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What America Looked Like Before The EPA Cleaned It Up: 15 Shocking Photos

Believe it or not, the EPA has just been around since 1970 before that pollution was rampant in much of the U.S. When it was created, it was tasked with cleaning up the environment to help with human health.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2018

Hunter-Gatherers Thrived Through Volcanic Winter After Mount Toba Supervolcano Eruption

The eruption of supervolcano Mount Toba in Indonesia 74,000 years ago is believed to have nearly decimated the human species. How did the hunter-gatherers at the Pinnacle Point rockshelter in the southern coast of South Africa survive?

Earth/Environment March 13, 2018

Supervolcano Eruptions May Not Be As Devastating As Previously Thought

Humans did something surprising during one of Earth's latest supervolcanic eruption, which may cast doubts into some effects of this type of event. It may even show that supervolcanic eruptions aren't the end as previously thought.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2018

New York Stops Sending Its Poo To Alabama After Residents Complain

To avoid polluting the waterways around the city, New York City was sending some of its sewage to be treated in Alabama. Residents in Alabama didn't like that they were the recipients of the city's sewer treasures.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2018

Evidence Of Water In Earth's Deep Mantle Found Inside Diamonds: What This Could Mean

What makes the discovery of Ice VII inside a diamond so important? It could help us understand the way the Earth really works from the inside.

Earth/Environment March 10, 2018

Ice Crystals In Diamonds Reveal There Is Liquid Water In Earth's Mantle

Analysis of diamonds that formed 610 to 800 kilometers below the Earth’s surface revealed ice crystals called ice VII. How do these prove there is liquid water in the Earth's mantle?

Earth/Environment March 9, 2018

Saving Mesoamerican Reef: Special Insurance To Protect Mexican Coasts Against Natural Disasters

It's normal for cars, homes, and people to get their own insurance but for coral reefs? In a world's first, the Mesoamerican Reef is getting its own policy protecting itself from storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

Earth/Environment March 9, 2018

Flash Of Light With Mysterious Boom Reported By Washington State Residents

Residents of Grays Harbor County were baffled by a bright flash of light that was coupled with a mysterious loud boom. There were no explosions, earthquakes, or even strange weather events at the time of the incident.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2018

This Super-Deep Diamond Reveals How The Earth's Layers Work

A tiny diamond extracted from the Cullinan Mine in South Africa contains a chunk of rare mineral from 700 kilometers below the surface. It has never been seen above the ground until recently.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2018

Smoke From Fires In South Africa Helps Cool Earth And Fight Greenhouse Effect

Smoke from wildfires and man-made fires in South Africa help cool Earth and even help fight greenhouse effect linked to global warming. How does smoke help cool our planet?

Earth/Environment March 7, 2018

Climate Change Could Double Global Sea Level Rise By 2100: NASA Study

A new study by NASA has indicated that climate change has accelerated the global sea level rise in the past few decades. The agency has projected that the global sea level rise can double by 2100.

Earth/Environment March 5, 2018

Earliest Records Of Earth's Magnetic Field Reversal Found In South African Region

A team of researchers may have found out the details related to the birthplace of magnetic field reversals. The new findings pushed back the timeline of records for the magnetic field.

Earth/Environment March 1, 2018

Bacteria Survives In The Most Mars-Like Place On Earth, Giving Hope For Life On The Red Planet

David Bowie onced asked if there’s life on Mars. Well, according to a new study published in PNAS, it’s possible Mars harbors life despite its conditions.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2018

Beech Trees Are Booming In Forests Because Of Climate Change

A 30-year study revealed that the American beech, a large tree often used for firewood, is dominating the woodlands. Here's why this is bad news for the forests and those who work in them.

Earth/Environment February 26, 2018

The Amazon Rainforest Is At A Tipping Point, Research Finds

Deforestation, climate change, and the use of fire has brought the Amazon dangerously close to its tipping point. The Amazon rainforest's health is important to the overall health of the planet.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2018

Ocean Acidification Is Tearing Down Carbonate Sands On Coral Reefs

A new study claims that carbonate sands, which are crucial in building coral reefs, are in danger of dissolving because of ocean acidification. Carbon emissions are the culprit, it seems.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2018

Japanese Farmers Create Bananas With Edible Peel

Farmers continue tinkering with foods people love, Japanese farmers have created a type of banana with an edible peel. Farmers were able to create the peel through a method that involves freezing the banana.

Earth/Environment February 21, 2018

Land Plants Colonized Earth 100 Million Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

A new study has found that land plants colonized the planet over 520 million years ago, a hundred million years before what scientists had previously believed. The evolution of land plants played an important role in shaping the current face of the planet.

Earth/Environment February 20, 2018

Earth's Anthropocene Era Began In 1965 When Humans Started To Damage The Planet

A new geological epoch started for the planet in 1965 as a result of human damage. The evidence of the epoch was found in the form of a Sitka spruce, termed as the loneliest tree in the world.

Earth/Environment February 20, 2018

Melting Ice In Greenland And Antarctica Causing Sea Levels To Rise Twice As Much Than Predicted

Researchers gathered 25 years of satellite data and observed that sea levels will increase by almost two feet at the end of the century. They say the accelerating sea level rise is due to ocean warming and melting ice sheets.

Earth/Environment February 13, 2018

Antarctica Expedition To Explore Underwater Ecosystem Hidden For 120,000 Years

Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey are headed to the remote Larsen C ice shelf to study a marine ecosystem that was once hidden and where organisms used to thrive without sunlight. What do researchers want to find out?

Earth/Environment February 13, 2018

The Sun Will Be Cooler By 2050: Will This End Climate Change?

Due to a phenomenon called Grand Minimum, the sun will be unusually cooler by the mid-century. Global temperatures are expected to drop but will this end global warming?

Earth/Environment February 11, 2018

NASA, International Team Of Scientists Conduct Snow Studies At The 2018 Winter Olympics

NASA scientists and their colleagues from 19 countries are also at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea to observe snow. What are the objectives of their work?

Earth/Environment February 10, 2018

EPA Chief Suggests Climate Change May Benefit Humanity

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt made comments regarding climate change, this time changing tactics. Instead of outright denying the existence Pruitt says that it may be beneficial to humans.

Earth/Environment February 12, 2018

Ozone Layer Depletion Caused By Ancient Volcanic Eruptions Contributed To Earth's Largest Mass Extinction

The depletion of the ozone layer caused by periodic volcanic eruptions has contributed to the largest mass extinction event Earth has experienced. How did the phenomenon lead to the collapse of the biosphere?

Earth/Environment February 8, 2018

Millions Of Viruses And Bacteria Raining Down On Earth Every Day And We Don’t Even Know It

For the first time, scientists were able to measure the quantity of viruses and bacteria in the Earth's atmosphere. They were surprised to know that enormous viruses and bacteria are falling down on Earth daily.

Earth/Environment February 8, 2018

Venus Flytraps Do Not Eat Insects That Pollinate Their Flowers

The Venus flytrap avoids eating bees and beetles that pollinate its flowers. How does the carnivorous plants avoid gobbling up pollinators that help it reproduce?

Earth/Environment February 8, 2018

Key Parts Of Earth's Ozone Layer Not Healing: Study

Scientists found that the ozone layer is not healing after all. In fact, the depletion may be more harmful than ever, according to a new study.

Earth/Environment February 7, 2018

World's Largest Mercury Reserve Found Underneath Arctic Permafrost, And Climate Change Will Release It All

Researchers found the world's largest reserve of natural mercury hidden underneath Arctic permafrost. The discovery, however, comes with the warning that the toxic element may be released if the permafrost thaws due to climate change.

Earth/Environment February 7, 2018

AccuWeather Makes Error Sending Tsunami Warnings Across East Coast

A false tsunami warning was sent out throughout the East Coast Tuesday morning (Feb. 6). There was an issue with the AccuWeather app that was supposed be conducting a test.

Earth/Environment February 13, 2018

Plants Fall Asleep To Anesthesia Like Humans About To Undergo Surgery, Says Study

Scientists soaked the roots of Venus flytraps with anesthesia and found they could fall asleep within 45 minutes, similar to humans who are about to undergo major surgery.

Earth/Environment February 10, 2018

Microplastic Pollution Threatens Giants Of The Ocean, Scientists Warn

Filter feeders such as whales and whale sharks ingest large amounts of microplastic as the ocean becomes increasingly polluted with plastic debris. What are the effects of plastic on these giant marine creatures?

Earth/Environment February 6, 2018

Can Volcanoes Help Cool The Earth? Scientists Are Preparing For The Next Big Eruption

In 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo resulted in a 1 degree Fahrenheit drop in average global temperature in the following years. Could it be possible to mitigate climate change with geoengineering?

Earth/Environment February 3, 2018

Lost Maya Cities Discovered Under A Guatemalan Jungle

LiDAR technology allows researchers to discover lost cities in a Guatemala jungle after they were abandoned by people who used to live there.

Earth/Environment February 4, 2018

Mammals And Birds More Likely To Survive Climate Change

A new study indicated that warm-blooded animals have a better chance of surviving climate change than cold-blooded creatures. The findings have an important bearing on how climate change can impact Earth's biodiversity.

Earth/Environment January 30, 2018

Tiny Pollution Particles Have Strong Influence On Storms And Rains

Ultrafine particles linked to pollution can have a powerful impact on the intensity of storms and precipitation. Even the tiniest of particles can have a significant effect on the strength of a storm.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2018

Honeybee Conservation May Be Good For Agriculture But Bad For Wild Pollinators

Out of the over 20,000 bee species, the spotlight seems to be shining on the honeybees when it comes to conservation efforts. As it turns out, managed honey bees can cause harm to wild pollinators and even to their environment.

Earth/Environment January 28, 2018

Plastic Pollution Makes Corals More Susceptible To Diseases

A new study revealed that plastic waste in the oceans harms the health of coral reefs. These aquatic habitats are already in danger because of climate change.

Earth/Environment January 27, 2018

NASA Marks 2017 As The Second Hottest Year On Earth Since 1880

NASA tagged 2017 as the second hottest year since 1880, second to 2016. However, without taking into account the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, 2017 would be considered the warmest year on record.

Earth/Environment January 23, 2018

Rocks Prove That Australia Was Once Connected To North America In Supercontinent Nuna

Researchers found rocks in Georgetown, in the northern part of Queensland, that were unlike any others in Australia. The rocks, however, shared striking similarities with others found in North America, suggesting that the two continents were once connected.

Earth/Environment January 24, 2018

Climate Engineering Can Cool The Earth But With Potentially Dangerous Effects

Climate engineering in an enticing way to alleviate global warming but altering the composition of the Earth's atmosphere could be more dangerous. Scientists warn that geoengineering, once started, would have a severe impact on biodiversity if stopped.

Earth/Environment January 23, 2018

Mordor Under The Sea: Hidden Volcanic Landscape In Australia Looks Straight Out Of Tolkien Books

An underwater landscape in Australia is reminiscent of Mordor in J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. Such hidden underwater landscapes have been difficult to study before because of their inaccessibility.

Earth/Environment January 21, 2018

Coca Cola Sets New 2030 Recycling Goals To Cut Packaging Waste

Coca-Cola has announced its plans to take one bottle for recycling for each one that it sells. The initiative is a part of the company's global vision for a waste-free world.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2018

World's Largest Underwater Cave System Discovered In Yucatan Peninsula

Explorers found a connection between two of the world's largest underwater caves located in the Yucatan Peninsula. Sac Actun has now overtaken Ox Bel Ha as the world's largest underwater cave.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2018

Ocean Waters Prevent Ancient Methane From Reaching The Atmosphere

Scientists have found that ancient reservoirs of methane do not reach the atmosphere due to a role played by ocean waters. The study was conducted to understand the origin of methane in the Arctic Ocean.

Earth/Environment January 18, 2018

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