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Environment

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

50-Year-Old Mystery Solved: Seafloor Mapping Reveals Cause of 1964 Tsunami that Destroyed Alaskan Village

Minutes after the 1964 magnitude-9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake began shaking, a series of tsunami waves swept through the village of Chenega in Prince William Sound, destroying all but two of the buildings and killing 23 of the 75 inhabitants. Fifty years later, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey revealed the likely cause of the tsunami,

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

A New Study Puts Temperature Increases Caused by CO2 Emissions on the Map

Montreal, January 20, 2016 — Earth’s temperature has increased by 1°C over the past century, and most of this warming has been caused by carbon dioxide emissions. But what does that mean locally?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Assessing the Impact of Human-Induced Climate Change

The past century has seen a 0.8°C (1.4°F) increase in average global temperature, and according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the overwhelming source of this increase has been emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from human activities. Scientists have also observed that many of Earth’s glaciers, ecosystems and other systems are

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Fires Burning in Africa and Asia Cause High Ozone in Tropical Pacific

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – While efforts to limit ozone precursor emissions tend to focus on industrial activities and fossil fuel combustion in the United States and China, a new University of Maryland-led study suggests that future regulations may need to address the burning of forests and vegetation. The study, which was published online January 13,

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Satellite Transmitters Used to Study Sandhill Crane Ecology

This was not a typical day at the office for New Mexico State University biology doctoral student Matt Boggie. It was a bitterly cold and windy December morning at the Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area in central New Mexico. He sat quietly with binoculars in an irrigation canal, camouflaged behind vegetation near a mowed-down cornfield.

Monday, January 11th, 2016

NASA Looks at Storms Hitting California

Extreme rain events fueled by the current strong El Nino have started to affect California. NASA estimated rainfall over a period of 7 days while NASA/NOAA’s GOES Project created a satellite animation showing the storms affecting the region over the past three days.An animation NOAA’s GOES-West satellite imagery from Jan. 5 through Jan 7 shows

Monday, January 11th, 2016

New Interactive Map Compares Carbon Footprints of Bay Area Neighborhoods

The Paris climate summit ended last year with landmark national commitments for greenhouse gas reductions, but much of the hard work of reducing emissions will fall on cities to change their residents’ behavior.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

AirVisual Launches Free Air Pollution Forecasts for More than 5,000 Cities Worldwide

BEIJING, Jan. 6, 2016—AirVisual, a social enterprise providing air quality tools and information, now offers free air pollution forecasts for more than 5,000 cities worldwide. The forecasts are available on both a web and mobile platform to empower residents and business to make healthier and more effective decisions.

Monday, January 4th, 2016

To Help Endangered Fish, Scientists “Listen” to River Sediment

BOISE, Idaho — Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are applying acoustic technology to better estimate the types and amounts of sediment in northern Idaho’s Kootenai River. An improved understanding of how the river transports sediment is critical to ongoing efforts by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to restore river habitat.

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