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Study concludes forests are decreasing, but how good is the data?

Using data from 541 randomly selected 18.5 by 18.5 km blocks, an analysis of Landsat-7 satellite data has concluded that 3% of the forests (1 million square kilometer) present in 2000 were gone by 2005. See map at http://www.sciencenews.org/view/download/id/58673/name/WHEN_A_TREE_FALLS . The researchers...

Lakes across the globe are warming up

Throughout the past quarter-century, inland lakes have been experiencing a small, steadily rising nighttime fever. Globally, the average increase has hovered around 0.045 degrees Celsius per year, but in some regions the increase has been more than twice that - or about 1 °C per decade. In some regions...

Smoke from fires can travel thousands of miles impacting weather, climate, and air quality

Prior posts have noted the impact of fires in Southeast Asia on air pollution throughout the region. While it has been known for decades that large wildfires can create or enhance thunderstorm clouds, leading to what are called pyrocumulonimbus clouds ("pyroCbs"), only recently have researchers...

International Aviation and Space Law Toolbox

The Limit of the Final Frontier....? Sputnik Welcome to the LexisNexis International Aviation and Space Law Toolbox, the collection of our content that provides laws and legal analysis pertinent to the resolution of issues pertaining to the aviation industry and/or arising in or concerning outer...

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It's Time for Real Property Law to Join the 21st Century

I handle a number real estate transactions each year. It is not uncommon to find an error in the property description located in a deed. Often somewhere in the chain of title, someone made a typo which was then passed on from deed to deed to deed. Attorneys call such mistakes "scrivener's errors...