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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

The World Meteorological Organization has shared a report stating that the weather trends noticed in 2016 may continue in 2017 as well. 2016 saw many extreme weather conditions, including 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

Researchers Find Well-Preserved Mushroom And Beetles In Burmese Amber

Researchers have discovered prehistoric mushrooms and rove beetles, which have been preserved splendidly inside a Burmese amber. The discovery presented scientists with a rare opportunity to study the evolution of mushrooms.

Earth/Environment March 20, 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

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

A recent study has found that due to climate change, mammals shrank in size some 50 million years ago. The research further stated that even humans are at risk of shrinking 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

Total Solar Eclipse To Cross US First Time In 99 Years

Come August, the United States will be witnessing its first total solar eclipse in 99 years. The eclipse will be visible completely in some parts of the country and partially in other regions on Aug. 21.

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

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

Bogoslof Volcano In Alaska Erupts Spewing Ash Clouds

The Bogoslof Volcano in Alaska, which has exploded for more than 35 times, has erupted again and resulted in an ash cloud. The explosion lasted for 12 minutes but has not made the AVO issue aviation warning.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

Here’s What Polar Research Vessel Boaty McBoatface Is Up To

Remotely operated submarine Boaty McBoatface is off to its first scientific mission in the Antarctic. Amid naming controversies, the UK polar research ship will probe water flow and turbulence in the dark recesses of the Orkney Passage.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

Oceans Are Warming Faster Than Previously Believed, Scientists Suggest

A new study has revealed that ocean temperatures are rising at a faster pace than scientists previously anticipated. The research compared oceanic temperature data between 1960 and 2015 with the help of the latest technologies.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

Natural Changes In Environment To Blame For 40 Percent Of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

The melting of the arctic sea ice can be largely blamed on man-made activities such as emission of Earth-warming greenhouse gases. A new study, however, revealed that natural causes remain a significant factor to this phenomenon.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

Study Says It's Safe To Return To Some Areas In Fukushima 6 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Six years after the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, a study assures residents of Date City in Fukushima that they do not have to worry about dangerous radiation levels. How safe is the median lifetime radiation dose in the most contaminated part of the city?

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

Ingenious Solution To Coral Bleaching Crisis: 3D-Printed Reefs Could Repopulate The Ocean

As conservationists struggle to save endangered reefs worldwide, 3D-printed corals seem to offer a viable solution for the protection of marine ecosystems. This technology enables scientists to engineer perfect replicas of natural reefs, providing homes for new coral polyps.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

Great Barrier Reef In Trouble: Here's How Scientists Try To Save It

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is in trouble but it is not the end of it. Scientists are finding ways how to save the world's coral ecosystem from dying.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

Rare Phenomenon Spotted In Antarctica: NASA Photos Reveal Uncanny Green Ice

Stunning images of Granite Harbor reveal unusual green ice colored by a rare bloom of microscopic algae. Typically present during the summer, phytoplankton has managed to survive the austral autumn and change the Antarctic scenery.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

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