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New Study Shows Promise of Forecasting Meteotsunamis

On the afternoon of April 13, 2018, a large wave of water surged across Lake Michigan and flooded the shores of the picturesque beach town of Ludington, Michigan, damaging homes and boat docks, and flooding intake pipes.

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UMD Collaborates to Quantify How Climate Change Has Slowed Agricultural Productivity Growth Worldwide

The University of Maryland (UMD) collaborated with Cornell University and Stanford University to quantify the man-made effects of climate change on global agricultural productivity growth for the first time. 

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Landslides: New Early Warning Systems Reduce False Alarms

The study of the Campania region in southern Italy: an area that is vulnerable to landslides. 

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Ancient Atmospheric Oxygen Sleuthing with Ocean Chromium

Found in jewelry, car parts, pigments, and industrial chemical reactions, the metal chromium and its compounds are often employed for their color, finish, and anti-corrosive and catalytic properties.

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New Study Ties Solar Variability to the Onset of Decadal La Nina Events

A new study shows a correlation between the end of solar cycles and a switch from El Nino to La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean, suggesting that solar variability can drive seasonal weather variability on Earth.

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Study Reveals Uncertainty in How Much Carbon the Ocean Absorbs Over Time

The ocean’s “biological pump” describes the many marine processes that work to take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transport it deep into the ocean, where it can remain sequestered for centuries.

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Increased Winter Snowmelt Threatens Western Water Resources

More snow is melting during winter across the West, a concerning trend that could impact everything from ski conditions to fire danger and agriculture, according to a new CU Boulder analysis of 40 years of data.

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Washington’s Famed Tidal Basin and Cherry Trees Face Rising Waters

Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin, flanked by rows of the city’s celebrated cherry trees, is facing a growing threat from rising seas and land subsidence.

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Pollen Season in Switzerland Earlier and More Intense Due to Climate Change

Bad news for allergy sufferers: The rising temperatures over the past three decades have impacted the onset, duration and intensity of the pollen season in Switzerland.

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Thicker-Leaved Tropical Plants May Flourish Under Climate Change, Which Could be Good News for Climate

How plants will fare as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise is a tricky problem and, researchers say, especially vexing in the tropics. Some aspects of plants’ survival may get easier, some parts will get harder, and there will be species winners and losers.

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