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SEA-LEVEL RISE: Huge lakes abruptly empty into Greenland ice sheet

There are few sights as peaceful as the lakes atop the Greenland ice sheet, tranquil pools of sapphire meltwater on a bed of sparkling white. But beautiful as they are, they don’t always last for long. These lakes have a habit of suddenly disappearing.

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CLIMATE IMPACTS: Insurers cherry-pick homes, leave flooded ones for feds

Taxpayers could be forced to spend billions of dollars to bail out the federal government’s flood program as private-sector insurers begin covering homes with little risk of flooding while clustering peril-prone properties in the indebted public program.

Why good Christmas trees might be hard to find

If you’re someone who enjoys the beauty and smell of a real Christmas tree, you might have to search a little harder and pull a few more bills out of your wallet this holiday season. Some news outlets in the…

Earthquake risk perception: A picture is worth a thousand stats

(University of British Columbia) Realistic images can be more effective than statistics for persuading people to support seismic upgrades to schools, UBC research suggests. Seismic engineers and psychologists teamed up with a visual artist to create an image of a Vancouver school after a major earthquake. When given the opportunity to sign a petition in support of accelerating seismic upgrading, people who had seen the image were more likely to sign than those who had seen only statistics.

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Lost Apple Project hunts for vintage varieties

We’re familiar with deer hunters, truffle hunters and house hunters, but a two-person team of retirees in the Pacific Northwest has found something else to track: vintage apples. There were once 17,000 apple varieties in North America; it’s estimated that…

Lost Apple Project hunts for vintage varieties

We’re familiar with deer hunters, truffle hunters and house hunters, but a two-person team of retirees in the Pacific Northwest has found something else to track: vintage apples. There were once 17,000 apple varieties in North America; it’s estimated that…

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Life, liberty — and access to microbes?

Poverty increases the risk for numerous diseases by limiting people’s access to healthy food, environments and stress-free conditions. Researchers argue that poverty also compromises health by creating unequal access to beneficial microorganisms.