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Asia-Pacific Region Faces Climate Change Induced Migration

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reported that countries in the Asia-Pacific region will need to develop policies to deal with massive population shifts as a result of climate change impacts such as sea-level rise and variable monsoons. The region is highly exposed to environmental risks, having by far the highest population density of any continent living in low-elevation coastal zones, while it is also home to the largest number of people living in poverty.

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Oldest Bay Area Salt Flat Turned Into Wetland

News
Sep
18

Salt flats in Hayward, California, are being returned to tidal wetlands as part of the biggest salt pond restoration project on the Pacific Coast. Authorities breached a levee, to allow water to flow into these flats.

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On The Elwha, A New Life When The Dam Breaks

Erosion, News
Sep
18

Nobody figured the largest dam removal project ever attempted in the U.S. was going to be easy, or fast.The nation’s largest and most ambitious dam removal will begin this month, when workers start demolishing two antique dams on Washington state’s Elwha River…

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Observations of Climate Change from Indigenous Alaskans

News
Sep
13

USGS coordinated interviews with Yup’ik hunters, Alaska Natives, to document their observations of climate change. By integrating scientific studies with indigenous observation, these multiple forms of knowledge allow for a more comprehensive understanding of the complex challenges posed by climate change. The indigenous knowledge encompasses observations, lessons and stories about the environment that have been handed down for generations, providing a long history of environmental knowledge.

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Dirty Laundry: Greenpeace Reports on Toxic Industrial Water Pollution

News, Pollution
Aug
26

A report just released by Greenpeace International, after a year-long study research into industrial water pollution, reveals the presence of hazardous chemicals in clothing items bearing the logos of 14 global popular brands, linking many of the same clothing brands to suppliers in China who were found to be releasing daily cocktail of chemicals into the Pearl River and Yangtze River deltas, discharging into the China Sea…

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East coast earthquake reveals faults in nuclear emergency planning

News
Aug
24

The largest earthquake to hit the East Coast of the United States in 67 years reveals faults in nuclear emergency planning raising added concerns about the safety of the country’s nuclear power plants. The earthquake was felt so widely because it was a shallow earthquake, and geologic conditions in the eastern allow the effects of earthquakes to propagate and spread much more than in the western United States.

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True colors : Bloom in the Barents Sea

Celebrate, News
Aug
23

Plankton blooms spanning hundreds or even thousands of kilometers occur across the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans every year. Many species thrive in the cooler ocean waters, which tend to be richer in nutrients and plant life than tropical waters.

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Oldest Fossils Discovered On Oldest Shoreline Known On Earth

News
Aug
22

Earth’s oldest fossils have been found in a remote part of coastal Western Australia, very well preserved between the quartz sand grains of the oldest beach or shoreline known on Earth, in 3.4-billion-year-old rocks. Meanwhile, world famous 130 million old fossilized dinosaur tracks that dot a remote 80-km stretch of Western Australia’s coastline, are now under threat from a proposed natural gas facility.

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Beach Goers To Report Endangered Leatherback Turtle Sightings, UK

News
Aug
10

Beach goers are being asked to look out for endangered leatherback turtles which are currently visiting British summer seas to feed on the huge numbers of jellyfish.

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