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Desperate Need to Halt ‘World’s Largest Killer’: Pollution

News, Pollution
Nov
20

Now that the lights of the UN climate change summit’s meeting rooms having been turned off in Bonn, after a week of intense negotiations and some partial results, another major environmental event is now schedule in Nairobi, this time to search for ways to halt the world’s major killer: pollution.

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Expedition braves Arctic perils for climate science

After being foiled for years by the harsh conditions, researchers were finally able to collect key core samples from a remote lake in Svalbard—which may provide valuable insight into how our climate will change over the coming decades.

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More exploration approved at Icy Cape, Alaska

News, Sand Mining
Nov
18

A long stretch of beach at Icy Cape near Yakutat holds the possibility of massive mineral deposit that could produce millions in mining revenue for the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust.

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Radioactivity Lingers from 1946-1958 Nuclear Bomb Tests

Scientists have found lingering radioactivity in the lagoons of remote Marshall Island atolls in the Pacific Ocean where the United States conducted 66 nuclear weapons tests in the 1940s and 1950s.

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NASA launches powerful polar weather satellite

A workhorse Delta 2 rocket finally streaked away from the California coast early Saturday carrying a state-of-the-art $1.6 billion weather satellite into an orbit around Earth’s poles, the first of four intended to ensure reliable forecasting over the next two decades.

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Engineering a more efficient system for harnessing carbon dioxide

A team of international scientists has reverse engineered a biosynthetic pathway for more effective carbon fixation. This novel pathway is based on a new CO2-fixing enzyme that is nearly 20 times faster than the most prevalent enzyme in nature responsible for capturing CO2 in plants by using sunlight as energy.

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Sand washes away as quickly as it can be dumped, Bathtub Beach, FL

Between 2004 and 2014, some $13.6 million was spent on beach renourishment in Martin County, Florida. About $7.1 million came from local funds — your tax dollars. In the past two years, more than $6 million from a variety of sources has been spent to renourish and restore dunes at Bathtub Beach alone.

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Coastal Commission Rejects Bid to Cancel Broad Beach Sand Replacement Permit

One of the line-items on the November 2017 California Coastal Commission agenda was a one-year extension of the beleaguered Broad Beach Replenishment Project. Following years of delays with issues ranging from sand sourcing to legal battles of all shapes and sizes, the project has been slow to get off the ground, and proponents of alternatives such as artificial reefs are hoping to succeed.

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The Changing Colors of our Living Planet

Life. It’s the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we’ve discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean.

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