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Rising sea levels: Is global warming making the US East Coast a ‘hot spot?’

Published on July 27, 2012 by in Impacts, Science

A recent study released by the USGS finds that much of the east coast of the US between Boston, MA and Cape Hatteras, NC is experiencing sea-level rise three to four times faster than the global average. The models show that warmer water in the North Atlantic and increasing freshwater input from melting ice in

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Arctic melt releasing ancient methane

Scientists have found thousands of sites in the Arctic where stored methane is escaping into the atmosphere. The methane, some of which had been trapped in ice for thousands of years, is able to escape as the ice melts due to warming temperatures. Scientists are now worried that this methane gas, which is the second-most

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Millenium Development Goal met: 2 billion access water

Published on July 6, 2012 by in Policy, Science

Over 2 billion people have gained access to cleaner water resources since 1990. 89% of the global population now has access to “improved” sources of water, which many consider to be a major stride given the booming populations in many developing nations. A report from the United Nations and World Health Organization found that the

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Extreme Weather Preparedness

Published on July 6, 2012 by in Impacts, Science

As we move from severe weather season into hurricane season, here are two helpful guides for being prepared. DB Could you survive an extreme weather disaster? FEMA: Have a plan for hurricane season. 

 
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At Rio+20 environmental summit, is ‘catastrophe’ inevitable?

Published on July 5, 2012 by in Policy, Science

The UN Rio+20 Conference was held two weeks ago to commemorate the first Rio summit which took place 20 years ago. During the original summit, held in 1992, all of the world’s nations promised to address major environmental problems and continue to hold more summits. However, according to the article, very little real progress has

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