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Weather Forecast – Extreme and Worsening

Written by , on September 29, 2017

The torrential rain can be one of the most devastating consequences of hurricanes, especially in urban areas where concrete makes it harder for water to drain and where people can drown. Expect more and worse.  Read more »

Oil-exploration Airguns Kill Plankton within 2 kilometres

Written by , on June 26, 2017

Scientists at Curtin University in Western Australia have shown that the seismic sound blasts made by airguns searching for new oil reserves under the ocean floor can kill large swathes of plankton.  Read more »

Urban Heat Island Effect Adds Significantly to Warming in Cities

Written by , on May 31, 2017

A team of economists from universities in the UK, Mexico and the Netherlands have published an analysis in Nature Climate Change of the likely effects of climate change on 1,692 of the world’s largest cities.  Read more »

Scientists Suggest Making More Clouds to Protect the Barrier Reef

Written by , on April 24, 2017

Researchers at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and the University of Sydney School of Geosciences are exploring the possibility of making low-lying clouds off the northeastern coast of Australia more reflective in order to cool the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef.  Read more »

New Process Absorbs CO2 and Excess Salt from Desalination

Written by , on July 5, 2016

A new process reacts carbon dioxide with brine to produce sodium bicarbonate.  Read more »

Bloomberg Predicts That EVs Will Cause Oil Oversupply Market Crash by 2023

Written by , on April 17, 2016

Bloomberg predicts that the electric car will cause an oil glut and an oil crisis by 2023.  Read more »

Do 97% of Climate Scientists Agree about Climate Change? (Hint: It’s Many More)

Written by , on January 24, 2016

Almost everyone seems to accept the often quoted claim that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made – but is the figure accurate?  Read more »

Extinctions Happening 1,000 Times Faster than Normal

Written by , on March 9, 2015

The populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52%, over the 40 years from 1970 to 2010 – well on the way towards a mass extinction, which is defined as a loss of at least 75% of species.  Read more »

Lake Chad – Linking Climate, Water and Terrorism

Written by , on February 23, 2015

The changes in the lake have contributed to local lack of water, crop failures, livestock deaths, collapsed fisheries, soil salinity and increasing poverty throughout the region. All of this has turned the region into a hotbed of tribal violence and terrorism.  Read more »

Students Make Water Purifier from Chip Packets

Written by , on September 16, 2014

Adelaide engineering students have developed a simple water treatment system using foil chip packets and glass tubing.  Read more »