Environment

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Tropical Storm “Haikui”, known in the Philippines as Salome, formed 15:00 UTC, November 9, 2017, while traversing Batangas – Cavite area, Philippines, PAGASA reports. This storm is a heavy rain producer and residents are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides. After exiting PAR, Haikui is expected to strengthen into a typhoon while
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New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between November 1 and 7, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 19 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aoba, Vanuatu | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan). Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) |
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A very bright fireball exploded over northern Germany around 20:56 UTC (21:56 CET) on November 6, 2017. The event lasted between 3 and 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS), received 23 reports by 13:00 UTC, November 8. The event was seen from Germany, Sweeden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, and France.  Video courtesy T. Nielsen, AMS Nobody
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The Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, as toxic smog engulfed Indian capital Delhi. In some areas, Air Quality Index (AQI) reached a maximum of 999 and went beyond what instruments could measure. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the smoke-laden air from Punjab and Haryana, and moisture-heavy winds
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Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi to waspada (Level II) on Monday, November 5, 2017, amid increased volcanic activity detected under the volcano. Residents and visitors are prohibited from coming within 1.5 km (0.93 miles) from the crater on Monday, after increased seismic activity marked by tremors since
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There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the human respiratory system: Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects are being investigated, too, as scientists examine connections between toxic air and obesity, diabetes and dementia. Now add to that list psychological distress, which
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The ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA mission SOHO — short for Solar and Heliospheric Observatory — got a visit from an old friend this week when comet 96P entered its field of view on October 25, 2017. The comet entered the lower right corner of SOHO’s view, and skirted up and around the right
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The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, a conclusion at odds with White House decisions to withdraw from a key international climate accord, champion fossil fuels and reverse Obama-era climate policies. To the surprise of some scientists, the White House did not seek to
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On the Space News series, a clear picture of cosmic scale phenomena has emerged: networks of filaments pervade space and are closely linked to the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. The electric universe and plasma cosmology have always predicted that the filaments are in fact electrical Birkeland currents which light the stars and
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Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced today. According to NASA, the ozone hole reached its peak extent on September 11, covering an area about two and a half times the size
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Ethiopia tends to conjure images of sprawling dusty deserts, bustling streets in Addis Ababa or the precipitous cliffs of the Simien Mountains – possibly with a distance runner bounding along in the background. Yet the country is also one of the most volcanically active on Earth, thanks to Africa’s Great Rift Valley, which runs right