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Thirty-year study reveals cause of coral bleaching crisis

Thirty-year study reveals cause of coral bleaching crisis

Science
July 16 (UPI) -- Corals are disappearing across the world's oceans, and most scientists have pointed to warming water temperatures -- the result of climate change -- as the primary driver. But new research suggests nitrogen pollution is the main cause of coral bleaching in Florida. The study, published this week in the journal Marine Biology, was compiled using three-decades worth of observational data collected at the Looe Key Reef in the lower Florida Keys. "Our results provide compelling evidence that nitrogen loading from the Florida Keys and greater Everglades ecosystem caused by humans, rather than warming temperatures, is the primary driver of coral reef degradation at Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation Area," lead study author Brian Lapointe, research professor at Florida Atlantic U...
Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Science
July 10 (UPI) -- Today, economists use a wide variety of sophisticated tools to measure economic output. But how does one measure economic activity that happened 1,000 years ago? One way is measure changes in lead pollution levels trapped in ancient ice. Using Arctic ice cores, an international team of researchers successfully retraced the economic ups and down of the last 1,500 years. The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed the the economic impacts of wars and plagues. "We all were surprised at how similarly lead pollution varied across this half of the Arctic and how closely those variations coincided with known historical events," Joe McConnell, director of DRI's Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory at the Desert ...
E.On ‘error’ reveals 498 customers’ email addresses

E.On ‘error’ reveals 498 customers’ email addresses

Technology
Energy supplier E.On has apologised for an "error" which saw hundreds of customers' email addresses included on requests for their meter readings.The automatic messages should have been addressed to each individual only, but had another 497 recipients listed.E.On said the messages were the result of a "system error" and were spotted "within minutes" of being sent.In support forums on E.On's website, some customers warned they may refer the firm to the UK's data watchdog.In a statement, E.On said it had "apologised for an error which happened when an email was sent to a limited group of customers requesting meter readings".The company said it was talking directly to customers who had raised concerns about the sharing of their deta...
Lily Allen reveals she ‘chose sex over heroin’ in gruelling addiction battle

Lily Allen reveals she ‘chose sex over heroin’ in gruelling addiction battle

Entertainment
The Not Fair hitmaker prides herself on her refreshingly honest and open approach to sex. But Lily Allen’s relationship with her sexuality has had its ups and downs, as she revealed in a recent interview. Chatting to The Guardian, the 34-year-old confessed that she was “addicted” to sex in the past, though she was unaware of how dangerous it could be. She said: “Sex can still be an addiction. I chose sex over heroin. I didn’t realise at the time.” Related Articles Before continuing: “Addiction can manifest itself in all manners of ways. You use substances or sex to put a plaster over something else, like pain or fear.” Earlier this year, the singer-songwriter filmed herself opening a parcel of sex toys on her Instagram story, in a bid to get rid of the taboo tha
Love Island’s Anton reveals secret rift with Amy: ‘I would avoid her’

Love Island’s Anton reveals secret rift with Amy: ‘I would avoid her’

Entertainment
Love Island star Anton Danyluk has revealed a secret rift with fellow contestant Amy Hart.The Scottish hunk confessed his real feelings towards the air stewardess in a game of Snog, Marry or Avoid.Speaking in a Beach Hut Hook Up video, posted on the Love Island Instagram page, Anton answer questions from viewers.Shockingly, he admitted that he and Amy don’t get on all that well.During the game, one of the requests was for him to name which of the girls he gets along with and who he doesn't like that much.Anton revealed he would kiss Molly-Mae, marry Anna and avoid Amy.Explaining his decision, he said: “I would snog Molly because to be honest, I think she's the fittest girl in here.“I would marry Anna purely because I think that she's the one I get on in here the best and we've got so much