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Greenland ice flow likely to speed up

15 hours ago from Science Daily

Flow of the Greenland Ice Sheet is likely to speed up in the future, despite a recent slowdown, because its outlet glaciers slide over wet sediment, not hard rock, new...

Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

19 hours ago from Physorg

Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled Thursday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise

19 hours ago from Science Daily

A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier. Scientists have said one of the main sources...

Florida flood risk study identifies priorities for property buyouts

20 hours ago from Science Daily

A study of flood damage in Florida proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions. Forecasters say an above-normal hurricane season is likely in the...

Scientists discover why bubbles zig-zag as they rise through water

21 hours ago from UPI

New research suggests the zig-zagging motion of air bubbles rising in water can be explained by the bubbles' rotation -- its 'moment of inertia.'

Why Whiskey Tastes Better with Water

22 hours ago from Live Science

Whiskey may become more flavorful if it's diluted with a few drops of water, new research suggests.

Trump's rejection of national climate report would do more damage than exiting the Paris Agreement

22 hours ago from Physorg

A scientific report done every four years has been thrust into the spotlight because its findings directly contradict statements from the president and various Cabinet officials.

Measuring global biodiversity change

22 hours ago from Physorg

A new paper co-authored by a group of international scientists, among them UvA researcher W. Daniel Kissling, shows how Essential Biodiversity Variables can be produced to measure biodiversity change at...

It's time to start thinking about our digital carbon footprint

23 hours ago from Physorg

The media is at the forefront of generating awareness over environmental issues. It is easy to name influential films like An Inconvenient Truth or note advances made by The Guardian's...

'Batman vs. Two-Face' with Adam West and William Shatner set for Oct. 17 release

23 hours ago from UPI

"Batman vs. Two-Face," an animated film featuring Adam West and William Shatner as the title characters, is set for DVD and Blu-ray release Oct. 17.

Zooming in on climate predictions

23 hours ago from Physorg

In the quest to better understand climate change, there is plenty we still don't know. But the question isn't whether or not climate change is happening. "What we sometimes hear...

Study finds policy is key for food-waste recycling

23 hours ago from Physorg

Food scraps. Okay, those aren't the first words that come to mind when you think about the environment. But 22 percent of the municipal solid waste dropped into landfills or...

Africa-Canada scheme funds nanotech to purify water

23 hours ago from SciDev

Partnership between Canada, Kenya and South Africa targets cheaper clean-up of water and soil using nanotechnology.

Researchers unlock cheesemaking secret

1 day ago from Physorg

Researchers say their new knowledge on the inner workings of a bacterium has important implications for Australia's billion dollar cheese industry.

Statoil to drill more in the North Sea

1 day ago from UPI

The Norwegian government said it signed off on plans from energy company Statoil to start new drilling operations in the North Sea.

Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream

1 day ago from UPI

The Asian Development Bank said it can tap into a new capital stream from a multilateral climate fund to help green up the economies of the Asia-Pacific.

The algae that terraformed Earth

A planetary takeover by ocean algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

1 day ago from Reuters:Science

(Reuters) - When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching...

Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect

1 day ago from Physorg

A 128-nation treaty to curb exposure to the dangerous heavy metal mercury entered into force Wednesday, the United Nations announced on the convention's website.

Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped'

UK shale deposits were formed 55 million years too late to trap large amounts of gas, a professor warns.

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

1 day ago from UPI

On Aug. 17, 1996, the Reform Party nominated Texas businessman Ross Perot for president.

Loss of sea ice leads walruses to early appearance in Alaska

1 day ago from AP Science

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Several hundred Pacific walruses came ashore to a barrier island on Alaska's northwest coast, the earliest appearance of the...

Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials

1 day ago from Physorg

It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday.

Tropical trees maintain high carbon accumulation rates into old age

1 day ago from Physorg

Tropical trees maintain high carbon accumulation rates into old age, according to a study published August 16, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Köhl from the Universität...

Drowning kangaroo rescued from woman's backyard pool

1 day ago from UPI

Wildlife rescuers in Australia were called to the home of a woman who spotted a hapless kangaroo struggling to stay afloat in her backyard pool.

Trump's manufacturing council, policy forum disbanded

1 day ago from UPI

Trump said he has disbanded the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum amid reports members decided to disband themselves.

WIU Faculty, Students Studying Behavior of Asian Carp as Part of National Grant

1 day ago from Newswise - Scinews

A group of Western Illinois University biologists and biology graduate and undergraduate students are working with the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) to conduct ecological...

How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer

1 day ago from Physorg

The next major volcanic eruption could kick-start chemical reactions that would seriously damage the planet's already besieged ozone layer.