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Methane forum attendees differ on ‘hot spot’

FARMINGTON — About 100 environmentalists, former legislators and interested people filled a meeting room in Henderson Hall at San Juan College on Tuesday evening to hear about scientists’ efforts this year to pinpoint sources contributing to high levels of atmospheric methane recently detected over the Four Corners region. The meeting was organized by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups ...

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North Dakota drone test site inks 5-year contract with NASA

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft test site has signed a research contract with NASA. The agency has agreed to pay the Northern Plains UAS Test Site nearly $198,000 to support a drone traffic management project. Officials say the five-year contract could include additional funding from NASA. The North Dakota test site is one of six in the ...

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Researchers announce detailed methane study

FARMINGTON — City officials, environmentalists, industry leaders and interested people squeezed into a lecture hall at San Juan College on Friday morning to learn of researchers’ plans to more closely study levels of atmospheric methane in the Four Corners. Published in October, a study by NASA and the University of Michigan used European satellite imagery captured between 2003 and 2009 ...

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Unseen for 1,000 years, 21st century mega-droughts expected to plague the U.S.

Anxiety over water use could become a permanent issue in the 21st century as a recent NASA study is predicting that drought accompanying a future weather shift could be the worst observed within the past 1,000 years. Last Thursday, NASA revealed that through analysis, they are predicting a “Mega-drought” to impact the Southwest and Great Plains over the next 35 ...

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NASA Wallops concerned with potential offshore drilling

Twenty days after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rocked the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the U.S. Department of Interior canceled the proposed sale of a gas and oil drilling lease, Lease 220, off Virginia’s coast. Almost five years later, the possibility of oil and gas drilling off Delmarva has reappeared, with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announcing in ...

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Report sheds grim light on geoengineering outlook

Could technological developments be close to cooling the planet and tackling atmospheric toxins? Not yet, BizWest reports. The National Research Council partnered with the University of Colorado-Boulder to publish a report on the current viability of geoengineering— research and developments aimed at cooling the earth and ridding the atmosphere of carbon dioxide. According to the report, the costly technology would ...

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