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Blame for extinction spreads to methane gas

Published on July 28, 2011 by in Causes, Science

What wiped out half the marine life on Earth two hundred million years ago? Conventional wisdom says it was major volcanic activity, but maybe not,   New research just published in the journal Science says a more likely cause was the release of a huge amount of methane into the atmosphere from the sea floor.  The

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Wildfires in the American West

Forest fires in the American West this year have broken records for numbers and extent.  Many factors have contributed, from past forest and fire management practices, to widespread drought, high temperatures, and, possibly, a changing climate. GR The huge wildfire in Arizona burned more than 300,000 acres.  It may be a sign of things to

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Chilean officials declare ‘catastrophe’ after heavy snow

If the recent heat in the United States has got you wondering if it’s warm everywhere across the globe, remember that it’s now winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  In South America, Chilean officials declared a ‘catastrophe’ last week after heavy snow fell in parts of the nation. DB

 
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Record highs broken in slew of cities

Most locations across the central and eastern United States have experienced a significant heat wave over the past several ways.  Temperature records have been broken in many cities and the heat has been responsible for several deaths.  While the heat has cooled down from the warmth of this past weekend, forecasts show that it may

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Forests absorb much more greenhouse gas than previously known

Published on July 26, 2011 by in Causes, Science

Earth’s forests play a dominant role in absorbing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, soaking up about 8.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year, a new study led by the US Forest Service shows. GR

 
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