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First, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch; Now The Great Atlantic Patch

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Mike Melia, Associated PressSAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Researchers are warning of a new blight at sea: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The floating garbage — hard to spot from the surface and spun together by a vortex of currents — was documented by two groups of scientists who trawled the sea between scenic Bermuda and Portugal’s mid-Atlantic Azores islands.

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NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

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The world’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made last month the warmest March on record, according to NOAA. Taken separately, average ocean temperatures were the warmest for any March and the global land surface was the fourth warmest for any March on record. Additionally, the planet has seen the fourth warmest January – March period on record. ... Read more about NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

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EU Satellite To Check Climate Cange Impact On Ice

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By VERENA SCHMITT-ROSCHMANN (AP) BERLIN — The European Space Agency is launching a sophisticated satellite that scientists hope will help them pin down the effects of global warming on the Earth's ice packs more precisely by accurately measuring the thickness of ice. The CryoSat 2 mission, which starts Thursday after years of delays, will be able to pinpoint details of changes in polar ice so scientists can better understand the alarming picture of the world's retreating ice caps. ... Read more about EU Satellite To Check Climate Cange Impact On Ice

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In Clean Energy, U.S. Innovates But Builds Slowly

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If you follow the money, the numbers show that the U.S. is being outpaced by China and other countries in a global race to develop green-technology industries. The Pew Charitable Trusts, in conjunction with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, is publishing a report on Thursday that characterizes different countries in developing and adopting clean-energy technologies. ... Read more about In Clean Energy, U.S. Innovates But Builds Slowly

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Production Pipeline: Data From Satellites To Visualization

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Production Pipeline: Data From Satellites To Visualization is a link to a video animation showing why visualization is important and features segments on artic sea ice among others. ... Read more about Production Pipeline: Data From Satellites To Visualization

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Agricultural Apocalypse 2010

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The food business is far and away the most important business in the world. Everything else is a luxury. Food is what you need to sustain life every day. Dwayne Andreas When a large segment of the population is facing a drastic cut in income in the face of escalating food prices we have a catastrophic problem in the making. ... Read more about Agricultural Apocalypse 2010

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UC San Diego Energy Dashboard to Help Campus Curb Appetite for Power

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San Diego  --  After an extensive period of testing, researchers have launched an Internet portal to showcase the real-time measurement and visualization of energy use on the University of California, San Diego campus. The UC San Diego Energy Dashboard (http://energy.ucsd.edu/) allows users to see up-to-the-second information on a structure-by-structure basis for 60 of the largest buildings on the La Jolla campus. ... Read more about UC San Diego Energy Dashboard to Help Campus Curb Appetite for Power

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Losses From Natural Disasters Decline In 2009

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In 2009, some 860 natural catastrophes occurred worldwide.1 Given the 750 disasters registered in 2008, this represented an increase of 15 percent.2 Last year had the fourth highest number of events in the period from 1980 to 2009.3 Some 92 percent of last year’s events were weather-related disasters (compared with 82 percent in 2008): 42 percent were storms, 38 percent were floods, and 12 percent were other weather-related events, such as heat and cold waves, winter damage, droughts, and wildfires.

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