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Researchers trace geologic origins of Gulf of Mexico ‘super basin’ success

The Gulf of Mexico holds huge untapped offshore oil deposits that could help power the U.S. for decades. According to researchers, the basin’s vast oil and gas reserves are the result of a remarkable geologic past. Only a fraction of the oil has been extracted and much remains buried beneath ancient salt layers, just recently illuminated by modern seismic imaging.

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Stuck in a rut: Ocean acidification locks algal communities in a simplified state

Researchers have found that ocean acidification limits algal communities to a state of low diversity and complexity. Communities grown in waters rich in carbon dioxide (CO2) were dominated by turf algae, and had low biodiversity, ecological complexity and biomass. Communities grown under acidic conditions and then transferred to waters that weren’t CO2-enriched increased their biodiversity and complexity, showing that they can recover if CO2 emissions are significantly reduced.

After Wind Speeds Dropped, UK Electricity Prices Rose 10,000%

Last Wednesday the wind died, and Britain’s fleet of thousands of wind turbines mostly stopped turning. The engineers at National Grid had seen the problem coming: temperatures and wind speeds had been low all week and were forecast to fall…

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What is the fate of the Earth?

Our Earth and sun were born together, and their fates are tied together. As our star becomes a red giant and billows outward, our planet will become a dry, scorched, uninhabitable rock. This will happen even as our Milky Way galaxy collides with the Andromeda galaxy next door.

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What is the fate of the Earth?

Our Earth and sun were born together, and their fates are tied together. As our star becomes a red giant and billows outward, our planet will become a dry, scorched, uninhabitable rock. This will happen even as our Milky Way galaxy collides with the Andromeda galaxy next door.

Climate change: what would 4°C of global warming feel like? – The Conversation UK

Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in the Pacific Ocean – known as La Niña – began to emerge…

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Climate change: what would 4°C of global warming feel like? – The Conversation UK

Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in the Pacific Ocean – known as La Niña – began to emerge…

Hard to crack research reveals how crop roots penetrate hard soils

Scientists have discovered a signal that causes roots to stop growing in hard soils which can be ‘switched off’ to allow them to punch through compacted soil — a discovery that could help plants to grow in even the most damaged soils.

Toadlet peptide transforms into a deadly weapon against bacteria

Researchers have discovered remarkable molecular properties of an antimicrobial peptide from the skin of the Australian toadlet. The discovery could inspire the development of novel synthetic drugs to combat bacterial infections.

2020 just short of being Earth’s hottest year on record as global warming continues – USA TODAY

“Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends.” Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees since the 1880s, NASA said. Until the world reduces emissions…