the drilling rig for BP, Transocean Deepwater, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties for the […]

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Urine Used as Fertilizer to Boost Crop Yields

December 24, 2012

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Last year, in Sotang, Nepal, the Dzi Foundation helped build over 1,000 toilets for the nearly 6,500 residents of the village. The villagers were given the option of using a regular squatting pan or a dual-hole pan, which allowed for the collection of urine to be used as a fertilizer. Urine is mostly water, mixed […]

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Low Water Levels Could Shut Down Mississippi River Shipping Lanes

December 17, 2012

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The worst drought in 50 years has brought water levels in the Mississippi River close to historic lows, and could potentially shut down all shipping in a matter of weeks. This is the second extreme event on the river in 18 months, after the flooding in the spring of 2011 forced people to flee their […]

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US EPA Will Try to Monitor Hormone-Like Substances

December 17, 2012

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The US EPA is initiating a new effort to see whether low doses of hormone-mimicking chemicals can harm human health and whether chemical testing should be changed. According to the EPA website, in a response to a report published by 12 scientists last March, they will collaborate with other federal agencies to assess whether the […]

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An Invasive Grass Species Spreads Wildfires Quicker

December 11, 2012

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New research indicates that an invasive species of grass is making wildfires in the western USA larger, hotter and more frequent. A variety of grasses called cheatgrass dries out quickly, and burns more rapidly that other vegetation. The scientists published their findings in the journal Global Change Biology. The researchers believe that it has fueled […]

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