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Measuring the Risks of Extreme Temperatures on Public Health

Heat and cold waves affect people with certain health conditions differently, highlighting the need for tailored public service risk communication.

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Large Wildfires Bring Increases in Annual River Flow

Large wildfires cause increases in stream flow that can last for years or even decades, according to a new analysis of 30 years of data from across the continental United States.

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Brief Exposure to Tiny Air Pollution Particles Triggers Childhood Lung Infections, Largest Study of Its Kind Finds

Even the briefest increase in airborne fine particulate matter PM2.5, pollution-causing particles that are about 3% of the diameter of human hair, is associated with the development of acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) in young children, according to newly published research.

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Crowded Urban Areas Have Fewer Songbirds Per Person

People in crowded urban areas – especially poor areas – see fewer songbirds such as tits and finches, and more potential “nuisance” birds, such as pigeons, magpies and gulls, new research shows.

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The fishy problem of underwater noise pollution

We now know that the underwater world is anything but silent. In fact, today’s researchers are concerned that underwater noise produced by humans is distracting, confusing — and even killing — aquatic animals.

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Small Mussels with Big Effects: Invasive Quagga Mussels Eat Away at Great Lakes Food Web

Since hitching unsolicited rides in boat ballast water in the late 1980s, invasive quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis), which are native to Ukraine, have caused massive changes to the ecology of the Great Lakes.  These invasive mussels have also taken a toll on the Great Lakes recreational and commercial fisheries, which are valued at $4-7 billion annually according to Michigan Sea Grant.

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To Impress Females, Costa’s Hummingbirds “Sing” With Their Tail Feathers

In the world of Costa’s hummingbirds, it’s not size that matters—it’s sound. During breeding season, male Costa’s perform a high-speed dive during which they “sing” to potential mates using their tail feathers.

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NASA Finds Tropical Cyclone Keni Dropped Heavy Rain on Fiji, Direct Hit to Kadavu

As expected, Tropical Cyclone Keni followed a track similar to Tropical Cyclone Josie and passed to the southwest of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu on April 10, 2018 (UTC).

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Recycling Experts Hit Milestone in Quest for Zero-Waste Phone

UBC researchers have perfected a process to efficiently separate fibreglass and resin – two of the most commonly discarded parts of a cellphone – bringing them closer to their goal of a zero-waste cellphone.

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Tsunamis Could Cause Beach Tourism to Lose Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Every Year

European tourists are more frequently going to places all over the world with significant tsunami risk, researchers have found. A global tourism destination risk index for tsunamis was released today at the 2018 Annual Conference of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna, based on a study led by Andreas Schaefer of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).  This study examined all prominent tourism destinations globally with regard to the potential tourism loss impact for businesses given the loss of beaches post-tsunami. 

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