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Cutbacks in Japan Mean Fewer El Nino-Watching Buoys in Pacific

  • About half the buoys Japan maintained have been shut down
  • More cuts are planned for 2017, as world waits for La Nina

The lens the world uses to watch for El Ninos has become a bit fuzzier after Japan cut by about half the number of buoys in the western Pacific that monitor changes in the ocean. It will take another four to five offline next year.

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