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Probe into mysterious avalanche points finger at climate change

Back in July, a massive avalanche thundered through a valley in the Tibet Plateau, sweeping 70 million tons of glacier ice onto the floor below and killing nine yak herders and hundreds ...

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Rock layers preserve record of ancient sea tides near Blythe, California

Five million years ago, the Colorado River met the Gulf of California near the present-day desert town of Blythe, California. The evidence, say University of Oregon geologists, is in the sedimentary ...

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Cloud formation—how feldspar acts as ice nucleus

In the atmosphere, feldspar particles act as ice nuclei that make ice crystals grow in clouds and enable precipitation. The discovery was made by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ...

Fri 9 Dec 16 from

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Greenland’s Ice Sheet Is Less Stable Than We Thought

We know it’s melting, but scientists are re-writing its history, with big consequences for global sea level rise.

Thu 8 Dec 16 from MIT Technology Review

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World Vision says hundreds affected by Solomon Islands quake

Hundreds of people in remote parts of the Solomon Islands have had their homes damaged or destroyed by a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck Friday, an aid organization said.

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Mapping system shows dramatic changes in surface water over past 32 years

(—A team of researchers with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and Google Switzerland has combined historical data with modern mapping engines to produce high-resolution ...

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Valuable Caribbean spiny lobsters get their food from an unexpected source

In the typical food web that most of us learned in school, the sun is the ultimate source of energy. Plants use energy from the sun to produce their own food via photosynthesis. Animals eat ...

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Sea ice globally is at a shocking low extent, thanks to record declines in both the Arctic and Antarctic

Dramatic losses in both the Arctic and Antarctic drove sea ice extent to record lows in both regions during November, the National Snow and Ice Data Center has announced. Sea ice extent in ...

Tue 6 Dec 16 from Discover Magazine

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US had its warmest autumn and 2nd warmest November on record

The average U.S. temperature in autumn was 57.6 degrees F (4.1 degrees above average) and surpassed last fall as the warmest on record, according to scientists from NOAA's National Centers for ...

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