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Top scientists urge governments to solve environmental 'dilemmas'

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Fiona Harvey
Top scientists urge governments to solve environmental 'dilemmas'
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Demand for water and energy, natural disasters and measuring carbon dioxide must be prioritised, leading institutions say

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Animated map: U.S. drought in 2012

Animated map: U.S. drought in 2012
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Drought conditions have been at record levels in the contiguous United States for much of July, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, which began monitoring drought conditions in 1999. The animated map below shows the spread of drought conditions since January 2012. ... Read more about Animated map: U.S. drought in 2012

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Satellite Data Indicates Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt

Satellite Data Indicates Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt
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ASA says new satellite measurements indicate unprecedented recent Greenland ice sheet surface melt. The images above show the extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet over just a four day period - from July 8 (left) and July 12 (right). Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40% of the ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. This melting dramatically accelerated to an estimated 97% of the ice sheet surface by July 12. On average in the summer, about half of the surface of Greenland's ice sheet naturally melts. ... Read more about Satellite Data Indicates Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt

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European Environment Agency

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http://www.eea.europa.eu/

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European Environment Agency

The task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. We are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.  ... Read more about European Environment Agency

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The largest Natural Catastrophes from 1970-2011 world wide

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https://www.allianz.com/en/press/news/studies/news_2011-03-23.html

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The largest Natural Catastrophes from 1970-2011 world wide

Most of the shown natural disaster happened on islands, near the sea and at tectonic borders.  Overall loss ranges from 8 - 125 billion USD. Damage partly insured. Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Hurricane have the biggest potential to destroy facilities. ... Read more about The largest Natural Catastrophes from 1970-2011 world wide

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Damage after tsunami in Japan, March 12/2011

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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html

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Damage after tsunami in Japan, March 12/2011

The damage caused by the tsunami in Japan in March 2011. It’s very impressive the number of destroyed buildings. And how powerful a tsunami can be. Around 16,000 people got killed and more than 110,000 buildings got totally destroyed.   ... Read more about Damage after tsunami in Japan, March 12/2011

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