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Extreme Weather Slows Down
2013 Breaks Record For Least Extreme Weather In US History: Dire Predictions Evaporate With Few Tornadoes And Hurricanes
Dec 28, 2013 18:06 PM E
Extreme weather events including tornadoes, hurricanes, and high heat declined in 2013 compared to years past, according to a new study that comes amid continuing scientific reports of the increasing impacts of climate change.
Climate Change Deniers Obstruct Environmental Action
Climate Change Denial Groups Get Nearly $1 Billion A Year With Untraceable 'Dark Money' Used to Distort Public View Of Global Warming
Dec 25, 2013 15:23 PM E
Climate change deniers funded largely by untraceable money have deliberately obstructed legislative action and confused public understanding of the urgent environmental issues of global warming, according to a new study that analyzed financial resources of 91 climate change counter-movement organziations in the U.S.
Chelyabinsk
Top 10 Science Stories Of 2013: From Drone Delivery To Exploding Meteors
Dec 24, 2013 12:00 PM E
The International Science Times has gotten together and created the top 10 science stories of 2013, a snapshot of the current state of research, health, and design.
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These Three Coping Mechanisms Help Plants Deal With Cold Weather
Dec 22, 2013 13:13 PM E
Three particular coping mechanisms help plants deal with cold weather, according to a study on over 32,000 species of flowering plants.
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Newly Discovered Water Reservoir In Greenland Ice Sheet Could Affect How We Predict Rising Sea Levels
Dec 22, 2013 13:10 PM E
A 27,000-square-mile aquifer within the Greenland Ice Sheet could affect the way that scientists calculate the rate of sea level rise, as the ice sheet melts.
Cow Farm
Want To Stop Global Warming? Stop Eating Meat: Reducing Methane-Producing 'Ruminant' Population Will Abate Climate Change
Dec 20, 2013 10:05 AM E
While CO2 emissions are damaging to climate, they are also just a part of the problem; in reality, a more serious cause of climate change are the methane-emitting ruminant animals we raise for food.
Dolphins
Gulf Oil Spill Had Serious Effect On Dolphins, Causing Deadly Lung Disease
Dec 19, 2013 20:26 PM E
Dolphins off the coast of Louisiana have been diagnosed with rare lung diseases that government scientists say is directly caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Drought in Texas
Fracking Not Responsible For Water Shortages In Texas; In Fact, Natural Gas SAVES Water, Study Claims
Dec 19, 2013 18:28 PM E
According to a new study of Texas power usage, huge amounts of water could be saved if we changed from thermal to natural gas for electricity generation — even with including significant amount of water used in the hydraulic fracturing process (AKA "fracking") needed to generate natural gas.
Antarctica
China's Science Spending Spree; First The Moon, Now Research Bases In Antarctica
Dec 19, 2013 18:01 PM E
China has just landed a moon rover, they're planning to send a submarine to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, and now state media announced that China is expanding operations in Antarctica.
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The Alien-Like Plant Life Of The Socotra Archipelago Is Insane And Beautiful [PHOTOS]
Dec 19, 2013 15:30 PM E
Socotra may be the most alien-like place on earth. The Yemeni archipelago contains unique plant life, one third of which isn't found anywhere else on earth. Socotra is among the most isolated non-volcanic landforms on our planet.
Reddit
Reddit Bans Climate Change Deniers On Its Science Forum, Saying Articles Not Peer Reviewed
Dec 18, 2013 21:27 PM E
Reddit, the king of online forums, is no longer allowing commenters to post links to blogs and other non-peer-reviewed content that denies the existence of man-made climate change.
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Diamonds In Antarctica: Researchers Discover Kimberlite Deposits, Which May Contain Precious Stones
Dec 17, 2013 17:57 PM E
Researchers have found kimberlite in Antarctica, a rare rock that may contain diamonds. Greg Yaxley of the Australian National University in Canberra, who led the research on the kimberlite, said that it would be "very surprising" if the kimberlite didn't contain diamonds. While mining in Antarctica is illegal due to a 1991 protocol ...
North Pole Drifting Due Climate Change
True North? Poles Become A Moving Target As They Shift From Climate Change
Dec 15, 2013 20:18 PM E
The North Pole is shifting due to melting glaciers and ice sheets — a result of climate change. The finding suggests that scientists might be able to track global warming by monitoring the position of the poles.
Pollution Eating Bicycle
Super Green Commuting: Air Purifying Bike Will Filter Pollution, Release Clean Oxygen For Rider
Dec 15, 2013 10:40 AM E
A company has designed a bicycle that contains an air filter in the handlebars, meant to cut back on fumes inhaled by the rider. In one more effort to slow the impending impacts of climate change, the Air-Purifier Bike sends out oxygen through a photosynthesis-like system powered by a lithium battery.
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