All Coral Reefs May be Dying by 2100

Coral Reefs Might Disappear By 2100

If current carbon dioxide emission trends continue, nearly every coral reef would be decimated by 2100, according to a new review of major climate models. The only way to maintain the current chemical environment in which reefs need to live, would be to deeply cut emissions worldwide.

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Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Linked to Earthquakes

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Scientists presented evidence tying the disposal of wastewater from shale gas hydrofracking to an increased occurrence of earthquakes.

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Carbon Locked in Arctic Permafrost Will Contribute to Global Warming

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Fresh concerns are being expressed about the carbon locked in the Arctic’s permafrost. New studies presented at the American Geophysical Union quantify the amount of soil carbon at about 1.9 trillion metric tons, indicating that previous estimates underestimated the climate risk if this carbon is released due to warming temperatures.

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Impact May Have Deformed Saturn’s Moon Iapetus

One of the strangest moons in the Solar System is Saturn’s Iapetus, which features an enormous equatorial mountain ridge and spiky belt that rises 12 miles above the moon’s surface may have all been the result of a single impact.

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5-Mile Wide Buried Asteroid Crater Discovered in Canada

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A 5-mile wide and 3,000 foot deep asteroid impact crater has been hidden near Bow City, Alberta, for millions of years. Bow City has been deserted for decades.

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Low Arctic Snow Cover Could be Trouble for Permafrost

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June Arctic snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere dropped by almost 18% per decade over the last 30 years. This drop in snow cover will lower the amount of sunlight reflected away from the planet, which is part of a cooling effect, and result in darker, less reflective soil being exposed to the sun’s rays.

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Xenon Gas Has Almost Vanished from the Atmosphere

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Xenon, the second heaviest of the chemically inert noble gases, seems to have vanished from the Earth’s atmosphere; but German geoscientists think that they figured out where it went.

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Unusual Indian Ocean Earthquakes May Signal Tectonic Breakup

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On April 11th 2012 a pair of massive earthquakes rocked the Indian Ocean. Scientists think that these may be the latest step in the formation of a new plate boundary within Earth’s surface.

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