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Arctic Ocean Is A Dead End For Floating Plastics: How It Happened

Plastic pollution carried by a major ocean current has found its way into the Arctic ocean, threatening the region’s pristine ecosystem, a new study revealed. Researchers say the consequences can be “disastrous.”

Earth/Environment April 19, 2017

'River Piracy' In Focus: How Climate Change Made Canadian Glacier River Disappear Within Days

A river piracy has been reported in Canada where an existing Slims River, feeding Kluane Lake, in Yukon Territory suddenly vanished and the water started flowing into another river. The reason is climate change thinning the Kaskawulsh Glacier.

Earth/Environment April 20, 2017

March For Science Set To Bring Thousands To Washington: What To Expect

The March for Science, happening April 22 on Earth Day, will be gathering massive numbers of science advocates to Washington, DC. The event embodies the scientific community’s protest to the science and environmental policies of the Trump administration.

Earth/Environment April 19, 2017

River Piracy: Global Warming-Driven Glacier Melting Reroutes River In Canada

Intense melting of Canada's Kaskawulsh Glacier because of climate change rerouted vast streams of meltwater. It is the first time the phenomenon known as river piracy was observed in modern times.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2017

Millenia-Old Arctic Ice Samples Melt Away As Freezer Fails At Alberta University

A malfunctioning freezer at Alberta University has destroyed a precious part of ice cores drilled from Alaskan Arctic aged many millenniums. However, 90 percent of the ice cores are safe and research on climate change may continue.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2017

Can A Volcanic Island Off The Coast Of Japan Help Protect Coral From Damage?

Researchers have pinned their hopes on Japan’s Shikine Island seabed in a bid to find clues for coral survival. Corals worldwide have experienced massive bleaching due to rise in ocean temperatures and could become extinct.

Earth/Environment April 19, 2017

NASA Takes Photos Of The Mysterious New Rift On Greenland’s Petermann Glacier

A NASA Operation IceBridge aircraft has snapped photos of the new rift forming along Petermann Glacier in Greenland after a researcher provided its exact coordinates using satellite images.

Earth/Environment April 16, 2017

Is $18 Million In New Funds To Save Great Barrier Reef Too Little, Too Late?

The Australian government has announced $18 million in funding to protect the Great Barrier Reef, particularly its water quality management. But it won't be enough in the face of major coral bleaching and climate change, according to an expert.

Earth/Environment April 14, 2017

New Report Calls For Creating A Scientific Research Integrity Board

A new report calls for an independent non-governmental Research Integrity Advisory Board (RIAB). This is to guide scientific research in the United States and protect against research misconduct and other detrimental practices.

Earth/Environment April 13, 2017

Great Barrier Reef Coral Bleaching Could Affect Australian Tourism And Jobs

A new study stated that continued mass coral bleaching of Great Barrier Reef could result in lower tourists and revenue for the Australian government. Loss of the reef would also lead to massive job cuts in the nearby regions.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2017

For Earth Day 2017, You May Adopt A Piece Of Earth From NASA

NASA is promoting a unique concept to celebrate Earth Day 2017 on April 22 with 64,000 spots up for virtual adoption. These 55 miles wide spots can be claimed by visiting NASA site and adding the aspirant’s name.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2017

Great Barrier Reef: Over 900 Miles Of Coral Damaged Since 2016

Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are in danger as scientists reported massive bleaching taking place in the region. This is the second consecutive year of bleaching after 500 miles of the reef was affected in 2016.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2017

Most Americans Believe Climate Change Is Real And Happening: US Lawmaker

A vast majority of Americans believe that climate change is real despite the Trump administration’s skepticism. This was revealed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse during his lecture “Time to Wake Up” at Congress with a varied opinion on the role of humans.

Earth/Environment April 9, 2017

Study Says Climate Change Significantly Increases Probability For Clear-Air Turbulence, Should Passengers Worry?

A new study finds a significant increase in prevalence of wintertime transatlantic clear-air turbulence across varying strength categories. Should passengers worry about the dangers of clear-air turbulence?

Earth/Environment April 8, 2017

Ancient 'Geological Brexit': How Britain Separated From Europe Thousands Of Years Ago

Ancient Britain was geologically connected to Europe until the Dover-Calais land bridge was destroyed. Researchers revealed how this happened in a two-stage event called Brexit 1.0.

Earth/Environment April 4, 2017

Time-Lapse Photos Of Thinning Glaciers Show Grim Picture Of Climate Change [Video]

A new set of time-lapse photos show that climate change is already affecting the Antarctic ice sheet and others around the world. Here's a look at the world's melting glaciers.

Earth/Environment April 4, 2017

Earth Could Reach Warming State Unseen In The Last 420 Million Years, Study Warns

If humanity burns through all available fossil fuels, our planet risks an even more escalated global warming rate and could reach temperatures from the times dinosaurs walked the Earth. Fossilized plants show atmospheric C02 levels are rapidly approaching the Triassic.

Earth/Environment April 6, 2017

Amid Looming Budget Cuts, Earth Science Program Won’t Face Major Hitch: NASA

Despite a projected 5 percent budget cut, agency officials remain optimistic that the NASA Earth science program will proceed as planned, without any major disruption. Earth sciences is business as usual, they say.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2017

Australia Ravaged By Flood After Cyclone Debbie Hits Multiple States

Torrential rain hit Queensland and New South Wales in Australia in the wake of ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie. The Rockhampton flooding to come is expected to be its worst in decades.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2017

Melting Sea Ice Boosting Life In Arctic Waters?

A new study conducted at the University of Southern Denmark revealed that melting sea ice is boosting microscopic life in Arctic waters. The study observed the growth of algae in the Arctic waters following the warm weather.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2017

Having Eco-anxiety? Here Are Some Things You Can Do To Reduce Climate Change Related Anxiety

If you find yourself constantly struggling with worries and anxiety about the state of the environment, you may be experiencing eco-anxiety. Here are some ways to build resilience and eventually turn fear into action.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2017

March In Environment: A List Of Some Of Trump Administration's Science And Environmental Policies This March

March closes with a lot of environmental and science policies changed. Here are some of the Trump administration’s movements this March that affect the country’s science and environmental policy.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2017

Greening Of Arctic Ice Explained: Thinning Sea Ice Causing Massive Growth Of Dangerous Phytoplankton

The reason of Arctic ice turning green has been attributed to the massive of bloom of phytoplankton. According to a new study, the growth of phytoplankton has expanded from 3 to 30 percent in 20 years abetted by global warming.

Earth/Environment April 1, 2017

Scientists Identify Super Potato Variety That Can Grow And Withstand Extreme Conditions In Mars

Scientists simulated what it's like in Mars to identify the the potatoes that can withstand extreme conditions on the red planet, such as freezing temperatures and high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. What variety emerged as the best?

Earth/Environment March 31, 2017

Employees Of The Department Of Energy Have Been Allegedly Told Not To Mention The Phrase 'Climate Change'

Are the employees of an office in the Department of Energy banned from using climate change-related words? A spokesperson from the department has denied the allegations, but employees are still walking on eggshells.

Earth/Environment April 1, 2017

Even If Paris Climate Goals Are Met, More Frequent, Intense Heat Waves Will Hit World Cities: Study

Researchers have warned that large cities could face deadly heat waves even if global warming is halted at levels agreed in the Paris climate agreement.. What should be done beyond cutting carbon emissions?

Earth/Environment March 29, 2017

More Than Half Of Southern California Beaches Could Be Gone By 2100: Why This Matters

A new study warned about the erosion of Southern California beaches by 2100. What do these findings say about the future of the iconic beaches and current rising sea levels brought on by climate change?

Earth/Environment March 29, 2017

Study Estimates Southern California Beach Erosion Due To Rising Sea Level

The iconic Southern California coastline of the United States may be in trouble according to researchers. A new study revealed that up to 67 percent of the Californian coastline could be eroded completely by 2100.

Earth/Environment March 28, 2017

Climate Change-Influenced Jet Stream Linked To Heavy Flooding, Extreme Weather Events

Climate change could be altering the jet stream in a way that results in extreme weather events such as heavy flooding and droughts. Find out how it largely affects the jet stream's movement.

Earth/Environment March 27, 2017

The State Department Just Rewrote The Climate Change Statement On Their Website, Presenting A Passive Position In The Global Fight

The U.S. Department of State just amended their statement on climate change in their website. The reworded statement presents a more passive America in the fight against climate change.

Earth/Environment March 27, 2017

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

California Pushes To Keep Strict Auto Emission Standards Thanks To Clean Air Act Waiver

Because of their waiver under the Clean Air Act, California gets to uphold their current stricter auto emissions standards for cars and trucks. This marks their boldest move yet in the state’s resistance to Trump policies.

Earth/Environment March 26, 2017

Asperitas: Sea-like Meteorological Phenomenon 1 Of 11 Cloud Classifications Added To International Cloud Atlas In 30 Years

Citizen science achieves new heights as the World Meteorological Organization adds 11 new cloud formations to the 'International Cloud Atlas,' including the mesmerizing asperitas.

Earth/Environment March 26, 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 March 25, 2017

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

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