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  1. Ailing oceans in the spotlight at major UN meet

    2022-06-27 09:24:56 UTC

    A long-delayed UN conference on how to restore the faltering health of global oceans kicks off in Lisbon Monday, with thousands of policymakers, experts and advocates on the case.
  2. Japan swelters as heatwave prompts power crunch warning

    2022-06-27 09:24:04 UTC

    Japan's government warned Monday of a power crunch as extreme heat hits the country, with temperature records toppling and Tokyo's rainy season declared over at the earliest date on record.
  3. Climate damage caused by growing space tourism needs urgent mitigation

    2022-06-25 18:13:11 UTC

    Published today in the journal Earth's Future, researchers from UCL, the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used a 3D model to explore the impact of rocket launches and re-entry in 2019, and the impact of projected space tourism scenarios based on the recent billionaire space race.
  4. What is causing record floods and heatwaves in China?

    2022-06-25 10:16:27 UTC

    Record floods in southern China this month displaced more than half a million people, while searing heat buckled roads in other parts of the country.
  5. Oceans saved us, now we can return the favor

    2022-06-25 10:15:37 UTC

    Humanity must heal oceans made sick by climate change, pollution and overfishing in order to rescue marine life and save ourselves, experts warned ahead of a major UN conference opening Monday in Lisbon.
  6. Investigating the dynamics that reshape permafrost environments

    2022-06-25 09:49:45 UTC

    When permafrost thaws, water can flow more quickly through the ground, creating a complex subsurface flow system. Researchers at the Barrow Environmental Observatory in Alaska gained insight into this process by taking daily measurements of the electrical resistivity of the ground. The results show that vegetation and the snowpack that accumulates on the vegetation in winter control the temperatures of the ground and the flow of water in the ground. Where snow accumulates, ground temperatures stay warmer and water and energy from snowmelt and rain can flow through the ground quickly. Where the snowpack is thin, ground temperatures are colder, preventing the flow of water.
  7. New study offers insight into past—and future—of west-side wildfires

    2022-06-25 09:46:29 UTC

    When the 2020 Labor Day Fires torched more than 300,000 hectares over the span of two weeks in parts of western Oregon and Washington, they devastated communities and put the threat of west-side fires squarely into focus. A new study led by the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station examines the context surrounding the fires and offers insight into the historical role of large, high-severity fires—and the future of wildfires—west of the Cascades.
  8. Built infrastructure, hunting and climate change linked to huge migratory bird declines

    2022-06-25 00:15:15 UTC

    New research shows how migratory birds are declining globally because of the way that humans have modified the landscape in recent decades. A total of 103 species of migrating birds were studied, including rapidly declining species like the turtle dove and the common cuckoo, using large-scale datasets. Advances in satellite imagery allowed the team to map threats across Europe, Africa and Western Asia.
  9. Arsenic in private well water contributes to low birth weight even at low levels

    2022-06-24 19:59:28 UTC

    In the largest epidemiologic study of arsenic and birth outcomes to date, researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago and collaborating institutions estimated arsenic levels in U.S. private well water sources by county and compared estimates to documented birth outcomes. They found an association between estimated groundwater arsenic concentration and risk of low birth weight.
  10. Drought hits Italy's hydroelectric plants

    2022-06-24 15:14:34 UTC

    Hydroelectric power in Italy has plunged this year thanks to a drought that has also sparked water restrictions and fears for agriculture, industry sources said Friday.
  11. Scientists offer solutions for China's risky tap water

    2022-06-24 15:10:51 UTC

    High concentrations of disinfection byproducts in tap water are a possible culprit in adverse health outcomes.
  12. Long-awaited federal study finds threat to Boundary Waters from hardrock mining

    2022-06-24 15:09:24 UTC

    Hardrock mining on public land in northern Minnesota risks contaminating the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, even with measures designed to head off those problems, a long-awaited federal study says.
  13. World's dirtiest oil and gas fields are in Russia, Turkmenistan and Texas

    2022-06-24 15:09:17 UTC

    Oil and natural gas fields in Russia, Turkmenistan and Texas are the most climate-damaging on Earth, according to a first-of-its kind analysis that looks at greenhouse-gas emissions across entire supply chains and finds they vary widely. The dirtiest fields emit more than 10 times as much carbon dioxide equivalent as the least emissions-intensive sites, it finds.
  14. Expose 'greenwashing' but do not ignore nature-based solutions to climate change, insists expert

    2022-06-24 14:59:04 UTC

    Nature-based solutions must not be forgotten in the drive to stabilize the climate. But care must be taken to ensure they are not hijacked or misused to "greenwash" emissions, insists Oxford biodiversity expert, Professor Nathalie Seddon in an article for the journal Science.
  15. Observational and modeling data help to better understand the Third Pole

    2022-06-24 14:56:02 UTC

    The Tibetan Plateau, known as the "Third Pole" of the world, is not only the highest plateau on the Earth, but it is also considered the "Asian Water Tower." Its watershed nourishes more than ten major rivers in Asia.