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Coastal Warning Issued for Vital Atlantic Habitats

Coastal Warning Issued for Vital Atlantic Habitats

Rising temperatures, increasingly acidic seas and human destruction will drastically change the nature of the coastal seas of the north-east Atlantic over the next century, scientists predict. According to new research in the journal Ecology and Evolution, it will completely alter the forests of kelp and the maerl beds of coralline algae that … Read More

UK and Germany Break Records for Solar Power

UK and Germany Break Records for Solar Power

Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures. Germany generated over half its electricity demand from solar for the first time ever on June 9, and the UK, basking in the sunniest weather of summer during the longest days of the year, nearly doubled its 2013 peak s… Read More

Downpour Floods City Ahead of U.S. World Cup Match

Downpour Floods City Ahead of U.S. World Cup Match

Torrential rains drenched Recife, Brazil, site of Thursday's crucial World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany. According to Brazil's meteorological service, 3.4 inches of rain have fallen in Recife, a city of 3.7 million, since this morning. The Washington Post reports that 2.9 inches of that had fallen as of 9 a.m. The rain quickly overwhelme… Read More

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk

Rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will all play havoc with the world's energy systems as climate change takes hold, a new report has found. Energy companies are more often cited as part of the problem of climate change, generating the lion's share of the world's greenhouse gas emissions,… Read More

Renewables as Tourist Attractions? Only in Germany

Renewables as Tourist Attractions? Only in Germany

Wind turbines and solar panels: do you love them or hate them? Do you think of renewable energy as the way to a greener future, or an awful blight on the present? Either way, growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: they’re touting renewables as tourist attractions. A guidebook is now available, listing about 200… Read More

Roaring Video Shows Record Flood at Brazil’s Iguazu Falls

Roaring Video Shows Record Flood at Brazil’s Iguazu Falls

Heavy rains have inundated parts of southern Brazil and northern Argentina and Uruguay, driving severe flooding across the region. Video from Igazu Falls, one of South America’s natural wonders, puts the scope of that flooding into perspective. The falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits on the border of Brazil and Argentina. A video post… Read More

Of Brazil, the World Cup and Climate Change

Of Brazil, the World Cup and Climate Change

When the Brazil and Croatia national sides kick off the World Cup on Thursday, the players on the field won't be the only changes from the last time Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950. Cleats, the stadiums and even the humble soccer ball itself have changed. But even more important than soccer equipment (blasphemy, I know), average temperatures in… Read More

NASA Satellite Spies Atmospheric Double Whammy

NASA Satellite Spies Atmospheric Double Whammy

NASA’s eyes in the sky are important parts of weather-monitoring efforts, with satellites tracking hurricanes as they barrel across the ocean and storm systems as they sweep across the country. But sometimes they just find really cool stuff in the atmosphere. Such is the case with an image taken by the MODIS instrument aboard the Aqua satellite… Read More