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Irving Like, 93, Dies; Foe of Power Plant and Friend of Fire Island

6 days ago from NY Times Science

Mr. Like, an environmental lawyer, waged a long and ultimately successful fight against the Shoreham nuclear generator on Long Island.

Forest carbon stocks overestimated for half-century due to flawed formula

6 days ago from UPI

Climate scientists have been overestimating the amount of carbon stored in Earth's forests for 50 years.

Setting fires to control wildfires: a profound change takes hold in Washington state

6 days ago from Physorg

On Sept. 2, 2017, volunteer firefighter Chris Martin spread the word to his neighbors. The Jolly Mountain fire was raging nearby. Pack up important possessions and prepare to leave at...

Illinois slaughterhouse biggest nitrogen polluter of waterways in US, study finds

6 days ago from Physorg

A central Illinois pork-processing plant last year discharged more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the country, according to a report published Thursday.

Watch: Bear gets into car covered in snow in Colorado

6 days ago from UPI

A Colorado resident's home security camera recorded a burglary by a black bear that wasn't dissuaded by the snow covering an unlocked car.

Huge earthquake simulator to get an upgrade

6 days ago from Physorg

The University of California, San Diego's outdoor shake table in Scripps Ranch will soon give engineers a truer sense of the fury released when big earthquakes erupt in places around...

Watch: Glass walkway broken on mountain in China

6 days ago from UPI

A visitor to a glass walkway high up on a Chinese mountain captured video showing one of the panes of glass shattered.

More than 1,300 still missing in Florida after Hurricane Michael

6 days ago from UPI

Rescuers said Tuesday more than 1,300 people in the Florida Panhandle have not been accounted for, now several days after Hurricane Michael hit.

Keeping food out of landfills

6 days ago from Physorg

You probably throw out more food than you realize. Food waste makes up 21.6 percent of municipal waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

World Heritage sites threatened by sea level rise

6 days ago from Physorg

From Venice and the tower of Pisa to the medieval city of Rhodes, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean basin are deeply threatened by rising sea levels,...

Climate summit host Poland says smart forest management key

6 days ago from Physorg

Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday said smart forest management is key to fighting climate change and to help farming, weeks before he leads a major UN climate summit.

Tropical Storm Tara's water vapor concentrations seen by NASA's Aqua satellite

6 days ago from Physorg

When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Eastern Pacific Ocean on Oct. 16 the MODIS instrument aboard analyzed water vapor within Tropical Storm Tara.

Look: Police called to remove baby gator from gas station

6 days ago from UPI

Police in Florida responded early Tuesday morning to an unusual emergency -- an alligator inside a gas station.

Herefordshire firm launches biodegradable crisp packet

The manufacturer says the bags once disposed have a six-month lifespan.

Climate models fail to predict air pressure shift above Greenland

6 days ago from UPI

Climate models failed to predict air pressure changes measured in the atmosphere above Greenland over the last few decades.

Global hotspots for potential water disputes

6 days ago from Physorg

Scientists of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have identified the hotspots where competition over the use of shared water resources could lead to disagreements between countries.

South Korea railroad agency pursuing assessment of North

6 days ago from UPI

South Korea's railroad corporation placed a request for proposal for an assessment of the economic viability of an inter-Korea railroad.

Mariners' Nelson Cruz becomes U.S. citizen

6 days ago from UPI

Seattle Mariners star Nelson Cruz is now a United States citizen.

UN warns of 'perfect storm' of hunger, climate change

6 days ago from Physorg

A potent combination of hunger, climate change and man-made conflicts are creating a "perfect storm", the head of the UN's food arm warned Tuesday in a call to action on...

Australia eyeing possible embassy move to Jerusalem

6 days ago from UPI

Australia could follow the U.S. by relocating its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, a move that might help Prime Minister Scott Morrison keep power in parliament.

Blue phosphorus—mapped and measured for the first time

6 days ago from Physorg

Until recently, the existence of 'blue' phosphorus was pure theory. Now, an HZB team has examined samples of blue phosphorus at BESSY II for the first time and mapped their...

Climate Diaries: Antarctica ice melting at an ever quicker rate

6 days ago from CBSNews - Science

NASA's newest satellite designed to measure ice sheets over the North and South Poles is in its permanent orbit. Since then, NASA has relied on "Operation Ice Bridge," which sends...

New maps to support decision-making after an earthquake

6 days ago from Physorg

Researchers from diverse institutions, including the School of Land Surveying, Geodesy and Mapping Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, have developed a new methodology to create easy-to-understand maps for decision-making...

Entrepreneurs aim to end ghostfishing

6 days ago from Physorg

A small device, developed in Norway, will now be used in the battle against environmentally-unfriendly ghost fishing caused by lost or forgotten fishing gear.

What sleeps under the forest

6 days ago from Physorg

A largely unknown terrain begins not so far below the surface of the forest floor. While the processes in the top 30 centimetres of the soil are well known, deeper...

'Watchmen': HBO releases first image from comic book series

6 days ago from UPI

HBO has released the fist image from their upcoming "Watchmen" television series.

MPs debate climate change after UN report warns of dire consequences

MPs spent their first day back after Thanksgiving break debating the perils of climate change.

New interactive scenario explorer for 1.5 degrees C pathways

6 days ago from Physorg

IIASA and the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) have made the scenarios underlying last week's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5°C Special Report publicly available in an interactive online...