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Arctic sea ice is packed with huge amounts of tiny plastic particles

The insidious spread of microplastics through our environment is something that we really don't know enough about. Tons and tons of plastic waste washes into the ocean every year, much ...

4 hours ago from Gizmag

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Many low-lying atoll islands could be uninhabitable by mid-21st century

Sea-level rise and wave-driven flooding will negatively impact freshwater resources on many low-lying atoll islands in such a way that many could be uninhabitable in just a few decades. According ...

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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Recent Russian Arctic glacier loss doubles from the previous 60 years

Geophysicists examining glacier changes in the Russian Arctic have found that the rate of ice mass loss has nearly doubled over the last decade when compared to records from the previous 60 ...

12 hours ago from Phys.org

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As tellurium demands rise, so do contamination concerns

As technology advances, demands for tellurium, a rare element, are on the rise. Some forms of tellurium are toxic, so as the element finds applications in solar panels, rubber production, electronics ...

20 hours ago from Phys.org

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Sunlight reduces effectiveness of dispersants used in oil spills

Two new studies have shown that sunlight transforms oil spills on the ocean surface more significantly and quickly than previously thought. The phenomenon considerably limits the effectiveness ...

21 hours ago from Phys.org

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Weather associated with sentiments expressed on social media

Sentiments expressed on Facebook and Twitter may be associated with certain weather patterns, according to a study published April 25, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Patrick Baylis ...

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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Will warm-water events in the Gulf of California reduce seabird populations?

Oceanic warm-water events in the Gulf of California have increased in frequency during the last three decades, passing from a historic mean of one or two warm anomalies per decade to five events ...

13 hours ago from Phys.org

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After a volcano erupts, bird colonies recover

Where do seabirds go when their nesting colony is buried by a volcano? In 2008, the eruption of the Kasatochi volcano in the Aleutian archipelago provided a rare opportunity to track how the ...

17 hours ago from Phys.org

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How do marine mammals avoid the bends? Study offers new hypothesis, highlights role that sonar plays in strandings

Deep-diving whales and other marine mammals can get the bends—the same painful and potentially life-threatening decompression sickness that strikes scuba divers who surface too quickly. A new ...

Wed 25 Apr 18 from Phys.org

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A switch in ocean circulation that helped end the Ice Age

Changes in the circulation of the North Pacific Ocean about 15,000 years ago released large amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere, helping warm the planet and end the last Ice Age, according to research ...

Tue 24 Apr 18 from Phys.org

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