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Earth Hour 2017: Is Turning Off Your Lights For An Hour Really Helping The Environment?

Earth Hour on March 25, Saturday, at 8:30 p.m. will have city skylines going dark after the lights are off. More than 7,000 cities in 170 countries will join the event for promoting awareness on energy efficiency and climate change.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2017

Google Street View Maps Methane Leaks In US Cities: Here's Why It's Important

The mission of Google Street View cars backed by state-of-the-art sensors and analyzers is a significant one in informing Americans of potential leaks, allowing preventive steps. Methane leaks are a huge environmental hazard.

Earth/Environment

NASA Scientists Probe Devastating Peru Rainfall That Caused Worst Flooding In Decades

Nonstop, high-volume rainfall left Peru submerged. Flash floods and mudslides had many people either lost, dead, or displaced. What could have caused such a deadly disaster?

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

Researchers Scour Urban Methane Leaks Via Google Street View Cars

A set of specially equipped Google Street View cars have roamed the streets to detect methane leaks from natural gas pipelines. According to results, some urban locations may have more leaking pipelines than thought.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

Scientists: Halve World's Carbon Dioxide Emissions Each Decade Starting 2020 To Combat Warming

Oslo scientists are pushing for a 'carbon law' policy to cut by half the world's carbon dioxide emissions for every decade starting 2020 in order to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

New Zealand's Kaikoura Earthquake Suggests Higher Chances Of 'Big One' Occurring In 30 Years

The Kaikoura earthquake that struck New Zealand defies long-held assumptions about individual faults and size of potential quakes. The phenomenon also increases the likelihood of the powerful Big One occurring in California in three decades.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2017

WMO 2016 Report: These Extreme Climate Events Are Hitting Parts Of The Planet

A new report from the World Meteorological Organization warns that the current climate is bringing Earth into 'truly uncharted territory.' Here are the extreme climate events that hit parts of Earth in 2016.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2017

Arctic Sea Ice Plummets To Record New Low For Winter

The sea ice level in the Arctic has hit a record low. At the winter peak in early March, it has come down to an ice area of 5.57 million square miles, less than the 35,000 square miles recorded in 2015.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2017

WMO 2016 Report: Current Climate Change Brings Earth Into Uncharted Territory

The new World Meteorological Organization report confirmed that Earth had the warmest temperature in 2016. The rising temperature is bringing the world into an uncharted territory with changes that come with climate change.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

Earth Hour 2017: What To Expect And How To Get Involved

Earth Hour 2017 is the annual campaign's 11th edition and will be held on March 25 at 8:30 p.m. local time. Here is the lineup of events as well as criticism to the yearly campaign to curb climate change.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

Dead Zones May Pose Further Threat To World’s Coral Reefs

Hypoxia in oceans, or low oxygen levels, can create large dead zones that snuff out marine life and threaten coral reefs worldwide. Learn how dead zones affect coral reefs worldwide, even in tropical regions.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

Climate Change Trend Continues In 2017 After Record Breaking 2016

World Meteorological Organization has shared a report stating that the weather insecurities noticed in 2016 may continue in 2017 as well. 2016 saw many extreme weather conditions, including the El Nino and life-taking droughts worldwide.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2017

Spring Equinox Has Arrived In The Northern Hemisphere: What Is It?

Spring equinox, or the yearly celestial alignment happening between Earth and sun, has announced this shift in seasons and spring's arrival. Learn more about this phenomenon and the impending spring in the United States.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2017

How Trump’s Science Budget Cuts Will Make America Stupid, According To Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has warned that science and health budget cuts will make America “sick,” “weak,” and “stupid.” The warnings are made after the release of Trump's 2018 budget proposal that saw slashes to science and health agencies.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2017

Stephen Hawking Raises Concerns Over Trump’s Environmental Policy

Reputed physicist Stephen Hawking has raised concerns over the environmental policy of President Donald Trump and called for the replacement of EPA chief Scott Pruitt. He said the effects of climate change in America need to be tackled with a serious approach.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2017

Cheerios Bee Initiative Backfires: Here’s How To Make Bee Gardens Work

The threat of extinction faced by bees has called for creating gardens that can attract the insects as an antidote to their dwindling population from loss of habitats. Some useful tips may help gardeners create a beautiful bee garden.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2017

Cheerios Offers Free Wildflower Seeds To Save The Bees: Why You Should Not Plant Them

Despite its good intentions, Cheerios' Bring Back the Bees campaign may actually be dangerous to some local ecosystems. An ecologist explains why it may not be a good idea to plant the wildflower seeds distributed by General Mills.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2017

Is This Dr. Seuss' Flower? Truffula Tree-Like Object Spotted At Texas Park

An object that looks like the Truffula tree in Dr. Seuss' children's book 'The Lorax' was spotted at the Atlanta State Park. Park authorities said it is an abnormal plant growth but what exactly is it?

Earth/Environment March 18, 2017

Teen Finds Nearly 8-Carat Brown Diamond In Arkansas State Park

A boy who visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas for the first time found a 7.44-carat brown diamond after just 30 minutes of searching. The precious stone is the seventh largest diamond found in the park.

Earth/Environment March 18, 2017

Atmospheric Scientists Use Bluewaters Supercomputer To Simulate Powerful 2011 Tornado [Video]

Leigh Orf and colleagues turned to the powerful Bluewaters supercomputer to simulate the El Reno tornado that destroyed properties and claimed lives in Oklahoma in 2011. Here's the video of the computer simulation.

Earth/Environment March 18, 2017

February 2017 Second Warmest Winter In 140 Years

The month of February 2017 was the second warmest of all Februaries in almost 140 years, according to three independent analyses released this week. It ranked second to last year's February.

Earth/Environment March 18, 2017

Study Says ‘Vernal Window’ Opening Earlier, Longer: Is Spring Getting Longer?

With spring’s first day around the corner, the early opening of the 'vernal window' is in focus. The window marks the transition from winter to the growing season and a new study says it spells a long spring.

Earth/Environment March 18, 2017

Sudden Mount Etna Eruption Injures 10 BBC Crew Filming Report On Volcano

Ten BBC crew members' excitement over Mount Etna's recent activity turns into horror as the volcano erupts while they are filming. A BBC science correspondent shares the experience.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2017

California Deserts Experiencing 'Super Bloom' Due To Wet Winter

The deserts of California have bloomed suddenly with wild flowers and tourists from all over the world are gathering to take a look. This bloom is said to be the result of a wet winter in the region.

Earth/Environment March 18, 2017

Climate Change Caused Mammal Dwarfing: Would Humans Shrink As Well?

A recent study has found that due to global warming or climate change, mammals shrank in size some 50 million years ago. The research further stated that even humans have the risk shruning due to climate change.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2017

Ancient Horse Shrank To Size Of Cat Because Of Global Warming: How Climate Change Affects Plants And Animals

Arenahippus, an early horse the size of a dog, shrank to the size of a cat as a result of global warming more than 50 million years ago. How does climate change affect modern-day plants and animals?

Earth/Environment March 17, 2017

Cooler Ocean Needed To Save Great Barrier Reef From Coral Bleaching

Cooler ocean is needed to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef from coral bleaching, says a new study. Other measures to protect the coral reefs can only do so much, but ultimately, the need is even more urgent for a global action to address global warming.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2017

WATCH: Stunning Footage Of Australian Coastline Colored Bright Blue By ‘Sea Sparkle’

Amazing snapshots of iridescent algae casting a blue light on the waters near Tasmanian shores took social media by storm this week. Photographer Leanne Marshall captured exquisite images near Rocky Cape National Park.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

Massive Algae Bloom In Arabian Sea Linked To Climate Change, Threatens Local Ecosystems

Mexico-sized harmful algal blooms are striking the Gulf of Oman and other parts of the world at a greater rate due to climate change. How do they affect local marine ecosystems?

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

Climate Scientists Warn More ‘Airpocalypses’ For China Amid Melting Polar Ice Caps

Experts warn of more 'airpocalypses' to happen in China amid the melting of polar ice caps as climate change worsens. A study calls for more urgent actions not only for the reduction of air pollution but also of greenhouse gas emissions.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

Biofuels Can Reduce Aircraft Particle Emissions And Contrails: NASA Study

A study by NASA that analyzed aircraft contrails has found the use of biofuels can slash aircraft emission by 70 percent and curtail contrails. The results of the ACCESS project may spur the wider use of biofuels in aviation.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

Large Sections Of Great Barrier Reef In Australia Now Dead: Here Are The Potential Consequences

Banning fishing and reducing pollution did not prevent severe coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. What could happen when more sections of Australia's reef experience massive coral die-offs?

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

NASA’s Van Allen Probe Finds Fewer Superfast Electrons In Earth’s Inner Radiation Belt

There is good news to flying spacecraft, as NASA’s Van Allen probe found that the inner radiation belt of Earth has only a few super electrons or relativistic electrons, implying that radiation levels are relatively lower than expected.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

This Event Turned Earth Into A Massive Snowball Some 700 Million Years Ago

Continual volcanic eruptions are pinpointed for 'snowball Earth' some 700 million years ago. Harvard researchers explain how this phenomenon came to be and caused pole-to-pole glaciation on the planet.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2017

Cruise Ship Destroys Indonesian Coral Reef: How Sea Vessels Damage Marine Life And Ecosystems

A UK cruise ship's destruction of pristine coral reefs on Raja Ampat in Indonesia calls for action that goes beyond compensation. It reminds of the need to develop ways to prevent massive destruction of coral reefs by similar incidents in the future.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2017

Atmospheric CO2 Hits Record Levels While UK Emissions Drop: Carbon Tax Lesson 101

Atmospheric carbon dioxide hits an all-time high while the United Kingdom is experiencing its record low of their CO2 emission. The drop, according to a think tank, is attributed mainly to the carbon tax which the government is vigorously implementing.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2017

UK Cruise Ship Crashes Into Coral Reefs Off Indonesia, Recovery Of Marine Life Expected To Take Decades

The MS Caledonian Sky damaged 17,222 square feet of coral reefs in Raja Ampat in Indonesia last March 4 as it ran across them at low tide. The affected reefs are estimated to recover in a matter of decades.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

Massive Winter Storm Strikes Northeast: Schools Closed, Subway Service Suspended, Flights Canceled And More

A state of emergency has been announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and also the Government Andrew M.Cuomo due to the severe weather conditions. Many of the school and subway services have also been canceled.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2017

Oceans Warming 13 Percent Faster Than Estimated: What Are The Effects Of Rising Water Temperatures?

The rate of ocean warming worldwide has nearly doubled since 1994 and is greater than early estimates, findings of a new study revealed. Why does rising water temperatures matter?

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

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