Earth

  1. Typhoon Kammuri
    Earth

    Improved three-week weather forecasts could save lives from disaster

    Meteorologists are pushing to make forecasts good enough to fill the gap between short-term and seasonal.

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  2. earthquake damage in L’Aquila, Italy
    Earth

    Carbon dioxide from Earth’s mantle may trigger some Italian earthquakes

    In the central Apennines of Italy, spikes in natural carbon dioxide emissions line up with the biggest earthquakes.

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  3. antarctic ice
    Earth

    50 years ago, scientists clocked the speed of Antarctic ice

    Today’s instruments offer a more precise view, and reveal the effects of climate change.

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  4. Furnace Creek
    Earth

    Death Valley hits 130° F, the hottest recorded temperature on Earth since 1931

    Amid a heat wave in the western United States, California’s Death Valley is back in the record books with the third hottest temperature ever recorded.

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  5. people staying cool during heat wave
    Climate

    Hurricanes have names. Some climate experts say heat waves should, too

    A newly formed international alliance aims to raise awareness about extreme temperatures and protect vulnerable populations.

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  6. a hammerhead shark swimming
    Oceans

    Species may swim thousands of kilometers to escape ocean heat waves

    A new analysis of ocean heat waves shows latitude matters when it comes to how far fish and other sea species must go to find cooler waters.

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  7. Hurricane Isaias
    Earth

    Predictions for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season just got worse

    Wind patterns and abnormally warm seawater are conspiring to create especially hurricane-friendly conditions in the Atlantic.

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  8. Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
    Climate

    Emissions dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic. The climate impact won’t last

    New estimates suggest coronavirus shutdowns cut global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels by nearly 30 percent, on average.

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  9. emperor penguins
    Animals

    Penguin poop spotted from space ups the tally of emperor penguin colonies

    High-res satellite images reveal eight new breeding sites for the world’s largest penguins on Antarctica, including the first reported ones offshore.

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  10. Mussels in a yellow bag
    Ecosystems

    To save Appalachia’s endangered mussels, scientists hatched a bold plan

    Biologists have just begun to learn whether their bold plan worked to save the golden riffleshell, a freshwater mussel teetering on the brink of extinction.

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  11. Detroit residents protesting air pollution
    Health & Medicine

    Many U.S. neighborhoods with the worst air 40 years ago remain the most polluted

    Air pollution has declined in the United States, but marginalized communities are still disproportionately affected despite the improvement.

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  12. microscope image of ancient microbes
    Oceans

    These ancient seafloor microbes woke up after over 100 million years

    Scientists discover that microbes that had lain dormant in the seafloor for millions of years can revive and multiply.

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