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Radioactive 'pooh sticks' trace carbon's ocean journey

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Radioactive 'pooh sticks' trace carbon's ocean journey

- Radioactive iodine from nuclear reprocessing plants in the UK and France has been detected deep in the waters near Bermuda. Scientists say the contaminants take a circuitous route travelling via the Arctic Ocean and down past Greenland. Researchers believe the radioactivity levels are extremely low and present no danger. However, scientists can use the iodine to accurately map the currents that transport greenhouse gases
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Onshore wind farm at Alwen Forest moves a step closer

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Onshore wind farm at Alwen Forest moves a step closer

- An onshore wind farm on the Conwy-Denbighshire border has moved a step closer with a company assigned to develop plans. Innogy Renewables UK has been asked by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Welsh Water to survey land at Alwen Forest, between Cerrigydrudion and Ruthin. Should a planning application be made, NRW will act as an advisor. A similar project at nearby Clocaenog provided controversial because of 10
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Spot flooding recorded as 36mm of rain falls... and more wet weather promised this week

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Spot flooding recorded as 36mm of rain falls... and more wet weather promised this week

- Some areas of the country experienced heavy rain last night leading to localised spot flooding – and that risk is only set to continue as heavier than average rains continue.
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Council issues advisory notice to beach-users after Monday's stormy weather - Independent.ie

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Council issues advisory notice to beach-users after Monday's stormy weather - Independent.ie

- Fingal County Council have issued the advisory notice for swimmers at Velvet Strand Beach, Portmarnock due to storm water overflow as a result of heavy rain. The notice states that to reduce the risk of illness, beach users should avoid swallowing or splashing the water, they should wash their hands before handling food, and they should avoid swimming with an open cut or wound
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The UK is having its coldest summer holidays in over three decades with the rain set to return this week

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The UK is having its coldest summer holidays in over three decades with the rain set to return this week

- These depressing figures, for the period the kids have already had off school, show it's the coolest start to the summer holidays since 1982.
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In Pictures: Sky lights up at night as Perseid meteors visit Earth

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In Pictures: Sky lights up at night as Perseid meteors visit Earth

- The Perseid meteors, shed by comet Swift-Tuttle, stage their show every August and are among the brightest of all shooting stars. A clear sky gave most parts of Ireland and the UK an opportunity to spot the meteors, said Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna. Streaking flashes of light were also pictured online in the sky above Waterford. The meteor shower lit up the sky near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Perseid meteors over Malta give stargazers a night to remember

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Perseid meteors over Malta give stargazers a night to remember

- (C) James Bianchi The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower has come and gone, but a good, long exposure has enabled us to keep a record this celestial passage. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in 2017 the Perseids were a little more difficult to see due to the presence of the moon, which is three-quarters full, leaving some 40 to 50 per hour being visible
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Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky in stunning photographs and time lapse video

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Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky in stunning photographs and time lapse video

- SKYGAZERS across the UK were treated to a spectacular display of celestial fireworks overnight as the Earth flew through a cloud of cometary dust. Photographers tilted their cameras towards space to snap the Perseid meteors – said to be the brightest of all shooting stars – in the annual cosmic show. A clear sky gave most parts of the UK an opportunity to spot the meteors, which were shed by comet Swift-Tuttle, said Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna
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Perseid meteor showers light up skies overnight

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Perseid meteor showers light up skies overnight

- Digital composite of 30 photographs taken over a period of 15 minutes. A meteor and star trails during the Perseid meteor shower seen from near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as the Earth flies through a cloud of cometary dust creating a spectacular display of celestial fireworks. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. A meteor during the Perseid meteor shower seen from near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Massive Perseid meteor shower thrills stargazers

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Massive Perseid meteor shower thrills stargazers

- Meteors are small fragments of interplanetary debris and dust that enter the Earth's atmosphere at such a high speed that they usually burn up, producing the shooting stream of light. The Perseid meteor shower, one of the best-known of the meteor showers, is active from mid July until 24 August but its peak was expected to be this weekend, particularly Saturday night and in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday
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Firefighters contain huge wildfires in Corsica and Portugal

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Firefighters contain huge wildfires in Corsica and Portugal

- SISCO, France: Firefighters managed to contain huge wildfires in Portugal and the French island of Corsica on Saturday, though hot weather meant the risk of them spreading again remained high. Freak dry spells. The other huge fire now under control was at Alvaiazere in the central region of Leiria.
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Huge wildfires rage in Portugal and on Corsica

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Huge wildfires rage in Portugal and on Corsica

- Pietracorbara (France) (AFP) - Scorching temperatures and high winds were culminating in huge wildfires in Portugal and on the French island of Corsica on Saturday, with hundreds of holidaymakers forced to flee and further blazes predicted. Almost 1,000 people had to leave Corsica during the night, with 2,000 hectares of scrubland destroyed, though no human casualties were reported. Dry conditions have fuelled fires in recent weeks
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Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend

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Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend

- The Perseid meteor shower will peak over the weekend, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. Astronomers say hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in a display that may be visible around the world. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every July and August as the Earth passes debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. However, experts say the Perseids could be harder to see this year as the Moon will be three-quarters full
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Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

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Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

- Scientists have decoded the secrets behind a goldfish's ability to survive in ice-covered lakes. They've worked out how and why the fish turn lactic acid in their bodies into alcohol, as a means of staying alive. Some goldfish were found to have levels well above legal drink-driving limits in many countries. The researchers say the work may help with the study of some alcohol impacts in humans
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Climate crusader Gore takes up arms again

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Climate crusader Gore takes up arms again

- Climate crusader Al Gore is coming to a screen near you. The former US vice president is in the UK to launch his latest eco-movie, An Inconvenient Sequel. It's passionate, dramatic and controversial. And he's hoping it will persuade you that the climate can be saved if we all try hard enough. The movie delivers a mix of extreme weather and stunningly alarming shots of the melting Arctic
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Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims

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Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims

- Scientists have responded furiously to claims about climate change made in a live BBC radio interview. Lord Lawson had claimed that global temperatures had "slightly declined" over the past 10 years. However, scientists working in the field said the records showed the complete opposite to be the case. During the interview, Lord Lawson said that "official figures" showed that "during this past 10 years, if anything
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Calling the Moon: Startup to Put Cellphone Tower on the Moon

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Calling the Moon: Startup to Put Cellphone Tower on the Moon

- An astronaut wandering the moon next year could use a smartphone to call home. A German startup is preparing to set up the first telecommunication infrastructure on the lunar surface. The German company Part Time Scientists, which originally competed for the Google Lunar X Prize race to the moon, plans to send a lander with a rover in late 2018 to visit the landing site of Apollo 17
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