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Bird poop helps keep coral reefs healthy, but rats are messing that up

September 12th, 2018|

Nitrogen from bird guano is linked to more productive reef ecosystems

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Wildfires make their own weather, and that matters for fire management

September 12th, 2018|

New prediction tools zero in on how blazes throw embers and make weather that fans the flames

BY
LAUREL HAMERS
From ScienceNews
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/wildfires-make-their-own-weather-and-matters-fire-management
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Scientists create a mineral in the lab that captures carbon dioxide

September 12th, 2018|

A new technique might one day help combat global warming

BY
CAROLYN GRAMLING

From ScienceNews

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/lab-mineral-magnesite-captures-carbon-dioxide

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The environmental cost of contact lenses

August 29th, 2018|

Source: American Chemical Society

Summary:Many people rely on contact lenses to improve their vision. But these sight-correcting devices don’t last forever and they are eventually disposed of in various ways. Now, scientists are reporting that throwing these lenses down the drain at the end of their use could be contributing to microplastic pollution in waterways

From Science Daily:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180819160710.htm

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Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Close Half of US Coal Fleet by 2030

August 29th, 2018|

The U.S. coal power plant fleet has been shrinking for years, with the official tally of coal plants closed exceeding those still open as of late last year. Another 43 gigawatts, or about 18 percent of the remaining 249 gigawatts of capacity, is expected to close by 2030.

From Environmental News Network

https://www.enn.com/articles/55216-report-cheap-natural-gas-and-renewables-could-close-half-of-us-coal-fleet-by-2030

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Rising sea levels could cost the world $14 trillion a year by 2100

August 22nd, 2018|

Failure to meet the United Nations’ 2ºC warming limits will lead to sea level rise and dire global economic consequences, new research has warned. A study found flooding from rising sea levels could cost $14 trillion worldwide annually by 2100, if the target of holding global temperatures below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels is missed.

Source: IOP Publishing

From Science Daily
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180703190745.htm

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Strategies in US climate litigation

August 22nd, 2018|

Pro-regulatory litigants more likely to win renewable energy than those involving coal-fired power plants

Source: George Washington University

From Science Daily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180820113100.htm

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Next 5 years predicted to be abnormally hot

August 15th, 2018|

This summer’s worldwide heatwave makes 2018 a particularly hot year. As will be the next few years, according to a new study. Using a new method, the study shows that at the global level, 2018-2022 may be an even hotter period than expected based on current global warming.

Source: CNRS Science Daily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180815105319.htm

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Environmental Regulations Drove Steep Declines in U.S. Factory Pollution

August 15th, 2018|

The federal Clean Air Act and associated environmental regulations have driven steep declines in air pollution emissions over the past several decades, even as U.S. manufacturers increased production, a study by two University of California, Berkeley, economists has shown.

Full article at Environmental News Network

https://www.enn.com/articles/55108-environmental-regulations-drove-steep-declines-in-u-s-factory-pollution

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Trump’s Science Adviser Pick: Extreme Weather Expert With Climate Credentials

August 2nd, 2018|

Kelvin Droegemeier is vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma and a climate change scientist. His selection was widely welcomed.

BY MARIANNE LAVELLE

From Inside Climate News

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/01082018/kelvin-droegemeier-trump-picks-white-house-science-adviser-climate-change-extreme-weather

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