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United Nations Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges

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The countries may increase their climate goals, but the United Nations says that to avert extreme warming, an “exponential increase in ambition” is needed.

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

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In a significant escalation, policymakers are seeking to undermine or discard research showing the most dire risks of inaction on climate change.

Shifting habitat mosaics and fish production across river basins

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Watersheds are complex mosaics of habitats whose conditions vary across space and time as landscape features filter overriding climate forcing, yet the extent to which the reliability of ecosystem services...

Searching for hidden earthquakes in Southern California

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Earthquakes follow a well-known power-law size relation, with smaller events occurring much more often than larger events. Earthquake catalogs are thus dominated by small earthquakes yet are still missing a...

Warming Seas May Increase Frequency of Extreme Storms

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A new NASA study shows that warming of the tropical oceans could lead to a 60 percent increase in the frequency of extreme rain storms by the end of the...

Consecutive Win for School at JPL-Hosted Science Bowl

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More than 100 students from the Greater Los Angeles area competed this past weekend at JPL in a regional round of the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl.

Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay

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A NASA-led study has found a giant, growing cavern under Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier - just one of multiple mechanisms that are rapidly melting this enormous mass of ice.

Deadly Indonesian Quake Was a Rare 'Superfast' Event

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The extreme speed of last fall's Indonesian earthquake - rupturing faster than 9,000 mph (14,500 kph) - created a sort of 'seismic boom' that intensified the shaking.

Drought, Deluge Turned Stable Landslide into Disaster

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For the first time, researchers have documented the transition of a stable, creeping landslide into catastrophic collapse.

Santa Monica Wins Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl Round at JPL

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Students from Greater Los Angeles tested their knowledge of ocean and environmental sciences at a regional round of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl hosted at JPL on Saturday.

Cold Water Currently Slowing Fastest Greenland Glacier

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Formerly the island's fastest-flowing glacier, Jakobshavn Glacier slowed dramatically when a nearby ocean current cooled, though it's still adding to global sea level rise.

Antarctica's Effect on Sea Level Rise in Coming Centuries

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How will Antarctica's melting ice sheet affect sea level rise hundreds of years in the future? Scientists now have a more accurate model to answer this question.

Seasonal Monsoon Rains Block Key Ocean Current

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A major ocean current connecting the Pacific and Indian oceans slows dramatically during northwest Asia Monsoon season. Now, scientists have figured out why.

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 catch...

Researchers Produce Renewable Engine Fuel from Wet Biowaste

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A team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and China Agricultural University in Beijing has developed a new, sustainable way of converting wet biological waste...

Marching for climate change may sway people’s beliefs and actions

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Americans have a long tradition of taking to the streets to protest or to advocate for things they believe in. New research suggests that when it comes to climate change,...

Malaysia orders tonnes of imported waste to be returned

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The country's government says it has become a dumping ground for wealthier nations.

Confused about climate change? Talk to our chat bot

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BBC News launches a chat bot to help users learn about climate change in weekly conversations.

Antarctica: Thousands of emperor penguin chicks wiped out

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The second largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica disappears, satellite images show.

Autonomous boat makes oyster run

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A shellfish consignment is carried across the busy North Sea by an Uncrewed Surface Vessel.

Nature's emergency: Where we are in five graphics

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Water, air pollution and deforestation are pushing the natural world to the brink.

Five things we've learned from nature crisis study

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The UN's global assessment of nature has some hard hitting lessons for the world.

The elite soldiers protecting the Amazon rainforest

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The Amazon is at risk from mining in French Guiana and it is the French Foreign Legion's job to protect it.

Faroe Islands 'close down' as tourists fly in to repair them

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The Faroe Islands declared themselves shut down as foreign volunteers came to take part in sustainable tourism.

Climate change: Half world's biggest airlines don't offer carbon offsetting

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Half the world's biggest airlines are not giving flyers the opportunity to offset the CO2 from their flights.

Plastic straws: Which companies are banning them?

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A guide to the shops, restaurants and businesses that are moving to ban plastic straws.

Wood wide web: Trees' social networks are mapped

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Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots and fungi, connecting trees and plants to one another.

Antarctic instability 'is spreading'

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Almost a quarter of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is now unstable, according to a new study.