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New model suggests ocean pH falling more rapidly

(Phys.org) -- A new computer model developed in Switzerland shows that the pH of the ocean waters off the west coast of the US will fall over the next four decades faster than previously thought. The region ...

Jun 15, 2012 report
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Atlantic warming turbocharges Pacific trade winds

New research has found rapid warming of the Atlantic Ocean, likely caused by global warming, has turbocharged Pacific Equatorial trade winds. Currently the winds are at a level never before seen on observed ...

Aug 03, 2014
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Land use looms as large factor in global warming

For the world's deteriorating environment, don't blame burning fossil fuels exclusively. Land use and land cover changes contribute about 40 percent to "radiative forcing," a key underlying factor in global warming, according ...

Dec 04, 2014
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Small drains mean big problems at 'baby beaches'

High fecal counts frequently detected at so-called "baby beaches" may not be diaper-related. UC Irvine researchers found that during summer months, small drainpipes emptying into enclosed ocean bays have a disproportionate ...

Dec 03, 2014
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Protect the world's deltas

Extensive areas of the world's deltas—which accommodate major cities such as Shanghai, Dhaka and Bangkok—will be drowned in the next century by rising sea levels, according to a Comment piece in this ...

Dec 03, 2014
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