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Scientists uncover a 60,000-year-old forest underwater and think its preserved trees may help pioneer new medicines

by Alicia Lee, CNN

Nearly 60,000 years ago, as prehistoric humans just started venturing out of Africa, a forest of cypress trees grew on the banks of a river near the Gulf of Mexico. As the trees grew old, they fell and were buried under sediment. When the sea level rose, the remains of the forest were covered once again.

Now, scientists have uncovered that same forest and believe it may hold the secrets to creating new medicines and saving lives.

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Shrinking shores: Half the world’s beaches could disappear because of climate change, study says

by Doyle Rice, USA Today

Bye-bye beaches?

Half of the world’s beaches could disappear by 2100 because of severe erosion linked to climate change, a study published Monday suggests.

The main causes are sea-level rise and erosion from storms, the study says, which warned of “the near-extinction of almost half of the world’s sandy beaches by the end of the century.” 

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15% Chance North Atlantic Current Partially Collapses In The Next Century, Scientists Say

by Trevor Nace, Forbes

The North Atlantic current is a key reason western Europe is unusually warm given its latitude. Now, scientists believe there is a 15% chance of a partial collapse in the coming century.

The current transports warm water from the Gulf of Mexico up the southeastern coast of the United States, breaks from the coast at Cape Hatteras, NC, and heads for northwestern Europe. The ocean is a powerful transporter of heat, providing comparatively warm conditions in northwestern Europe.

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