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The yin-yang of polar sea ice

It comes as no surprise, therefore, when researchers announce as they did this past September that Arctic sea ice extent is still below normal, continuing a years-long downward trend, covering less and less ...

dateDec 07, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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A Texas-sized block of ice

The first dedicated Antarctic Icepod mission was flown out across the center of the Ross Ice Shelf. Ice shelves are thick floating extensions of the ice sheet that form as the ice flows off the continent ...

dateDec 05, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Greenhouse gases linked to African rainfall

Scientists may have solved a long-standing enigma known as the African Humid Period - an intense increase in cumulative rainfall in parts of Africa that began after a long dry spell following the end of the ...

dateDec 04, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Improving media coverage of climate science

Climate science makes headlines every day: "Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril by 2100." "Climate Change May Spark More Lightning Strikes, Igniting Wildfires." "U.S., British Data Show ...

dateDec 03, 2014 in Environment
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Hotter, weirder: How climate has changed Earth

In the more than two decades since world leaders first got together to try to solve global warming, life on Earth has changed, not just the climate. It's gotten hotter, more polluted with heat-trapping gases, ...

dateDec 02, 2014 in Environment
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Smart anti-icing system for rotor blades

In very cold climate zones, the wind can blow with tremendous force. But wind turbines have rarely been built in these regions up to now. The risk of ice formation on the rotor blades is just too high. But ...

dateDec 01, 2014 in Engineering
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