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Scientists say warming seas could kill off coral reefs in Pacific, Atlantic oceans

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian

Coral reefs are essential to ocean health, but dangerous coral bleaching is occurring more often and more widely due to warmer water, scientists report

Energiewende in the Alps: Switzerland’s transition away from nuclear

Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science

Although its energy supply system has served it well in the past, Switzerland is now looking to turn away from its reliance on nuclear power and seeks to compensate for the energy lost from hydropower as a result of climate change.

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii after longest non-stop solo flight in history

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian

Veteran pilot tested to the limit of endurance on record-breaking solar-powered flight across the Pacific, on the seventh leg of round-the-world journey

Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence

Originally Published by NYT > Environment

Some fear development and tourism would result in the destroyed forests, polluted rivers and damaged coral reefs faced by some of Cuba’s neighbors.

In the Journals: Forecasting

 National Park Service/Erin Whittaker

A snowman at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

OCEANS ’15 to Focus on Changing Oceans and Emerging Opportunities

The banner for this year's MTS/IEEE OCEANS '15 conference. Image Credit: Marine Technology Society

The banner for this year’s MTS/IEEE OCEANS ’15 conference. Image Credit: Marine Technology Society

Weather, Risk, and Searching for Normal in a Rapidly Changing World

 Theresa Bauman for Universities Space Research Association

A storm brews over the Great Plains. Image Credit: Theresa Bauman for Universities Space Research Association

Recent mercury pollution on the rise, but quick to change, study shows

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

A study using a 600-year-old ice core shows that global mercury pollution increased dramatically during the 20th century, but that mercury concentrations in the atmosphere decreased faster than previously thought beginning in the late 1970s when emissions started to decline.

Famous baby giant armadillo found dead

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian

After two years of recording the surprising relationship between a baby giant armadillo and its mother, scientists have found the juvenile dead in the Brazilian Pantanal.

Natural wilderness areas need buffer zones to protect from human development

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Despite heavy development, the United States still has millions of acres of pristine wild lands. Coveted for their beauty, these wilderness areas draw innumerable outdoor enthusiasts eager for a taste of primitive nature. But researchers say these federally protected nature areas have a problem: Their boundaries have become prime real estate.
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