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July 21, 2014

Examining the causes of a devastating debris flow

Storm-triggered landslides cause loss of life, property damage, and landscape alterations. For instance, the remnants of Hurricane Camille in 1969 caused 109 deaths in central Virginia, after 600 mm of rain fell in mountainous terrain in 6 hours. More recently, on 8 August 2010, a rainstorm-induced landslide devastated the Chinese county of Zhouqu, causing more than 1000 deaths. A new modeling study by Ren examines the multiple factors, both natural and human caused, that came together to produce this event.

July 21, 2014

Replacing Coal and Oil with Natural Gas Will Not Help Fight Global Warming

Both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating.

July 21, 2014

Researchers Simplify Process to Purify Water Using Seed Extracts

Researchers have streamlined and simplified a process that uses extracts from seeds of Moringa oleifa trees to purify water, reducing levels of harmful bacteria by 90% to 99%. The hardy trees that are drought resistant are cultivated widely throughout many countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

June 02, 2014

New Arctic Permafrost Will Disappear Within 70 Years, Study Shows

Research in Geophysical Research Letters explores permafrost growth at Twelvemile Lake in north central Alaska.

May 22, 2014

Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s John Orcutt Named Editor of New Open Access Journal

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) today announced that John Orcutt, a distinguished professor of Geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and former president of AGU, will serve as the inaugural editor of its newest open access, peer-reviewed journal, Earth and Space Science. The journal will begin accepting papers in late summer 2014, and the first articles will be available in late fall 2014.

May 19, 2014

Different Types of El Niño Have Different Effects on Global Temperature

Geophysical Research Letters reports that some types of El Niño could explain recent decade-scale slowdowns in global warming.

May 13, 2014

New Study Indicates Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers Appears Unstoppable

Geophysical Research Letters finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

 

May 06, 2014

Crustal Deformation Used to Estimate Earthquake Recurrence in the Apennine Mountains

New research from Geophysical Research Letters

May 06, 2014

How Have Changing Sea-Levels Influenced Evolution on the Galapagos Islands?

new research shows that the islands’ own geological past may have influenced the evolution of the Galapagos Islands' native species.

May 06, 2014

Scientists Challenge FIFA in Advance of the 2014 World Cup: Save the Three-Banded Armadillo

New research in Biotropica asks FIFA to follow through with its environmental claims. The 2014 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup will be played in Brazil. Its “Football for the Planet” program aims to monitor greenhouse gasses, provide environmentally friendly stadiums, and better waste management. However, FIFA has not maximized this opportunity. 

May 06, 2014

Yellowstone Geyser Eruptions Influenced More by Internal Processes, Than by External Forcing

New research from Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth

12:00 AM EDT April 10, 2014

Iceberg Risk Greater Today Than the Titanic Year of 1912, Study Claims

Scientists are challenging the theory that icebergs made 1912, the year RMS Titanic was lost to the North Atlantic, an exceptionally hazardous year for shipping.

April 07, 2014

Arctic Warming Faster Than Any Place on Earth, Space Imagery Shows

The Arctic is a region in the midst of a historical transformation and satellite imagery is allowing scientists to observe these changes unfolding, explains WIREs Climate Change

April 07, 2014

Weak Plate Structure Explains Power of South American Earthquakes

New research in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, has found that fractured rocks may explain why the Nazca and South American tectonic plates have been the centre of a series of powerful earthquakes throughout the last century.

March 17, 2014

Earthquakes Caused by Clogged Magma a Warning Sign of Eruption, Study Shows

New research in Geophysical Research Letters analyses earthquake swarms caused by mounting volcanic pressure which may signal an eminent eruption.

March 03, 2014

Damage of Diesel Fuel From Antarctic Vessels, Revealed in new Study

New research in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry reveals the fatal impact of diesel fuel on plankton, a crucial food source which underpins the polar ecosystem.

March 03, 2014

Warming Seas Cause Stronger Tropical Cyclones, Models Show

Tropical cyclones could be made stronger as global warming results in rising sea temperatures, reveals new research in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

February 18, 2014

Optimal Design of Experiments

The authors Peter Goos and Bradley Jones talk about their book

February 18, 2014

Beyond Wellie Boots and Photo Ops: Exploring the Politics of Climate Change in the U.K.

WIREs Climate Change explores how the politics of climate change has shifted from one of consensus, to overt tribalism, and asks how this may be changed by the rise of hitherto fringe political parties.

February 18, 2014

Increase in Arctic Cyclones is Linked to Climate Change, New Study Shows

Geophysical Research Lettersexplores link between climate change and Arctic cyclones

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