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Invasive plant species can enhance coastal ecosystems

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 20:08
Invasive plant species like seaweed can provide vital ecosystem functions in coastal areas where native habitats such as salt marshes and oyster reefs have severely declined. A new study finds that invasive species could be used to offset the loss of native habitats that provide storm protection, food production and other benefits to billions of people.

Mississippi mud may hold hope for Louisiana coast

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 01:11
Mud, the most plentiful sediment type carried by the Mississippi River, may be the most powerful tool in building land to keep up sea level rise, suggests new research.

'Big Muddy' Missouri river needs a plan

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:14
As the Missouri River flows across the Great Plains to where it meets the Mississippi River at St. Louis, it accumulates such a large sediment load that it has earned the nickname 'Big Muddy.' A recent study looks at the history of the river, damages and changes from the 2011 flood, and its current post-flood condition. The study concludes that the river needs a comprehensive plan with multi-state cooperation.

Global erosivity map shows differences between climatic regions

Wed, 05/07/2017 - 16:31
The first ever global erosivity map gives new insights into the geography of the rain's impact on soil erosion. The underlying research highlights differences between climatic regions and calls for global action to protect our soils.

Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides?

Wed, 05/07/2017 - 14:54
Researchers have been tracking the massive landslide which struck Xinmo Village, Maoxian County, Sichuan Province in China.

Distant earthquakes can cause underwater landslides

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 18:44
New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs.

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 15:57
In the year 2100, 2 billion people -- about one-fifth of the world's population -- could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to new research.

Flooding risk: America's most vulnerable communities

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 16:40
Floods are the natural disaster that kill the most people. They are also the most common natural disaster. As the threat of flooding increases worldwide, a group of scientists have gathered valuable information on flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability in counties throughout the US.

Engineers shine light on deadly landslide

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 23:30
Late in the morning of March 22, 2014, a huge chunk of land cut loose and roared down a hillside in the Stillaguamish River Valley just east of Oso, Washington, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle. In a matter of minutes, 43 people lost their lives as a wall of mud, sand, clay, water. A new report details the factors leading to the disaster, the hazards that accompany landslides and steps that can be taken to mitigate landslide consequences and risk in the Pacific Northwest, with the aim of preventing future tragedies.

Hard rocks from Himalaya raise flood risk for millions

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 18:10
Scientists have shown how earthquakes and storms in the Himalaya can increase the impact of deadly floods in one of Earth's most densely populated areas.

Predicting the movement, impacts of microplastic pollution

Tue, 25/04/2017 - 14:22
Microplastics, which are particles measuring less than 5 mm, are of increasing concern. They not only become more relevant as other plastic marine litter breaks down into tiny particles, they also interact with species in a range of marine habitats. A new study takes a look at how global climate change and the impact of changing ocean circulation affects the distribution of marine microplastic litter.