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Some plants use hairy roots and acid to access nutrients in rock

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Shrubs in mountainous areas of Brazil have specialized roots that secrete chemicals to extract phosphorus from rock.

Emissions of a banned ozone-destroying chemical have been traced to China

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Since 2013, eastern China has increased its annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon by about 7,000 metric tons, a study finds.

One of Earth's fastest-shrinking glaciers is growing again

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Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier around 2012 was retreating about 1.8 miles and thinning nearly 130 feet annually

When Putin's around, GPS goes haywire, study finds

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As Russia's president drove over a bridge one day last year, the GPS units on nearby ships suddenly seemed to believe they were dozens of miles away, on land

Scientists believe Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will erupt again

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For months, lava exploded and devoured miles of Hawaii's Big Island. A year later, scientists believe it could erupt again in the future. Carter Evans reports.

Green energy in West Virginia, the state of coal

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Coal has been the backbone of West Virginia for generations until rising costs and cheaper fuel alternatives wiped out jobs by tens of thousands. Now, there's a new opportunity in...

Study of northern Alaska could rewrite Arctic history

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May 28, 2019—Parts of Alaska's mountainous Brooks Range were likely transported from Greenland and a stretch of the Canadian Arctic much farther to the east, according to a series of...

3D Earth in the making

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A thorough understanding of the ‘solid Earth’ system is essential for deciphering the links between processes occurring deep inside Earth and those occurring nearer the surface that lead to seismic...

Monitoring Earth’s shifting land

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The monitoring of land subsidence is of vital importance for low-lying countries, but also areas which are prone to peculiar ground instability.

A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable

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By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of the glacier ice in...

Satellites yield insight into not so permanent permafrost

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Ice is without doubt one of the first casualties of climate change, but the effects of our warming world are not only limited to ice melting on Earth’s surface. Ground...

Antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels, global study finds

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Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered.

Study uncovers surprising melting patterns beneath Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf

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Scientists have discovered an ancient geologic structure that restricts where ocean water flows, and reveals that local ocean currents may play a critical role in the ice shelf's future retreat.

More fishing vessels chasing fewer fish, new study finds

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A new analysis of global fishing data has found the world's fishing fleet doubled in size over the 65 years to 2015, but for the amount of effort expended the...

A warming Arctic produces weather extremes in our latitudes

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Atmospheric researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have now developed a climate model that can accurately depict the frequently observed winding course...

Study of northern Alaska could rewrite Arctic history

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New research on the North Slope of Alaska could help revise predictions about the Arctic's oil, gas and mineral wealth.

Michael Avenatti pleads not guilty in Stormy Daniels, Nike cases

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Attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty to stealing $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels and attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike.

Look: Firefighters help rescue cat trapped on roof of boxing club

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Animal rescuers in Wales said a cat was "on the ropes" after ending up stranded on the roof of a boxing club for at least four days.

British man breaks Guinness record for cushion-spinning

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A worker at an England store made a cushion spin on his finger for 18 minutes and 14 seconds to break a Guinness World Record.

Running back Orleans Darkwa healthy after torn Achilles

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Former New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa has fully recovered from a torn Achilles tendon that cost him the 2018 season.

One dead, thousands without power in Ohio tornadoes

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Tornadoes ripped through central Ohio Monday night Tuesday morning, causing at least one death, damaging dozens of structures and leaving thousands without power.

Potentially damaging storms begin to rumble across central U.S.

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People from Iowa through Oklahoma were faced with severe weather into Tuesday night as a round of powerful thunderstorms erupted over the central United States causing major damage.

Paving sustainably

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Although the nearly 21 million miles of paved roads around the globe appear static, their environmental footprints are anything but set. When studying all stages of a road’s life using a technique called...

Gravity signals could speedily warn of big quakes and save lives

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The trick lies in capturing the weak gravitational shifts in the ground.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.23045

Why Thousands of Aftershocks of a 1959 Earthquake Just Rumbled Through Yellowstone 60 Years Later

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Recent rumblings at Yellowstone National Park are actually aftershocks of a quake that occurred 60 years ago.

Study Pinpoints Source of Banned Gas That Saps Ozone Layer: Eastern China

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An international team of researchers said Wednesday that two provinces in China were the source of most of the emissions of a banned gas that harms the ozone layer.

Forecasts Call for a Normal Hurricane Season, but ‘It Only Takes One’

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Government forecasters predict as many as 15 named storms, and as many as four major hurricanes, during the season which begins June 1 and stretches to Nov. 30

Latest Arena for China’s Growing Global Ambitions: The Arctic

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In a warming Arctic, China is drilling for gas, testing new shipping lanes and partnering with the region's military powerhouse, Russia.