Environment

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British power plants have broken a new record for the longest continuous coal-free streak since the distant era of the Industrial Revolution. At time of writing, it’s been over six days (and counting) since the UK relied upon coal-burning for electricity generation: establishing a modern record of 159+ continuous hours without coal, eclipsing a previous-best
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In the early 1970s, when satellites first began snapping photos of Earth, scientists noticed a mysterious hole in one of Antarctica’s seasonal ice packs, floating on the Lazarev Sea. Come summertime the gap had disappeared, and for decades the strange event went unexplained.   Then, a year and a half ago, during the continent’s coldest winter months,
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Bryan Thomas doesn’t want any more “wishy-washy conversations about climate change.” For four years, he has served as station chief of the Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, America’s northernmost scientific outpost in its fastest-warming state.   Each morning, after digging through snow to his office’s front door, Thomas checks the preliminary number on the observatory’s carbon dioxide
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Powerful thunderstorms swept through Texas on Saturday, April 13, 2019, producing several damaging tornadoes. More than 75 460 people are without power as of 19:31 UTC. Significant damage was reported in Franklin, TX after a long-track tornado that began south of Calvert, Robertson County hit the town. There are reports of injuries, downed trees, damaged homes
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A strong area of low pressure will develop across the southern Plains Saturday, April 13 and move northeastward across the Ohio Valley by Sunday, April 14. Severe thunderstorms are likely from east Texas across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday. A few strong tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail will be possible. The threat then
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The Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), the most comprehensive environmental assessment produced by the UN in five years, brought us both good and bad news. The environment has continued to deteriorate since the first GEO-6 report in 1997, with potentially irreversible impacts if not effectively addressed. But pathways to significant change do exist, and a
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A bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over San Antonio, Texas at 04:14 UTC on April 11, 2019. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 43 reports by 12:00 UTC on April 12 and received one video and one photo of the event. #Fireball over #SanAntonio, TX on April 10th (caught on video
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An unknown disease now called Rapid Apple Decline (RAD) and Sudden Apple Decline (SAD) is affecting young apple trees across Northeastern U.S. and neighboring parts of Canada, causing massive die-offs. The problem was first recognized about 8 years ago. The most plausible hypothesis is winter injury caused by severe temperature fluctuations. The problem has been recognized
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A bright fireball was recorded over Spain at 03:06 UTC on April 12, 2019. The event lasted up to 7 seconds before the object disintegrated. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project (University of Huelva), operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita
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The USGS is recording numerous earthquakes about 10 km (6.2 miles) NE of Lima, Montana since M4.4 struck on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  27 earthquakes were recorded in the sequence by 14:45 UTC on April 11, including abovementioned M4.4, at depths between 2 and 13.3 km (1.2 – 8.2 miles). Earthquakes detected near Lima, Montana
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Prolonged dry weather and resulting severe drought is affecting more than 560 000 people in Sri Lanka, forcing authorities to start continual artificial rainmaking. According to the Disaster Management Center, authorities have launched programmes to expedite supply of drinking water to more than 281 000 people already without drinking water as a result of salinity
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Major storm affecting much of the United States since Wednesday, April 10, 2019, produced a relatively rare weather phenomenon over central South Dakota known as thundersnow. “It’s essentially a thunderstorm, but it’s cold enough for snow,” said Mike Connely, a weather service meteorologist in Aberdeen, South Dakota  NEW VIDEO!!!!Crazy thunder snow currently over Sioux, Falls.
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Impacts of heavy seasonal rains in late March and early April 2019 are now evident in several governorates of Iraq. The effects of rising water levels include temporary evacuation of affected persons, damaged infrastructure, and flooded agricultural areas, UN OCHA reports. The severe weather of late March/early April has now largely passed, with only isolated storms recorded over
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Dr. Irving Wolfe reviews Immanuel Velikovsky’s contributions to a broad-ranging discourse in the sciences. Why did Velikovsky’s best-selling Worlds in Collision provoke one of most heated scientific controversies of the 20th century? Why did the gatekeepers of “acceptable” theory feel compelled to mobilize a boycott of the original publisher? And is it possible that Velikovsky’s own
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Severe flooding has been affecting most of Iran since mid-March, particularly provinces of Golestan, Fars, Khuzestan and Lorestan Provinces. 28 of Iran’s 31 provinces have been affected. Several cities and villages in Khuzestan Province were evacuated while 5 districts in Ahvaz City are under evacuation order, ECHO reported April 11. The risk of overflow from the Karkheh Dam
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A major storm system will continue producing heavy snow and blizzard conditions from the Dakotas to Minnesota Thursday into Friday, Aprill 11 into 12, 2019. Further south, destructive winds, blowing dust, and critical fire weather continues for the Southern Plains. Severe thunderstorms will threaten eastern Illinois and western Indiana Thursday. Power outages and dangerous travel are likely
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CLASP-2 sounding rocket will catapult above Earth’s atmosphere for approximately 5 minutes of solar observation today. The launch will take place at the White Sands Missile Range in the New Mexico desert. CLASP-2, short for Chromospheric Layer Spectropolarimeter-2 instrument uses ultraviolet light to look for hidden details in a complex region of the Sun’s atmosphere