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Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger

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Beware of the blob—this time, it's for real. As sea temperatures have risen in recent decades, enormous sheets of a mucus-like material have begun forming more often, oozing into new regions, and lasting longer, a new Mediterranean Sea study says (sea "mucus" blob pictures). And the blobs may be more than just unpleasant. Up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) long, the mucilages appear naturally, usually near Mediterranean coasts in summer. ... Read more about Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger

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New Saudi University's Stunning Visualization Facilities Prototyped at UC San Diego

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In inaugural ceremonies webcast around the world, Saudi Arabia inaugurated the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on Sept. 23. Those facilities include Shaheen, the region's fastest supercomputer, as well as what is being billed as the world's most advanced facilities for scientific visualization. ... Read more about New Saudi University's Stunning Visualization Facilities Prototyped at UC San Diego

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Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?

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“In early 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that, after being self-sufficient in wheat for over 20 years, the non-replenishable aquifer it had been pumping for irrigation was largely depleted,” writes Lester R. Brown in his new book, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (W.W. Norton & Company). “In response, officials said they would reduce their wheat harvest by one eighth each year until production would cease entirely in 2016. ... Read more about Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?

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Two Meter Sea Level Rise Unstoppable-Experts

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By Gerard Wynn Gerard Wynn – Tue Sep 29, 3:14 pm ET OXFORD, England (Reuters) – A rise of at least two meters in the world's sea levels is now almost unstoppable, experts told a climate conference at Oxford University on Tuesday. "The crux of the sea level issue is that it starts very slowly but once it gets going it is practically unstoppable," said Stefan Rahmstorf, a scientist at Germany's Potsdam Institute and a widely recognized sea level expert. ... Read more about Two Meter Sea Level Rise Unstoppable-Experts

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New Analysis Brings Dire Forecast Of 6.3-Degree Temperature Increase

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Climate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world's leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale of change than forecast just two years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program. ... Read more about New Analysis Brings Dire Forecast Of 6.3-Degree Temperature Increase

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New NASA Research May Show "Runaway" Ice Melt Has Begun

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The most optimistic view about Greenland and Antarctica ice melt is now off the table, and the worst case scenario about accelerating, self-perpetuating ice melt is front and center in climate science, according to science experts, reacting to news about fresh NASA-funded research being published in Nature this week. What does this mean for renewable energy start-ups? Start more companies and faster, would be the logical implication for the sector. ... Read more about New NASA Research May Show "Runaway" Ice Melt Has Begun

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Saudi Arabia Aims to Become Data Visualization Hub

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Saudi Arabia's biggest experiment in higher education, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, has just opened its doors to an international student body, as we reported earlier this month. The King has gambled billions of dollars on raising a university out of the desert that he hopes will compete against other top-notch institutions worldwide. Intellectual freedom isn't exactly the first thing that jumps to mind when one thinks of Saudi Arabia, and for a country whose technological contributions basically begin and end with oil, the hurdle is significant. ... Read more about Saudi Arabia Aims to Become Data Visualization Hub

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How Much Human Activity Can Earth Handle?

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The scientific name is the Holocene Age, but climatologists like to call our current climatic phase the Long Summer. The history of Earth's climate has rarely been smooth. From the moment life began on the planet billions of years ago, the climate has swung drastically and often abruptly from one state to another — from tropical swamp to frozen ice age. Over the past 10,000 years, however, the climate has remained remarkably stable by historical standards: not too warm and not too cold, or Goldilocks weather. ... Read more about How Much Human Activity Can Earth Handle?

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Mooo-ve That Manure: Agricultural Runoff A Spreading Public Health Issue

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Runoff from agriculture is the biggest polluter of the country's river and stream water, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it has been fingered for hypoxic dead zones and toxic red tide algae blooms. But how much of that runoff makes it into people's drinking water closer to home? ... Read more about Mooo-ve That Manure: Agricultural Runoff A Spreading Public Health Issue

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Research In Action: UC Tackles Water Crisis

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Struggling through a third consecutive year of drought, California faces a bleak reality: Change the way we use our scarce water supply or face recurring cycles of economic and environmental emergencies. Given the urgency of the drought crisis, ... ... Read more about Research In Action: UC Tackles Water Crisis

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