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Climate change will bring balmier winters -- but also extreme cold

1 hour ago from UPI

Some climate scientists predict those balmy days in winters of the future will be frequently interrupted by extreme cold.

Fouled waters reveal lasting legacy of US mining industry

1 hour ago from Physorg

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into...

Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future

1 hour ago from Physorg

As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may...

North Korea propaganda outlet demands 'corresponding' measures from U.S.

3 hours ago from UPI

The United States should take "corresponding" measures to reward North Korea, a Pyongyang propaganda outlet said.

Unwinding and connecting at Harvard’s WinterFest

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

The coldest weather can foster the warmest moments. Students have plenty of opportunity to bundle up, avoid people, and stay indoors during the year’s frostier months. But Harvard’s Common Spaces is asking them...

Environmental policy advocate Hal Harvey suggests new paths to combat climate change

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

The threat of climate change is dire, but Hal Harvey sees a path forward. In “Getting to Zero on Climate Change,” a stirring presentation recently at the Harvard University Center for the Environment,...

Study of sea-level rise finds land sinking along east coast

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

In the coming decades, cities and towns up and down the eastern seaboard will have to come to terms with the impact of rising sea level due to climate change. A new...

Southwest cancels 200 flights as maintenance issues persist

5 hours ago from UPI

Southwest Airlines extended its "operational emergency" to a fifth day Tuesday as more than double the daily average of planes were grounded due to maintenance issues, the Dallas-based carrier said.

Record breaking jet stream accelerates air travel

6 hours ago from CBSNews - Science

The river of air 35,000 feet above the NYC area, known as the jet stream, clocked in at a blazing 231 mph, blowing away a 1957 record

Fishing and pollution regulations don't help corals cope with climate change

8 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study reports that protecting coral reefs from fishing and pollution does not help coral populations cope with climate change. The study also concludes that ocean warming is the...

Forest fires as an opportunity for ecosystem recovery

9 hours ago from Science Daily

It is estimated that globally there are more than two million hectares of land in need of restoration. The fires that occurred in those places provided the people who manage...

The global impact of coal power

9 hours ago from Science Daily

With data and modelling from almost 8,000 coal power plants, researchers present the most comprehensive global picture to date of climate and human health impacts from coal power generation.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers add former Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington

9 hours ago from UPI

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington to a contract, the team announced Tuesday.

US science funding inches up

10 hours ago from C&EN

Final 2019 budget deal boosts R&D spending, but US lags behind global competitors

World's biggest terrestrial carbon sinks are found in young forests

11 hours ago from Science Daily

More than half of the carbon sink in the world's forests is in areas where the trees are relatively young -- under 140 years old -- rather than in tropical...

Former UN leader tours climate adaptation projects in Miami

12 hours ago from Physorg

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's impressed with Miami's efforts to cope with rising sea levels— and he wishes President Donald Trump were paying attention, too.

Carbon taxes could create new winners and losers among countries

12 hours ago from Physorg

Although conventional wisdom suggests that poor countries are more likely to bear a disproportionate burden of a worldwide carbon tax on fossil fuels used for electricity and transportation, the potential...

'Swindon's finished': UK town in shock over Honda plant closure

12 hours ago from Physorg

"It is going to be a disaster," Mary Day warned, capturing the sense of doom that descended on the working class English town of Swindon after Honda announced it was...

Jobs vs. death toll: Calculating corporate death penalties

12 hours ago from Physorg

Is there a threshold an entire industry crosses when it does more harm than good? Michigan Technological University researchers set out to examine the question with numbers.

Watch: Snake handler removes python from under truck

13 hours ago from UPI

A Thailand man preparing to leave for work had to call for help when he discovered a huge python attached to the bottom of his truck.

NASA-NOAA satellite sees powerful Tropical Cyclone Oma affecting New Caledonia

13 hours ago from Physorg

Tropical Cyclone Oma appeared well-organized on satellite imagery as it moved through the Southern Pacific Ocean, just northwest of New Caledonia.

A NASA infrared look at Tropical Depression 02W, warnings posted

13 hours ago from Physorg

Tropical Depression 02W formed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on February 19 and the National Weather Service in Guam has issued warnings for Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap States. NASA's Aqua...

Flight from L.A. to London reaches 801 mph as a furious jet stream packs record-breaking speeds

13 hours ago from LA Times - Science

Tuesday is a nice day across the Northeast. Temperatures near 40 in New York, light winds out of the north at 5 mph to 10 mph, and wall-to-wall sunshine sound...

Avalanche buries several skiers in Switzerland

15 hours ago from UPI

Several skiers have been buried under an avalanche in Switzerland, police said Tuesday.

U.S. destroyer Cook, NATO ships enter Black Sea

15 hours ago from UPI

The USS Donald Cook and ships from NATO's Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 2 entered the Black Sea, with their movements tracked by Russian vessels.

Climate change: Death of the 'grandfather of climate science'

15 hours ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Wallace Broecker, the scientist who helped popularise the term "global warming", has died at the age 87.

Research finds federalism still effective against would-be strongmen like Trump

15 hours ago from Physorg

The fear that states in federal countries are destined to lose their powers to central government is unwarranted, new research at the University of Kent has found.

Mars’ lake may need an underground volcano to exist

16 hours ago from Sciencenews.org

If a lake under Martian ice is real, there must be a subsurface magma pool to keep conditions warm enough for water to remain liquid, scientists say.