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Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:00:16 GMT

A photo collage of plastic fragments found in the Arctic Ocean by the research team. A study published Wednesday shows a major ocean current is carrying trillions of bits of plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there.A new study found that a major ocean current is carrying plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving it there.

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Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:00:18 GMT

An aerial view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the Kaskawulsh Glacier, on the right, away from the Slims River. “River piracy” refers to one river capturing and diverting the flow of another.Melting water from one of Canada’s largest glaciers used to flow north, to the Bering Sea. Last spring, it reversed course, a case of what scientists call “river piracy.”

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Matter: Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:00:17 GMT

A boreal forest in Quebec. A new study suggests the world’s plants capture an extra 28 billion tons of carbon each year.Scientists compiling a record of the atmosphere based on air trapped in Antarctic ice found that rising carbon dioxide has accelerated plant growth.

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Scientists Fear Climate Data Gap as Trump Aims at Satellites

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:43:33 GMT

The Deep Space Climate Observatory, or Dscovr, spacecraft, before launching in 2015. The Trump budget would end a climate-related aspect of the mission.Even if Congress votes to keep NASA environmental missions, the nation’s climate monitoring faces challenges, researchers say.

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What’s at Stake in Trump’s Proposed E.P.A. Cuts

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:17:51 GMT

President Trump’s proposed cuts to the E.P.A. include, clockwise from top left, reductions to the Superfund program, which is cleaning the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn; the monitoring of public water systems like the one in Flint, Mich.; and cuts to vehicle tests and certifications, which would affect automakers like Fiat/Chrysler. The proposal calls for added security for Scott Pruitt, the agency’s new administrator, bottom left.President Trump’s proposed cuts in environmental programs go far beyond climate change. They would also affect clean water, law enforcement and pollution cleanup.

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We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:35:13 GMT

An illustration of an extinct rat kangaroo, published in 1825. Researchers recently analyzed the costs and benefits of re-establishing and maintaining 16 species in Australia and New Zealand that went extinct in the last millennium.Scientists disagree about whether bringing extinct species back from the dead will result in a net loss of global biodiversity.

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Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:18 GMT

A coal-fired power plant in Ghent, Ky. President Trump is expected to order a withdrawal and rewriting of Obama-era regulations intended to shut down hundreds of heavily polluting coal-fired plants.The White House is preparing to dismantle major policy actions of the Obama era, including a plan to close hundreds of heavily polluting power plants.

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Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:00:14 GMT

Severe bleaching last year on the northern Great Barrier Reef affected even the largest and oldest corals, like this slow-growing Porites colony.If most of the world’s coral reefs die, some of the richest and most colorful life in the ocean could be lost, along with huge sums from reef tourism.

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The Climate Issue: Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:58:48 GMT

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika and other viruses.Climate change is altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for viruses like Zika.

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Asteroid Misses Earth Narrowly, by Cosmic Standards

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:16:19 GMT

A computer-generated image depicts the flyby of asteroid 2014 JO25, which didn’t hit the Earth, but NASA is preparing for one that might.The asteroid, 2014 JO25, which is approximately 2,000 feet end-to-end, was about 1.1 million miles away when it passed by on Wednesday morning.

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