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Using puffed rice to simulate collapsing ice shelves and rockfill dams

3 days ago from Physorg

A pair of researchers at the University of Sydney has found that puffed rice and milk can serve as a stand-in to simulate collapsing ice shelves and rockfill dams. In...

Flash floods kill 13 in southwest France after major rainfall

3 days ago from UPI

Flash floods killed 13 people in southwest France Monday morning, mostly in the town of Trebes, officials said.

Sea snail shells dissolve in increasingly acidified oceans, study shows

3 days ago from Science Blog

Shelled marine creatures living in increasingly acidified oceans face a fight for survival as the impacts of climate change spread, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Tsukuba,...

Fast, accurate estimation of the Earth's magnetic field for natural disaster detection

3 days ago from Physorg

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have applied machine-learning techniques to achieve fast, accurate estimates of local geomagnetic fields using data taken at multiple observation points, potentially allowing detection of changes...

Environmental defense fund develops methane-hunting satellite

3 days ago from Physorg

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a U.S.-based nonprofit environmental advocacy group, intends to launch a new satellite designed to measure methane emissions worldwide. The spacecraft, named MethaneSAT, could offer a substantial...

Hurricanes, hog manure and the dire need for carbon pricing

3 days ago from Physorg

"Once-in-a-lifetime" hurricanes are striking the southern United States with alarming frequency. Hurricane Michael just slammed into the Florida panhandle, and the destructive power of Hurricane Florence is still being felt,...

Getting a longer heads-up on El Nino

3 days ago from Physorg

Changes in Atlantic Ocean sea surface temperatures can be used to predict extreme climatic variations known as El Niño and La Niña more than a year in advance, according to...

With thick ice gone, Arctic sea ice changes more slowly

3 days ago from Physorg

The Arctic Ocean's blanket of sea ice has changed since 1958 from predominantly older, thicker ice to mostly younger, thinner ice, according to new research published by NASA scientist Ron...

Brexit talks stall over border arrangement for Ireland, Northern Ireland

3 days ago from UPI

Weekend negotiations regarding Britain's withdrawal from the European Union broke down, days before a crucial summit meeting on Brexit.

Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan

3 days ago from Physorg

Delhi's biggest coal power plant was set to shut down Monday as a new emergency plan to improve air quality in one of the world's most polluted cities came into...

Trump: Climate change scientists have 'political agenda'

The US president says he accepts the climate is changing, but does not want to "lose millions of jobs".

Protecting nature the best way to keep planet cool: report

3 days ago from Physorg

The best—and fairest—way to cap global warming is to empower indigenous forest peoples, reduce food waste and slash meat consumption, an alliance of 38 NGOs said Monday.

Ancient polar bears survived low ice periods by scavenging dead whales: study

New research suggests an answer to the mystery of how polar bears survived previous eras of low sea ice.

Losses from climate disasters surge over last 20 years, UN says

Reported economic losses from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, as well as climate-related disasters such as floods and hurricanes have totalled nearly $2.9 trillion over the past two decades, the UN office...

Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada's top plastic polluters

Much of the plastic trash cleaned up from Canadian shorelines by volunteers in September could be traced back five companies: Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and McDonald's, an...

Robo pot: Aphria says automation key to low-cost cannabis production

Automation is ramping up at Aphria as cannabis is set to become legal in Canada.

How a warming Arctic speeds up climate change — and spreads its damage

By now, scientists have made it as clear as they can that climate change is real and greenhouse gas emissions are to blame. But what is perhaps less well known...

AkzoNobel’s former chemical business relaunches as Nouryon

3 days ago from C&EN

Newly independent firm aims to cut costs and increase its manufacturing footprint

Last chance to curb greenhouse gas emissions and climate change to limit catastrophic effects, international panel says

3 days ago from C&EN

Policy responses to be discussed in December, methods to assess interactions of climate and innovation with economic growth win economics Nobel

Mapping corrosion with hyperspectral imaging

3 days ago from C&EN

Scientists develop a noninvasive technique to assess environmental damage to a bronze statue by Auguste Rodin

Here’s what’s unusual about Hurricane Michael

3 days ago from Sciencenews.org

Warm Gulf waters were the engine behind Hurricane Michael’s quick intensification.

We’re probably undervaluing healthy lakes and rivers

3 days ago from Sciencenews.org

Clean water legislation often doesn’t seem like a good deal on paper. Here’s why that may be misleading.

Wheat and barley shortage devastates Iraq

3 days ago from SciDev

Lack of water leads to huge drop in harvest of crucial crops, with amounts useable farmland also shrinking.

Does climate vary more from century to century when it is warmer?

3 days ago from Science Daily

Century-scale climate variability was enhanced when the Earth was warmer during the Last Interglacial period (129,000-116,000 years ago) compared to the current interglacial (the last 11,700 years), according to a...

Innovative tool allows continental-scale water, energy, and land system modeling

3 days ago from Science Daily

A new large-scale hydroeconomic model will allow researchers to study water systems across whole continents, looking at sustainability of supply and the impacts of water management on the energy and...

Fast, accurate estimation of the Earth's magnetic field for natural disaster detection

3 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have applied machine-learning techniques to achieve fast, accurate estimates of local geomagnetic fields using data taken at multiple observation points, potentially allowing detection of changes caused by earthquakes and...

With Thick Ice Gone, Arctic Sea Ice Changes More Slowly

The Arctic Ocean's sea ice blanket has already lost most of its old ice and two-thirds of its thickness. The younger ice is thinning more slowly and variably.

After Two Long Careers, QuikSCAT Rings Down the Curtain

After a decade of measuring ocean winds and another decade of calibrating newer instruments, the venerable QuikSCAT scatterometer has been turned off.