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Climate deal agreed in Copenhagen

Key states reach a deal they describe as a first step in tackling climate change, amid warnings it does not go far enough.

U.S. Pledges Climate Change Funds For Developing World

8 years ago from C&EN

Climate Change: Contribution would be part of $100 billion annually from industrialized world by 2020.

NASA, Google offer more precise emissions tracking

8 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- The question is a potential deal-killer: If nations ever agree to slash greenhouse gas emissions, how will the world know if they live up to their pledges?

Irrigation decreases, urbanization increases monsoon rains

8 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have shown man-made changes to the landscape have affected Indian monsoon rains, suggesting that land-use decisions play an important role in climate change.

Ancient algae provide insights into Earth's response to global warming

8 years ago from Science Blog

Using algae records from the early Pliocene, when earth's climate was warmer, scientists are finding evidence which suggests that coastal upwelling off the California coast was sustained in this period...

Croatia talks South Stream

8 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Croatia missed its chance to sign on to Russia's South Stream natural gas pipeline in 2007 and now needs Moscow's good graces to join...

U.S. takes center stage in Copenhagen

8 years ago from UPI

By STEFAN NICOLAUPI Europe CorrespondentCOPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Senior U.S. officials have taken center stage at the Copenhagen climate summit in a bid to convince the world...

'Evergreen agriculture' wins for climate and hunger

8 years ago from SciDev

Soil science and agroforestry can help tackle climate change and boost crop yields, say M. S. Swaminathan and Dennis Garrity.

Hypoxia increases as climate warms

8 years ago from

A new study of Pacific Ocean sediments off the coast of Chile has found that offshore waters experienced systematic oxygen depletion during the rapid warming of the Antarctic following the...

From greenhouse to icehouse - reconstructing the environment of the Voring Plateau

8 years ago from

The analysis of microfossils found in ocean sediment cores is illuminating the environmental conditions that prevailed at high latitudes during a critical period of Earth history...

Tremors between slip events: More evidence of great quake danger to Seattle

8 years ago from

For most of a decade, scientists have documented unfelt and slow-moving seismic events, called episodic tremor and slip, showing up in regular cycles under the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state...

OMG earthquake! Seismologists monitor tweets

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Earthquake experts have found a new way to "follow" earthquakes in real-time: Twitter. Earthquake - Seismology - Earth science - Geophysics - Twitter

Jules Verne, desperado?

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Jules Verne (1828-1905) is often remembered as a 19th-century founder of science fiction, whose enthusiasm for invention fills his books - from the spacecraft in From the...

Swiss geologist in quakes trial

The Swiss head of a geothermal drilling company appears in court in Basel accused of causing earthquakes.

Enterprise grabs pipelines from Chevron

8 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The acquisition of three intrastate natural gas liquid pipeline systems from Chevron expands the midstream infrastructure in Louisiana, executives said.

New species of coral, sponges found near Hawaii

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

New and dramatic species of coral and sponges have been found in the Pacific during deep sea dives near the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, scientists said Monday. ...

N.B. choir practice going well in pool

8 years ago from CBC: Health

A Moncton choir has an unusual rehearsal venue - a swimming pool, where they also multitask by practicing their aqua aerobics at the same time.

Study: Atlantic Coast sea level is rising

8 years ago from UPI

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Scientists say the sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic Coast was 2 millimeters faster during the 20th century than at any time in 4,000...

U.S. coasts plagued by record algae levels

8 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Record levels of algae have plagued U.S. coastal areas this year, sickening swimmers and hampering shellfish harvests, oceanographers say.

Scientists Investigate Cause of 'Singing Dunes'

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- In more than 30 locations around the world, the phenomenon of singing sand dunes has intrigued explorers, tourists, and scientists. When an avalanche occurs or even when the...

BBC's climate change maverick Justin Webb strikes again on Radio 4 | Leo Hickman

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

After an unquestioning interview with Ian Plimer, radio presenter now queries 'dissent among scientists' with David KingJustin Webb has only been in his new job as a presenter of Radio 4's flagship Today...

New study turns up the heat on soot's role in Himalayan warming

8 years ago from

Soot from fire in an unventilated fireplace wafts into a home and settles on the surfaces of floors and furniture. But with a quick fix to the chimney flue and...

Tweets 'can shed light on quakes'

Tweets are being used by the US Geological Survey to gather instant public reaction to earthquakes.

TRMM sees 05B winding down off the Sri Lanka coast

8 years ago from Physorg

Tropical Depression 05B is dissipating on the east coast of Sri Lanka today and over the next couple of days, but not before bringing some moderate and heavy rain over...

Sand safer for playground falls: study

8 years ago from CBC: Health

Children who fall off playground equipment and land on sand may be less likely to break an arm than if they land on wood chips, Canadian researchers say.

Time-Lapse Photos Show Dramatic Erosion of Alaska Coast

8 years ago from Live Science

Time-lapse photography of crumbling Alaskan coastlines is helping scientists understand a triple whammy of forces affecting the local landscape.

Going underground for a climate solution

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Hoping to help fix the Earth's atmosphere, Catherine Peters recently found herself 4,100 feet underground.

Studying ice crystals to understand the cloud-climate connection

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Beginning in mid-December, scientists will undertake a special mission to squeeze the secrets out of ice crystals in cirrus clouds. The SPARTICUS, or Small Particles in Cirrus, campaign...