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      November 29, 2020

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      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 ...

      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 ...

      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 ...
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      The Science of Windy Cities

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

      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 ...

      Polar Climate Affects Trade Wind Strength in Tropics

      The impact of sea surface temperature variations in the tropical Pacific on global climate has long been recognized. For instance, the episodic warming of the tropical Pacific during El Niño events ...

      There Are Microplastics Near the Top of Mount Everest Too

      Researchers analyzing snow and stream samples have found evidence of microplastic pollution on Mount Everest. While the highest concentrations of microplastics were around Base Camp where hikers and ...

      Climate Change and 'Atmospheric Thirst' to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in NV and CA

      Climate change and a 'thirsty atmosphere' will bring more extreme wildfire danger and multi-year droughts to Nevada and California by the end of this century, according to new ...

      'Oasis Effect' in Urban Parks Could Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      Following a year of on-site analyses at a Phoenix-area park, hydrologists identified that the park showed what meteorologists call the 'oasis effect,' a microclimate that is cooler than a ...

      Does Air Pollution Increase Women's Risk of Dementia?

      Older women who live in locations with higher levels of air pollution may have more brain shrinkage, the kind seen in Alzheimer's disease, than women who live in locations with lower levels, ...

      More Children and Youth Drowning as Warming Temperatures Create Unstable Lake Ice

      As winters become milder and lake ice less stable, more children and young adults are falling through the ice and fatally drowning, say researchers. A new study, which looked at 4,000 drownings in 10 ...

      New Technique Seamlessly Converts Ammonia to Green Hydrogen

      Researchers have developed a highly effective, environmentally friendly method for converting ammonia into hydrogen. The new technique is a major step forward for enabling a zero-pollution, ...

      Which Particulate Air Pollution Poses the Greatest Health Risk?

      Researchers have investigated whether particulate matter from certain sources can be especially harmful to human health. They found evidence that the amount of particulate matter alone is not the ...

      Trees and Green Roofs Can Help Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect

      Air pollution experts have found that green infrastructure (GI), such as trees, can help reduce temperatures in many of Europe's cities and ...

      Starved, Stuffed and Squandered: Consequences of Decades of Global Nutrition Transition

      Just a handful of rice and beans - a part of our world is starved. Hawaiian Pizza and ice-cream - another part of our world is stuffed, throwing away food every day. This gap is likely to worsen, ...

      Does Air Pollution Affect Mental Health Later in Life?

      In a study of women aged 80 years and older, living in locations with higher exposures to air pollution was associated with increased depressive ...

      Community Helps Scientists Evaluate Smoke Forecasts

      Across the Wasatch Front, both researchers and community members maintain enough air quality sensors to provide a high-resolution picture of how the smoke moved through the valley -- perfect for ...

      NASA Model Reveals How Much COVID-Related Pollution Levels Deviated from the Norm

      Using computer models to generate a COVID-free 2020 for comparison, NASA researchers found that since February, pandemic restrictions have reduced global nitrogen dioxide concentrations by nearly 20 ...

      Reducing Aerosol Pollution Without Cutting Carbon Dioxide Could Make the Planet Hotter

      Humans must reduce carbon dioxide and aerosol pollution simultaneously to avoid weakening the ocean's ability to keep the planet cool, new research ...

      Pesticides Commonly Used as Flea Treatments for Pets Are Contaminating English Rivers

      Researchers have found widespread contamination of English rivers with two neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in veterinary flea products: fipronil and the neonicotinoid ...

      Fish Carcasses Deliver Toxic Mercury Pollution to the Deepest Ocean Trenches

      The sinking carcasses of fish from near-surface waters deliver toxic mercury pollution to the most remote and inaccessible parts of the world's oceans, including the deepest spot of them all: ...

      Implementing Carbon Pricing During the Pandemic Could Help Countries Recover Greener, Smarter

      As economies 'build back better,' it may be an opportune time to introduce carbon pricing to tackle climate change, according to new ...

      Study Reconstructs Ancient Storms to Help Predict Changes in Tropical Cyclone Hotspot

      New research reveals that tropical cyclones were actually more frequent in the southern Marshall Islands during the Little Ice Age, when temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere were cooler than they ...

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