Environment

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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
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Queensland had its third-wettest October on record averaged across the State, and the wettest October since 1975, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported in their monthly climate summary released November 1. The storms forced evacuations, caused power outages, road closures, widespread crop losses and left 7 people dead.  It was the wettest October on record in parts
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Eruptive activity at Aoba volcano, also known as Ambae, is continuing in the minor eruption state and the Alert Level for the volcano remains at Level 3, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department reported today and warned about hazards around the volcano ahead of 2017/18 rainy season. The current activity consists of ongoing small explosions and ejection
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The October 2017 seismicity in Yellowstone was marked by the ongoing but waning earthquake swarm north of West Yellowstone, MT, contributing 60 earthquakes to the existing catalog of 2 475 events located in the area since June, the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory reports in their monthly update released November 1, 2017. During October 2017, the University of Utah
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Dingoes face quite a few threats across Australia, including habitat loss, lethal control and interbreeding with domestic dogs – and because of that, the number of ‘pure’ dingoes has been dropping at an alarming rate. But a new genetic study says that dingoes in southeastern Australia might be particularly under threat, with research finding two
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China is in the midst of an all-out blitz on polluters flouting emissions standards, closing tens of thousands of factories in a massive effort to address the nation’s catastrophic pollution problems. Estimates of the crackdown suggest as much as 40 percent of China’s factories have been temporarily closed by safety inspectors, with officials from more