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Survey Cruise Records Second-Largest "Dead Zone" in Gulf of Mexico Since Measurements Began in 1985

Posted: 07/31/2008 - NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium found the size of this year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone to be 7,988 square miles, slightly smaller than the predicted record size of 8,800 square miles and similar to the area measured in 2007. Scientists think Hurricane Dolly’s wind and waves may have added oxygen to the zone to reduce its size.

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Study: Reefs may “Unglue” in Oceans with High Carbon Dioxide

Posted: 07/31/2008 - Cements that bind individual coral skeletons and larger coral reef structures are predominantly absent in waters with naturally high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), making these reefs highly susceptible to a wearing down of their physical framework, say scientists with NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Fla. and other institutions.

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NOAA Offers Reward for Information on Sea Turtle Poaching

Posted: 07/31/2008 - NOAA’s Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of persons poaching endangered sea turtles in the Territory of Guam and in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands.

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La. Residents Near Levee Lose Fight To Keep Trees

Posted: 07/31/2008 - A federal judge sided with the government Thursday, denying a bid by several homeowners to block the Army Corps of Engineers from removing trees and fences from their properties.

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Beijing Pollution Better, More Measures Considered

Posted: 07/31/2008 - More factory closures and traffic restrictions could be in the works under an emergency plan to clean Beijing's noxious air for the Olympic Games, the government said Thursday.

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More Cities Move Aggressively To Stop Heat Deaths

Posted: 07/31/2008 - In recent years, deadly heat waves have killed dozens to hundreds of people at a time in various U.S. cities, often catching local officials unprepared. Climate scientists say more killer heat waves lie ahead with global warming, and city officials are taking note.

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Weather Break Helps Fight Fire Near Mont. Resort

Posted: 07/31/2008 - Fire crews were shoring up defenses around a Montana ski hill on Thursday, taking advantage of a lull in winds that had pushed a large wildfire to within a half-mile of the resort's summit.

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Cell Changes May Help Lou Gehrig's Research

Posted: 07/31/2008 - Using a new technique to reprogram cells, scientists are growing neurons from people with Lou Gehrig's disease, a possible first step in understanding how the deadly illness develops.

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Research Could Cut Cost Of Energy From Fuel Cells

Posted: 07/31/2008 - Less costly methods for producing oxygen from water have been developed by researchers in the U.S. and Australia, possibly setting the stage for more use of fuel cells to produce energy.

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