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October, 2000
Report strengthens link between pollution, global warming (CNN news 10/25)
Earth's average surface temperature could rise from 2.7 degrees F to almost 11 degrees F over the next hundred years, according to a draft report from the United Nations' intergovernmental panel on climate change.

Infrared satellite photos help track coral reef health (CNN news 10/25)
Amid reports of a sharp rise in the death of the world's coral reefs, NASA released satellite images Wednesday that could provide a helping hand in locating dead or dying reefs.

Europe's biggest glacier shrinks (CNN news 10/23)
Europe's largest glacier is on the verge of breaking up as a result of increased temperatures.

Shark deaths leave experts puzzled (CNN news 10/18)
Florida and federal biologists are puzzled by the deaths of more than 100 sharks which have been washing up in a cove in Panama City, Florida.

Oldest Gamma Ray Bursts (Discovery.com news 10/18)
A huge and mysterious explosion of gamma rays has been detected at the greatest distance yet, putting its source not only about 600 sextillion miles away, but billions of years in the past before the creation of the Milky Way.

Fuel cells get boost from feds in U.S. (CNN news 10/17)
The U.S government is giving fuel cells a significant boost with an infusion of $100 million to develop technologies for various applications.

Climate Change Shifts Frost Seasons & Plant Growth (Science Daily 10/17)
An off-season "Jack Frost" is nipping life away from some plants in many regions of the country.

Meteorite May Be Primitive Solar System Material (Science Daily 10/13)
A fragile, charcoal-like meteorite that plummeted on to a frozen Canadian lake last January may represent the most primitive solar system material yet studied.

Australia unveils plan to tackle salinity (CNN news 10/10)
The Australian government unveiled a seven-year, $700 million (U.S. $372 million) plan on Tuesday to tackle salinity and water quality problems, two of the country's most serious environmental issues.

Using Hubble Data, Scientists Show Io's Mantle Is Similar To Earth's (Science Daily 10/09)
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis studying chemical data from the Hubble Space Telescope have determined the eruption conditions of Jupiter's volcanically active satellite, Io, and concluded that the moon has a differentiated mantle similar to that of Earth.

Ozone hole stretches to record size and exposes Chilean city (CNN news 10/06)
The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica stretched over a Chilean city when it ballooned to a record size last month. Scientists say this is the first time it has reached a population center.

Nasa's Langley First Stop In Blast To Look At Impact Crater's Past (Science Daily 10/06)
NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, sits on the edge of a huge crater where, thirty-five million years ago, a two-mile-wide bolide (meteor or comet) hit the tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore. When it struck, the fireball reshaped the land, disrupted the existing water table, and dislodged deeper sediment to higher levels across a 56- mile-wide area.



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