Environment

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After record-breaking rain at some locations on Friday, December 1, 2017, major floods are developing across northeast Victoria and southeast New South Wales, Australia. “At 13:00 Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, December 2, we’ve got major flood warnings for the Ovens and King Rivers in Victoria, and the Seven and Castle Creeks as well,” the Australian Bureau
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Slowly but steadily, an enormous mass of warm rock is rising beneath part of New England, although a major volcanic eruption isn’t likely for millions of years, a Rutgers University-led study suggests. The research is groundbreaking in its scope and challenges textbook concepts of geology. “The upwelling we detected is like a hot air balloon,
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The year ends with the first and last supermoon of the year, the first of 3 over the next 60 days, one royal meteor shower, and December solstice. Hopefully, this year made us all stronger, wiser and ready for what’s to come in 2018 and beyond. December 6 – Conjunction of Saturn and Mercury –
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Earth is full of bizarre landscapes. Some are land formations moulded over thousands of years, while others are human-made creations that have altered the planet in strange ways. From the bubbling lava lakes of Ethiopia, to a lake that has been nestled in the desert for 2,000 years, here are 29 landscapes that are so incredible,
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After analyzing a database of geological records dated within the last 100 000 years, a team of scientists from the University of Bristol has discovered the average time between so-called volcanic super-eruptions is actually much less than previously thought. Volcanoes and bolides, such as asteroids, are geohazards powerful enough to be destructive on a global
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Tropical Cyclone “Dahlia” formed south of Java, Indonesia late Wednesday, November 29, 2017, as the second named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region cyclone season. The season officially began November 1, 2017 and will end on April 30, 2018. On average, southern hemisphere sees only 3 named storms by November 29. With TC Cempaka still active when Dahlia formed,
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New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes between November 22 and 28, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Great Sitkin, Andreanof Islands (USA). Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Aoba, Vanuatu | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Ebeko, Paramushir Island
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A bright fireball was seen streaking through the twilight sky over England, UK around 17:19 UTC on November 29, 2017. The event lasted about 3 seconds. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) collected 24 reports within the first 3 hours. The fireball was seen from England and Wales, UK and Bretagne, France. There are no reports
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When mere seconds of storm warning could mean the difference between harm or safety, two researchers with Western University ties have developed a tornado-prediction method they say could buy as much as 20 minutes more warning time. These radar-based calculations can forecast a tornado, with 90% accuracy within a 100-kilometer radius, say Anna Hocking, a
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A significant thunderstorm and rainfall system is developing across southern and eastern Australia with the potential for widespread flooding threat to parts of Victoria and southern and central New South Wales, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warns. The system will move over South Australia on Thursday, November 30 before impacting Victoria, southern New South Wales and
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At least 11 people have been killed after heavy rain produced by Tropical Cyclone “Cempaka” triggered severe floods and landslides in East Java, Indonesia on November 28, 2017. Cempaka is the first named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region cyclone season. In addition to heavy rain, strong winds caused by Cempaka brought volcanic ash from erupting
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Around 100 000 residents living near erupting Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia have been told to evacuate, officials said Monday, November 27, 2017. Late Saturday, November 25, hours the after the second phreatic eruption within a week started, Agung shifted into magmatic phase. Lahars were observed descending down the mountain on Sunday, prompting authorities to
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Two bright fireballs were observed streaking through the night sky over southern England, United Kingdom over the past 24 hours. The first at 23:59 UTC on Friday, November 24 and the second at 07:12 UTC on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Sound was associated with both events. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 81 reports by 17:25 UTC
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Over the past couple winters, big displays of pink and white auroras have coincided with spotless suns. The sight is often big enough to make observers wonder if there is a connection, SpaceWeather reports. The most recent remarkable outburst of pink auroras was observed on November 22, 2017, from Tromsø, Norway. “Suddenly, the whole valley turned white (with
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A late spring cold snap ripped through western and central Victoria this month, causing extensive agricultural damage. Older farmers in the region say it was ‘the worst frost since 1977.’ Agriculture Victoria’s southwest grains regional manager Rob O’Shannessy estimated farmer losses from the frosts at A$100 – 180 million (US$76 – 137 million). This included