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Latest and Breaking Atmospheric Science News

Location matters in the lowland Amazon
(Carnegie Institution) You know the old saying: Location, location, location? It turns out that it applies to the Amazon rainforest, too. New work from Carnegie's Greg Asner illustrates a hidden tapestry of chemical variation across the lowland Peruvian Amazon, with plants in different areas producing an array of chemicals that changes across the region's topography.

Climate engineering may save coral reefs, study shows
(University of Exeter) Geoengineering of the climate may be the only way to save coral reefs from mass bleaching, according to new research.

Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits
(Vanderbilt University) Jessica Oster and her colleagues have shown that the analysis of a stalagmite from a cave in north east India can detect the link between El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian monsoon.

BAMS article outlines 20-year process to create meteorological partnership between US and Cuba
(American Meteorological Society) In a forthcoming article in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, authors Dr. Richard Anthes, President Emeritus at University Corporation of Atmospheric Sciences and Dr. Alan Robock, Professor at Rutgers University's School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, describe the two-decade-long process to form an active meteorological partnership with the Meteorological Institute of Cuba.

Building expertise to protect the Serengeti
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Tanzania's Serengeti National Park is under severe pressure from human population growth and climate change. A new 10 million grant from the European Union will help unite scientists from Europe and Africa to develop innovative and practical (on the ground) solutions for the continued delivery of ecosystem services provided by the park.

Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows
(University of Plymouth) Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study conducted at Plymouth University suggests.

NOAA's GOES-R satellite begins environmental testing
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The GOES-R satellite, slated to launch in 2016, is ready for environmental testing. Environmental testing simulates the harsh conditions of launch and the space environment once the satellite is in orbit.

Agricultural fires in Angola, West Africa
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image which detected dozens of fires burning in southwestern Africa on May 21, 2015.

EARTH: Flames fan lasting fallout from Chernobyl
(American Geosciences Institute) In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires.

Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heated
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But what if they just dissolved away, or broke down to their molecular components so that the material could be recycled? University of Illinois researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward greatly reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing. They also developed a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand.

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