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The damage to the Great Barrier Reef has been well publicized in recent years, with bleaching events putting the entire system at risk. As much as half of the coral cover has been lost to these events, with experts predicting that the entire cover will be gone by the year 2050. This puts in danger the marine plants and animals that call the Great Barrier Reef home.

But scientists may have found a way to at least mitigate some of the damage. Utilizing an underwater robot called LarvalBot, researchers have discovered a way to plant small baby corals all along the Great Barrier Reef. The hope is that this will eventually populate the reef, essentially repairing the damage that’s been done.

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Lately, the news regarding climate change has been dire. But researchers have come up with an unconventional plan to slow down global warming’s effects on Earth’s atmosphere. It involves tossing sulfates in the stratosphere in an effort to dim the sun.

There are several issues with this plan, though. The first is cost. The team estimates that it would cost $2.25 billion a year for the first 15 years. A second issue is the fact that there simply is no aircraft that could get the sulfates where they need to go. In order to make that happen, someone would have to build a specialized high-altitude tanker, which would then need to take about 4,000 flights every year. That number would increase linearly each year, the scientists believe.

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

We Now Have the First Detailed Map of Antarctica

Although Antarctica is an important part of the planet, playing an essential role in climate change, not nearly enough information is known about it. In fact, one scientist recently pointed out that until recently, we had better maps of Mars than we did of Antarctica.

That has now changed. Working together, a team of researchers at Ohio State University recently created the most detailed map of Antarctica in existence. However, putting together the map, called the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA), was a bit of a challenge. The team had to compile all of the information provided by satellites flying over the area, which involved matching high-resolution images up to make sure the layout was captured accurately.

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