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Vancouver near top of list of cities threatened by rising sea levels

Coastal flooding could cost the global economy $1-trillion a year a few short decades from now because of the rise in sea levels caused by global warming if action is not taken now to stem the flow and Vancouver is one of the cities most at-risk for losses, says a new study.<p>The article, published …

Marine Protected Area Increased Fish and Didn’t Hurt Fishers: Study

We’ve covered marine protected areas (MPAs) a lot in Ocean Views. They come in different flavors and can have different goals, although the basic idea is designating part of the ocean with some kind of legal protection against harmful activities like overfishing or drilling for oil.<p>Today, a new …

Fighting Fire With Fire: Why Some Burns Are Good For Nature

Wildfires were once essential to the American West. Prairies and forests burned regularly, and those fires not only determined the mix of flora and fauna that made up the ecosystem, but they regenerated the land.<p>When people replaced wilderness with homes and ranches, they aggressively eliminated …

New Clue Emerges in Mysterious Manatee Die-Off in Florida

Late last week, a chemist found what might be an important clue in the ongoing mystery surrounding mass animal deaths in Florida's Indian River …

Stress test for biofuel plant finds key genes - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Scientists have identified the first step toward engineering a more drought-resistant …

Hear a seismic scream from Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano

Scientists say they have now solved the mystery of Redoubt’s scream prior to eruption.<p>We’ve heard of singing sands, but how about screaming …

To protect coasts, call on Mother Nature - Futurity

STANFORD (US) — Natural habitats such as dunes and reefs are the best protection against …

The Rise of People Living Alone Has Led to More Sustainable Cities

Russia aims to open floating nuclear power plant in 2016

Russia is a big place with lots of remote outposts. Getting power to those far-flung places can be a challenge. That's why Russia has hatched a plan to create floating nuclear power plants, essentially putting them in port to supply energy to locations that need power but can't build a traditional …

Nuclear Energy

In acidic water, reef runs wild with algae - Futurity

UC DAVIS (US) — Entire ecosystems can degrade in acidic water, according to experiments near …

'Cloudy East' best place for US solar, wind plants - Futurity

CARNEGIE MELLON (US) — Wind and solar plants do the most good where they can …

What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

America's hugely productive food system is one of its success stories. The nation will export a projected $139.5 billion in agricultural products this fiscal year alone. It's an industry that supports "more than 1 million jobs," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.<p>But all that …

The Energy Fix: How Geography Drives Energy Development

The importance of global landscapes<p>Worldwide renewable energy production reached 66.83 quadrillion BTUs in 2010. The countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development—which keeps detailed records for its 34 members [see map]—produced 16.50 quadrillion BTUs that year. Which …