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Plant scraps are the key ingredient in cheap, sustainable jet fuel

2 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have developed a process for converting plant waste from agriculture and timber harvesting into high-density aviation fuel. Their research may help reduce CO2 emissions from airplanes and rockets.

Trump might limit states’ say in offshore drilling plan. Here’s how

2 days ago from LA Times - Science

When President Trump proposed opening nearly the entire U.S. coastline to more offshore oil and gas drilling, the backlash from states seeking exemptions was swift. Governors, Republican and Democratic, and...

Migrant surge overwhelms El Paso authorities, shelters

2 days ago from UPI

U.S. immigration authorities expect to release thousands of apprehended migrants into this West Texas city starting today.

Harvard recognized at Climate Leadership Conference for sustainability efforts

2 days ago from Harvard Science

Since Harvard’s successful 2008 pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, the University has continued to strive for sustainability. Now, it’s being commended for its efforts and commitment to the...

Volcano cliffs can affect monitoring data

2 days ago from Science Daily

New research reveals that sharp variations of the surface of volcanoes can affect data collected by monitoring equipment.

Alpine tundra releases long-frozen CO2 to the atmosphere, exacerbating climate warming

2 days ago from Science Daily

Thawing permafrost in high-altitude mountain ecosystems may be a stealthy, underexplored contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions.

Branson tour boat company won't operate year after fatal sinking

2 days ago from UPI

The company operating a vessel that sank last year near Branson, Mo., killing 17, said it won't reopen its "duck boat" business this tourist season.

New light into the recent evolution of the African rift valley

2 days ago from Science Daily

Continental rift valleys are huge fractures on the surface of the Earth that break continental plates with the eventual development of new oceans. Although instrumental in driving climate and biosphere...

Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington's coast

3 days ago from Science Daily

The first survey of methane vent sites off Washington's coast finds 1,778 bubble columns, with most located along a north-south band that is in line with a geologic fault.

Watch: Texas boy's massive blue catfish is a state record

3 days ago from UPI

A 13-year-old Texas boy set a new state record for his age group when he reeled in a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 67 pounds.

Top advisor to Trump’s EPA is called out in major journal for his ‘fringe’ ideas

3 days ago from LA Times - Science

The Trump administration's reliance on industry-funded environmental specialists is again coming under fire, this time by researchers who say that Anthony "Tony" Cox Jr., who leads a key EPA advisory...

Machine learning for data-driven discovery in solid Earth geoscience

3 days ago from Science NOW

Understanding the behavior of Earth through the diverse fields of the solid Earth geosciences is an increasingly important task. It is made challenging by the complex, interacting, and multiscale processes...

Spring forecast calls for major or moderate flooding in 25 states

3 days ago from UPI

This spring promises to be a wet one for the majority of the continental United States with major or moderate flooding potential in 25 states, NOAA reported.

Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington's coast

3 days ago from Physorg

Off the coast of Washington, columns of bubbles rise from the seafloor, as if evidence of a sleeping dragon lying below. But these bubbles are methane that is squeezed out...

Great Lakes rapidly warming, likely to trigger more flooding and extreme weather

The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought, according...

25 States Are at Risk of Serious Flooding This Spring, U.S. Forecast Says

3 days ago from NY Times Science

With flooding already reaching historic levels in parts of the United States, federal scientists warn to expect more throughout the spring

Secretary of State Pompeo visits Western Wall in Israel visit

3 days ago from UPI

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up his two-day trip to Israel on Thursday with a historic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Timberwolves’ Rose, Covington, Teague all to miss the rest of the season

3 days ago from UPI

With the NBA regular season closing in, the Minnesota Timberwolves might have to play out the stretch without a couple of key players.

Catastrophic Midwestern flooding costing farmers $1 billion and counting

3 days ago from UPI

Catastrophic flooding across the central Midwest has destroyed homes and infrastructure, wiped out livestock, forced thousands of people to evacuate and left thousands more stranded.

Tropical Cyclone Savannah dissipating in Suomi NPP satellite imagery

3 days ago from Physorg

Tropical Cyclone Savannah appeared as a wispy area of low pressure on imagery from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite.

Genetic diversity maps to help forests survive climate change

3 days ago from Science Blog

Forests have a special magic for many of us. Steeped in folklore and fantasy, they are places for enchantments, mythical creatures and outlaws. But if they are to survive into...

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Veronica affecting Australia's Pilbara Coast

3 days ago from Physorg

Visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite showed Tropical Cyclone Veronica skirting the Pilbara coast of Western Australia.

Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming

3 days ago from Physorg

The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing...

Deer Park in Texas Orders Residents to Shelter Indoors After Chemical Fire

3 days ago from NY Times Science

Officials said they were concerned about the levels of benzene in the air after a large fire erupted at a storage tank on Sunday.

US Postal Service Reveals Stamps for Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

3 days ago from Space.com

A pair of United States postage stamps will mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Miami Open: Tennis stars have mixed reviews of Dolphins stadium venue

3 days ago from UPI

Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Simona Halep were among the tennis stars with mixed reviews of the Miami Open's venue change to Hard Rock Stadium.

New report warns of dangers to Great Lakes health and economy from climate change

3 days ago from Physorg

Roughly 34 million people in the United States and Canada rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water, jobs, recreation and more.

Increasingly warm winters may reduce the survival of forest tree seedlings

3 days ago from Physorg

The future climate is expected to be warmer and rainfall is expected to be higher than at present, particularly during the winter. This will increase warm periods and rainfall during...