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Extreme rainfall days in metropolitan São Paulo have risen four-fold in seven decades

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Study by researchers at Brazil’s National Disaster Surveillance and Early Warning Center (CEMADEN) also shows a rise in the number of consecutive dry days, suggesting that extreme rainfall events are concentrated in shorter, more widely spaced periods.

A Thank You To FOIA Officers: Purveyors Of Sunshine

This sunshine week I would like to express my appreciation for all of the work that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers at federal agencies have done and continue to do to ensure public access to government communications, records, and documents

Greenland shed ice at unprecedented rate in 2019; Antarctica continues to lose mass

(University of California – Irvine) In a new study in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists from the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory describe Greenland’s loss of 600 billion tons of ice in the summer of 2019, raising global sea levels by 2.2 millimeters in a short time.

Earth’s mantle, not its core, may have generated planet’s Early magnetic field

(University of California – San Diego) A trio of studies are the latest developments in a paradigm shift that could change how Earth history is understood. They support an assertion by a Scripps Institution of Oceanography geophysicist that a once-liquid portion of the lower mantle, rather than the core, could have exceeded the thresholds needed to create Earth’s magnetic field during its early history.

Melting glaciers will challenge some salmon populations and benefit others

(Simon Fraser University) A new Simon Fraser University-led study looking at the effects that glacier retreat will have on western North American Pacific salmon predicts that while some salmon populations may struggle, others may benefit.

Fresh groundwater flow important for coastal ecosystems

(University of Göttingen) Groundwater is the largest source of freshwater, one of the world’s most precious natural resources and vital for crops and drinking water. Researchers led by Göttingen University developed the first global computer model of groundwater flow into the world’s oceans. Their analysis shows 20% of the world’s coastal ecosystems – such as estuaries, salt marshes and coral reefs – are at risk of pollutants transported by groundwater flow from the land to the sea. Research appeared in Nature Communications.

News Corp finds someone to blame after pulling the plug on AAP (hint: it’s not News Corp) | Weekly Beast

The demise of AAP has unexpectedly ignited a war of words between media companies over who is to blame. According to News Corp – one of the major shareholders who actually took the decision to close AAP – the shuttering…

Aeroplane contrails have a weird effect on global warming – Wired.co.uk

Photofusion/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Of the varied conspiracy theories regarding contrails – you know, chemtrails – one stands out for being especially wrong: the belief that the plane-made clouds are chemicals the government is secretly spraying to battle…