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‘Grand Canyon of Greenland’ discovered under ice sheet

A 3-D view of the subglacial canyon, looking northwest from central Greenland.<p>The age of discovery isn't over yet. A colossal canyon, the longest on Earth, has just been found under Greenland's ice sheet, scientists announced Thursday in the journal Science.<p>"You think that everything that could be …

Earth Science

Fukushima’s radioactive ocean plume due to reach US waters in 2014

An aerial photo shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northern Japan. Radioactive water spilled during a tsunami-caused catastrophe in 2011 is slowly making its way toward the U.S. coastal area.<p>A radioactive plume of water in the Pacific Ocean from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which was …

Nuclear Energy

Thousands of Dolphins And Whales Will Get in the Way of the Navy’s Bombs, Says the Navy

A pair of reports put out by the Navy today outline how the Navy is going to “inadvertently kill hundreds of whales and dolphins and injure thousands …

Fukushima radiation levels '18 times higher' than thought

<b>Radiation levels around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned.</b><p>Last week the plant's operator reported radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank into the ground.<p>It now says readings taken near the leaking tank on Saturday …

Fukushima

Environment: News & features

Ecuador To World: Pay Up To Save The Rainforest. World To Ecuador: Meh.

The government of Ecuador has abandoned a plan that would have kept part of the Amazonian rainforest off limits to oil drilling. The initiative was an unusual one: Ecuador was promising to keep the oil in the ground, but it wanted to be paid for doing so.<p>The oil sits under the Yasuni national park, …

New massive earthquake rocks southwest Pakistan

A major earthquake rocked Pakistan's southwest Saturday, sending people running into the street in panic just days after another quake in the same region killed 359 people, officials said.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that a 6.8 magnitude quake was felt in Pakistan's southwestern …

US Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Karen

<b>Residents along the US Gulf Coast have been placed on alert as an approaching tropical storm threatens damaging winds, heavy rain and high tides.</b><p>Oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have also started shutting production as Tropical Storm Karen sweeps in.<p>The White House said the Federal Emergency …

Weather

Scientists May Have Source For A.D. 1257 'Mystery Eruption'

Scientists think they've identified the source of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred in A.D. 1257 and spread telltale traces across the globe.<p>The culprit in the "mystery eruption" appears to be the Samalas volcano, part of the Mount Rinjani Volcanic Complex on Indonesia's Lombok Island, an …

Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together to compromise on helium. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from a national reserve.<p>The helium bill's passage shows that compromise is still …

Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

It has been a deadly year for the people who fight wildfires. In total, 32 people have lost their lives fighting fires in 2013; the highest number in nearly 20 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.<p>Just one incident accounts for most of those deaths, the Yarnell Hill fire in …

Can 'Rewilding' Restore Vanishing Ecosystems?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> "Everything Is Connected."<p><b>About George Monbiot's TEDTalk</b><p>Wolves were native to the Yellowstone National Park until hunting wiped them out. In 1995, when the wolves began to come back, something interesting happened: The rest of the park began to find a new, more …

Associated Press News

Travel warnings as UK braced for severe storm and rain

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/weather/1023000/1023072_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524636651_3ca8e2b21e3fb5ad08e7df40d55f62a7<p><b>Commuters are being warned of travel disruption on Monday as a storm bringing severe gale-force winds starts moving across England and Wales.</b><p>Train …

Weather

Typhoon Haiyan: UK aid work under way in Philippines

<b>Work is under way to distribute UK aid in the Philippines following Friday's devastating typhoon.</b><p>The first UK aid flight has arrived, carrying almost 9,000 emergency shelter kits, while an emergency medical team and a Royal Navy ship are on their way.<p>The British government has also pledged at least …

Natural Disasters

Divers search for clues to an epidemic killing millions of starfish

<i>By Steven Louie, Associate Producer, NBC News</i><p>As dawn approaches, teams load oxygen tanks, wetsuits and underwater cameras into vans and trucks. A motor boat is set on a trailer, and students prepare measuring tape and clipboards -- an urgent expedition is underway. At first light, the team of …

Endangered green sea turtles make a comeback in Florida

<i>By Erika Angulo, Producer, NBC News</i><p>MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. -- When Chris Long thinks back on a summer spent digging up holes in the beach, it's a job he says he "wouldn't trade ... for anything."<p>The 26-year-old University of Central Florida Ph.D. candidate spent months looking for green turtle nests, …

From computer models to calendar models, these climate scientists are workin' it

A group of climate change researchers are trying to make their field more approachable. In a delicious play on words, these makers of climate change …

10 Beached Whales Die in Florida While Rescuers Struggle to Save Dozens More

National Park Service / AP<p>Pilot whales are stranded on a beach in a remote area of the western portion of Everglades National Park, Fla., Dec. 3, …

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat for iPhone rejected by Apple

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat has spent the past two years blocking outsiders from reading private conversations, and now it's facing a block of its own trying to get onto Apple's App Store. Developer Nadim Kobeissi took to Twitter today to blast the iPhone and iPad maker for unjustly rejecting …

14 Travel Predictions for 2014

<i>by Wendy Perrin</i><p>Coming up with the ten biggest changes in travel of 2013 got me contemplating what 2014 might have in store. Here are a few …

Kids Get New Tablets Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Lock ’Em Down.

I’m a cool aunt. Or so I tell myself. It is this hubris that led to a $50 charge on my iTunes account, after I so willingly handed over my iPad mini …

NSA surveillance: Lifeline, limbo

The NSA’s bulk telephone data collection program got a lifeline from a federal judge Friday — but its future remains in political and legal jeopardy.<p>Judge William Pauley III’s Friday decision to dismiss an American Civil Liberties Union request for an injunction against Director of National …

India train crash leaves at least 23 dead, officials say

A fire broke out on an express train in southern India early Saturday and killed at least 23 passengers, officials said.<p>A spokesman for the railways, C.S. Gupta, said 67 passengers were in the train car when the fire started Saturday morning.<p>The train in Andhra Pradesh state was brought to a halt …

Fresh protests in Egypt turn deadly

At least five people have been killed and 265 others arrested as Egyptian riot police deployed water cannon and tear gas against hundreds of rock-throwing supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi, government officials said.<p>The clashes on Friday followed an announcement by Egyptian authorities …