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

How will we adapt to climate change and increasingly severe storms if humans aren’t very good at interpreting risk?

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.

Greenhouse gas blamed for ‘climate expulsion’ driving temperature rises across Pacific nations

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian

Australian Bureau of Meteorology study finds temperatures across 13 Pacific nations will keep climbing, even with radical cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.


In California, Water Restrictions Above Ground and Leaks Below

Originally Published by NYT > Environment

In the midst of a devastating drought, the state finds that no loss of water is trivial and goes about finding and fixing them.

‘Hoff crab’ gets formal scientific name

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment

A hairy Antarctic crab that was dubbed “The Hoff” when it was first found in Antarctic waters gets a formal scientific description and name.

Three Gorges Dam could be locking up carbon

Originally Published by environmentalresearchweb: all content

Dam walls may prevent carbon in river sediment from reaching ocean and returning to atmosphere, a new study shows.
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