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March 26, 2015

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8:26 PM | Supreme Court Reviews EPA’s Power Plant Mercury Rule; Decision Due in June
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) consideration of cost impacts when developing the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, (MATS) which are set to go into effect next month. At issue in the case is whether the Clean Air Act requires the EPA…

March 25, 2015

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10:00 PM | Atlantic Circulation Weaker Than in Last 1,000 Years
Climate change blamed for breakdown of currents that circulate heat, nutrients through the Atlantic.

March 24, 2015

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2:09 PM | March 22, 2015: Understanding Wild Fires, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Winter and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they hitch hike from Tasmania to London, study sleep's science, count India's tigers, protect the world's oceans, hike the length of the Pacific Crest Trail in winter, cook the world, understand forest fires, study the real ingredients of processed foods.
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1:19 PM | First Global Review of Arctic Marine Mammals Reveals Uncertain Future
Despite Arctic marine mammals being icons of climate change, little is known about their populations across the Arctic. In a first ever global review of Arctic marine mammals, published last week in Conservation Biology, an international team of scientists provides a circumpolar range assessment. They studied population status and trends for 11 species, including polar bears, ice seals, narwhals,…

March 20, 2015

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3:45 PM | Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Peak
Arctic sea ice has reached its annual winter peak, which was a record low for the satellite era.

March 19, 2015

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11:07 PM | Arctic Gulls Disappearing As Mercury Increases To 45 Times Historic Levels
Pure white Arctic Ivory Gulls has seen its population reduced to just 20% of historic levels since the 1980’s. Only 500 breeding pairs of the... The post Arctic Gulls Disappearing As Mercury Increases To 45 Times Historic Levels appeared first on Russ George.
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4:00 PM | Total Solar Eclipse to Dazzle Arctic Circle on Friday
This week, the moon will completely cover the disk of the sun, creating a solar eclipse that only a small part of the world can see.
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3:20 PM | Polar Bear Mauls Eclipse Tourist in Norway
The man, one of a group of six campers, suffered injuries to his face and arm and has been hospitalized.

March 18, 2015

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8:00 AM | From Puffball to Predator
On December 6, 2005, a polar bear was born in captivity. His mother rejected him and his twin, and his twin died. The survivor was an adorable baby polar bear, but that phrase doesn’t need the initial adjective, does it? A baby polar bear is a little puffball, white with button eyes and perfect and […]
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8:00 AM | From Puffball to Predator
On December 6, 2005, a polar bear was born in captivity. His mother rejected him and his twin, and his twin died. The survivor was an adorable baby polar bear, but that phrase doesn’t need the initial adjective, does it? A baby polar bear is a little puffball, white with button eyes and perfect and […]

March 16, 2015

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3:26 PM | New Scientist’s “Icy Oases” Article: The full interviews!
New scientist recently published an article introducing cryoconite holes as oases for microbial life on ice surfaces. As ‘new scientists’ working on cryoconite, colleagues Arwyn Edwards (Aberystwyth University), Karen Cameron […]
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3:26 PM | New Scientist’s “Icy Oases” Article: The full interviews!
New scientist recently published an article introducing cryoconite holes as oases for microbial life on ice surfaces. As ‘new scientists’ working on cryoconite, colleagues Arwyn Edwards (Aberystwyth University), Karen Cameron […]
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11:54 AM | Imaggeo on Mondays: Retreating Glacier
The Svalbard archipelago is considered to be one of the best places to study the geological history of the Earth because its rocks represent every geological period. This image shows a view from the peak of Fugleberget (569 m a. s. l.; 77º 00’ N, 15º 30’ E) on the south-western coast of the island of Spitsbergen. Glaciation of this geologically diverse area gave rise to a variety of geomorphic features. The most prominent of them, depicted in the picture, is the Hornsund […]

March 11, 2015

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10:47 PM | March 8, 2015: Bee Stings, Tiger Farms, Deadly Sugarcane and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they survive moose and cold temperatures to win the Yukon Quest, live in the wilderness for 8 months with moth-eating bears, photograph bees, learn about Mayan achievements, investigate China's tiger farms, understand Nicaragua's sugarcane worker health crisis, study the sunset's colors, myth-bust "clean coal".

March 10, 2015

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3:24 PM | Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork, 2015 and Beyond
On every continent and ocean, Earth Institute field researchers study the dynamics of climate, geology, ecology, human history and more. Many projects have practical applications, from agriculture and water supplies to climate adaptation and natural hazards. Here is a list of expeditions going on this year, and beyond.
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