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Arctic Sea Ice Drops below 2007 Record

On August 26, 2012, the extent of Arctic water covered by sea ice fell below 4.17 million square kilometers (1.61 million square miles), the record minimum set in 2007. The new record low for sea ice in 2012 fits into a larger pattern of a changing Arctic. Regarding the rapid loss of Arctic sea ice, NSIDC director remarks, “What is perhaps most surprising is that we are no longer surprised…”

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Public Wave Energy Test Facility Begins Operation in Oregon

One of the first public wave energy testing systems in the United States began operation this week off the Oregon coast near Newport, and will allow private industry or academic researchers to test new technology that may help advance this promising form of sustainable energy.

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New Climate History Adds to Understanding of Recent Antarctic Peninsula Warming

Results published this week by a team of polar scientists from Britain, Australia and France adds a new dimension to our understanding of Antarctic Peninsula climate change and the likely causes of the break-up of its ice shelves.

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Climate Change Shaped Ancient Burial Rituals

A relatively wet climatic period may have triggered the development 7000 years ago of complex culture in hunter-gatherer communities along the Atacama coastline. Researchers posit that cultural innovations, including the cult of mummification, were spurred by environmental change.

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Warm water shark runs aground on English channel coastline

Specialists were surprised after a sand tiger shark ran aground on the French coastline of the English Channel, even though it is normally found in deeper and warmer waters.

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Should We Put a Price On Nature If We Are Going To Save It?

For decades campaigners have fought for the protection of nature for its own sake, and while there has been notable progress, the overall trends have not been encouraging. It seems that the moral argument has gained insufficient traction, and that in the absence of new frames continuing population and economic growth will cause more damage.

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The Search for Energy Takes a Turn Underwater

The fearsome tides that sweep out from the easternmost shores of the United States have for more than 80 years teased engineers and presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt, who have dreamed of harnessing their force to make electricity…

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Is This Our Future? Manila

Try and imagine what it would be like to wake up one day, look outside the window and discover that your home has disappeared…

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July 2012 In US Was Hottest Ever In History Books

This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

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