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This week from AGU: Remarkable 2016 storms caused massive Antarctic sea ice loss

(American Geophysical Union) Weekly AGU news from Geospace, The Landslide Blog, Eos.org and research spotlights.

Scientists solve mystery of unexplained 'bright nights'

(American Geophysical Union) Dating back to the first century, scientists, philosophers and reporters have noted the occasional occurrence of 'bright nights,' when an unexplained glow in the night sky lets observers see distant mountains, read a newspaper or check their watch. Show More Summary

This week from AGU: Offshore wind turbines vulnerable to Category 5 hurricane gusts

(American Geophysical Union) Offshore wind turbines built according to current standards may not be able to withstand the powerful gusts of a Category 5 hurricane, creating potential risk for any such turbines built in hurricane-prone areas, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters.Plus, more weekly news from GeoSpace and EOS.

California’s Clean Energy Commitments Grow Stronger

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez People hold signs as they listen to a group of scientists speak during a rally in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting Tuesday, December 13, 2016, in San Francisco. D onald Trump’s...Show More Summary

Human activity has polluted European air for 2,000 years, study finds

(American Geophysical Union) A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s.

Climate change could increase ER visits for allergy-related asthma

(American Geophysical Union) More children could wind up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from allergy-induced asthma if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and cause longer oak pollen seasons, according to a new study.

AGU releases new position statement on the rights and responsibilities of scientists

(American Geophysical Union) Scientific research in Earth and space sciences advances our understanding of our world and contributes to strong global economies, security, and public health and safety. The American Geophysical Union (AGU)...Show More Summary

JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting being held May 20-25 in Chiba, Japan

(American Geophysical Union) Discover the latest in Earth and space science research at the JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017 taking place May 20-25 at the Makuhari Messe International Conference Hall in Chiba, Japan. The meeting will bring together researchers from the American Geophysical Union and the Japan Geoscience Union.

India's coal plant plans conflict with climate commitments

(American Geophysical Union) India will not be able to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments in the coming years if it carries through with plans to build nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, a new study finds.

AGU journal commentaries highlight importance of Earth and space science research

(American Geophysical Union) The American Geophysical Union (AGU) today published a collection of 27 essays as commentaries in its scientific journals highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in society...

New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive

(American Geophysical Union) If an asteroid struck Earth, which of its effects--scorching heat, flying debris, towering tsunamis--would claim the most lives? A new study has the answer: violent winds and shock waves are the most dangerous effects produced by Earth-impacting asteroids.

Watching the sand flow

For the past several years, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has hosted the AGU Cinema program at their annual Fall meeting in San Francisco. They posted some of 2016's best entries online. The one that caught my eye was the 4-minute, " Drift: Measuring the Movement of Sand Dunes", produced by Josh Silberg and the Hakai Institute. Show More Summary

This Week from AGU: Weak solar activity could expose aircrews to higher radiation

(American Geophysical Union) This Week from AGU: Impending weak solar activity could expose aircrews to higher radiation levels

Koshe Disaster: What Causes Garbage Landslides?

The tragedy isn't the first of its kind, according to a piece on the disaster in the American Geophysical Union's Landslide Blog, but it is the deadliest such incident in years. "Garbage landslides are particularly horrible events,"Show More Summary

Increase in extreme sea levels could endanger European coastal communities

(American Geophysical Union) Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.

AGU's newest open access journal GeoHealth publishes first articles

(American Geophysical Union) The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Wiley today announced that GeoHealth, AGU's newest open access journal, has published its first set of articles.

Air pollution may have masked mid-20th Century sea ice loss

(American Geophysical Union) Humans may have been altering Arctic sea ice longer than previously thought, according to researchers studying the effects of air pollution on sea ice growth in the mid-20th Century.

Anne Meltzer of Lehigh University named Fellow of American Geophysical Union

(Lehigh University) Anne S. Meltzer, a seismologist who studies the structure and evolution of Earth's crust and upper mantle, joined a select group of earth scientists recently when she received the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) 2016 Ambassador Award and was made a Fellow of the AGU. Show More Summary

This Week from AGU: Greenland Ice Sheet melting can cool subtropics and alter climate

(American Geophysical Union) This Week from AGU: Greenland Ice Sheet melting can cool subtropics and alter climate.

New research shows Ceres may have vanishing ice volcanoes

(American Geophysical Union) A recently discovered solitary ice volcano on the dwarf planet Ceres may have some hidden older siblings, say scientists who have tested a likely way such mountains of icy rock -- called cryovolcanoes -- might disappear over millions of years.

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