Earth Science

Validating Tall Tales of Rogue Waves
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Analyzing more than two million waves gives researchers a better idea of how rogue waves are born.

Political Suppression of Science: Lessons from Canada
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Canadian scientists are lending support to worried American peers. 

Global Warming Is Changing How the Ocean Carries Sound
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Scientists are using an underwater drone to study a mysterious new sound channel in the Beaufort Sea.

Tapping the Freshwater Ocean Under the Sea
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Vast stores of fresh water exist deep beneath the seafloor—but who gets to decide how they’re used?

Diving into El Niño’s Past
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A 7,000-year temperature record pulled from ancient coral suggests El Niño is getting worse. 

Greenland Ice Melt Could Push Atlantic Circulation to Collapse
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New research gives a glimpse of the potential long-term consequences of anthropogenic warming.

Reinforce and Build
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The vicious cycle driving development on Florida’s most fragile beaches.

Scientists Confirm: “the Blob” Really Messed Up the Northeast Pacific
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The Pacific warm water “Blob” contributed to a record toxic algae bloom.

During Sandy, Wetlands Averted US $625-Million in Damages
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A new analysis confirms the protective role played by wetlands.

Biased Tide Gauges Mean We’ve Been Systematically Underestimating Sea Level Rise
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Most historical tide gauges were installed in the northern hemisphere, a legacy that has been skewing scientists’ modern interpretations of sea...

Making Monster Waves in the Lab
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Rogue waves are rare in nature, but new research is making them perfectly common.

Earthquakes’ Ecological Aftershock
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The coastal Klallam people had to adapt to an altered ecosystem in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami.

Keeping Track of Deep-Sea Mining
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A new website uses ship location data to track deep-sea mining exploration. 

For the Melting Arctic, Fuzzy Forecasts Are the Best We Can Do
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People keep claiming to know when the Arctic will become ice-free. They don’t.

Ocean Acidification: More Gloom than Doom?
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Scientists’ emphasis on laboratory trials can give a distorted view of the threat of ocean acidification.

Sizing Up the Tsunami Threat
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Scientists are surveying the East Coast for signs of tsunami-generating submarine landslides.

China's Relentless Campaign to Pave the Coast
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In China, coastal development comes at a high cost.

In Australia, Flooding Is Already on the Rise
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A new analysis shows flooding in southeastern Australia has nearly doubled since 1860. 

The Climate Anxiety Doctor Is “In”
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A Providence poet is taking to the park to counsel residents about their climate woes.

Book Review: Water
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A visual meditation on water’s power to sculpt the earth.

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