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Global Warming Not Primary Cause Of Svalbard-Area Methane Release
2014-01-03 07:47:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Natural processes, not global warming, are primarily to blame for the dissolution of the fragile, ice-like solid fuel substances known as methane hydrates, according to new research published online Thursday in the journal Science. Methane hydrates, which are composed of water and methane, are only stable in high pressure and low temperature conditions, the study authors explained. In some areas, such as in the North Atlantic off...

Hitchhiking species invading arctic
2013-11-04 13:17:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has calculated the risk of bringing in a new species to Arctic waters for the first time. According to the new survey, up to one-third of the 155 ships that entered the ports of Svalbard, Norway in 2011 came from a place that will one day have an environmental match with Svalbard. The researchers say this scenario will increase the risk that harmful species brought to foreign waters could establish...

Extreme Weather Events May Synchronize Entire Communities Of Species
2013-01-18 04:26:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have known that climate change affects the population dynamics of single species, such as reindeer or caribou, but the effects of such climate change at the community level have been much harder to document and quantify. A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has found that extreme climate events cause a synchronized population fluctuation among all vertebrate species in a relatively...

Melt Water On The Red Planet Could Support Life
2012-11-16 16:47:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Though Mars is 140 million miles away, it shares some similarities with Earth. Some of its landforms, for existence, closely resemble regions found here on Earth. It is by researching these similar landforms and landscapes that researchers are able to gather some assumptions about how these martian landscapes were formed. If the two areas look the same, perhaps they were created in the same way as well. Dr. Andreas...