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Energy Unleashed by Submarine Volcanoes Could Power a Continent

Volcanic eruptions deep in our oceans are capable of extremely powerful releases of energy, at a rate high enough to power the whole of the United States, according to research published today.

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Microplastics Affect Global Nutrient Cycle and Oxygen Levels in the Ocean

The effects of the steadily increasing amount of plastic in the ocean are complex and not yet fully understood.

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Solar Panels Are Contagious - but in a Good Way: Study

The number of solar panels within shortest distance from a house is the most important factor in determining the likelihood of that house having a solar panel, when compared with a host of socio-economic and demographic variables. 

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In Calculating the Social Cost of Methane, Equity Matters

What is the cost of 1 ton of a greenhouse gas? When a climate-warming gas such as carbon dioxide or methane is emitted into the atmosphere, its impacts may be felt years and even decades into the future – in the form of rising sea levels, changes in agricultural productivity, or more extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, and heat waves.

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New Process Breaks Down Biodegradable Plastics Faster

With Army funding, scientists invented a way to make compostable plastics break down within a few weeks with just heat and water. 

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Satellites Highlight a 30-Year Rise in Ocean Acidification

Oceans play a vital role in taking the heat out of climate change, but at a cost.

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Fine-Tuning Irrigation in Asia

Scientists harness satellite data to help farmers use less water in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

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Earth’s Cryosphere Is Vital for Everyone. Here’s How NASA Keeps Track of Its Changes.

Everything on our planet is connected by the various chemical, physical and biological processes that make up what we call the Earth system.

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Drones May be the Answer to Less-Invasive Ecological Monitoring

Scientists study how Antarctic seals and penguins react to drones versus ground surveys.

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Commerce Building Now Part of NOAA, NIST Weather and Greenhouse Gas Tracking Network

The Doppler lidar will provide a highly localized ability to track the dispersion of pollutants or hazardous substances in the urban landscape.

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