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Latest and Breaking Atmospheric Science News

Ozone-depleting compound persists, NASA research shows
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

Beaver complex and July complex wildfires in California
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Beaver complex and July complex fires are seen in this Terra image from August 19, 2014.

Satellite eyes a big influence on Tropical Storm Karina
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Central Pacific Hurricane Center noted that Tropical Storm Karina's next move is based on its interaction with Tropical Storm Lowell.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Lowell's tough south side
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The south side of Tropical Storm Lowell appears to be its toughest side. That is, the side with the strongest thunderstorms, according to satellite imagery from NOAA's GOES-14 and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellites.

Lyme disease risk is year-round in Northwest California, according to new study
(DDC) Ticks that carry Lyme disease are active throughout the year in Northwest California, making the threat of Lyme disease year-round, according to new research conducted by researchers at California Department of Public Health Vector-borne Disease Section and University of California, Berkeley. Data will be published in an upcoming issue of the Elsevier peer review journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. More information about Lyme disease is available from Bay Area Lyme Foundation, www.bayarealyme.org.

Signs of deforestation in Brazil
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Multiple fires are visible in in this image of the Para and Mato Grosso states of Brazil. Many of these were most likely intentionally set in order to deforest the land.

Turning waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable plastic
(American Chemical Society) Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules.

Sunblock poses potential hazard to sea life
(American Chemical Society) The sweet and salty aroma of sunscreen and seawater signals a relaxing trip to the shore. But scientists are now reporting that the idyllic beach vacation comes with an environmental hitch. When certain sunblock ingredients wash off skin and into the sea, they can become toxic to some of the ocean's tiniest inhabitants, which are the main course for many other marine animals. Their study appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Record decline of ice sheets
(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute have for the first time extensively mapped Greenland's and Antarctica's ice sheets with the help of the ESA satellite CryoSat-2 and have thus been able to prove that the ice crusts of both regions momentarily decline at an unprecedented rate. In total the ice sheets are losing around 500 cubic kilometres of ice per year. The maps and results of this study are published today in The Cryosphere.

US expedition yields first breakthrough paper about life under Antarctic ice
(Montana State University) The first breakthrough paper to come out of a massive US expedition to one of Earth's final frontiers has been published in the scientific journal, Nature.

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