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Volcanic Super Eruptions Are Millions of Years in the Making – Followed by Swift Surge

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre have discovered that super-eruptions occur when huge accumulations of magma deep in the Earth’s crust, formed over millions of years, move rapidly to the surface disrupting pre-existing rock.

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NCAR Study Identifies Where Coral Reefs May Be Buffered Against Warming Oceans

As warming ocean temperatures threaten the existence of coral reefs, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have successfully used an extremely high-resolution computer simulation of ocean circulation to identify possible “thermal refugia” where these biodiverse ecosystems are more likely to survive.

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Solar-Powered System Offers a Route to Inexpensive Desalination

An estimated two-thirds of humanity is affected by shortages of water, and many such areas in the developing world also face a lack of dependable electricity. 

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Data From Elephant Seals Reveal New Features of Marine Heatwave ‘The Blob’

The North Pacific Blob, a marine heatwave that began in late 2013 and continued through 2015, was the largest and longest-lasting marine heatwave on record.

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Pathogens Able to Travel on Floating Plastic Waste, Study Finds

The plastics had only been submerged in the ocean off Falmouth, England for a week, but in that time a thin layer of biofilm, a slimy mix of mucus and microbes, had already developed on their surfaces. 

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Reduction of Methane Emissions From Lakes Possible With New Approach

Lakes and other freshwater systems emit large quantities of methane, which is the second most important greenhouse gas worldwide after CO2. 

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We Need to Change How We Think About Soil, Says New Research

With the UK reaching record temperatures this summer along with the driest conditions since 1976, ongoing concerns about food security, wildlife habitats and biodiversity, having a healthy soil system is more vital and challenging than ever before. 

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Computer Modelling Aims to Inform Restoration, Conservation of Coral Reefs

A UBC Okanagan research team has created a computer modelling program to help scientists predict the effect of climate damage and eventual restoration plans on coral reefs around the globe.

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Tonga Eruption Blasted Unprecedented Amount of Water Into Stratosphere

The huge amount of water vapor hurled into the atmosphere, as detected by NASA’s Microwave Limb Sounder, could end up temporarily warming Earth’s surface.

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New Field Project Assessing the Evolution of Atmospheric Pollution in the New York City Area

Study will gather data on real-world vehicular and non-vehicular VOC emissions and the products of their chemical reactions in the atmosphere.

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