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Here’s another source of greenhouse gases you should be worrying about: hydropower.

Turns out reservoirs are a more significant climate problem than previously believed.

Global warming set to pass 2C threshold in 2050: report

Earth is on track to sail past the two degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold for dangerous global warming by 2050, seven of the world's top climate scientists warned Thursday.

Lawsuit: ExxonMobil polluted river, ignored climate change

ExxonMobil has polluted the Mystic River while failing to plan for the potentially severe impacts of climate change at its Boston-area fuel storage terminal, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by an environmental advocacy group.

The Clean Power Plan Oral Arguments

Greetings, Legal Planet readers! As many of you know, I left the UCLA Law community several months ago for a new position in the environmental law world. But today, I emerge from blog-retirement for one very special post: insights from Tuesday’s oral arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals over EPA’s Clean Power Plan. […]

U.S. says Glencore unit to pay record $27 million for biofuels compliance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Glencore Plc's bunker fuel unit has agreed to pay a $27-million penalty and retire over $71 million worth of credits for compliance with the U.S. biofuels program to resolve charges it violated the policy, the U.S. government said on Thursday.

Ocean conditions contributed to unprecedented 2015 toxic algal bloom

A study led by researchers at the University of Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration connects the unprecedented West Coast toxic algal bloom of 2015 that closed fisheries from southern California to northern British Columbia to the unusually warm ocean conditions—nicknamed "the blob"—in winter and spring of that year.

New technique for finding weakness in Earth's crust

Scientists have developed a method to estimate weakness in the Earth's outer layers which will help explain and predict volcanic activity and earthquakes.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Matthew form over the Windward Isles

A fairly strong tropical wave that had been making its way westward across the Central Atlantic over the past several days has now finally organized itself into a tropical storm, Tropical Storm Matthew, the 13th named storm of the season, while passing through the Windward Islands. Show More Summary

Finding The First Project For Your Classroom

In his second post, guest contributor Ben Graves shares his advice for identifying a citizen science project for the classroom. Ben Graves is a fellow with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, which supports a small cohort of early-career teachers across the United States with intensive professional development. Show More Summary

Matthew strengthens into a hurricane: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Matthew has strengthened into a hurricane, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

UL Courting Solar Market With New Acquisition

Independent global testing and certification body UL (Underwriters Laboratory) has acquired renewable energy engineering services and support firm, AWS Truepower for an unspecified sum. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) announced its AWS Truepower acquisition will strengthen its full lifecycle solutions. Show More Summary

Music producer returns home in indie drama 'Mommy's Box'

Writer-director-producer-actor Johnny Greenlaw fills his shaggy homecoming melodrama, “Mommy’s Box,” with minor characters and subplots, as though unsure where his story really lies. Though it’s mildly enjoyable throughout, the movie is ultimately just a loose collection of nice little scenes,...

'Cameraperson' and 'Tanna' are critics' picks, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review. The Age of Shadows Kim Jee-woon (mildly) tones down the ultra-violence of “I Saw the Devil” with this thrillingly taut and intricate 1920s spy yarn, which will represent South Korea...

There's no tomorrow for Team Europe at World Cup of Hockey

When an NHL team’s season ends, whether after 82 regular-season games or a playoff series, players usually have the next season to look forward to, and they often speak about reuniting to chase a championship. But there is no next season for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey tournament, and...

In sad ritual, families of Mexico's missing persons line up to give DNA samples

On a recent Sunday, scores of families showed up at the Catholic Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced in a working-class neighborhood of this vibrant port city. They came not to attend services, but for a distinct purpose: to give blood for possible DNA matches with human remains recently unearthed...

Marine snow fuels life on the sea-floor

City-sized maps of terrain and life on the sea-floor have revealed that drifts of 'marine snow' on submarine hillsides act as a source of food to fuel a higher biomass of marine life on the hills than on the flatter plains surrounding hills.

Contrary to popular belief, coca not the driving force of deforestation

Most of the world's coca—the plant source of cocaine—grows in the Amazon forests of the Andean countries of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, where many think this illicit crop causes deforestation. However, a team led by Stony Brook University Professor of Ecology and Evolution Liliana M. Show More Summary

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