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Zoo count begins: No creature too small to count

January 3rd, 2013
LONDON (AP) -- In a sea of flapping black and white flippers, Ricky is hard to miss: He's got spiky yellow feathers, a flamboyant character, and he's the only rockhopper among the dozens of penguins living in the London Zoo....


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New Study Shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Twice as Fast as Previously Thought

December 24th, 2012

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US researchers have found that the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is warming nearly twice as fast as previously thought. Combining previous data with computer models of the atmosphere and a numerical analysis method, the researchers were able to fill in the missing observations from previous records kept at Byrd Station, located near the center of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Scientists are now worried that the warming ice could accelerate the rise in sea levels.

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The study results show an increase of 36.32 degrees Fahrenheit (2.4 degrees Celsius) in average annual temperature between 1958 and 2010. First evidence of warming was found during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months. Although it’s natural to expect slightly warmer weather during the summer, the temperatures in Antarctica rarely rise above freezing.

“What we’re seeing is one of the strongest warming signals on Earth,” says Andrew Monaghan, a co-author and scientist at the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research. ”This is the first time we’ve been able to determine that there’s warming going on during the summer season,” he added.

Previous research showed that warm ocean water was causing the ice to melt, but new work shows that the atmosphere is playing a significant role as well. Researchers suggest that the warming can be contributed to winds and weather patterns coming from the Pacific Ocean. There are concerns that melting ice will lead to rising sea levels. However, scientists say that the run-off of melting waters into the sea is unlikely to happen for several decades – most of the water runs down the ice sheet and refreezes, causing ice shelf-collapses similar to the violent collapse of the Larsen B shelf in 2002.

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SOE to stop publishing Pirates of the Burning Sea

December 19th, 2012
MMORPG to "leave the SOE family of games" January 31; Portalus Games planning to re-launch title in the future.


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Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

December 18th, 2012

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The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will ultimately cost billions of dollars to repair, which has researchers wondering what the global cost of climate change could be. With so many of the world’s megacities at or below sea level, rising oceans and stronger storms present significant risks, not only to people living in these areas, but also to business activity. By some estimates, 9 percent of the world’s GDP will be taken up by the effects of climate change on just 10 of these coastal megacities by the middle of the century.

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Study Finds Sea Levels Rising 60% Faster Than Expected, U.S. Coastal Towns at Risk

December 2nd, 2012

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A recent scientific study has found that sea levels are rising 60% faster than previously expected. Satellite data collected by US-based mathematician Grant Foster and German climatologist Stefan Rahmstorf shows that towns on both the East and West coast of the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, and much of the state of Florida are now considered “hot spots” where water levels are increasing at twice the rate of the rest of the planet.

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Poseidon Undersea Resorts Finalize Design of Outlandish Submerged Hotel in Fiji

November 30th, 2012

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There appears to be a common thread among current underwater hotel projects—they all take a staggering amount of time to get off the ground. Or, under the sea. Poseidon Undersea Resorts is no exception. Planned for a site 40 feet underwater in a 5,000 acre lagoon near a Fijian island, Poseidon Undersea Resort is slated to be the “world’s first permanent one-atmosphere sea floor structure and world’s first true undersea resort.” It was initially scheduled to open in September 2008, and now, four years later, designs have been finalized for the ambitious submarine-inspired five-star hotel.

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Researchers Find That Antarctic Ice is Melting Faster Than Previously Expected

November 30th, 2012

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While scientists have long agreed that global warming is having an impact on the planet, there hasn’t been any clear agreement as to the extent to which this warming has impacted polar ice melt. But that has changed now due to a recent study released by over 20 polar research teams, which shows that ice in Antarctica and Greenland is melting significantly faster than previously thought.

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Greenland glacier melting 5 times faster than in 1990s

November 30th, 2012

A groundbreaking study confirms major polar ice sheets are melting and contributing to a rise in sea levels, with devastating results in the case of storms such as Sandy.



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Alaska’s Columbia glacier to stop retreat in 2020

November 27th, 2012

Alaska's Columbia glacier, one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world, is expected to cease its retreat by 2020 and stop calving icebergs, which have been boosting sea levels all over the globe.



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Two thirds of world’s marine species still unidentified, study says

November 16th, 2012

Of an estimated one million species that make their home in the depths of the sea, as many as two-thirds of them are still a mystery, according to a new study.



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