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NASA finds heavy rain in new Tropical Cyclone Hola near Vanuatu

NASA obtained rainfall data on newly formed Tropical Cyclone Hola as it triggered warnings in Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean.

Weather satellites aid search and rescue capabilities

The same satellites that identify severe weather can help save you from it.

Sinking ground in San Francisco Bay will worsen flooding from rising sea levels

New research shows that sections of the San Francisco Bay shoreline are sinking at rates of nearly half an inch (10 millimeters) a year.

Super-deep diamond provides first evidence in nature of Earth's fourth most abundant mineral

For the first time, scientists have found Earth's fourth most abundant mineral—calcium silicate perovskite—at Earth's surface.

Wildfires set to increase: Could we be sitting on a tinderbox in Europe?

2017 was one of the worst years on record for fires in Europe, with over 800,000 hectares of land burnt in Portugal, Italy and Spain alone.

How cats and dogs are consuming and processing parabens

Many households can claim at least one four-legged friend as part of the family. But pets that primarily stay indoors can have increased rates of diseases, such as diabetes, kidney diseases and hypothyroidism compared with those that stay exclusively outside. Show More Summary

Another snowstorm hits the Northeast, threatens more outages

The second big, blustery storm to hit the Northeast in less than a week brought wet, heavy snow Wednesday to a corner of the country where tens of thousands of people were still waiting for the power to come back on from the previous bout.

'Explosive' eruptions at Japan volcano

Powerful eruptions at a volcano in southern Japan spewed ash thousands of metres into the air Wednesday, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.

Researchers discover evidence of earthquakes that affected Chilean coast in the past 9,000 years

A scientific team has discovered the geological footprint of earthquakes and tsunamis that affected the Aysén region (southern Chile) up to 9,000 years ago. This new study improves the assessment of seismic hazard in a wide area of the American continent prone to large earthquakes.

Solar-powered project prints sanitation solution to plastics problem

Solar powered 3-D printers designed to repurpose ubiquitous plastic rubbish and help improve access to clean water supply have been successfully trialled in the Solomon Islands.

Ice-age echoes affect present-day sea level

A new study has, for the first time, cut a clear path through a nettlesome problem: accurately measuring a powerful effect on global sea level that lingers from the last ice age.

Making climate models open source makes them even more useful

Designing climate experiments is all but impossible in the real world. We can't, for instance, study the effects of clouds by taking away all the clouds for a set period of time and seeing what happens.

Researchers work with communities to shore up effects of erosion

Mayor Hannah Anderson, a fifth-generation resident, remembers the thrill of sledding down from the sand dunes above Weko Beach right onto frigid Lake Michigan with her friends on winter days in the 1950s.

Current deforestation pace will intensify global warming, study alerts

The global warming process may be even more intense than originally forecast unless deforestation can be halted, especially in the tropical regions. This warning has been published in Nature Communications by an international group of scientists. Show More Summary

Glaciers provide clues to combat desertification

Researchers at KAUST, with colleagues in Italy and Greece, have analyzed the bacterial content of the soil formed behind the receding Midtre Lovénbreen Arctic glacier in the island of Svalbard, Norway, one of the world's northernmost inhabited areas.

Identifying ammonia hotspots in China using national observation network

The limited availability of ammonia (NH3) measurements is currently a barrier to understanding the vital role of NH3 in secondary aerosol formation during haze pollution events, and prevents a full assessment of the atmospheric deposition of reactive nitrogen. Show More Summary

Enhanced weathering of rocks could reduce atmospheric CO2 with limited effect

Weathering of huge amounts of tiny rocks could be a means to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. While this is normally a slow, natural process during which minerals chemically bind CO2, technological upscaling could make this relevant for so-called negative emissions to help limit climate risks. Show More Summary

Canada expedition to livecast exploration of Pacific depths

A scientific expedition is set to unveil to Web surfers the secrets of unexplored parts of the Pacific seabed along the pristine coast of British Columbia, the Canadian government announced on Tuesday.

Another strong quake shakes remote Papua New Guinea region

Another strong earthquake has shaken a remote Papua New Guinea region that was badly damaged by a powerful quake last week.

Bold steps are needed toward a 'new normal' that allocates water fairly in South Africa

Discussions of the water crisis that has hit Cape Town tend to focus on supply and demand. In other words, a severe and unusual drought has created a situation in which there is not enough water (supply) to meet people's needs (dema...

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