NASA Wallops Recovery Continues from Hurricane SandyFrom NASA
by Rob Gutro
Hurricane Sandy came ashore in northern New Jersey Oct. 29, 2012, and as the powerful storm made its way along the East Coast it brought damage to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. The Wallops Shoreline Protection Project has been managing the restoration efforts and released before and after photos of the shoreline.
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Top 10 Surprising Results of Global WarmingFrom LiveScience
by LiveScience Staff
You've probably heard about the global warming song and dance: rising temperatures, melting ice caps and rising sea levels in the near future. But Earth's changing climate is already wreaking havoc in some very weird ways. So gird yourself for such strange effects as savage wildfires, 25-mile long icebergs, disappearing lakes, freak allergies, and the threat of long-gone diseases re-emerging.
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Developing the EvergladesFrom National Parks Service
The notion of draining the vast wetland persisted into the 20th century. Expanded dredging efforts between 1905 and 1910 transformed large tracts from wetland to agricultural land. This abundance of "new" land stimulated the first of several south Florida land booms. Railroads constructed by entrepreneurs like Henry B. Plant and Henry M. Flagler made the region more accessible and attractive to tourists
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RISE: Climate Change and Coastal CommunitiesFrom National Geographic
by Claire Schoen Media
Most of the great cities, the world over, are built along the water. So are many towns, hamlets, and villages. But sea level rise and extreme weather, both fueled by climate change, threaten to reclaim coastal lands and the communities that are built on them. The destruction of New York’s shoreline, in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, has made this all too clear.
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Get Ready for Busy Wildfire SeasonFrom USA Today
by The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Despite the slowest start to a wildfire season in a decade, the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday his agency is preparing for another busy year, but with fewer firefighters.
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Chhurim, Nepalese Woman, Becomes First Female To Summit Mount Everest Twice In One SeasonFrom The Huffington Post
by BINAJ GURUBACHARYA
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Nepalese mountaineer Chhurim entered the record book by scaling Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season. In fact, she did so a week apart. Guinness World Records said she is the first woman to climb the world's highest mountain twice in the same season – the brief window of good weather each year that allows climbers to reach the summit.
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Nigeria: Fifty-Two Years After Independence, Education Remain in ShamblesFrom 247 UReports
by ADEWALE STEPHEN
As another day of Nigeria’s independence anniversary draws near, it is obvious that all is not well with the country’s educational sector. The portrait of independent Nigeria, after 52 years of its existence is disquieting. While the Asian Tigers, many of whom started out on the journey of development at the same time with Nigeria, are busy taming the moon and befriending Mars, Nigeria tramps on in poverty, disease and illiteracy.
Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea's first female presidentFrom CNN
by GREG BOTELHO and PETER SHADBOLT
(CNN) -- Park Geun-hye made history Monday by becoming South Korea's first female president, pledging to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang.
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Hillary Clinton: Countries Visited By The Most-Traveled Secretary Of State In HistoryFrom The Huffington Post
by Kavitha A. Davidson
According to the State Department, the most-traveled Secretary of State in history visited 112 countries during her four-year tenure, traversing 956,733 miles -- enough to span the globe more than 38 times -- and spending 401 total days on the road. Her dizzying world tour shattered the previous record of countries visited by Secretaries of State, held by Madeline Albright, who saw 98 different nations from 1997 to 2001.
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Batteries at a Wind Farm Help Control Output
From The New York Timesby MATTHEW L. WALD
ELKINS, W.Va. — Another wind farm opened on another windy ridge in West Virginia this week, 61 turbines stretched across 12 miles, generating up to 98 megawatts of electricity. But the novel element is a cluster of big steel boxes in the middle, the largest battery installation attached to the power grid in the continental United States.
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