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Shedding light on plumes

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers have shown that volcanic lightning results from the discharge of static electricity accumulated by ash particles in the rising plume. Observations of such flashes could help ...

dateJun 14, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Coal ash ponds found to leak toxic materials

A Duke University study of coal ash ponds near 21 power plants in five Southeastern U.S. states has found evidence that nearby surface waters and groundwater are consistently and lastingly contaminated by the unlined ponds.

dateJun 10, 2016 in Environment
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The high costs of imported pests

A new analysis of the damage done by invasive forest pests shows that homeowners and local governments are being stuck with a $4.5 billion yearly bill for the boring beetles, choking fungi, and rogues' gallery of other foreign ...

dateMay 12, 2016 in Ecology
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