Environment
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Color coding rivers

Science | The shifting shades of bodies of water can tell scientists about their health
by John Dawson
Posted 1/07/21, 12:14 pm

America’s rivers are changing colors, moving from blue to shades of green and yellow, a group of researchers says.

A team of scientists pored over hundreds of thousands of river images dating back to 1984 and published their findings in the journal Geophysical Research Letters in December. They found about a third of American rivers have changed color, according to lead author John Gardner of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Kilauea volcano erupts in Hawaii

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/22/20, 03:44 am

After more than two years of stillness, Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island started erupting on Sunday night. The volcano spewed lava, steam, gas, and ash into the air. A 4.4.-magnitude earthquake hit the surrounding area about an hour after the eruption started but did not cause any severe structural damages. Some lava fell into the Halemaumau crater and mixed with a recently-formed lake, creating a steam cloud that rose about 30,000 feet into the atmosphere.

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Right to flow in Florida

Environmentalism | Voters in one county grant legal personhood to rivers
by John Dawson
Posted 11/12/20, 03:28 pm

Nearly 90 percent of Orange County, Fla., voters last week chose to endow two local rivers with legal rights. So-called “rights of nature” environmentalists argue the county charter amendment will improve water quality in the region.

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