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Extreme weather events 2018: 2018’s top 3 most expensive climate-driven events took place in U.S., report says

A report published Thursday by Christian Aid, a U.K.-based charity, found that 2018’s top three most expensive climate-driven events worldwide took place in the United States. They were hurricanes Florence and Michael, followed by California’s wildfires. With 12 distinct billion-dollar events tallied so far in the U.S., 2018 also ranks fourth among the years with […]

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Russian law enforcement probe mysterious hole drilled from inside International Space Station capsule

Russia investigates hole in Soyuz capsule A Russian cosmonaut who got a close-up view of a mysterious hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the International Space Station said Monday that the opening was drilled from inside the spacecraft and Russian law enforcement agencies are investigating what caused it.  Sergei Prokopyev said investigators were looking at […]

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Declining water levels in the Great Salt Lake contribute to snowmelt — ScienceDaily

Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are famous for having “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Snow-seekers in pursuit of world-class skiing and snowboarding contribute over a billion dollars annually to the economy. Snowmelt also provides the majority of water to rapidly growing populations along the Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake City. Understanding what controls snowmelt timing and magnitude […]

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Pollutants from wildfires affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometers from impact zone — ScienceDaily

Pollutants from wild fires affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometres from impact zone, research shows The startling extent to which violent wild fires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been revealed. A pioneering new study by Professor […]

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A mountain of evidence on air pollution’s harms to children — ScienceDaily

A new study led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) organizes the available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children’s health. The paper in the journal Environmental Research is the first comprehensive review of the associations between various fossil fuel combustion pollutants and multiple health effects in […]

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