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The huge tsunami triggered by the 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake destroyed coastal towns, washing such things as houses and cars into the ocean. Projections of where this debris might head have been made.

The mass of debris stretches for miles off the Honshu Coast

With birds chirping and temperatures warming , spring is finally in the air. But for University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) environmental chemist Torsten Meyer, springtime has a dark side.

Tulip in spring snow

A hurricane-like superstorm expected to hit California once every 200 years would cause devastation to the state’s businesses unheard of even in the Great Recession, a USC economist warns.

A flood map of the greater Los Angeles area provided by the U.S. Geological Surv

UC Davis experiment with ants, lizards and seaweed on a dozen Caribbean islands shows that predicting the effects of environmental change on complex natural ecosystems requires a large laboratory.

UC Davis researcher Jonah Piovia-Scott conducts a lizard census on Island 214

Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change.

Satellite Instrument

If humans don’t moderate their use of fossil fuels, there is a real possibility that we will face the environmental, societal and economic consequences of climate change faster than we can adapt to them.

Lonnie Thompson

A climate and weather monitoring system developed at Oregon State University will be used to help underwrite and verify claims of crop losses to improve services to farmers and prevent abuse in crop insurance program.

Wheat fields

Scientists demonstrate that atmospheric aerosols above the Amazon rainforest are mainly produced by biological sources and are able to draw conclusions about the mechanisms of this ecosystem.

Formation of clouds and precipitation. Image: MPI for Chemistry

A UA-led team of geologists reports that glaciers can help actively growing mountains become taller – contrary to the conventional view that the only role for glaciers in mountain formation is shrinking them through erosion.

This is the south flank of glaciated Cordillera Darwin

Scientists from OSU and China have identified a series of potentially harmful compounds in the smoke emitted from a "roasting" process used to recycle electronic waste.

electronic waste

While Arctic sea ice has been diminishing in recent decades, the Antarctic sea ice extent has been increasing slightly.

sea ice

An international science team involving the University of Colorado at Boulder hit bedrock, drilling down more than 1.5 miles in an effort to help assess the risks of abrupt future climate change on Earth.

Deep ice cores from the last interglacial period

Preliminary research found that framing climate change as a public health problem seems to make the issue more relevant, significant and understandable to members of the public.

Eating apple - Photo by Gary Scott

A new Florida State University study is investigating how quickly the Deepwater Horizon oil carried into Gulf of Mexico beach sands is being degraded by the sands’ natural microbial communities.

Carbon dioxide is the missing ingredient in explaining the advent of Ice Ages in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sedimentary cores taken from the ocean floor.

Large numbers of dust and pollen particles in the atmosphere may make your nose twitch, but when lifted to the heights where clouds form they can lead directly to greater precipitation in some clouds.

Wave Cloud

Scientists at the University of Miami say Greenland’s ice is melting so quickly that the land underneath is rising at an accelerated pace.

Shiny ice lead in Arctic ocean

Every day since Jan. 1, 1896, an observer has hiked up a to a spot at The Mohonk Preserve, to record daily temperature and other conditions there.

Paul Huth checks the Mohonk Preserve’s temperature station, unmoved since the 18

Researchers found that as global temperatures increase, microbes in soil become less efficient over time at converting carbon in soil into carbon dioxide, a key contributor to climate warming.

Laccaria Fungi

When Conservation International began working with one of Indonesia's largest energy companies on an environmentally conscious development plan two years ago, the groups looked to a philosopher for guidance.

Rain forest


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