Environment

  1. Climate

    Eastern Pacific records its most energetic hurricane season

    The eastern Pacific Ocean has been cranking out storms. Now it’s reached its most active season on record.

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  2. Climate

    Explainer: The furious eye(wall) of a hurricane or typhoon

    The eyewall is the most intense part of a hurricane. Here’s what drives its fury.

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  3. Climate

    Is Hurricane Florence one sign of new climate trend?

    Despite making landfall as a mere Category 1 tempest, Hurricane Florence proved a beast. And there were warnings it would be as it rapidly strengthened at sea.

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  4. Environment

    Wildfires worsen extreme air pollution in U.S. northwest

    America’s air is getting cleaner — except in places prone to frequent wildfires.

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  5. Environment

    People are changing which parts of Earth get more (or less) water

    Human activities have been reshaping the planet’s water map. Some changes created new lakes. Others caused lakes to disappear.

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    Chemistry

    ‘Thirdhand’ smoke can hitchhike to non-smoking sites

    Harmful “thirdhand” smoke — the type that attaches to surfaces — can hitch a ride on airborne particles or clothes and travel into non-smoking buildings.

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  7. Environment

    Scientist tackles water pollution with epic swims

    German chemist Andreas Fath swam the entire Tennessee River — in record time. The reason was not to win a place in the Guinness Book of Records. He wanted to raise awareness about water pollution.

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  8. Genetics

    Explainer: DNA hunters

    Snippets of DNA can be left behind by a passing organism. Some researchers now act as wildlife detectives to identify the sources of such cast-off DNA.

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  9. Climate

    Climate change threatens future Winter Olympics

    Higher temperatures, less snow mean many former Winter Olympics sites soon will no longer qualify to host future games, concludes a new analysis.

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  10. Ecosystems

    Scientists Say: Bog

    Bogs are a type of wetland in which partially decayed plants sink down and form peat.

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  11. Environment

    Tropics may now emit more carbon dioxide than they absorb

    Analyses of satellite images suggest that degraded forests now release more carbon than they store.

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  12. Environment

    Night lights have a dark side

    Artificial light at night not only affects our view of the night sky, but also has the ability to impair animal behaviors — and probably our health.

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