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The escalation of natural disasters

I'm in Atlantic Canada giving a series of talks about Hurricane Sandy and what it did to New York (based on my book, Storm Surge). I've been talking about what happened in New York, hearing from people here about what has ...

dateSep 02, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Research calls for rethink of Alpine Fault

The major fault line, which runs almost the entire length of the South Island, has been assumed to be a near vertical crack. However, studies of seismic data have revealed the fault line becomes flatter at depth.

dateSep 02, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Getting the climate change story straight

With the recent publication of the 2014 IPCC report on climate change, the 2014 US National Climate Assessment, and the upcoming Paris 2015 UN Climate Conference, it's no surprise that the scientific consensus on human-caused ...

dateSep 02, 2015 in Environment
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Explaining crocodiles in Wyoming

Fifty million years ago, the Cowboy State was crawling with crocodiles. Fossil records show that crocs lounged in the shade of palm trees from southwestern Wyoming to southern Canada during the Cretaceous and Eocene.  Exactly ...

dateSep 02, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Nitrous oxide from urine patches in pastures

Commonly known as 'laughing gas' and currently used both in anaesthetics and as a 'legal high', nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas produced in the soil by micro-organisms, especially so on land grazed by animals.

dateSep 02, 2015 in Environment
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