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NASA confirms 2016 was the hottest year on record

Another year, another broken temperature record. As early data predicted, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have now reported that globally, 2016 was ...

Wed 18 Jan 17 from Gizmag

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Termites vs. plants: Mystery of desert "fairy circles" solved

The grasslands of the Namib Desert in Africa are pock-marked with patches where vegetation just won't grow. Dubbed "fairy circles," these strange structures have sparked debate for years ...

1 hours ago from Gizmag

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Study of past warming signals major sea level rise ahead

Scientists who study patterns of natural shifts in the Earth's climate said Thursday they have uncovered a "worrisome" signal that major sea level rise could be on the way.

8 hours ago from Phys.org

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Caves in central China show history of natural flood patterns

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that major flooding and large amounts of precipitation occur on 500-year cycles in central China. These findings shed light on the forecasting ...

13 hours ago from Phys.org

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Monsoon deluges turned ancient Sahara green

The ancient Sahara Desert sprouted trees and lakes for thousands of years thanks to intense rainfall.

Wed 18 Jan 17 from ScienceNews

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Climate Change Could Lead to Far Fewer Picture-Perfect Weather Days

Earth might lose as many as 10 "do something fun" days by the end of the century

Wed 18 Jan 17 from TIME

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Earthquakes or Snowstorms? Cause of Italy's Deadly Avalanche Debated

It's not yet clear what caused a deadly avalanche in Italy on Wednesday (Jan. 18), but experts said it's too soon to blame the cataclysm on a series of substantial earthquakes that happened ...

7 hours ago from Livescience

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New study will help find the best locations for thermal power stations in Iceland

A new research article, with lead authors from the University of Gothenburg, gives indications of the best places in Iceland to build thermal power stations.

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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Regional sea-level scenarios will help Northeast plan for faster-than-global rise

Sea level in the Northeast and in some other U.S. regions will rise significantly faster than the global average, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

13 hours ago from Phys.org

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Coastal waters were an oxygen oasis 2.3 billion years ago

Coastal waters contained enough oxygen to support complex life-forms including some animals hundreds of millions of years before fossils of such life first appear.

Tue 17 Jan 17 from ScienceNews

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