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Announcing new GSA Division Award for career achievement in petroleum geology

(Geological Society of America) The Curtis-Hedberg Petroleum Career Achievement Award has been established by the Energy Geology Division of The Geological Society of America (GSA) and will be awarded in 2020 at the GSA Annual Meeting in Montréal, Canada.

NASA-NOAA satellite catches development of gulf Tropical Depression 17

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Gulf of Mexico and revealed that a low pressure area was developing into a depression. On Oct. 25, 2019, that low pressure area became Tropical Depression 17.

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Impact of climate change on Louisiana’s Houma tribe

Repeated disasters and environmental changes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast are rapidly eroding the land, and along with it, an Indigenous tribe’s ability to sustain its culture, health and livelihoods, new research suggests.

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ARMY CORPS: Spillway that saved New Orleans from flood killed dolphins

The federal government’s effort to avoid a flood disaster in New Orleans had catastrophic consequences of its own, causing massive fish kills and habitat destruction along the Gulf Coast, according to the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

UH Law Center shares European Commission award for climate change work

(University of Houston) The European Commission has awarded a three-year energy research grant to the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center and the French Universite Jean Moulin Lyon III.

NASA images of hurricanes from space

Hurricane season is under way — a perfect opportunity to look at these amazing storms from a different perspective. NASA offers just the right viewpoint to study hurricanes, whether from 22,000-mile-high weather satellites or the International Space Station, which orbits…

What is Eastern equine encephalitis?

Another mosquito-transmitted illness is making headlines as the annoying insect continues to earn its reputation as the world’s deadliest animal. The Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus was confirmed in Massachusetts and New York this summer, Newsweek reports. Hospital representatives at…

Discovery of ‘hidden’ outbreak hints that Zika virus can spread silently

(Scripps Research Institute) Just when international fears of contracting Zika began to fade in 2017, an undetected outbreak was peaking in Cuba — a mere 300 miles off the coast of Miami. A team of scientists at Scripps Research, working in concert with several other organizations, uncovered the hidden outbreak by overlaying air-travel patterns with genomic sequencing of virus samples from infected travelers. The discovery is featured on the cover of the Aug. 22, 2019 issue of Cell.

Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act — but that might not matter

The U.S. lost a variety of native wildlife in the 20th century, including birds such as (clockwise from top left) Carolina parakeets, dusky seaside sparrows and passenger pigeons. (Photo: James St. John [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,…