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Record-setting hurricane season nears its end

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Six consecutive named storms -- Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike -- struck the U.S. mainland in 2008, racking up at least $10.6 billion in losses. ...

Researchers fly a kite for manure recycling

10 years ago from Physorg

Researchers at North Wyke Research, and Lancaster and Exeter universities, have come up with an advice system to help farmers recycle manure safely and avoid polluting watercourses.

UN climate summit seeks clarity

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

UN climate change talks open in Poland, seeking details on plans for emission cuts and forest protection.

Space Rock That Lit Canadian Skies Found

10 years ago from Live Science

Scientists said Friday they had found remains of a meteor that illuminated the sky before falling to earth in western Canada earlier this month.

100-meter sprint world record could go as low as 9.48 seconds

10 years ago from Science Blog

2008 was a great summer for sports' fans. World records tumbled at the Beijing Olympics. Usain Bolt shattered both the 100m and 200m world records, knocking tenths of a second...

Old Earth bottled up magma heat

10 years ago from Science Alert

Ancient Earth used to build up heat in the mantle and then release it in catastrophic volcanic outbursts, according to recent research.

Antarctica: Wilkins Ice Shelf Under Threat

10 years ago from Science Daily

New rifts have developed on the Wilkins Ice Shelf that could lead to the opening of the ice bridge that has been preventing the ice shelf from disintegrating and breaking...

UN climate chief calls for green technology 'revolution'

10 years ago from SciDev

Incremental changes do not work when it comes to sustainable technologies, says UN climate chief Yvo de Boer.

Governments Must Explain Benefits Of Environmental Taxes, Experts Urge

10 years ago from Science Daily

"People do not understand environmental taxes. If politicians don't provide better information about how these taxes work, it might not be politically feasible to implement them", according to experts.

Biologists Find New Environmental Threat In North American Lakes

10 years ago from Science Daily

A new and insidious environmental threat has been detected in North American lakes. Boreal forest lakes suffer from 'aquatic osteoporosis.'

Arkansas Earthquakes Could Portend Something Big

10 years ago from Live Science

A series of small earthquakes in Arkansas could be a sign of something much bigger to come.

Jordan grapples with water crisis

10 years ago from Physorg

Gasping for water and fearful that climate change will amplify its problems, Jordan is pinning its hopes for liquid salvation on a scheme with no parallel: hauling water from the...

Sounding a warning on earbuds

10 years ago from Physorg

Justin Roberts has wildly curious young fans, the type who might lean into a live monitor during one of his concerts just to see what it sounds like.

Urban Trees Enhance Water Infiltration

10 years ago from Science Daily

The management of stormwater in urban areas is often focused on restoring the hydrologic cycle disrupted by extensive pavement and compacted urban soils, but now a group of researchers have...

Speed matters for ice-shelf breaking

10 years ago from

It won't help the Titanic, but a newly derived, simple law may help scientists improve their climate models and glaciologists predict where icebergs will calve off from their parent ice...

Separating Out Urine Makes For Highly Efficient Waste Water Treatment

10 years ago from Science Daily

Urine accounts for only 1% of the total volume of wastewater, but it contains up to 80% of all the nutrients. Separating urine from other wastewater can result in a...

Two degree rise could spark Greenland ice sheet meltdown: WWF

10 years ago from Physorg

A less than two degree Celsius rise in global temperatures might be sufficient to spark a meltdown of the Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic sea ice, the WWF warned in...

Ottawa buildings invest in greener heating, cooling to save money

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Despite the economic slowdown, some Ottawa property owners are investing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in new heating and cooling systems.

Plate tectonics started over 4 billion years ago

10 years ago from

A new picture of the early Earth is emerging, including the surprising finding that plate tectonics may have started more than 4 billion years ago - much earlier than scientists...

Astronauts share freeze-dried Thanksgiving feast

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- The smoked turkey is ready to be heated up. All the freeze-dried green beans and cornbread dressing need are water injections before they're served.

Europeans concerned about US climate commitment

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Despite widespread optimism that President-elect Barack Obama will adopt policies more to their liking, some European officials are preparing to be disappointed on global warming.

South Florida's ocean floor declared a protected area for corals

10 years ago from Physorg

More than 1,300 square miles of ocean floor from Boynton Beach, Fla., to the farthest islands of the Keys were designated a federal protected area for coral Wednesday, in a...

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News

10 years ago from UPI

Oceans becoming more acidic, study shows ... Wreckage identified as slave ship ... China sews forests from tree-starved areas ... Americans' midsection a weighty issue ... Health/Science news from UPI.

Bush's Tropical Paradise

10 years ago from PopSci

Sea Change: Bush’s proposal would preserve up to 700,000 square miles of the central Pacific, including the Mariana Trench, and protect sea life, such as leatherback turtles and coral...

Car industry: Charging up the future

10 years ago from News @ Nature

A new generation of lithium-ion batteries, coupled with rising oil prices and the need to address climate change, has sparked a global race to electrify transportation. Jeff Tollefson investigates.

Rare Turtle Survives Flood, Then Soup Pot

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

A rare Vietnamese turtle, one of just four believed left in the world, was swept away by a flood, taken hostage by an enterprising fisherman and nearly ended up in...

South Asia news in brief: 13–26 November 2008

10 years ago from SciDev

Biodiversity study corridors mooted for Himalayas, India's methane culprits pinpointed, Cyclone Nargis alters Myanmar river sediments, and more.

Missing Radioactivity In Ice Cores Bodes Ill For Part Of Asia

10 years ago from Science Daily

When glaciologists failed to find the expected radioactive signals in the latest core they drilled from a Himalayan ice field, they knew it meant trouble for their research. But those...