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December 2, 2015

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December 2, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015 — A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by a scientist. The fossil provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur ... read more

Very Large Volcanic Eruptions Could Lead to Ice Sheet Instability

Nov. 30, 2015 — Massive volcanic eruptions could cause localized warming that might destabilize some of the world's biggest ice sheets, according to new ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A camera so advanced that it can photograph and film methane in the air around us is now presented by a team of researchers. It can be an important part of the efforts to measure and monitor ... read more

Benefits and Trade-Offs of Low-Carbon Energy

Nov. 30, 2015 — Policymakers, industry and government officials will have to invest US $2.5 trillion for electricity generation over the next 20 years. A new report presents the environmental costs and benefits ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A new report warns of the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Using an old 19th century apartment block in Oslo as a case study, researchers are looking for conservation measures for heritage buildings. How can we make them watertight, insulated and protected ... read more

Not All Canadians Feeling the Heat of Climate Change

Nov. 30, 2015 — While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Paris hammering out the details of the global fight against climate change, a new study shows that Canadian attitudes are somewhat ambivalent. The ... read more

New Membrane May Solve Fresh Water Shortages

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers have developed a technology that improves the removal of salt from seawater, a breakthrough that may alleviate the increasing demand for fresh water in some ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — By studying rocks at different elevations beside the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, scientists have concluded that a period of rapid glacier thinning occurred in the recent geological past, and persisted ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Lush greenery rich in Douglas fir and hemlock trees covers the Triangle Lake valley of the Oregon Coast Range. Today, however, geologists are more focused on sediment samples dating back 50,000 years ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Computer simulations have allowed scientists to work out how a puzzling 555-million-year-old organism with no known modern relatives fed, revealing that some of the first large, complex organisms on ... read more

Extreme Heatwaves May Hit Europe in the Short Term

Nov. 27, 2015 — Regional climate projections for the two coming decades (2021-2040) suggest enhanced probability of heatwaves anywhere in Europe, which would be comparable or greater than the Russian heatwave in ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — When the biodiversity of an ecosystem is reduced by invasive species, competition for food plays a more important role than has previously been supposed. This was the conclusion of research conducted ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Globally, phytoplankton absorb as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests and so understanding the way they respond to a warming climate is crucial, say ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of increased carbon dioxide in the ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of increased carbon dioxide in the ... read more

Nuclear Waste Storage Sites in Rock Salt May Be More Vulnerable Than Previously Thought

Nov. 26, 2015 — Research shows that rock salt, used by Germany and the United States as a subsurface container for radioactive waste, might not be as impermeable as ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — A new study shows that if the emission reductions pledges brought to Paris are implemented and followed by measures of equal or greater ambition, they have the potential to reduce the probability of ... read more

Remote Lakes Are Affected by Warming Climate, Research Shows

Nov. 26, 2015 — The rate of carbon burial in remote lakes has doubled over the last 100 years, researchers say, suggesting even isolated ecosystems are feeling the effects of our changing ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — Global warming will progress faster than what was previously believed. The reason is that greenhouse gas emissions that arise naturally are also affected by increased temperatures. This has been ... read more

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