Climate change and the 75% problem

Climate change and the 75% problem

Bill Gates shares his plan for fighting climate change.

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Antarctic ice shelf ‘sings’ as winds whip across its surface

Antarctic ice shelf 'sings' as winds whip across its surface

Winds blowing across snow dunes on Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf cause the massive ice slab's surface to vibrate, producing a near-constant set of seismic 'tones' scientists could potentially use to monitor changes in the ice shelf from afar, according to new research.

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Bill Gates leads global call to accept realities of a warming planet

Bill Gates leads global call to accept realities of a warming planet

It is not enough that we try to limit further global warming – we must also do far more to ensure we survive it. That’s the message from a coalition of major global figures, including former UN head Ban Ki-moon and billionaire Bill Gates. The Global Commission on Adaptation, which is being launched today, says that the impact of global warming is already being felt much sooner and more powerfully than expected. To keep reducing global poverty and maintain economic growth, societies must do much more, much faster, to adapt.

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Was life on the early Earth purple?

Was life on the early Earth purple?

Early life-forms on Earth may have been able to generate metabolic energy from sunlight using a purple-pigmented molecule called retinal that possibly predates the evolution of chlorophyll and photosynthesis. If retinal has evolved on other worlds, it could create a a distinctive biosignature as it absorbs green light in the same way that vegetation on Earth absorbs red and blue light.

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Costs from hurricane damage to rise alongside frequency, intensity

Costs from hurricane damage to rise alongside frequency, intensity

Damage from Hurricane Michael is projected to cost billions of dollars, and experts say such storms will only get worse and more costly as climate change wreaks havoc on weather patterns. The Category 4 storm that pummeled Florida Gulf Coast communities this week, leaving more than a dozen people dead, was the third-strongest storm ever to hit the continental U.S.

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Letting your dog sleep with you is good for chronic pain sufferers, new study shows

Letting your dog sleep with you is good for chronic pain sufferers, new study shows

For chronic pain sufferers, it may be smart to let sleeping dogs lie, a new University of Alberta study suggests. Contrary to blanket medical advice, shooing Fido out of the bedroom may not help people with long-term pain get a better night’s sleep, said researcher Cary Brown of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. “Typically, people who have pain also have a lot of sleep problems, so usually if they ask their health-care provider about a pet, they’re told to get the pet out of the bedroom. But that standard advice can actually be damaging.”

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