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Antarctica has extensive network of lakes and rivers: Research

Antarctica has extensive network of lakes and rivers: researchers say

The revelation of an extensive network of lakes and rivers transporting liquid meltwater across Antarctica’s ice shelves has suggested that the frozen continent is a far more dynamic place than scientists previously thought.

A fresh analysis of decades of satellite imagery and aerial images has just revealed the existence of as many as 700 systems of connected pools and streams in the region.

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Water Harvesting from Air Could Help Deal with Water Crisis in Some Regions: MIT

Water Harvesting from Air Could Help Deal with Water Crisis in Some Regions

Water Harvesting from air sounds like a difficult idea to implement but a research team from MIT and UC Berkeley has successfully developed a prototype water harvester which can collect water from air with as low at 20-30 percent humidity. The technique can help in dealing with water crisis in many regions across the world and research team added that water harvested with this technique is pure and drinkable. The research team has presented a device based on porous metal-organic framework-801 [Zr6O4(OH)4(fumarate)6] which is powered by natural sunlight.

Climate change can lead to higher flight turbulence in future: Research

Climate change to create future flight turbulence: researchers warn

Climate change is posing a variety of unexpected consequences, and one of them is turbulence in future flights, according to a new study.

The movement of so-called jet streams in Earth’s atmosphere is being affected by warming air in addition to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2). As our planet’s climate keeps on getting warmer and warmer, scientists expect instances of turbulence to drastically increase in the future.

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Climate change will make future flights rougher: Study

Climate change will make future flights rougher: study

Future flights or airplane rides will likely get extra bumpy and rougher due to drastic changes in climatic conditions, a new study by a team of University of Reading researchers warned.

According to the study, light turbulence will increase by 59 per cent due to climate change in the future. Moderate turbulence will escalate 94 per cent, and severe turbulence will increase 149 per cent.

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Arctic ice turning green due to global warming: Scientists

Arctic ice turning green due to global warming: scientists warn

Ice in the Arctic region is increasingly turning green due to unprecedented massive blooms of phytoplankton and scientists have once again blamed global warming for the issue.

Normally, phytoplankton shouldn’t be able to grow under the ice as ice reflects most of sunlight that falls on it back into space. In other words, ice blocks sunlight from reaching the water beneath, and phytoplankton can’t growth in absence of sunlight.

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Trump administration reportedly forbids DoE from using ‘climate phrases’

Trump administration reportedly forbids DoE from using ‘climate phrases’

The Trump administration has reportedly instructed staff in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of International Climate & Clean Energy not to use the phrases like “climate change” and “emissions reductions” in briefings or any written communication.

President Trump has long been a skeptic of global warming and climate change; and his administration is now trying to remove climate change from the language of the government agencies.

President Trump’s order could hurt efforts to fight global warming

Trump’s order could hurt efforts to fight global warming

In wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that aims to undo a slew of government efforts to fight global warming, scientists are worried that it could hurt research in the filed.

Scientists at the nation’s top climate research agencies and organizations, such as the Western Regional Center for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, called the executive order “a tragedy.”

Southern California beaches could suffer unprecedented erosion: Study

Southern California beaches to suffer unprecedented erosion

California is one of the places where many beaches would likely completely erode by 2100 as global warming continues to push sea levels up, a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has warned.

According to the USGS, California could find anywhere between a third to two-thirds of its beaches in the southern part completely eroded by the end of this century.

Earth Hour: Government and other Organizations Take Part in Global Initiative

Earth Hour: Government and other Organizations Take Part in Global Initiative

Lights were turned off in 170 countries across the world to mark Earth Hour in order to draw attention to climate change. Millions of people across thousands of cities marked the day with enthusiasm while some were commenting on impact of such events during times of climate change denial. The international event that started as a grass-roots effort has found support from many government organizations across the world.

Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

The calls to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s main phone line reached such a high volume by Friday this week that officials were forced to create an impromptu call center, three agency employees revealed.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the three EPA employees revealed that the impromptu call center was created after calls to Pruitt’s main line, 202-564-4700, hit an unprecedented high volume. Interns were ordered to answer some of the incoming calls, while some calls went to voice mail.

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