Environment

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An unnatural number of earthquakes hit Texas in the past decade, and the region’s seismic activity is increasing. In 2008, two earthquakes stronger than magnitude 3 struck the state. Eight years later, 12 did. Natural forces trigger most earthquakes. But humans are causing earthquakes, too, with mining and dam construction the most frequent suspects. There
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When a human-made disaster like a chemical spill or nuclear accident occurs, it’s not unusual for the land to be ridden off. But there’s an unlikely candidate that could actually be able to survive the harsh terrain and help the area become viable again – Australian native plants.   “It’s a biotechnology called ‘phytoremediation’ and
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After weeks of silence and denials, Russia has confirmed that it too has detected evidence of a mysterious radiation cloud floating above much of Europe, observing a dramatic radiation spike above Russia’s Ural Mountains. The acknowledgement comes after a number of other European nations suggested Russia was the probable origin of the unexplained radiation surge,
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It’s the hiatus that never happened: an apparent ‘slowdown’ in rising surface temperatures between 1998 and 2012, which encouraged climate change deniers to label global warming a made-up conspiracy. Even a hoax. To be clear, thanks to the efforts of scientists, this ‘pause’ in global warming has been thoroughly debunked, but new research highlights another
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This is an excerpt from Macquarie University’s Tackling Global Challenges magazine. Read the full magazine here. Oceans are fundamental to life on Earth: they regulate our climate, support countless marine species and sustain billions of people. They are also surprisingly fragile and unknown, and that’s where Macquarie University is making a splash.   “Students often
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Global carbon dioxide emissions are projected to rise again in 2017, climate scientists reported Monday, a troubling development for the environment and a major disappointment for those who had hoped emissions of the climate change-causing gas had at last peaked. The emissions from fossil fuel burning and industrial uses are projected to rise by up
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Michelle Trautwein hates to break it to you, but your home belongs to the bugs. They’re in your basement and your attic. They’re scuttling along floorboards and windowsills. They’ve turned your kitchen cabinets into complex ecosystems – complete with scavengers and parasites, predators and prey. And there’s nothing you can do about it.   That
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The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, a conclusion at odds with White House decisions to withdraw from a key international climate accord, champion fossil fuels and reverse Obama-era climate policies. To the surprise of some scientists, the White House did not seek to
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Mark Z. Jacobson, a Stanford University professor who has prominently contended that the United States can fully power itself with wind, water and solar energy, is suing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the lead author of a study published in its flagship journal that criticised Jacobson’s views – pushing an already bitter academic