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December 3, 2020

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Scientists predict Greenland ice sheet will pass a threshold beyond which it will never fully regrow and sea levels will be permanently higher in as little as 600 years under ...

What Will the Climate Be Like When Earth's Next Supercontinent Forms?

In roughly 200 million years, the continents will once again unite into a supercontinent. A new study explores how the next Pangea could affect the global ...

Cost of Planting, Protecting Trees to Fight Climate Change Could Jump

Planting trees and preventing deforestation are considered key climate change mitigation strategies, but a new analysis finds the cost of preserving and planting trees to hit certain global emissions ...

Watching the Arctic Thaw in Fast-Forward

The frozen permafrost in the Arctic is thawing on an alarming scale. By analyzing an annual record of satellite images, researchers have now confirmed these findings: thermokarst lakes in Alaska are ...
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Satellite-Tagged Bottles Show Promise for Tracking Plastic Litter Through Rivers

A new study demonstrates the potential for plastic bottles tagged with tracking devices to deepen our understanding of how plastic pollution moves through ...

Ozone Breaks Down THC Deposited on Surfaces from Thirdhand Cannabis Smoke

Researchers have discovered that ozone -- a component of outdoor and indoor air -- can react with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis, on glass or cotton surfaces to ...

Killer Electrons in Strumming Northern and Southern Lights

Wisps of pulsating aurora lights are a rare, yet magical sight. Now, scientists suggest they could be associated with destruction of part of the ...

Researchers have identified a self-regulating mechanism in European deciduous trees that limits their growing-season length: Trees that photosynthesize more in spring and summer lose their leaves ...

Irreversible Hotter and Drier Climate Over Inner East Asia

Researchers warn that heatwaves and concurrent droughts of Mongolia's semi-arid plateau have increased significantly during the past two decades, with troubling implications for the future. The ...

Satellite Images Confirm Uneven Impact of Climate Change

Researchers have been following vegetation trends across the planet's driest areas using satellite imagery from recent decades. They have identified a troubling trend: Too little vegetation is ...

A Filter for Environmental Remediation

Scientists have discovered a new method for producing sodium titanate mats nanostructured in a seaweed-like morphology for filtering heavy metal ions and radioactive materials from water. This work ...

Ice Sheets on the Move: How North and South Poles Connect

Over the past 40,000 years, ice sheets thousands of kilometers apart have influenced one another through sea level changes, according to new research. New modelling of ice sheet changes during the ...

Ghost Fishing Threatens Endangered River Dolphins, Critically Endangered Turtles, Otters

Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research ...

Clean Air Act Saved 1.5 Billion birds

US pollution regulations meant to protect humans from dirty air are also saving birds. So concludes a new continent-wide study. Study authors found that improved air quality under a federal program ...

Strengthening the Climate Change Scenario Framework

Over the past decade, the climate change research community developed a scenario framework that combines alternative futures of climate and society to facilitate integrated research and consistent ...

COVID-19: Air Quality Influences the Pandemic

Temperature inversions or Saharan dust intrusions can favor the presence of fine particles in the air. Their high concentration can aggravate the consequences of COVID-19, new research has ...

The Science of Windy Cities

Researchers model urban airflows to help improve the design of drones, skyscrapers, and natural ventilation ...

A Rich Source of Nutrients Under the Earth's Ice Sheets

Trace elements such as iron and zinc are essential micronutrients for all kinds of organisms. Below ice sheets, which cover around ten percent of the Earth's land surface, larger quantities of ...

Global Warming Likely to Increase Disease Risk for Animals Worldwide

Changes in climate can increase infectious disease risk in animals, researchers found -- with the possibility that these diseases could spread to humans, they ...

Shift in Atmospheric Rivers Could Affect Antarctic Sea Ice, Glaciers

Weather systems responsible for transporting moisture from the tropics to temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere have been gradually shifting toward the South Pole for the past 40 years, a ...

Climate Change Presents New Challenges for the Drinking Water Supply

Rising temperatures in Germany's largest drinking water reservoir present new challenges for the drinking water supply. According to a group of researchers, the impacts of this increase can be ...

Siberian Primrose Has Not Had Time to Adapt to Climate Change

Global warming already affects Siberian primrose, a plant species that is threatened in Finland and Norway. According to a recently completed study, individuals of Siberian primrose originating in ...

U.S.-European Mission Launches to Monitor the World's Oceans

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will extend a nearly 30-year continuous dataset on sea level collected by an ongoing collaboration of U.S. and European satellites while enhancing weather ...

Indonesian Wildfires a 'Fixable Problem'

Indonesian wildfires that cause widespread air pollution and vast carbon emissions are a 'fixable problem', according to the leader of a project set up to help tackle the ...

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