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NASA: we’re probably at peak El Niño

NASA: we’re probably at peak El Niño

According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, we’ve “probably reached the peak” of El Niño, though how the coming months will play out isn’t certain. The space agency says it is possible that tropical Pacific waters will be back to neutral by this upcoming summer, or it could play out that we get a La Nina instead, which has happened in the past.

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First Zika virus brain damage case in U.S. identified

First Zika virus brain damage case in U.S. identified

In a first for the U.S., a case brain damage caused by the Zika virus has been identified, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health. A baby in Oahu was born with microcephaly, confirmed to be caused by the Zika virus, which has unfortunately afflicted thousands of babies in Brazil with the same condition. In this latest case, the baby’s mother had been in Brazil in May 2015.

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Next Ice Age postponed thanks to global warming

Next Ice Age postponed thanks to global warming

No, we're not talking about what might be a sequel to a full feature 3D animated film. We are talking about what could have been an imminent natural event that would have brought all life as we know it to its knees. The next ice age, the well known term referring to an extremely long period of bitter cold, is going to be delayed by as much as 100,000 years. Ironically, the Earth has been spared from that fate by global warming, which is also warned to bring a different kind of doom to the planet.

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Volkswagen’s recall plan rejected in California

Volkswagen’s recall plan rejected in California

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen’s proposal for how it will deal with the recall of its vehicles in the state. In addition, CARB has also made public its formal Notice of Violation regarding the auto maker’s violation of state air quality regulations. Says the California EPA, “Today’s actions do not preclude a recall, but allow for a broader array of potential remedies.”

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Giant tortoise fossils hint at Andes Mountains’ history

Giant tortoise fossils hint at Andes Mountains’ history

Case Western Reserve University researcher Darin Croft discovered fossilized tortoise remains in the Andes Mountains, more specifically in what is described as an “arid plateau,” hinting at the state of the landscape as it existed millions of years ago. The discovery was made in southern Bolivia, and is joined by similar discoveries of turtle shell fossil fragments from a nearby location.

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Another contagious Tasmanian devil cancer found

Another contagious Tasmanian devil cancer found

Researchers have discovered a new form of contagious cancer that is transmitted among Tasmanian devils, shaking long-held beliefs that transmittable cancers are a rarity. This is the second type of contagious cancer discovered that affects Tasmanian devils, and it represents itself with physical symptoms and lesions indistinguishable from the other cancer type's lesions. Contagious cancers have also been found among soft-shelled clams and dogs.

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Venomous sea snake washes up on California beach

Venomous sea snake washes up on California beach

Thanks to a particularly strong El Nino, sea snakes are washing up on California beaches at an increased rate. Most recently, researchers were surprised to discover a type of venomous reptile called the yellow-bellied sea snake washed ashore earlier this month on a California beach…far beyond its normal habitat. Even more surprising, this is the second of its kind discovered this year.

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Ecocapsule is a sustainable egg-shaped house the size of a car

Ecocapsule is a sustainable egg-shaped house the size of a car

It may not seem like it, but the small, egg-shaped construction seen here can actually be lived in like house, despite being even smaller than a typical New York City apartment. It's called the Ecocapsule, and it's made for total off-the-grid sustainability. It features dimensions of 4.46 x 2.25 x 2.60 m (14 x 7.3 x 8.5 ft), and only offers 6.3 sq m (67.8 sq ft) of usable floorspace. Most people probably wouldn't want to live in it, but with power, water, a toilet, and a stove, they could certainly try.

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Letter: VW should put scandal resources into zero-emissions cars

Letter: VW should put scandal resources into zero-emissions cars

More than 40 activists and clean energy executives, including Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla, have signed a letter sent to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) urging a different method for dealing with Volkswagen and its emissions-cheating cars. Rather than following through with the current plan, which will have Volkswagen fix its faulty cars, the collective wants the auto maker to puts those resources into launching its zero emissions cars.

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US to ban all soap with microbeads

US to ban all soap with microbeads

Remember when we talked about how products with microbeads were terrible for the environment and that you should never, ever buy them? It would appear that the US government agrees. A bill which bans the sale of personal care products that contain microbeads has just passed the House of Representatives and will soon go to the Senate for approval. Several states have already banned the products, phasing them out over the next several years - this bill, when eventually passed into law, will ban microbeads across the country.

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Google expands its Sunroof estimates to more US territories

Google expands its Sunroof estimates to more US territories

This month, the focus is placed heavily once more is on climate change and the environment in general. Considering their reliance, as well as adverse effects, on the environment, tech companies have rallied around efforts to use or at least promote more responsible use of resources. At the start of the UN Climate Change Conference last week, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and a whole host of other Silicon Valley luminaries announced a new Breakthrough Energy Coalition. Now Google is making its own very small contribution by making its Project Sunroof available to more states in the US.

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China’s on red alert after smog reaches record high

China’s on red alert after smog reaches record high

China has issued its first ever red alert in Beijing related to smog levels, doing so as the levels of pollution in parts of China reach all time highs. According to a state run news organization, this is the first time China has had to issue a red alert in the city, which is the highest warning possible. In this case, the warning has been issued due to the anticipated high levels of smog set for coming days; presently, the smog levels right now are touch lower than they were last week. It is anticipated smog levels will reach severe levels for three or more days.

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