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This UK-Built Satellite Is Going To Significantly Improve Weather Forecasts

This UK-Built Satellite Is Going To Significantly Improve Weather Forecasts In addition, its data will be used in air-quality models to improve forecasts of dust and other airborne particles that affect public health. The Aeolus satellite is now in low orbit and will have a life span of approximately three years. [Full Article...]

‘Survival Of The Laziest’ May Be Key To Evolution, Study Suggests

‘Survival Of The Laziest’ May Be Key To Evolution, Study Suggests The researchers also considered their findings as another potential predictor of extinction probability. "We find the broadly distributed species don't show the same relationship between extinction and metabolic rate as species with a narrow distribution", Strotz said. [Full Article...]

Ancient turtle had a frisbee-shaped body - but no shell

Ancient turtle had a frisbee-shaped body - but no shell Experts suggest that the detected species could inhabit shallow water and feeds not only on water but also on land. Together, the authors named the new species Eorhynchochelys Sinensis which means: "dawn beak turtle from China ". Turtles have changed little in the past 210 million years with a top shell, bottom shell, and a sharp beak with no teeth. Due to their complicated evolution, it's been... [Full Article...]

NASA Confirms Presence Of Frozen Water Deposits On Moon

NASA Confirms Presence Of Frozen Water Deposits On Moon Scientists have found the first glaciers on the surface of the moon. The new data adds the crucial detail that ice is present on the surface. This is the first case, when water is in frozen form were found on the surface of the moon. Since 2009 there has been speculation about whether or not the Moon contains reserves of water trapped beneath the surface, and while it would be possible to extract ... [Full Article...]

Scramble for food and water as Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii

Scramble for food and water as Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii Over the course of Thursday, "we are looking at measuring a lot of this rainfall actually in feet rather than inches", said Gavin Shigesato, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, on Thursday. But its wind bands and slow eight miles an hour movement will bring strong winds, high surf and sustained heavy rains up to 20 inches starting Thursday morning through Saturday ... [Full Article...]

Thickest Arctic ice breaks away in the sea north of Greenland

Thickest Arctic ice breaks away in the sea north of Greenland The Arctic's thickest sea ice is breaking up and starting to be pushed away from the Greenland shoreline. Thomas Lavergne, a scientist at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, described satellite pictures of blue water penetrating white ice as " scary ". [Full Article...]

Trump declares emergency as hurricane menaces Hawaii

Trump declares emergency as hurricane menaces Hawaii In a statement, the DFA said it is already monitoring the development of " Hurricane Lane ", a Category 4 storm packing sustained winds of between 74 to 100 miles per hour (mph). The president ordered federal assistance to aid the state and local response efforts to Hurricane Lane, which strengthened as it approached Hawaii. [Full Article...]

Scientists are obsessed with a purple ribbon in the sky named 'Steve'

Amateur photographers had clicked the contemporary circumstance called STEVE on films for years. Scientists from the US and Canada have found that a rare atmospheric phenomenon, known who discovered it by Amateur researchers "Steve", is not the Aurora, despite the similarities. [Full Article...]

States greet Trump's new coal rules with lawsuit threats

States greet Trump's new coal rules with lawsuit threats The EPA said it "empowers states, promotes energy independence, and facilitates economic growth and job creation". "I am thrilled the Trump administration kept its word to the American people by throwing out the so-called 'Clean Power Plan , '" she said. [Full Article...]

America’s Waterways Faced With Micro-Plastic Pollution Due To Discarded Contact Lenses

America’s Waterways Faced With Micro-Plastic Pollution Due To Discarded Contact Lenses The study estimated that about 45 million people wear contact lenses in the United States alone. "These are medical devices - you would not expect them to be super-biodegradable", the Director of the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University , Rolf Halden, told the Times. [Full Article...]

Permafrost thawing much faster under Interior Alaska lakes than first thought

According to the lead author of the study, Katey Walter Anthony, we won't have to wait for 200-300 years to get these large releases of permafrost carbon. This abrupt thawing of the permafrost beneath the lakes is especially unsafe because unlike shallow and gradual thawing of terrestrial permafrost, it is impossible to reverse it this century. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Lane: Holiday hotspot braced for LIFE THREATENING conditions

Hurricane Lane: Holiday hotspot braced for LIFE THREATENING conditions Lane has maximum winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and is about 450 miles (725 km) southeast of Hawaii's big island. But the hurricane centre said the storm will move very close to or over the islands between Thursday and Saturday. At the same time, another weather system coming in from the north will provide some longevity to the storms, as opposed to the spotty, isolated thunderstorms the region h... [Full Article...]

New Aurora Definitely Not an Aurora

New Aurora Definitely Not an Aurora Aurorae-those bright waves of color that light up high-latitude skies-have a lower-latitude cousin named Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement (STEVE). However, the new study carried out by the Universtiy of Calgary analyzed Steve using the All-Sky Imagers, the so-called Canadian sky cameras, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Polar-orbiting Environmental Satell... [Full Article...]

Hawaii residents brace for impact as Hurricane Lane grows to Category 5

Hawaii residents brace for impact as Hurricane Lane grows to Category 5 The storm is about 375 miles (605 km) south-southeast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii , with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour (260 km/h), the NHC said. The storm had been moving west, but it is expected to turn northwest towards the state on Wednesday. "As Hurricane Lane approaches the islands from the south, deep tropical moisture associated with Lane will spread across the island chain fr... [Full Article...]

Trump’s ex-campaign chief, Manafort, guilty of fraud

Trump’s ex-campaign chief, Manafort, guilty of fraud Ellis spoke directly to Manafort at podium to tell him he has been found guilty of several charges. The trial in federal court in Alexandria is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 15-month-old investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 USA election. [Full Article...]

Hurricane watch issued as Lane nears Hawaiian islands

Hurricane watch issued as Lane nears Hawaiian islands We take a look at the expected impacts from this storm, and why it's so rare, below. It has been moving west but is expected to turn northwest toward the state. The last hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii was Iniki in 1992, which struck Kaua'i. Though tropical systems pass around the island chain semi-regularly, a direct landfall is rare. [Full Article...]

EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule

EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule President Trump's plan broadly increases the leeway given states to decide how and how much to regulate coal power plants. The EPA must take comment on the proposal for the next 60 days, and environmental groups are sure to fight it. The AP obtained a copy of the summary, which asserts that the Obama-era plan exceeds the EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act. The proposal is projected to r... [Full Article...]

Australia's Malcolm Turnbull survives leadership challenge

Australia's Malcolm Turnbull survives leadership challenge But Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister James McGrath , Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar confirmed within hours that they had offered their resignations after backing Dutton. [Full Article...]

Malcolm Turnbull: Australian PM survives leadership challenge

Malcolm Turnbull: Australian PM survives leadership challenge Mr. Frydenbeg said Cabinet ministers on Monday night expressed their support for Mr. Turnbull, including Mr. Dutton, who was a staunch ally of Mr. Abbott. Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said earlier Mr Dutton had told him the prime minister has his absolute support. Mr Dutton was the only challenger for the leadership. [Full Article...]

Towns in drought to receive $1.8b boost

Towns in drought to receive $1.8b boost The current $1 million cap on low-interest loans will be doubled to $2 million. The local councils will have access to a pool of $75 million to fund projects, including providing emergency water supplies. "The first five years of these loans will remain interest-only". This measure recognises that support is also needed for the communities and businesses that back our farmers. [Full Article...]


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