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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.

Plastic pollution: Flip-flop tide engulfs 'paradise' island

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Up to a million shoes are among the tide of plastic debris washed up on an Australian island say scientists.

Will India energy pledges lead to CO2 rise?

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India's political parties promise free electricity to farmers and ambitious infrastructure projects.

Brazil's Vale warns another mining dam at risk of collapse

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A mining dam could collapse as early as next week, months after a similar disaster killed 230 people.

Compassionate conservation is 'seriously flawed'

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The idea that you cannot kill any animal is "fatally flawed" as a conservation concept, scientists argue.

Climate change: Global sea level rise could be bigger than expected

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Researchers say sea levels may rise by 2m by the end of this century, double current predictions.

Straws: UK government to bring in new controls on plastic

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In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the government will introduce new controls on plastic next year.

Letter makes plea to rich over climate

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Scientists' letter urges wealthy to help fight “ecological catastrophe”.