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Study opens new questions on how the atmosphere and oceans formed

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found seawater cycles throughout the Earth's interior down to 2,900km, much deeper than previously thought, reopening questions about how the atmosphere and oceans form...

Earth probably began with a solid shell

Today's Earth is a dynamic planet with an outer layer composed of giant plates that grind together, sliding past or dipping beneath one another, giving rise to earthquakes and volcanoes. Others separate at undersea mountain ridges, where molten rock spreads out from the centers of major ocean basins.

Oscars TV ratings even with last year

The ratings for ABC’s telecast of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday were nearly even with those of last year’s ceremony, according to early data from Nielsen. In the 56 overnight markets, the Oscars show averaged a 22.4 rating, just below last year’s figure of 22.3. Each rating point represents...

'Moonlight,' first LGBTQ best picture, sends 'strong message' to film industry, GLAAD president says

Oscars 2017 updates: 'Moonlight' named best picture after Warren Beatty gets wrong envelope Feb. 27, 2017, 7:16 a.m. In a stunning turn, "Moonlight" won the best picture Oscar after "La La Land" was incorrectly named. The "La La Land" team were in the process of giving thanks when it was announced...

The End of the Cost-Benefit State?

Some scholars have proclaimed a vision of the regulatory state centering on cost-benefit analysis (CBA). They mean that quantitive comparisons of costs and benefits is now the foundation of regulatory decisions, arguably blessed by the Supreme Court in one of Scalia’s last opinions. Show More Summary

Rhino poaching toll in South Africa falls 10 percent in 2016

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The number of rhinos poached for their horns in South Africa fell 10 percent in 2016 to 1,054, the second straight year of decline according to government data released on Monday, but conservationists said the levels remain alarming.

Ogle the Golden Spike (not a dive bar) at Stanford

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Feb. 27, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...

Oroville Dam crisis could be sign of things to come

Communities near Oroville Dam just got an unenviable front-row seat to what happens when climactic forces and man-made infrastructure clash. It was also a preview of what could happen as California's climate continues to change.

Review showcases unique south west estuaries

The unique characteristics of estuaries in the south west of Australia have been highlighted by Murdoch University scientists.

Ivory Coast rains bode well for cocoa mid-crop but heat is a concern

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Good rains in the last week in most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions are a positive sign for the development of the mid-crop but hot weather could hurt it, farmers said on Monday.

Malawi sees bigger maize harvest despite pest invasion

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi's maize production may rise a third in 2017 to 3.2 million tonnes despite damage inflicted by the fall armyworm, an alien South American pest that has invaded corn fields from Congo to South Africa.

The Oscars get a surprise ending

Good morning. It’s Monday, Feb. 27, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Quite the plot twist It was supposed to be an Academy Awards about politics, President Trump and diversity. And it was, until the end, when there was a mix-up over who won best picture. (“Moonlight,” it...

Today: The Oscars No One Saw Coming. Trump's Options to Fight ISIS.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES The Oscars No One Saw Coming The election. The Super Bowl. And now, the Academy Awards. It’s never over till it’s over, even if you’re giving a victory speech. In a...

Wind power is an attack on rural America

Urban voters may like the idea of using more wind and solar energy, but the push for large-scale renewables is creating land-use conflicts in rural regions from Maryland to California and Ontario to Loch Ness. Since 2015, more than 120 government entities in about two dozen states have moved to...

Long-term opioid addiction can start in the ER

There’s a common thread in many accounts of opioid addiction: It all started with a single prescription after a minor injury or other medical issue. There are plenty of culprits in the opioid epidemic raging across the country, including the pharmaceutical industry, drug traffickers and economic...

Senate should stand up for environment and not block Obama methane regulation

Nighttime photographs of the United States from space are at first surprising and, upon reflection, dismaying. In rural stretches of North Dakota and Texas, where you’d expect to see dark swaths, you instead see bright splashes of light from the burning of uncaptured methane, a natural gas that...

New tool gives apple farms hope in fight against spring freezes

This February's warm weather is nice in the Northeast, but apple farmers may pay a price if winter roars back. To help growers assess precarious temperatures in turbulent springs, the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions has developed a new Apple Freeze Risk decision tool.

Study finds toxic mine discharge flowing into Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

Toxic discharge from an underground Blue Mountains coalmine is causing major damage to protected local waterways, raising concerns about the regulation of mining in local heritage areas, according to a Western Sydney University stud...

Archeologists at the vanguard of environmental and climate research

The history of people and landscapes, whether natural or cultural, is fundamentally connected. Answering key historical questions about this relation will allow us to approach our most important environmental issues in novel ways. Today in the open access journal PLOS ONE archeologists present a list of 50 priority issues for historical ecology.

Cold weather curbs armyworm outbreak in South Africa - Grain SA

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Cold weather, rains and resilient genetically-modified crops (GMO) have limited the damage caused by an armyworm outbreak in South Africa, the head of Grain SA Jannie de Villiers said on Monday.

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