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What can natural disasters teach the world?

Historians from Murdoch University have joined a global study that will shed light on how to better deal with the prediction and aftermath of environmental disasters in the Indian Ocean region, including tsunamis, volcanic ...

dateJun 22, 2018 in Environment
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Forecast predicts below-average hurricane activity

Hurricane season didn't officially start until June 1, but Subtropical Storm Alberto made an appearance early, causing more than $50 million in damage as it made its way inland and up the coast in late May. Twelve people—seven ...

dateJun 21, 2018 in Environment
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What makes volcanoes dangerous?

Fountains of lava, whiffs of toxic gases, acidic plumes of vaporized seawater and blankets of ash: those are just a few of the dangers that volcanoes have delivered in recent weeks, with Guatemala's Fuego Volcano and Hawaii's ...

dateJun 21, 2018 in Environment
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How wildfires contaminate drinking water sources

Wildfires can contaminate nearby streams and watersheds through mobilization of sediments, nutrients and dissolved organic matter, straining the capabilities of downstream municipal treatment facilities, a new report co-authored ...

dateJun 20, 2018 in Environment
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New NASA mission to detect plant water use from space

Doctors learn a lot about their patients' health by taking their temperature. An elevated temperature, or fever, can be a sign of illness. The same goes for plants, but their temperatures on a global scale are harder to measure ...

Oil in the Faroe Islands: mirage or miracle ?

After fuelling hopes of independence from Denmark at the turn of the millennium, the Faroe Islands' dreams of an oil bonanza have turned out to be more of a mirage than a miracle.

Palm oil: The carbon cost of deforestation

A recent study by EPFL and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) shows that intensive farming of palm oil has a major impact on the environment. Both short- and long-term solutions exist, ...

In Paris, the risk of flooding is never far away

In 1910, Paris was subject to a historic flood that is still remembered, and it's far from a unique event. In France, the risk of flooding is the number-one natural hazard, affecting one in four people, or 17 million residents. ...

Turning around urban decline

We've all seen the photos of Detroit when it was at its lowest point after the 2008 recession: street after street of vacant lots and abandoned homes—a city in visible decline. It might have been the poster child for urban ...

Coral reef 'oases' offer glimmer of hope

The identification of small 'oases' in the world's oceans, where corals appear to be thriving, could offer vital insights in the race to save one of the world's most threatened ecosystems.

Checking China's pollution by satellite

Air pollution has smothered China's cities in recent decades. In response, the Chinese government has implemented measures to clean up its skies. But are those policies effective? Now an innovative study co-authored by an ...

Unconfirmed near-Earth objects
Research team uncovers lost images from the 19th century
Detecting metabolites at close range
The pho­to­elec­tric ef­fect in stereo
CryoEM study captures opioid signaling in the act
Printing microelectrode array sensors on gummi candy
How do horses read human emotional cues?
Water can be very dead, electrically speaking
HESS J1943+213 is an extreme blazar, study finds

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