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PFAS and Other Harmful Chemicals Found in a U.S. Protected River

​St. Croix River – a federally protected stream – is facing a sinister threat coming from toxic industrial elements associated with several health issues, as per a report published by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The report says that per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, utilized in nonstick and stain-resistant pans, rugs, and numerous other products, have been detected in the river. Agency representatives said they were found last year in a water sample collected close to the Minnesota Department of Transportation drainage pipe. PFAS and Their Impact on…

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Iceland’s Most Active Volcano is Ready to Erupt Again

The Grímsvötn​ volcano located in Iceland, a structure mostly covered in ice, caused an unprecedentedly massive and powerful eruption back in 2011, discharging ash 20 kilometers (12.42 miles) into the atmosphere and causing more than 900 passenger flights to cancel. By comparison, the smaller eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, recorded in 2010, led to the cancellation of about 100,000 flights. These events make any mention of another explosive eruption from an Icelandic volcano raise concerns in the air travel segment. However, there are signs that the Grímsvötn​ volcano is on the edge of erupting…

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Greenland Ice Loss Accelerates – The World Should Go on an ‘Energy Diet’

Greenland’s ice melting rate is estimated to likely outpace every century in the last 12,000 years if the weather keeps being modified, new research has revealed.​ According to the new paper, the rate of ice loss in Greenland is being sped up by the emission of greenhouse gases. In the new study published in Nature, researchers drew a comparison between the ice melting process and simulations covering the last 12,000 years. The scientists now argue the research’s results emphasize the situation and how it can worsen before this century ends. Dr.…

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California Residents Forced to Evacuate as Wildfires Spread Further

​Tens of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in Napa and Sonoma valleys in California on Monday, September 28th, as wildfires intensified by powerful winds tore the famous wine region apart. Vineyards were consumed and buildings ruined by the blaze that dispersed at a ‘dangerous rate’ through 11,000 acres (4,500 hectares) and was out of control, the state’s fire agency Cal Fire said. Famous Napa wineries have already burnt severely, including Chateau Boswell and part of Castello di Amorosa. The buildings on the margins of Santa Rosa,…

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Experts Issue Solar Storm Alert as Charged Particles From the Sun Reach Earth

Space weather experts have predicted a solar storm after a stream of charged particles from the Sun got to Earth. Solar winds reaching our planet over the weekend have produced a weak geomagnetic storm in Earth’s magnetosphere, and the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) says the storm could last until Wednesday, September 30th. The storm could also affect satellite systems. Solar Storm Alert On Monday, the SWPC alert bulletin said that weak power grid fluctuations could take place, along with ‘minor impacts on satellite operations.’ Geomagnetic or solar storms…

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Researchers Find Unique Creatures Under the Ice in Antarctica

​A team of researchers camping in Antarctica plunged into a breathtaking world below the ice, revealing some bizarre and wonderful creatures that, according to the team, are present nowhere else on Earth. The research took weeks of camping and diving under the ice, which is over 10 feet (3 meters) thick in some areas, at one of the globe’s most southernmost accessible dive sites. With marine ecologist Dr. Drew Lohrer as lead, the goal of the expedition was to analyze the way weather change is impacting marine biodiversity across the…

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U.S. Fire Smoke Reaching European Shores Shows How Terrible the Blaze is

​The smoke from the wildfires of the West Coast in the United States was shown reaching as far as Europe, as per the satellite monitoring agencies in Europe. Currently, fires across California continue to burn, having scorched over 3.2 million acres of the Golden State. The fires have extended as far as Washington State, which is isolated from California by Oregon, with the latter also experiencing the power of the blaze. Now, European scientists found that the density of the smoke is so astonishing that it has reached Europe. Observations…

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​Thwaites, Antarctica’s Doomsday Glacier is Melting Too Quickly, Research Says

​Thwaites is sometimes referred to as the doomsday glacier. Why? Because this Britain-sized structure in western Antarctica is melting at a rather rapid pace, retreating by approximately half a mile (2,625 feet) per year, according to the latest estimates. Researchers calculate the glacier will lose all its ice in more or less than 200 to 600 years, and when it does, it will raise sea levels by around 1.6 to 2 feet (0.5 meters). However, the sea-level increase wouldn’t be all. ​Thwaites​’ nickname comes mostly from what would happen after it…

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Dutch Team Develops Coffin Made of Mushrooms to Eliminate Harmful Elements in Soil

​Dutch designers have created the world’s first mycelium coffin in which the deceased person can be buried. The world-first achievement claims a moss-filled coffin made of the underground fungal network of mushrooms. The Living Cocoon was created by Bob Hendrikx by partnering with researchers from the Delft University of Technology and the Naturalis Natural History Museum and has already been included in the coffin collections provided by two Dutch funeral companies. “The Living Cocoon enables people to become one with nature again and to enrich the soil, instead of polluting…

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The Smoke Covering the U.S. West Coast Can Be Seen From 1 Million Miles Away

The smoke floating around from the wildfires spreading across the Western United States is a wrenching view, even from millions of miles away.​ NASA‘s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) snapped a dramatic capture of the smoke last week, showing a massive gray-brown smudge wafting over the Pacific Ocean just near the West Coast. EPIC is attached to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), which rotated the Sun in a gravitationally stable place 930,000 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth. The smoke is very bad over…

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