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When Will Antarctica’s Ice Cliffs Come Crashing Down?

As increased warming in Antarctica causes glaciers to retreat and shed their increasingly-unstable shelves, towering walls of ice are left looming high above the sea.

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Strongest Arctic Cyclone on Record Led to Surprising Loss of Sea Ice

A warming climate is causing a decline in sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, where loss of sea ice has important ecological, economic and climate impacts.

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To Battle Climate Change, Scientists Tap Into Carbon-Hungry Microorganisms for Clues

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated a new technique, modeled after a metabolic process found in some bacteria, for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into liquid acetate, a key ingredient in “liquid sunlight” or solar fuels produced through artificial photosynthesis.

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Chesapeake Bay Sees Smaller-Than-Average ‘Dead Zone’ in 2022

This year’s Chesapeake Bay “dead zone” was the 10th-smallest observed since 1985, according to findings released today by the Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners, including the University of Michigan.

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Phytoplankton May Be Abundant Under Antarctic Sea Ice, Study Suggests

A decade ago, scientists on a NASA-sponsored ocean expedition found massive populations of phytoplankton blooming beneath sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.

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Covid Lockdowns Helped Fuel a Methane Surge, Study Finds

When pandemic-related lockdowns grounded planes and brought car traffic to a near standstill in early 2020, transport emissions plummeted, leading to a drop in levels of a short-lived gas that scrubs methane from the atmosphere.

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Earth’s Many New Lakes

The number of lakes on our planet has increased substantially in recent decades, according to a unique global survey of 3.4 million lakes that the University of Copenhagen has taken part in.

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When Cyclones and Fires Collide

As strong winds and torrential rains inundate Australia’s south-eastern coast, new research suggests that high intensity bushfires might not be too far behind, with their dual effects extending damage zones and encroaching on previously low-risk residential areas.

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Seagrass Crucial to Stemming the Tide of Coastal Erosion

Coastal erosion is a global problem that is often combated by replenishing the coast and beaches with new sand in locations where storms wreak the greatest havoc.

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Research in Brief: Have Humans Wreaked Too Much Havoc on Marine Life to Halt Damage?

What a tangled web we weave. Well, when it comes to the climate crisis' impact on marine food webs, we apparently didn't know the half of it.

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