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Tracking The Birth of a Hurricane

News
May
4

Hurricane season is approaching, and determining when a storm cloud is starting to really evolve into something more damaging, may be easier this year. A historical track record of microwave satellite images has revealed two new patterns atmospheric scientists can now watch for.

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Report: Hurricanes Pose Risk to 1.8M US Coastal Homes

More than 1.8 million homes along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are at great risk of being damaged by a hurricane, three times the number located in federally defined flood zones, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Slow clean up for Argentina’s worst environmental stain

News, Pollution
May
3

The Matanza river, also known as Riachuelo or little river, defines the southern boundary of Buenos Aires and according to a number of studies it is one of the most polluted places in the world. The area has become a dumping ground for industrial, chemical and household waste.

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Seas could rise up to 1.6 meters by 2100: New Report

Quickening climate change in the Arctic including a thaw of Greenland’s ice could raise world sea levels by up to 1.6 meters by 2100, an international report showed on Tuesday. The study is yet another reminder of how pressing it has become to tackle climate change.

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Shell to submit Arctic offshore drilling plan

News, Pollution
May
2

Shell Oil will apply to drill 10 wells off Alaska’s Arctic shore over the next two years under an exploration plan headed to federal authorities.

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Fukushima Parents Protest Over New Permissible Radiation Levels

Japanese children can now be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible. The new regulations and new standard of 20 millisieverts a year, equivalent to the annual maximum dose for German nuclear workers, have prompted outcry.

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Chemical Found in Crude Oil Linked to Congenital Heart Disease

While it may be years before the health effects of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are known, a new study shows that fetal exposure to a chemical found in crude oil is associated with an increased risk of congenital heart disease (CHD).

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A Spanish Island’s Quest to Be the Greenest Place on Earth

Celebrate, News
Apr
30

When an innovative wind-power system goes online at the end of 2011, El Hierro, the easternmost of Spain’s Canary Islands, will turn into the first inhabited landmass in the world to become completely energy self-sufficient, using nature’s gifts: wind and sea water. And that’s just the first step in a plan that may make the island the most sustainable place on Earth.

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Turkey to build huge waterway to bypass Bosphorus

News
Apr
28

Turkey plans to build a canal connecting the Black and Marmara seas as an alternative to the congested Bosphorus Strait, the main objectives being to reduce traffic through the Bosphorus and minimise the environmental threat.

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