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CO2 growth in 2018 was fourth highest on record

1 day ago from UPI

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased 2.87 parts per million at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory in 2018, the fourth largest on record.

What Makes a Catastrophic Flood? And Is Climate Change Causing More of Them?

1 day ago from NY Times Science

Floods are complicated. But here are simple answers to questions about flooding, climate change and staying safe when the water rises.

Q&A: Green tech solution for polluted Guatemalan lake

2 days ago from SciDev

On World Water Day, scientist Claudia Romero says Lake Amatitlan can be cleaned up using natural methods, if authorities act now.

Tall ice-cliffs may trigger big calving events—and fast sea-level rise

2 days ago from Physorg

Glaciers that drain ice sheets such as Antarctica or Greenland often flow into the ocean, ending in near-vertical cliffs. As the glacier flows into the sea, chunks of the ice...

Caterpillars retrieve 'voicemail' by eating soil

2 days ago from Science Daily

Leaf-feeding caterpillars greatly enrich their intestinal flora by eating soil. It's even possible to trace the legacy effects of plants that previously grew in that soil through bacteria and fungi...

Fugitive air-pollutant releases from Calif. refineries, associated risk to people exposed, covered in new report

2 days ago from Science Blog

The below Mar. 20, 2019 news release is from the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board. California air quality regulators today [Mar. 20, 2019] released a report recommending actions...

Scientists argue for more comprehensive studies of Cascade volcanoes

2 days ago from Physorg

The string of volcanoes in the Cascades Arc, ranging from California's Mt. Lassen in the south to Washington's Mt. Baker in the north, have been studied by geologists and volcanologists...

Citizen science programs provide valuable data on intermittent rivers in southwestern United States

2 days ago from Physorg

A University of Oklahoma-led project is showing how citizen science programs provide valuable data on rivers in southwestern United States. The datasets of ecological and hydrological data obtained from intermittent...

Citizen science programs provide valuable data on intermittent rivers in southwestern US

2 days ago from Science Daily

An OU-led project is showing how citizen science programs provide valuable data on rivers in southwestern United States. The ecological and hydrological data obtained from intermittent rivers (rivers that dry...

A Time Capsule Is Recovered and Lt. Malloy Experiences Life in 2015 in 'The Orville' Episode 'Lasting Impressions'

2 days ago from Space.com

A simple, back-to-basics episode of "The Orville" reminds us that convoluted plots aren't a prerequisite for quality sci-fi.

EU leaders postpone decision on 2050 climate goal to June

2 days ago from Physorg

European Union leaders are pushing back a decision on the bloc's efforts to end most emissions of greenhouse gases.

Climate changes make some aspects of weather forecasting increasingly difficult

2 days ago from Science Daily

The ongoing climate changes make it increasingly difficult to predict certain aspects of weather, according to a new study. The study, focusing on weather forecasts in the northern hemisphere spanning...

Chemical blast kills dozens in China

2 days ago from C&EN

This time, tragedy occurred in Jiangsu, one of the country’s most developed provinces

March Madness: Kentucky's P.J. Washington expected to miss second round

2 days ago from UPI

Kentucky is expected to take the floor without star P.J. Washington for the second consecutive NCAA tournament game Saturday in Jacksonville.

Jennifer Lopez announces concert dates for It's My Party tour

2 days ago from UPI

Jennifer Lopez has announced the concert dates for her upcoming North American It's My Party tour which will take place over the summer.

Watch: Hawks' Trae Young tricks Jazz defenders with slick dribble move

2 days ago from UPI

Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young was back in his bag of tricks, using a smooth dribble move to dupe defenders in a win against the Utah Jazz.

Climate change affecting fish in Ontario lakes

2 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found warmer average water temperatures in Ontario lakes over the past decade have forced fish to forage in deeper water.

Climate change affecting fish in Ontario lakes, study reveals

2 days ago from Physorg

Warmer temperatures are having a ripple effect on food webs in Ontario lakes, according to a new University of Guelph study.

Flat-Earthers' Cruise Will Sail to Antarctica 'Ice Wall' at the Planet's Edge. Right.

2 days ago from Live Science

A flat-Earthers conference promises a cruise to Antarctica.

Earth from Space

2 days ago from European Space Agency

For World Water Day, we take a look at Lake Chad at the southern edge of the Sahara, where water supplies are dwindling

Study: Low-income neighborhoods more vulnerable to flooding, extreme heat

2 days ago from Physorg

Portland experiences both extreme heat in the summer months and frequent nuisance flooding in the winter and spring, and that's only expected to worsen with climate change. A new Portland...

Fortified 'high tunnel' growing structures withstand 'bomb cyclone' winds

2 days ago from Physorg

Lessons learned in construction of protected agriculture systems, or high tunnels, kept Texas A&M AgriLife Research tunnels near Amarillo securely in place during the recent "bomb cyclone" that reached recorded...

Image: Lake Chad's shrinking waters

2 days ago from Physorg

The 22 March is World Water Day, which focuses on the importance of freshwater. The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations aim to achieve a better and more sustainable...

Satellites key to addressing water scarcity

2 days ago from Physorg

Today is World Water Day, but with millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggling to cope in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, the notion of water shortages may...

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

2 days ago from UPI

Two U.S. service members died in Afghanistan Friday while conducting a military operation, NATO said in a statement.

Floods show national security threat posed by climate change

2 days ago from Physorg

The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive...

The effects of climate change on water shortages

2 days ago from Physorg

If global temperatures continue to rise, rainfall will increasingly become a beast of extremes: long dry spells here, dangerous floods there – and in some places, intense water shortages. As...

Climate change and drought threaten small mountain streams in the Sierra Nevada

2 days ago from Physorg

Small mountain streams and the vibrant ecosystems they support were hit hard by the historic California drought of 2012 to 2015. Researchers monitoring aquatic life in Sierra Nevada streams observed...