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Seismic Speed Bumps Found in Chile’s Earthquake Zone


Two blobs of dense rock jammed deep beneath Chile’s coastline acted like seismic speed bumps during the magnitude-8.8 Maule earthquake in 2010, according to a new study.


Hydropower: Huge Source of Methane Emissions

Reservoirs and hydropower are often thought of as climate friendly because they don’t burn fossil fuels to produce electricity. But what if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions?


Massive Geographic Change May Have Triggered Rise in Sea Level and Explosion of Animal Life

New research suggests a major tectonic event may have triggered the rise in sea level and other environmental changes that accompanied the apparent burst of life, 530 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion.


That Sinking Feeling: Rising Sea Level Isn’t Cities’ Only Water Worry

Some of the world’s expanding coastal cities face a two-pronged threat involving water: excessive groundwater pumping can cause the ground below to sink at the same time that sea levels are rising.


Fossil Fuels Should Be Phased Out By 2100 Says IPCC

The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.


IPCC Adopts Landmark Climate Report

The United Nations’ expert panel on climate science will adopt and present, Sunday, a Synthesis of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) marking a pivotal moment in the fight against climate change. The report offers conclusive scientific evidence that human activities continue to cause unprecedented changes in the Earth’s climate with the conclusion that we need to elevate the level of political commitment and action, if we are to avoid the impacts of climate change.


What New York City Can Learn From Its Relationship With The Sea

From the days when Mannahatta island was home to the indigenous Lenape tribe to today’s five-borough metropolis that houses more than 8 million people, one thing has remained constant: the story of New York City cannot be separated from water.


Sargassum Inundates the Beaches of the Caribbean

Massive amounts of pelagic sargassum have ben washing up on Carribean beaches for the past few months. According to Mission Blue friend Martha Gilkes of Antigua, the seaweed drifts are getting as high as 3 to 4 feet on some beaches.


Retreat of the Columbia Glacier

Scientists have long studied Alaska’s fast-moving Columbia Glacier, a tidewater glacier that descends through the Chugach Mountains into Prince William Sound. Yet the river of ice continues to deliver new surprises.


India’s Central Government To Take Up Illegal Sand Mining With States

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Concerned over large scale illegal sand mining across states, the Union mines ministry has convened meeting of all States and Union Territories next week to discuss the legal and administrative frameworks in place in each state to govern sand mining and the actual experience of states in handling such cases.

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