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Great Barrier Reef scientists confirm largest die-off of corals recorded

Great Barrier ReefA new study has found that higher water temperatures have ravaged the Great Barrier Reef, causing the worst coral bleaching recorded by scientists.

In the worst-affected area, 67% of a 700km swath in the north of the reef lost its shallow-water corals over the past eight to nine months, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies based at James Cook University study found.


Study details breakup of West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Breakup of ice sheetThe West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out as warming ocean water weakens the coastal ice shelf from beneath.

In 2015, a massive iceberg cleaved from Pine Island Glacier, one of two major glaciers that form the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Image analysis by scientists at Ohio State University revealed a rift forming 20 miles inland two years prior to the breakaway.


4.3 magnitude earthquake near Medford, OK felt in Kansas City

4.3 earthquake in OklahomaAccording to the United States Geological survey, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake shook Medford, Okla. shortly before 9:20 a.m. CST.

According to reports on the USGS website, people felt the earthquake as far north as Fort Leavenworth, Kan. with several different locations reporting in the Kansas City area.

The quake originated approximately 2km northwest of Medford at a depth of 6.1km. It lasted 22 seconds.

TVNL Comment: Keep on fracking. This is what happens.

After 5-year study, scientists say unchecked Arctic melting may bring irreversible change

Arctic ice melting irreversibleQuickly melting ice in the Arctic with no effort to stop it may someday bring a stage where critical ecological change is uncontrollable, a team of international scientists said in a "groundbreaking" new report Friday.

In the Arctic Resilience Report, released Friday, the team of scientists said Arctic ice is melting faster than ever before and it will probably only get worse. In fact, the ecological change currently happening in the Arctic region is unprecedented, they say, and could one day become irreversible.


Earthquake with preliminary magnitude 6.5 strikes western China

ChinaA strong earthquake shook a remote area of far-western China on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 and struck western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It said it was centered near the border with Tajikistan and was quite shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).


Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Trump to scrap NASA climate researchDonald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said.

Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.


Wildfire in South Carolina expands to rural areas

Pinnacle fire in SCOfficials said a wildfire in South Carolina has expanded to rural areas, while other southeast states work to contain fires spread across the region.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission said that while the Pinnacle Mountain fire expanded to rural areas, it does not pose an immediate threat to structures or local residents.


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