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Extensive gas leaks in the North Sea: Abandoned wells

At abandoned oil and gas wells in the North Sea, considerable quantities of the potent greenhouse gas methane escape uncontrolled into the water. These leaks account for the dominant part of the total methane budget of the North Sea.

New study confirms extensive gas leaks in the North Sea

(Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)) At abandoned oil & gas wells in the North Sea, considerable quantities of the potent greenhouse gas methane escape uncontrolled into the water. These leaks account for the dominant part of the total methane budget of the North Sea. This is shown in a new study recently published by researchers from GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. It confirms earlier studies based on a greatly extended data basis.

Start of ITER assembly paves way for fusion energy era

(Terry Collins Assoc) French President Macron and leaders of partner nations declare the beginning of a new energy era with the official start of the assembly of the world’s largest fusion device.The ITER machine in Southern France will replicate the Sun’s fusion power, offering clean, reliable energy without CO2 emissions with no physical possibility of a run-away meltdown.When finished, ITER is expected to demonstrate that fusion power can be generated sustainably on a commercial scale.

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Dehydration increases amphibian vulnerability to climate change

Amphibians have few options to avoid the underappreciated one-two punch of climate change, according to a new study. Rising summer temperatures are also resulting in higher rates of dehydration among wet-skinned amphibians as they attempt to keep themselves cool.

5 years after New Horizons flyby, 10 cool things about Pluto

Here are 10 of the coolest, weirdest and most unexpected findings about the Pluto system scientists have learned thanks to the New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby of the distant world in 2015.

To find giant black holes, start with our solar system’s center

A new study from researchers at Vanderbilt University suggests that to find the most massive black holes, measure the effects of their gravitational waves on the flashes of light coming from pulsars. The best location to do that is at the precise gravitational center of the solar system.

‘Fang’tastic: researchers report amphibians with snake-like dental glands

(Utah State University) Utah State University biologist Edmund ‘Butch’ Brodie, Jr. and colleagues from Brazil’s Butantan Institute describe oral glands in a family of terrestrial caecilians, serpent-like amphibians related to frogs and salamanders.