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Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years

The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change. Stanford climate scientists warn that the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift in the past 65 million years. If the trend continues at its current rapid ...

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Natural wastewater treatment project in Bsharri

Bsharri Municipality will enlist plant microorganisms to gobble up the pollution in the region’s wastewater, leaders from the area announced Sunday afternoon. The Model Plant for Sanitation project in Bsharri will test a new water treatment technology, which uses naturally grown microorganisms to treat the municipality’s wastewater. The project was inaugurated Sunday in the Al-Harim area with the cooperatio ...

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Forest fire surges in north Lebanon and helicopters from Cyprus

A huge fire that destroyed thousands of trees in north Lebanon surged Wednesday and approached residential areas, prompting the government to consider asking for British assistance battling the blaze. Cyprus agreed to send Lebanon a helicopter to assist the Army in putting out the fire.   Mayor of Sfira Hussein Harmoush said a halt in firefighting operations allowed the fire to flare Wednesday morning. ...

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Mediterranean Sea: small changes big impacts

A Mediterranean cruise might not sound like a typical day in the life of a scientist, but for researchers studying the effects of human activity on the environment, the sea has become an extension of their laboratory. For the millions of people who live along the Mediterranean coast – and the millions more who visit every year – the sea is a source of pleasure, leisure, food and income. What has not been ap ...

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Climate change will cause Alaskan village to vanish under water within 10 years

Kivalina is home to about 400 Inupiat people. Scientists say the tiny Alaskan village is falling prey to the effects of climate change — and might be uninhabitable within the next 10 years. The northwestern Alaskan village of Kivalina is perched on a remote and narrow strip of sand next to the frigid waters of the Chukchi sea. Its 400 residents are the descendants of an Inupiat tribe.   And in just 10 ...

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