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June, 2001
Norwegian Sea Proposed As Storage Site For Carbon Dioxide
(enn.com 6/25)
The Bush administration Friday issued a proposed federal rule to tighten clean air standards for old coal-fired power plants that are blamed for spoiling vistas at dozens of national parks and wilderness areas, like the smog-plagued Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

EPA plans clean air rule to protect park vistas
(ScienceDaily.com 6/27)
Researchers in Bergen, Norway, have proposed a large scale demonstration project, in which carbon dioxide (CO2) would be pumped directly from offshore oil and gas fields to the deep waters of the Norwegian Sea. The project would test the conclusions of a theoretical study, using computer models, that suggests the Norwegian Sea, through transport to the Atlantic Ocean, would provide safe, long term storage of this greenhouse gas, which would otherwise enter the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.

NASA Shows First Total Solar Eclipse Of The New Millennium
(ScienceDaily.com 6/21)
On Thursday, June 21, 2001, a total solar eclipse sped across the Southern Hemisphere. The shadow of the moon first darkened the South Atlantic about 250 miles east of the Uruguay coast. It crossed the Atlantic Ocean, traversed southern Africa and the island of Madagascar, and then vanished into the darkness as night fell over the Indian Ocean. Click here for pictures and videos of the event.

Scientists urge test of storing carbon dioxide in ocean
(cnn.com 6/19)
 The frigid sea off the coast of Norway could be the ideal place to test the idea of storing carbon dioxide in the depths of the ocean according to scientists in that country.

Swiss Geologists Find Mars Meteorite In The Sultanate Of Oman
(Environmental News Network 6/18)
 Geologists from Bern University and from the Natural History Museum Bern have found more than 180 meteorites in Oman in January/February 2001. The most exciting find is a piece of Mars rock. This meteorite just received its name: Sayh al Uhaymir 094.

Scientist says bleaching may help reefs
(Environmental News Network 6/14)
Coral bleaching - in which colorful reefs turn ghostly white - may not necessarily signal environmental catastrophe after all, a researcher says.

New Coral Record Generated By Scripps Researchers Connects Climate Change In Three Oceans
(ScienceDaily.com 6/11)
Coral extracted from a remote central Pacific island has helped scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, construct a valuable new record of climate conditions during the 20th century. The record, which allowed the researchers to trace sea surface conditions over a 112-year-period, may hold implications for long-range climate forecasting and predictability due to the central tropical Pacific1s key influence on climate conditions around the world.

New Research Shows Mountain Glaciers Shrinking Worldwide
(ScienceDaily.com 6/8)
Mountain glaciers around the world are receding, said geophysicists today at the annual spring meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). In a finding he calls "dramatic," Dr. Rick Wessels from the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) presented research that compared new satellite data to historical records and photographs of glaciers on mountains worldwide, showing that the majority of glaciers studied have decreased in size.

New Research Shows Mountain Glaciers Shrinking Worldwide
(ScienceDaily.com 6/8)
Mountain glaciers around the world are receding, said geophysicists today at the annual spring meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). In a finding he calls "dramatic," Dr. Rick Wessels from the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) presented research that compared new satellite data to historical records and photographs of glaciers on mountains worldwide, showing that the majority of glaciers studied have decreased in size.

New Research Can Improve Regional U.S. Snowfall Forecasts During El Niņos And La Niņas Winters
(ScienceDaily.com 6/7)
For the first time, researchers have identified how El Niņos and La Niņas change snowfall in specific regions of the continental United States. These findings may lead to more accurate winter season snowfall forecasts when either event is occurring.

Ancient Oceans Experienced A Global Surge In Biological Productivity
(ScienceDaily.com 6/4)
In work that could improve understanding of future climate change, University of Michigan researchers have documented a global-scale increase in oceanic biological productivity that occurred between about 6 million and 4 million years ago, during the late Miocene and early Pliocene epochs of geological history.

Unusual Source Of Ocean Water Contamination May Rewrite Environmental Textbooks
(ScienceDaily.com 6/4)
A team of California researchers may rewrite environmental textbooks after uncovering evidence that a saltwater marsh is a source of potentially hazardous fecal bacteria that is contaminating the swimming and surfing waters of one of the Golden State's most popular beaches.



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