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Environmental Current Events is a news page covering recent scientific findings about the environment and environmental science current events. It offers recent environmental articles and news about scientific discoveries relating to climate change, pollution, remediation technology, conservation biology, and other issues related to the status of the biosphere. This page sometimes links to interesting environmental news articles on other websites.

Another sign of global warming
Late-summer water temperatures near the Florida Keys were warmer by nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last several decades compared to a century earlier, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more…

The Great Hurricane of 1900
Sept. 8: The anniversary of the greatest natural disaster in American history. Read more…

Uncorking East Antarctica: Unstoppable sea-level rise
According to a new study, the melting of a rather small ice volume on East Antarctica's shore would trigger a persistent ice discharge into the ocean, resulting in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years to come. Full article >>

A new predator expanding its range
A new top dog is moving into the big cities of eastern North America. Full article >>

Massive Olive Ridley Sea Turtle deaths reported off India
Marine experts call for stringent government rules to ban certain fishing nets. Full article >>

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The UK has more offshore wind power than all other countries combined
Britain gets more electricity from offshore wind farms than all other countries combined. In 2012 it added nearly five times more offshore capacity than Belgium, the next keenest nation, and ten times more than Germany. Full article >>

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Palau's reefs: Surprisingly resistant to acid water
Marine scientists working on the coral reefs of Palau have made two unexpected discoveries that could provide insight into corals' resistance and resilience to ocean acidification. Full article >>

Labrador Duck: Not extinct after all?
An alleged case of extinction that may actually be a case of mis-identification. Full article >>

Right whale mother and calf

Southern Right Whales: Dying in Argentine Patagonia
The southern right whales that use Península Valdés, Argentina as a nursery ground have suffered the largest mortality event ever recorded. Full article >>

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Biofuel production: New advance
Biofuel processing will be more efficient with a newly discovered enzyme-free ionic liquid pre-treatment. Full article >>

Charcoal from forest fires: Big factor in marine carbon cycle
New research shows charcoal from forest fires is being dumped in vast quantities into the world's oceans. Full article >>

Belief in global warming: Changing with the weather
A new study says Americans' willingness to believe in long-term global warming depends on short-term weather events that manage to make the news. Full article >>

Mercury pollution: Counting the cost
Mercury pollution has long been widespread in fish and has massive human costs. Full article >>

Antarctic Ice Sheet: Warming fast
Portions of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are warming twice as fast as previously thought. Full article >>

Green batteries from a plant: Madder yields natural cathode
Recent research shows that a plant, Common Madder (Rubia tinctorum), can be used to produce rechargeable, green batteries. Full article >>


More Environmental Current Events

(older articles):
Plastic waste: Littering Arctic seafloor
Greenhouse gas emissions: Mapped to street level
LED lights: Winning the race to save the environment
Shark rules lack teeth
Deep-sea life: Threatened by global warming
Green batteries from a plant
Arctic sea ice decline: Cause of recent snowy winters?
New super-efficient power system
Atrazine: An environmental blight
Ozone decreasing
Green batteries from a plant
Sewage and caffeine: A close correlation
Super bacteria
Giant dust storms in the Southwest
US rivers and streams saturated with carbon
Green batteries from a plant
Chesapeake Bay: Coming back to life
White pox disease in coral caused by human pathogen
Oxygen deficiency in the Baltic Sea
Ocean acidification: Things to come?
Drastic sea-level changes ahead?
Study confirms Gulf oil spill's vastness
Green batteries from a plant
New DNA vaccine technology
Brown tree snake: Invaders
UK butterflies threatened



Environmental Current Events for kids:

What do elephants eat?
Read about the foods elephants eat. Full article >>

New sanctuaries for dolphins
The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins. Full article >>

How will climate change impact leaf fall?
USGS scientists are studying how autumn leaf fall may be impacted by climate change. Full article >>

A global picture of air pollution
NASA has created the first-ever map showing levels of air pollution worldwide. Full article >>

More from Environmental Current Events:

Golden Poison Frog
The most poisonous vertebrate known. Full article >>

Widow spiders: Most fatalities worldwide
Widow spiders are so widespread that they kill more people than do spiders of any other kind. Full article >>

What is a biologist?

Read about what biologists are and what they do. Full article >>

Biology topics
Read about the various fields of biology. Full article >>

Old but funny:

Reefer Madness - Not!
Study says pot won't drive you nuts. Full article >>

Darwin Jokes
Though many people wouldn't expect it, Darwin could be a funny guy. Some examples of Charles Darwin's not always gentle sense of humor. Full article >>



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