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How Much Plastic Has Humanity Produced? More Than 8.3 Billion Metric Tons

Humanity has literally produced more than a ton of plastic for every person alive today. On top of that, the majority of those end up in landfills or polluting the environment.

Earth/Environment July 20, 2017

Potentially Harmful Algal Bloom Expected In Western Lake Erie This Summer

The NOAA predicts a large algal bloom in Western Lake Erie in the summer months. The public is advised that drinking water could be contaminated.

Earth/Environment July 16, 2017

Plants Can Turn Caterpillars Into Cannibals: How Induced Pest Cannibalism Benefits Plants

Plants can turn leaf-munching pests like caterpillars into cannibals that feast on each other by releasing a special chemical. Here's how plant-induced caterpillar cannibalism can benefit tomato plants.

Earth/Environment July 13, 2017

A68 Iceberg: Massive Chunk Of Ice Breaks Off From Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

The Larsen C ice shelf, the fourth largest in Antarctica, finally broke off producing the iceberg A68 that now floats in the Weddell Sea. Will this cause sea level rise?

Earth/Environment July 12, 2017

Sixth Mass Extinction Underway: Scientists Warn Earth Is Facing Biological Annihilation Of Species

A sixth mass extinction event is already happening and it is worse than researchers previously believed. What are its impacts on humans and what makes it different from the previous mass extinctions?

Earth/Environment July 11, 2017

Giant Iceberg That Broke Off From Larsen C Ice Shelf In Antarctica Fuels Climate Change Debate

Delaware-sized iceberg finally parts from Larsen C, but experts are divided over the cause of calving. Some scientists claim climate change is not the cause.

Earth/Environment July 14, 2017

Great Barrier Reef Avoids UNESCO's 'In Danger' Status: Is This A Good Thing?

Australia’s heavily bleached world heritage site is not ‘In Danger’ but is the status really a big win? Here are the pros and cons of UNESCO’s decision.

Earth/Environment July 9, 2017

Why Did UNESCO Decide Against ‘In Danger’ Status For Great Barrier Reef?

UNESCO has voted leaving the Great Barrier Reef off its 'in danger' list despite its recent destruction from mass coral bleaching. Who wins and loses in this decision on the embattled world heritage site?

Earth/Environment July 6, 2017

Delaware-Sized Iceberg Is Now Ready To Break Off Antarctica

Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf could see a massive part of it breaking off in the coming days. Learn what scientists know so far about the Delaware-sized iceberg that's heading its own way.

Earth/Environment July 6, 2017

Climate Change Study Dampens Hope That Carbon Emissions Will Not Drive Global Temperature To Dangerous Level

Global warming at its current level is already blamed for the spread of diseases, war, and ecological changes. A new climate change study suggests that global temperature may even increase by up to 6 degrees, far more than previously estimated.

Earth/Environment July 6, 2017

Huge Concrete Pyramids Sunk In Gulf Of Mexico For Artificial Reef

Fifty concrete pyramids have been sunk as part of an initiative to build an artificial reef in Texas. The reef off the South Texas coast will lend insight on how to increase fish habitat.

Earth/Environment July 3, 2017

For Stephen Hawking, Trump’s Climate Stance Could Push Earth Over The Brink

Stephen Hawking has warned that Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the landmark Paris climate change agreement could result in irreversible climate change. Learn more from the scientist's exclusive interview with BBC.

Earth/Environment July 3, 2017

Larsen C Ice Shelf Break Could Occur Within "Hours, Days, or Weeks"

The Larsen C ice shelf is closer than ever to splintering. When it does, it could form one of the largest icebergs ever.

Earth/Environment June 30, 2017

Which U.S. States Will Be Most Affected By Climate Change?

How hard will your state be hit by climate change? A new study argues that those in the South will have things much harder than their northern counterparts.

Earth/Environment June 30, 2017

Climate Change Threatens Biodiversity Of Ice-Free Antarctica: Study

As the Antarctic continues to thaw, its ice-free zones continue to grow. A new research shows what could happen to Antarctica’s biodiversity should the melting trend endure.

Earth/Environment June 30, 2017

Boaty McBoatface Returns From Inaugural Mission In The Deep Ocean

The controversial submarine Boaty McBoatface has returned from its maiden voyage in the deep ocean. It comes back packed with 'unprecedented data' on one of Earth's deepest ocean regions to help scientists understand climate change better.

Earth/Environment June 29, 2017

The Ticking Clock Of Climate Change: How Long Do We Have To Address The Issue?

Climate change is a serious problem that threatens everyone, and time may be running out. A new article argues that we have about three years before we are forced to take drastic measures.

Earth/Environment June 29, 2017

Greenland Ice Melt Is Major Source Of Rising Sea Levels: Study

Melting of ice sheets and glaciers in Greenland is a major source in the increase of rising sea levels worldwide, a new study revealed. Scientists believe such findings act as a warning for coastal cities threatened by flooding.

Earth/Environment June 27, 2017

'Too Big To Fail': Great Barrier Reef Worth $42 Billion, Economists Say

The Great Barrier Reef is valued at a huge AU $56 billion (or US $42 billion). Read more findings from the report from Deloitte Access Economics about Great Barrier Reef and Australian economy links.

Earth/Environment June 26, 2017

Deadly Heat Could Be Norm By 2100: How Societies Adapt To Killer Temperatures

Dangerous heat waves could affect up to three-fourths of the world's population in the future. Heat-related deaths and illness could also become common. How can societies adapt to potentially deadly temperatures?

Earth/Environment June 21, 2017

Ethiopian Coffee Farmers Are The Latest Victim Of Climate Change

Global warming is starting to affect the livelihood of millions of coffee farmers in Ethiopia. Data shows that the country could end up losing as much as 60 percent of its coffee growing regions if climate conditions don't improve soon.

Earth/Environment June 20, 2017

Scorching Earth: Killer Heat Waves Are Occurring More Frequently, Study Shows

Deadly heat waves, while already killing people around the world, are set to become worse in the face of climate change. The findings of a new study paints a grim picture of fatalities from extreme heat.

Earth/Environment June 20, 2017

NOAA Says 3-Year Global Coral Bleaching Event Is Ending, But It's Too Early To Celebrate

A massive bleaching event that damaged coral reefs across the globe now appears to be easing after three deadly years, NOAA revealed. However, an expert warns it's still too early to celebrate.

Earth/Environment June 19, 2017

Can Scientists Predict Volcanic Eruptions? Volcanic Crystals Offer New View Of Magma

Volcanic crystals acquired from the debris around New Zealand’s Mount Tarawera may help scientists better predict volcanic eruptions, a new study revealed. This may help determine which volcanoes are at most risk from erupting.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2017

Scientists Report Massive Melt Occurred In Antarctica Affecting An Area Larger Than Texas

Scientists report that a massive melt event in Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf affected an area larger than Texas. Researchers warn that unless climate change is addressed, it could lead to the end of the ice shelves.

Earth/Environment June 16, 2017

Where Did These Turquoise Swirls In The Black Sea Come From?

Bosphorus Strait, dividing Europe and Asia in Turkish city Istanbul, has suddenly become home to milky turqoise swirls. Scientists say there's no need to worry, as it's the byproduct of phytoplankton bloom.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2017

Building 428 New Hydroelectric Dams May Cause Major Damage In Brazilian Amazon

An extensive dam construction project in the Amazon river basin may threaten to damage the river’s biodiversity and disrupt regional climate, a team of scientists warned. The dam project includes building 428 new hydroelectric dams in the region.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: It's Fast Approaching, And Here's How You Can Experience It

A total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States on Aug. 21. Learn more about this rather mysterious natural phenomenon and the simulator called the Eclipse Megamovie Project.

Earth/Environment June 13, 2017

Researchers Map Hotspots Of Alien Plant And Animal Species

A research was conducted to determine the hotspots of the alien plants and animals in the world. The study revealed that the Hawaiian Islands had the greatest number of alien plants and animals, followed by New Zealand.

Earth/Environment June 13, 2017

EPA Pushes Back Implementation Of Obama-Era Air Quality Rules For A Year

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt wrote to state governors about the agency’s latest decision to delay the implementation of Obama-era air quality regulations.

Earth/Environment June 10, 2017

Exxon Misled Investors On Climate Change: NY Prosecutor

A New York prosecutor believes Exxon Mobil misled its investors on the matter of climate change and related regulations. Exxon calls the claim inaccurate, irresponsible, and politically motivated.

Earth/Environment June 4, 2017

UNESCO Wants Australia To Act Urgently To Save Great Barrier Reef

UNESCO urged the Australian government to beef up efforts save the Great Barrier Reef from complete damage. The reef's coral underwent several mass bleaching events and are in danger of becoming extinct.

Earth/Environment June 4, 2017

Oceanfloor Craters Hint Of Potential Arctic Methane Explosions In The Future

Hundreds of craters caused by methane explosions were discovered underneath Barents sea. Further research finds evidence that the violent explosions could happen again in the future.

Earth/Environment June 3, 2017

Tim Cook, Elon Musk, And Other CEOs Urge Trump Not To Leave The Paris Cimate Deal

Leaving the Paris climate deal had been one of the promises during election season for Donald Trump, and he followed through. However, CEOs like Tim Cook and Elon Musk were just two of many to try and dissuade him from leaving.

Earth/Environment June 2, 2017

America First, Lost Jobs, And Empowering Other Polluters: Here's Trump's Argument For Backing Out Of Paris Climate Deal

On Thursday, President Donald Trump has announced that the United States would back out of the Paris climate change agreement. Here's his argument for the exit, so far his strongest assertion of his 'America first' policy.

Earth/Environment June 2, 2017

Elon Musk Leaves Trump Advisory Council As US Backs Out Of Paris Climate Deal

President Donald Trump has officially announced that the country will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Elon Musk and Bob Iger have also announced their decisions to leave the president’s advisory council.

Earth/Environment June 2, 2017

Larsen C Ice Shelf May Soon Break And Produce One Of The Largest Icebergs Ever Recorded: Here's Why

The Larsen C Ice Shelf is on the verge of a split, which could create one of the largest icebergs in history. Here's what that means and how it could affect the planet.

Earth/Environment June 2, 2017

The Great Barrier Reef Isn't Alone: Scientists Warn That US Coral Reefs Could Be Gone Within A Few Decades

The Great Barrier Reef isn't the only one in danger. Seventy percent of the world's reefs have been affected by global warming and more could follow.

Earth/Environment May 31, 2017

Faceless Fish Missing Since 1873 Found In Deep Waters Of Australia

Scientists on a month-long research voyage surveying the abyss of Australia have rediscovered a faceless fish that was last seen more than 100 years ago. The creature was found at a depth of 4,000 meters.

Earth/Environment May 31, 2017

Is The Great Barrier Reef Dead? Experts Warn It Can No Longer Be Saved In Its Current Form

Experts have said that the Great Barrier Reef can no longer be saved in its present form because of the extent of climate change. What are the recommendations for the World Heritage Site?

Earth/Environment May 30, 2017

Bogoslof Volcano In Alaska Erupts Again: Ash Clouds Expected To Disrupt Flights

Bogoslof Volcano, in the Aleutian Islands, erupted yet again on May 28, causing a plume of smoke and ash to spread almost 35,000 feet in the air. This may result in flights in the area getting disrupted.

Earth/Environment May 29, 2017

This Is What Happens If US Withdraws Pledge In Climate Deal

President Donald Trump will soon decide whether the United States will back out from the climate change agreement and experts are concerned. How will the environment fare without America’s pledge?

Earth/Environment May 28, 2017

NASA Study Of Greenland’s Rink Glacier Reveals New Type Of Ice Loss

NASA has discovered a new mode of ice loss that was previously undetected despite its huge impact on Rink Glacier. The gigantic wave dented the bedrock underneath the ice sheet.

Earth/Environment May 26, 2017

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