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Chances are, the last time you were at the beach, ocean physics wasn't paramount on your mind. However, that glistening expanse of frothy blue is more than just a pretty sight. In fact, it is one of the biggest drivers of both weather and climate on Earth.
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The Earth's climate is changing rapidly, and effects of this transition are evident on all scales. Despite the fact that most people acknowledge the reality of climate change, however, few appear to take meaningful action to combat it.
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Mashapaug Pond, in southwest Providence, was once the site of a bustling industrial plant called the Gorham Manufacturing Company. From the late-19th century until the middle of the 21st, the Gorham factory churned out some of the country's finest silverware and bronze casts, all the while pumping large quantities of effluent into the soil and water.
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Introducing: Tyler Kartzinel, Faculty Fellow

Nature is full of surprising interactions between species. Whether it's by working together, avoiding each other, competing with one another, or making a meal out of one another, species are connected in a variety of ways.
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Introducing: Brian Lander, Faculty Fellow

Brian Lander, formerly a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University, joins the ranks of IBES fellows this fall as Assistant Professor of History.
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New research shows that New Englanders are susceptible to serious health effects even when the heat index is below 100, a finding that has helped to change the National Weather Service threshold for heat warnings.
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The Earth Science Women's Network, a networking organization for women geoscientists, will be presented with a Special Award at this year's annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society.
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Effective January 1, 2017, Leah VanWey, Professor of Sociology and current Deputy Director of Research at IBES, will become Brown's newest Associate Provost for Academic Space.
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Climate finance ‘less transparent since Paris'

The transparency gap—the distance between donor countries' pledged climate adaptation finance and the trackable reality—has collectively expanded since the Paris negotiations, say researchers from AdaptationWatch in their new report Towards Transparency.
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One fine day in the 9th century BCE, bands of traders and colonists from the Middle East set sail across the Mediterranean Sea, headed for the island of Sardinia. There, they found an indigenous society living among giant stone towers called nuraghi, occupying modest dwellings built into the rocky monuments and herding cattle for sustenance.
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A new study using data from Rhode Island’s lead-abatement program and repeated blood lead level tests finds that lead exposure among preschoolers can predict low reading scores in subsequent years.
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One hundred years from now, our planet is likely to be a very different place. Earth's climate is already changing, threatening vulnerable ecosystems the world over. Many scientists consider a major global extinction event to be all but inevitable within the next century.
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