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NASA, NOAA satellites show Erika affecting Hispaniola
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Erika was centered in the Eastern Caribbean Sea and affecting Puerto Rico and Hispaniola when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead mid-day on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.

Increasingly severe disturbances weaken world's temperate forests
(USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station) Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a new study published in Science has found. Without informed management, some forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within the coming decades.

Suomi NPP satellite sees rapidly intensifying Hurricane Jimena
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Hurricane Jimena in the Eastern Pacific and saw the strongest thunderstorms building up quickly, especially in the northern quadrant of the storm.

NASA sees comma shaped Tropical Storm Kilo
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Kilo looks like a giant comma from space in imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite. Kilo continues to strengthen and was affecting Johnston Island as a tropical storm warning continued on Aug. 28.

NASA's GPM sees heavy rain in Hurricane Ignacio
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hurricane Ignacio continued to strengthen as NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite analyzed its rainfall. Ignacio is forecast to move near Hawaii over the weekend of Aug. 29 and 30.

Staying safe in sandy beaches
(University of Miami) Beach sand contains all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health. Yet current guidelines are focused exclusively on monitoring the levels of microbes in the water. Now, an international panel of scientists is recommending monitoring the sand at recreational beaches, to minimize health risks for beachgoers. Their advice is based on the general consensus reached during the international conference 'Trends in Environmental Microbiology and Public Health,' held in Lisbon, Portugal, in September 2014.

Meet Europe's next generation cleantech entrepreneurs
(Climate-KIC) Eighty-two cleantech start-ups shortlisted from a list of more than 700 across Europe are set to compete for funding and the chance to enter the Climate-KIC accelerator.ClimateLaunchpad, Europe's largest business ideas competition, creates the stage to unlock Europe's cleantech potential and accelerate innovations that address climate change.Start-ups from 28 European countries will on Friday, Sept. 4, pitch their business plans to a renowned international jury.

Study links air pollution to children's low GPAs
(The University of Texas at El Paso) A University of Texas at El Paso study on children's health has found that fourth and fifth graders who are exposed to toxic air pollutants at home are more likely to have lower GPAs.

NASA's GPM satellite analyzes Tropical Storm Erika's rainfall
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite has provided meteorologists with a look at the towering thunderstorms and heavy rainfall occurring in Tropical Storm Erika as it moves through the Caribbean Sea.

Humans may be harmed by endocrine disrupting chemicals released during natural gas mining
(University of Missouri-Columbia) More than 15 million Americans live within one mile of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations that combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' to release natural gas from underground rock. Researchers with the University of Missouri and national colleagues have reviewed research on health effects associated with UOG operations and concluded these activities have potential for environmental release of a complex mixture of endocrine disrupting chemicals that could potentially harm human development.

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