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2011-05-17 11:45:00

A senior official at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Tuesday that solar storms pose a growing threat to critical infrastructures, reports the Associated Press. NOAA Assistant Secretary Kathryn Sullivan said the intensity of solar storms is expected to peak in 2013 and countries should prepare for "potentially deviating effects." These storms' particles can disable or even destroy fragile computer circuits.  Infrastructures like satellite systems,...

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2010-11-16 12:20:00

U.S. and British meteorologists said on Monday that not only is Earth's surface warming, but the troposphere is heating up also. The scientists found that warming in this key atmospheric layer was occurring, just as many researchers expected as more greenhouse gases build up and trap heat close to the Earth. This study put to rest a controversy that began 20 years ago when a 1990 scientific report raised questions about whether the troposphere was warming, even as Earth's surface...

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2010-10-12 23:31:21

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Bocas del Toro Research Station and Galeta Point Marine Laboratory are reporting an anomalous sea temperature rise and a major coral bleaching event in the western Caribbean. Although the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, issued an advisory in July announcing above-average sea surface temperatures in the wider Caribbean region, there had been no clear indication of increased sea temperatures in Panama and the western...

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2010-07-16 11:20:00

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday that last month was the hottest June ever recorded on Earth. According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature data also showed that the January-June and April-June periods were the warmest on record, which go back as far as 1880. The combined average for global land and ocean temperatures in June was 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which are 1.22 degrees...

2010-06-28 11:11:16

University of Michigan aquatic ecologist Donald Scavia and his colleagues say this year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is expected to be larger than average, continuing a decades-long trend that threatens the health of a $659 million fishery. The 2010 forecast, released today by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), calls for a Gulf dead zone of between 6,500 and 7,800 square miles, an area roughly the size of Lake Ontario. The most likely scenario, according to...

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2008-11-26 08:26:39

The remains of a wrecked slave ship, off the Turks and Caicos Islands, were uncovered by marine archaeologists who say the accident in 1841 set free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands. Historians believe 192 Africans survived the sinking of the Spanish ship Trouvadore off the British-ruled islands, where the slave trade was banned at that time. The ship had been forgotten through the years, said researcher Don Keith, so when the discovery connected the ship to current...

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2008-09-05 09:10:00

A new federal science report noted heavy smog hanging over Beijing could heat up the weather in the American Midwest by three degrees over the next 50 years. The report said unlike the long-lived greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, the particle and gas pollution only stays in the air for a few days or weeks but its warming effect on the climate half a world away could last for decades. "We found that these short-lived pollutants have a greater influence on the Earth's climate throughout the 21st...

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2008-07-16 13:10:00

Scientists expect the Gulf of Mexico's so-called dead zone to increase to record levels this year due to ethanol use and massive Midwest flooding this season. The strip, which is located off the Texas and Louisiana coasts, could stretch to an unprecedented 8,800 square miles this year, according to scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and Louisiana State University. That expectation would put the dead zone at almost...

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2008-05-26 16:10:00

In an effort to learn more about giant storms, U.S. researchers are using unmanned, remote-controlled airplanes this year to penetrate the heart of Atlantic hurricanes.However, for fear of endangering other planes, American aviation authorities have forced the rugged drones to be flown from the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados.The drones look just like hobbyists' model airplanes but can be controlled by satellites. Storm researchers are confident the drones will give them a more complete...

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2008-05-23 13:35:00

Emissions from wetlands around the Arctic may be responsible for higher atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas methane that were noted last year.Extra amounts of the gas in the Arctic region are of biological origin, according to scientists. For nearly a decade global levels of methane had remained mostly stable.Rising levels in the arctic indicate that some of the methane stored away in permafrost is being released, which would result in major climatic implications.Methane is about 25...


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