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Experts Available to Discuss Impacts of New York State's Ban on Fracking

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Improving Forecasts for Rain-on-Snow Flooding

Many of the worst West Coast winter floods involve heavy rains and melting snow, and UW hydrology experts are using the physics of these events to better predict the risks.

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NYS Ban on Fracking: Ripple Effect Expected Says NYIT Expert

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The Greenland Ice Sheet: Now in HD

The highest-resolution maps of the Greenland Ice Sheet are debuting at AGU. Starting with Worldview satellite imagery, Researchers at The Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota created the maps, which are already revealing previously unknown features on the ice sheet.

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Peer-Reviewed Report: Clearing Tropical Rainforests Distorts Earth’s Wind and Water Systems, Packs Climate Wallop Beyond Carbon

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A new study released today presents powerful evidence that clearing trees not only spews carbon into the atmosphere, but also triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide that are just as potent as those caused by current carbon pollution. Further, the study finds that future agricultural productivity across the globe is at risk from deforestation-induced warming and altered rainfall patterns.

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Fracking Ban the Right Economic, Environmental and Health Decision

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Great Lakes Pollution No Longer Driven by Airborne Sources; Land, Rivers Now Bigger Factors

A URI researcher who measured organic pollutants in the air and water around Lake Erie and Lake Ontario has found that airborne emissions are no longer the primary cause of the lakes’ contamination. Instead, most of the lakes’ chemical pollutants come from sources on land or in rivers.

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Top Weather Conditions that Amplify Lake Erie Algal Blooms Revealed

Of the many weather-related phenomena that can promote harmful algal blooms, a new study has revealed that one—the wind—is the most important. The finding suggests that environmental agencies will have to incorporate the threat of extreme weather events caused by climate change into efforts to prevent algal blooms.

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Glacier Beds Can Get Slipperier at Higher Sliding Speeds

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Lab experiments by Iowa State glaciologists have found that as a glacier's sliding speed increases, the bed beneath the glacier can grow slipperier. That finding could lead to better predictions of glacier response to climate change and resulting sea-level rise.

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