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Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean: A Push into Uncharted Waters

by ED STRUZIK
As the U.S. and Russia take the first steps to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, experts say the harsh climate, icy seas, and lack of infrastructure means a sizeable oil spill would be very difficult to clean up and could cause extensive environmental damage. READ MORE

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Water in the Bank: One Solution For Drought-Stricken California

by ERICA GIES
A potential answer to California’s severe water shortages is groundwater banking, which involves creating incentives for municipalities, farmers, and other water users to percolate water down into sub-surface aquifers for later use. READ MORE

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How Long Can Oceans Continue To Absorb Earth’s Excess Heat?

by CHERYL KATZ
The main reason soaring greenhouse gas emissions have not caused air temperatures to rise more rapidly is that oceans have soaked up much of the heat. But new evidence suggests the oceans’ heat-buffering ability may be weakening. READ MORE

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With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

by TED WILLIAMS
For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators. READ MORE

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As Extreme Weather Increases, A Push for Advanced Forecasts

by CHERYL KATZ
With a warmer atmosphere expected to spur an increase in major storms, floods, and other wild weather events, scientists and meteorologists worldwide are harnessing advanced computing power to devise more accurate, medium-range forecasts that could save lives and property. READ MORE

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