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There Will Be More Major Earthquakes In 2018, Scientists Say: Let's Be Prepared

Scientists claim that there will be more major earthquakes in 2018 compared to this year. According to new research, the number of devastating earthquakes is connected to a slower Earth rotation speed.

Earth/Environment

WATCH: Meteor Lights Up Night Sky In Finland

A live stream of the aurora borealis became even more incredible when a meteor passed and lit up the night sky. Fireball events were also seen in Germany, France, and the United States.

Earth/Environment November 19, 2017

NASA Captures Close-Up Photos Of Delaware-Sized Antarctica Iceberg

The photos of the massive A-68 iceberg, which broke away from an ice shelf in Antarctica, has been recently captured by NASA scientists. The expedition was operated by Operation IceBridge.

Earth/Environment November 16, 2017

Artificially Cooling The Planet May Create New Natural Disasters

Can artificially cooling the planet's atmosphere reduce tropical cyclones and hurricanes? Researchers say yes, it could. However, such methods may benefit one region and at the same time, harm another.

Earth/Environment November 15, 2017

More Than 15,000 Scientists Issue Warning To Humanity

Researchers from 184 nations have issued a letter warning mankind about the impending environmental disaster Earth faces if immediate action is not taken. The letter has also urged developed nations to be more proactive.

Earth/Environment November 14, 2017

Tree Fossils Reveal Antarctica Had Forest Before Time Of The Dinosaurs

The now frozen Antarctica had a forest during the Permian Period, before the time of the dinosaurs. How do ancient polar forest differ with the modern day forests we see today?

Earth/Environment November 12, 2017

Mantle Plume Nearly As Hot As Yellowstone Supervolcano Heats Antarctica From Below

New NASA study has added weight to the theory of a 'mantle plume.' It suggests that a heat source is melting West Antarctica's ice from underneath.

Earth/Environment November 10, 2017

Earth's Ozone Hole Shrinks To Its Smallest Since 1988: NASA

NASA has stated that the ozone hole reached its smallest size this year since 1988. The observation was made by the space agency and NOAA with the help of ground-based, sky, and space equipment.

Earth/Environment November 4, 2017

Asteroid Impact That Killed The Dinosaurs Cooled Earth's Climate More Than Earlier Thought

The Chicxulub asteroid that killed the dinosaurs released more sulfur and carbon dioxide than previously thought. This means that the ensuing period of cool weather was colder than previously thought.

Earth/Environment November 2, 2017

The Mystery Of The Glowing Ball Over Siberia Solved: Not Aliens, But You Might Wish It Was

The mystery of the glowing ball over the skies of Siberia has finally been solved. The explanation for the phenomenon, however, is not from science fiction but rather from something that is very real.

Earth/Environment October 31, 2017

Corals Are Eating Plastic Because They’re Delicious, Study Says

Oceans continue to be polluted with factory-made plastic because of human neglect, causing great danger to marine life, such as corals. A new study suggests an even more problematic scenario in which corals think plastic is delicious.

Earth/Environment November 1, 2017

Yellowstone Volcano Had Two Super Eruptions That Caused Volcanic Winters

Layers of ash found in the Santa Barbara Basin, in California suggest that the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted two times more than 6 million years ago. What happened as a result of these super eruptions?

Earth/Environment October 27, 2017

Arctic Sea Ice Declining Faster Than Scientists Initially Predicted

A new study shows that the Artic Ocean could become ice-free sooner than what scientists predicted. As a result, global weather patterns would get affected.

Earth/Environment October 26, 2017

Fossils Reveal Prehistoric Trees Tore Themselves Apart To Grow

The fossilized trunk of a cladoxylopsid tree, dating back to more than 300 million years, has astonished scientists. A study showed that these trees split themselves to grow.

Earth/Environment October 24, 2017

Fiber Optic Cables May Also Work As Early Earthquake Detectors

Scientists have found a new way to detect seismic movement. The technique makes use of fiber optic networks as earthquake detectors.

Earth/Environment October 24, 2017

Blue Halo: Flowers Use Optical Effects To Attract Pollinators

The symbiotic relationship of flowers and pollinating insects is evidently more complex than initially thought. As it turns out, some flowers developed the 'blue halo' as a means of communicating with pollinators.

Earth/Environment October 22, 2017

Pollution Deadlier Than Smoking, Natural Disasters And AIDS: Here's How It Can Kill You

Pollution kills more people than wars, smoking, hunger, disaster, and AIDS. What are some of the unwanted health effects of environmental pollutants that can potentially lead to premature deaths?

Earth/Environment October 21, 2017

Ocean Clams, Worms Release As Much Planet-Warming Greenhouse Gas As 20,000 Dairy Cows

Ocean critters produce the highly potent greenhouses gases methane and nitrous oxide. A study finds that clams and worms are behind about 10 percent of methane emissions from the Baltic Sea.

Earth/Environment October 16, 2017

Yellowstone Volcano May Erupt Sooner Than Expected: Here's What Could Happen

Researchers reveal decades, not centuries, of waiting for supervolcano eruption once critical changes in Yellowstone begin. Here's what could happen should a supervolcano eruption occur.

Earth/Environment October 14, 2017

The Next Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruption Will Not Give Us Much Time To Prepare

A supervolcano currently lies dormant underneath the Yellowstone National Park. If it decides to wake up, we will have much less time to prepare for a disastrous volcanic eruption than researchers previously thought.

Earth/Environment October 12, 2017

Massive Giant Hole Larger Than The Netherlands Cracks Open In Antarctica

Scientists are investigating how a polynya in Antarctica's Weddell Sea formed again after disappearing for 40 years. Is climate change responsible for the formation of this massive hole?

Earth/Environment October 12, 2017

Climate Change: Carbon Emissions From Soil May Intensify Global Warming

Warmer soils release more carbon that can contribute to increase in temperatures. Scientists said that the addition of soil carbon into the atmosphere may accelerate the global warming process.

Earth/Environment October 8, 2017

Ice Shelf Split Exposes Ecosystem Hidden For 120,000 Years

An ecosystem hidden for about 120,000 years was finally exposed after a Delaware-sized iceberg split from Larsen C ice shelf. Scientists are eager to explore the area before it succumbs to the ice loss.

Earth/Environment October 7, 2017

Life On Earth Began After Meteorites Crashed Into Darwin's Warm Little Ponds: Study

Charles Darwin's theory that life on Earth began in warm little ponds may have been plausible. A study suggests that the meteorites that brought ingredients needed for life contributed to the process.

Earth/Environment October 3, 2017

Methane From Livestock: Scientists Underestimated Impact Of Cow Fart On Climate Change

Methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide, is produced by cows and other livestock. A study finds that the impact of methane emissions from animals on global warming may have been underestimated.

Earth/Environment September 30, 2017

Underwater Sinkhole Discovered In Australia's Great Barrier Reef Using Google Maps

A marine biologist discovered a blue hole in the Great Barrier Reef while using Google Maps. How do these large underwater sinkholes form and why did it take long for scientists to discover this large marine sinkhole?

Earth/Environment September 30, 2017

Sea Creatures From Japan Traveled To US Shores On Tsunami Debris

Almost 300 non-native sea creatures have landed in North American and Hawaiian coasts since the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. Their survival was largely aided by plastic wastes in the ocean.

Earth/Environment September 29, 2017

Canadian Sedimentary Rocks Hold Oldest Evidence Of Life On Earth

Biologically produced graphite found in 3.95-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks in Labrador, Canada, could be the oldest evidence of life on Earth. What are the implications of the discovery?

Earth/Environment September 30, 2017

Zealandia: Lost Continent Expedition Reveals Secrets Of Earth's 8th Continent

Scientists who embarked on an expedition to study Zealandia returned with a wealth of information about Earth's 8th continent. Here are the discoveries scientists made based on sediment cores retrieved from the seabed.

Earth/Environment September 28, 2017

Another Giant Iceberg Breaks Free From Antarctica: This One's Over Four Times The Size Of Manhattan

An iceberg that is four times the size of Manhattan broke free from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. The iceberg is not as massive as the first one from earlier in the year though, as that was the size of Delaware.

Earth/Environment September 26, 2017

Plastic Pollution Reaches Remote Areas Of Arctic Ocean Because Of Melting Sea Ice

The melting sea ice likely brought about by climate change now allows plastic pollution to reach remote areas of the Arctic Ocean. Here's what could possibly happen as a result.

Earth/Environment September 27, 2017

Sixth Mass Extinction Will Happen By 2100: MIT Study

A mass extinction might occur by 2100, according to an MIT professor’s new study. If Earth’s oceans hit a certain carbon threshold, the sixth mass extinction could occur at the end of this century.

Earth/Environment September 21, 2017

Campi Flegrei: Scientists Find Magma Source Of Italy Supervolcano That May Erupt Soon

The magma source, or hot zone, of Campi Flegrei in Italy suggests that the supervolcano may erupt soon. Scientists said the volcano is now like a boiling pot of soup beneath the surface.

Earth/Environment September 18, 2017

North American Ash Tree, Madagascan Grasshopper On Brink Of Extinction

Five North American ash tree species and almost half of the Madagascan grasshopper species are now listed as Critically Endangered. A bat from Australia officially goes extinct, as snow leopards bounce back.

Earth/Environment September 16, 2017

Coffee Could Become Less Available, More Expensive Because Of Climate Change

Coffee production may decline because of global warming. Climate change is predicted to drive out species of coffee-pollinating bees and reduce coffee-growing areas in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Earth/Environment September 13, 2017

Ancient Volcanic Eruptions In Antarctica Sparked Rapid Climate Change At The End Of Ice Age

The ancient eruptions of the stratovolcano Mount Takahe released high levels of chlorine and fluorine. How did these likely trigger the sudden and widespread climate change that occurred at the end of the ice age?

Earth/Environment September 5, 2017

High Concentrations Of Antidepressants Found In Fish Brains In Great Lakes Region

The brains of multiple fish species in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario were found to have high concentrations of antidepressants. Waste water treatment plants currently do not test for traces of such drugs.

Earth/Environment September 2, 2017

Almost 400 New Species Found In Amazon Rainforest But Deforestation Threatens Discovery Of More

Latest WWF report shows the highest rate of species discovery yet in the Amazon rainforest. Though 381 new species were recently discovered, more are threatened due to deforestation and other large-scale projects in the rainforest.

Earth/Environment September 1, 2017

What Should You Do With Your Solar Eclipse Glasses? Here Are A Few Do's And Don'ts

With the the phenomenon having come and gone, many are wondering what to do with their solar eclipse glasses. Here are a few do's and don'ts for the special eyewear.

Earth/Environment August 22, 2017

Earth Is Heating Up: NOAA Says 2016 Hottest Year On Record For Planet

The NOAA international report showed that 2016 is the hottest year over the past decades. Learn what other climate threats have been observed for 2016.

Earth/Environment August 11, 2017

Feeding Your Pet Dog And Cat Has Hidden Environmental Costs

Our dogs and cats' consumption of meat evidently related to a whole lot of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere. Adjustments in the way we feed our pets could lessen their environmental footprint.

Earth/Environment August 6, 2017

Artificial Lights Have A Negative Impact On Nighttime Pollination: Study

A new study finds that nocturnal pollinators visit plots with artificial lighting less compared to plots that remain dark. Researchers call for urgent action to reduce the negative impacts of artificial lighting on plant-pollinator interactions.

Earth/Environment August 3, 2017

Global Warming By 2 Degrees Likely To Happen By 2100, And There’s Barely Anything We Can Do To Stop It

There's a 90 percent chance that temperatures will rise from 2 degrees to 4.9 degrees Celsius by 2100, a new study noted. Know what its findings say about the greenhouse gas emissions targets of the Paris climate change agreement.

Earth/Environment August 1, 2017

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

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