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NASA catches two tropical troublemakers in Northwestern Pacific: Halong and 96W
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) There are two tropical low pressure areas in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean today and they're close enough to each other to be captured in one image generated from data gathered by NASA's Aqua satellite.

Antarctic ice sheet is result of CO2 decrease, not continental breakup
(University of New Hampshire) Climate modelers from the University of New Hampshire have shown that the most likely explanation for the initiation of Antarctic glaciation during a major climate shift 34 million years ago was decreased carbon dioxide levels. The finding counters a 40-year-old theory suggesting massive rearrangements of Earth's continents caused global cooling and the abrupt formation of the Antarctic ice sheet. It will provide scientists insight into the climate change implications of current rising global CO2 levels.

Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife
(Wildlife Conservation Society) Scientists studying the potential effects of climate change on the world's animal and plant species are focusing on the wrong factors, according to a new paper by a research team from the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland, and other organizations. The authors claim that most of the conservation science is missing the point when it comes to climate change.

NASA sees zombie Tropical Depression Genevieve reborn
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite helped confirm that the remnant low pressure area of former Tropical Storm Genevieve has become a zombie storm, and has been reborn as a tropical depression on July 30.

Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants
(National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)) Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity.

Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay
(Northeastern University) In a new paper, Northeastern researchers show how they've used advanced computational data science tools to demonstrate that despite global warming, we may still experience severe cold snaps due to increasing variability in temperature extremes.

Peru's carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon
(Carnegie Institution) Today scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of the carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Peru. The new and improved methodology used to make the map marks a sea change for future market-based carbon economies. The new carbon map also reveals Peru's extremely high ecological diversity and it provides the critical input to studies of deforestation and forest degradation for conservation, land use, and enforcement purposes.

Monash researcher receives Antarctic science award
(Monash University) Monash University professor Steven Chown has been awarded the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research's 2014 Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research.

Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean
(Oregon State University) The world's oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists warned this week.

NASA sees developing Tropical Storm Halong causing warning
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA infrared satellite data revealed that Tropical Storm Halong is surrounded by strong thunderstorms and an eye appears to be developing.

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