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Climate Change Greatest Threat To Great Barrier Reef, Report Says

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 09:41

THE HILL August 12, 2014 by Laura Barron-Lopez

The 2014 report, released by Australia's government on Tuesday, states that the overall outlook for the reef is poor, and is expected to further deteriorate.

"Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef," the report states. "It is already affecting the Reef and is likely to have far-reaching consequences in the decades to come."

Supermoon 2014 Sunday August 10

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:29

MASSLIVE.COM August 9, 2014 by Joe Deburro

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Look up in the sky. Is it a beach ball? Is it a balloon? No, it's Supermoon 2014! And it's coming to a sky near you!

United States Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS in Northern Iraq

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:12

CBS News August 8, 2014

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Iraqi families who fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul prepare to sleep on the ground as they try to enter a temporary displacement camp but are blocked by Kurdish soldiers on July 3, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WHO: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa an International Health Emergency

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:54

CNN August 8, 2014 by Faith Karirni and Radina Gigova

Global health experts on Friday declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus, which has also spread to Nigeria. More than 930 people have died.

European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet After 10 Years and Four Billion Miles

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:59

The New York Times August 6, 2014 by Kenneth Chang

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The comet, as photographed by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, is 2.5 miles wide. Credit European Space Agency

Washington Begins Sales of Edible Marijuana Products

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:40

USA TODAY August 6, 2014 by Trevor Hughes

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This marijuana-infused chocolate bar sold in Colorado is scored into 10 pieces, indicating that each square contains a single serving size of 10 mg of THC, the active component of pot. (Photo: Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY)


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