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Scientists Go to Coldest Place on Earth to Collect Ice Cores for Future Generations to Study

By Alex Kirby

An ambitious scientific expedition is due to start work on May 22 on Bolivia's second-highest mountain, Illimani. The researchers plan to drill three ice cores from the Illimani glacier, and to store two of them in Antarctica as the start of the world's first ice archive.

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Switzerland Says No to Nukes, Yes to Renewables Following Historic Citizen Vote

More than 58 percent of Swiss voters supported a measure to phase out nuclear power in favor of renewable energy.

The plan provides billions in subsidies for renewable energy, bans the construction of new nuclear plants and decommissions Switzerland's five aging reactors. There is no clear date when the plants will close.

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'Doomsday' Seed Vault Flooded After Arctic Permafrost Melts

Flooding breached a supposedly impregnable Arctic "doomsday" vault containing a collection of seeds stored for an apocalypse scenario last week, after warmer-than-average temperatures caused a layer of permafrost to thaw.

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The edge of the Filchner-Ronne ice shelf in the Weddell Sea. Ralph Timmermann/AWI

Antarctic Warming Threatens World's Second Largest Ice Shelf

By Tim Radford

German scientists have worked out the process that could destroy an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Iraq.

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An adult 17-year cicada and two nymph exoskeletons. Joel Duff

Cicadas Show Up 4 Years Early

Cicadas cropping up early in the mid-Atlantic region may be responding to climate change, scientists hypothesize.

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These Two Words Can Solve the Climate Crisis

If you want to see a solution to the climate crisis in your lifetime, they might be the two most important words you hear this year: carbon pricing.

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Methane released from frozen permafrost trapped as bubbles within ice. NASA

Will Extracting the World's Most Abundant Fossil Fuel Release the Methane Monster?

Japan and China have successfully extracted methane hydrate—ice crystals with natural methane gas locked inside—from the ocean floor near their coastlines.

Commercial development of this frozen fossil fuel is considered by many countries as a key to energy security. However, releasing this massive methane monster is a potential environmental disaster.

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Watch Richard Branson Sink This WWII Ship and Giant Steel Octopus

By Sabrina Imbler

The Kodiak Queen had a long, storied life. One of five vessels to survive the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, the ship later traveled up north to serve as an Alaska king crab vessel and salmon tender.

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