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Yosemite Losing Its Big Trees

10 years ago from Live Science

Yosemite National Park has lost many of its large trees during the last century, possibly due to a warmer climate, a new study found.

Dry weather lowers beach closings number

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- A 10 percent decline in U.S. beach closing or advisory days was due to dry conditions, not ecological improvement, an environmental watchdog said Wednesday.

Humans 'damaging the oceans'

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Mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world's oceans in profound and damaging ways is outlined in a new scientific discussion paper released today...

The nightingale of the ocean in Disko Bay

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It wasn't that many years ago that the bowhead whale was written off as extinct in the waters around Greenland and especially in Disko Bay in northwest Greenland where University...

Forest response project FACEs the end

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After 12 years, an experiment focused on forest growth and climate change comes to an end, and researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are eager to collect and analyse data...

Dot Earth: U.N. Chief Poleward Bound

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon plans to head toward North Pole to make case for action on climate.

Antikythera clockwork computer may be even older than thought

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

New detective work suggests that the ancient mechanism for simulating planetary motions and predicting lunar eclipses was built in the 2nd century BC

Arctic seabed mapping renewed by Canada, U.S.

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Researchers for Canada and the United States are working together again this summer to map more of the Arctic seabed, gathering scientific data toward bolstering their own sovereign claims.

Thinning cloud cover over oceans speeds global warming, study finds

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

New research dents hopes that clouds could act as brake on climate change Thinning clouds over the ocean exacerbate global warming by leading to more rapid temperature increases, according to the results of a...

Seasonal weather forecasting: Still uncertain despite leaps in technology

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Long-range forecasts are limited by the chaotic nature of weather systems Weather forecasting has been transformed by the advent of Earth-observing satellites, leaps in computing power and more advanced models of the atmosphere and...

Scientists Expect Wildfires To Increase As Climate Warms In Coming Decades

10 years ago from Science Daily

As the climate warms in the coming decades, atmospheric scientists expect that the frequency of wildfires will increase in many regions. The spike in the number of fires could also...

Seattle area could see record-setting high temperatures this week

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Western Washington is braced for unusually hot weather this week, but University of Washington scientists say this could be one for the record books, with Seattle experiencing historic...

Tidal energy farms influence the natural transport of sands

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Tidal stream farms, in which electricity is generated by turbines from regions of strong tidal flow, may influence the natural balance of marine sands, according to research at...

B.C. heat wave heats up

10 years ago from CBC: Health

High temperatures scorching B.C. will reach 40 C in some areas of Vancouver Island on Tuesday, and go into the low to mid-30s elsewhere in the south of the province...

ASME Releases Roadmap for Water Management

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

ASME will bring diverse partners together to find multidisciplinary solutions to water management technology issues that protect public health and the environment, while conserving precious water supplies and the infrastructure...

Global warming may have aided Inca empire

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A 400-year warm spell helped the ancient Inca to build the largest empire ever to exist in the Americas, a new study has established.

Dot Earth: Era of Trans-Arctic Shipping Nigh

10 years ago from NY Times Science

A German ship is poised to make the first commercial passage from Asia to western Europe via the Arctic.

China restores internet after ethnic riots

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Life in China's Xinjiang region was slowly returning to normal with the restoration of some internet services after deadly ethnic riots earlier in July, officials said Tuesday.

Mayors say Canada has no swine flu plan

10 years ago from UPI

SUMMERSIDE, Prince Edward Island, July 28 (UPI) -- Canada has no plan to keep essential services going if a swine flu pandemic becomes a plague, a key national group...

B.C. heat prompts worries

10 years ago from CBC: Health

More hot weather forecast for B.C. is raising concerns about the water supply, air quality and even more forest fires, but it's not an official heat wave yet, according to...

Corn waste converted to chemicals

10 years ago from Chemistry World

Biofuel waste could be turned into building blocks for industrial chemicals

Jade sheds light on Guatemala's geologic history

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A new analysis of jade found along the Motagua fault that bisects Guatemala is underscoring the fact that this region has a more complex geologic history than previously thought. Because...

Late-blight fungus ruining crops in 13 states

10 years ago from Physorg

A fungus that caused the infamous 1840s Irish potato famine has hit this summer's commercial and homegrown tomato crop in 13 states, putting farmers and agricultural experts on edge.

Battle against ash borers engaged

10 years ago from UPI

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 27 (UPI) -- Scientists say there will be no easy victory over the emerald ash borer but the battle to save North America's 8 billion...

Humans Emulate Volcanoes in the Stratosphere

10 years ago from Science NOW

Surge in coal burning may be noticeably dirtying the upper atmosphere

Major Arctic Sea-ice Formed Earlier Than Thought

10 years ago from Science Daily

Significant sea ice formation occurred in the Arctic earlier than previously thought in Earth's geological history. "The results are also especially exciting because they suggest that sea ice formed in...

El Nino, La Nina Happened in Eastern U.S. Earlier Than Previously Thought

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

A Baylor University study has found the weather patterns of El Nino and La Nina, which brings drier and wetter conditions to certain parts of the country, happened thousands of...

New study sheds light on earthquake hazard along San Andreas Fault

10 years ago from Physorg

New research by a team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offers new insight into the San Andreas Fault...