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Radiation Levels Soaring At Fukushima Nuclear Plant Since 2011 Meltdown

Radiation levels at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant have reached the highest since the 2011 meltdown. Nearly 530 sieverts of radiation in an hour have been measured near the second reactor in the nuclear plant.

Earth/Environment February 4, 2017

Great Barrier Reef: Poisonous Algae Killing Coral, Major Parts May Die By 2050

Increased CO2 levels in seawater may propel algae to emit more toxins, leading to the death of coral in the Great Barrier Reef. The coral may partly die by 2050 and get wiped out by 2100 per a new study.

Earth/Environment February 5, 2017

After Women’s March, March For Science Planned On Earth Day

Encouraged by the viral success of the Women’s March, scientists officially announce March for Science on April 22 at the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. – the same date for Earth Day 2017.

Earth/Environment February 6, 2017

Lost And Found: Scientists Discover Submerged Continent Under Mauritius, Urge Broad Study On Gondwana Split

Scientists of the University of the Witwatersrand, who reported the discovery of lost continent beneath island nation Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, has urged broader studies on the supercontinent Gondwana’s breakup.

Earth/Environment February 3, 2017

Early Oceans' ‘Green Rust’ Responsible For Earth’s Iron Ore Formation

Before they were the rusty red color commonly recognized today, banded iron formations started out green. According to researchers, ‘green rust’ formed the foundation for Earth’s iron ore.

Earth/Environment February 2, 2017

WATCH: Powerful 'Waterfall' Of Lava Gushes Into Pacific Ocean

A powerful 'waterfall' of lava continues to gush into the Pacific Ocean from a crack on the side of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. Tourists and hikers alike flock to the scene to witness the spectacular lava flow.

Earth/Environment February 1, 2017

'Lost Continent' Trapped Beneath Mauritius, Confirm Researchers

Scientists have discovered a 'lost continent' trapped beneath the Mauritius islands in the Indian Ocean. The scientists found zircons that were 3 billion years old on Mauritius, whereas other rocks are not older than 9 million years.

Earth/Environment February 1, 2017

Man-Made Traffic Noise Can Hinder Communication Between Species

Findings of a new research reveal that man-made traffic noises act an an impediment to communication between species. Species are known to eavesdrop on the calls of danger from other animals.

Earth/Environment January 31, 2017

Ocean Acidification Kills Coral Reefs But Helps Tiny Shellfish Make Better Shells

New research suggests that shellfish are not negatively affected by ocean acidification, as previously thought. The organisms have an adaptive mechanism, allowing them to form their shells in spite of the increasingly acidic seawater.

Earth/Environment February 1, 2017

Researchers Date Massive Ancient Volcanic Eruption With Help From Fossilized Tree, Ice Cores

Using radiocarbon measurements, scientists have traced the date when the Changbaishan volcano in East Asia erupted. The research also debunks the theory that the eruption contributed to the collapse of the Bohai kingdom.

Earth/Environment January 31, 2017

Magnetic Pole Shift: A Closer Look At The Reversal Of Earth's Poles

Scientists have speculated a reversal in the Earth's poles, as a weakening in the planet's magnetic field was observed. Magnetic pole reversal will have far-reaching effects on life and infrastructure on the ground and in space.

Earth/Environment January 31, 2017

Earth's Water May Have Originated From Within The Planet's Mantle Not From Space

Computer simulations revealed Earth makes its own water deep in the mantle. The discovery could mean that water may have been formed within the planet and did not come from asteroids in space.

Earth/Environment January 30, 2017

Thanks To Al Gore, Climate Change Summit Is Back On Track

Former vice president Al Gore has stepped in to host his own climate change conference in Atlanta next month. The news comes days after the CDC canceled its own summit in the lead-up to the recent change in White House administrations.

Earth/Environment January 30, 2017

NASA Successfully Launches First Of Five Sounding Rocket In Alaska

NASA has successfully launched the first of its five sounding rocket on Jan. 27 from Alaska’s Poker Flat Research Range. The Black Brant IX rocket carried the PolarNOx experiment seeking to measure nitric oxide altitude in the polar sky.

Earth/Environment January 30, 2017

Storms Filled 37 Percent Of California’s 5-Year Snow-Water Deficit: NASA

The atmospheric river in California reduced the five-year snow water deficit by approximately 37 percent in less than a month. According to the researchers, this occurrence gives hope for the regeneration of the groundwater reserves.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2017

Climate Change Brings New Threat To Oceans: Toxic Mercury Levels Could Rise If Land Runoff Increases

According to a new study by Rutgers University, climate change and high precipitation would trigger runoff into oceans and pump huge levels of mercury into oceanic creatures including fish and zooplanktons and harm the whole food chain.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2017

Effects Of Warming On Tropical Mountains May Be Worse Than Earlier Predicted

New research suggest worse than expected effects of warming on tropical mountains. Data reveals significant difference between high altitude and sea level temperatures.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2017

Researchers Propose Novel Way Of Stopping Tsunamis With Sound Waves

New research has shown that acoustic-gravity waves could be used to stop tsunamis before hitting the shoreline. According to the lead author, designing the devices would be challenging but it could efficiently save lives.

Earth/Environment January 28, 2017

Intrigued By Ice Storms, Scientists Create Their Own

Ice storms are known to reshape forests, damage infrastructure, and disrupt lives. But they remain unpredictable and difficult to study, so scientists have ventured to create their own ice storm in an experimental forest.

Earth/Environment January 26, 2017

Swarm Of Underwater Robots Sent Out As ‘Robotic Plankton’ To Study Ocean Currents

Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have come up with underwater robots to be used as “robotic plankton” to observe ocean currents in better detail.

Earth/Environment January 26, 2017

CDC Postpones Climate Change Conference: Is Trump Administration To Blame?

CDC postponed climate change conference, where stakeholders and experts are expected to speak and find solutions to the main threats of global warming. Some voices indirectly accused President Donald Trump.

Earth/Environment January 25, 2017

Forests ‘Held Their Breath’ During Global Warming Pause

A new study has found that forests around the world, widely deemed the lungs of the planet, 'held their breath' during the most recent episode of a so-called climate change hiatus. These ecosystems were shown to have been a strong carbon sink from 1998 to 2012.

Earth/Environment January 25, 2017

New Research Shows Heat From Earth’s Core May Be Responsible For Plate Tectonics

According to a new study, heat radiated from the Earth’s core to the mantle is responsible for at least 50 percent of plate tectonics. This information is expected to make earthquake prediction more accurate.

Earth/Environment January 24, 2017

Of Mackerel And Volcanoes: Researchers Say Past Environmental Catastrophes Offer Insight Into Today’s Climate Change Issues

A new study has highlighted that there are historic lessons to be learned in tackling climate change as evident in the winter caused by Indonesia’s Tambora volcanic eruption 200 years ago and the way the fisheries sector handled it.

Earth/Environment January 23, 2017

It’s Always Freezing Inside Tornadoes: Here’s Why

New research has explained the mechanics behind tornadoes, shedding new light on the short-term climate changes they produce. The results of the research could be employed in a wide array of domains, from electrodynamics to creating electronic compounds.

Earth/Environment January 24, 2017

Al Gore Talks About His New Documentary 'An Inconvenient Sequel' And His Hopes For Trump

Former Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore discusses the sequel to his documentary. His thoughts on the progress of his advocacy and the new administration remain hopeful.

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

Massive Ice Shelf In Antarctica On The Brink Of Breaking Apart: What Is Happening?

The massive rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf just got even longer. What could this mean for the ice shelf as it gets closer to inevitable calving?

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

NASA Terra Image Of Bogoslof Volcano Ash Plume Makes Alaskan Eruption Appear Wrapped In White

Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano that erupted on Wednesday sent out ash clouds to a height of 31,000 feet. Images of the ash clouds captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite with MODIS Instrument show the clouds as wrapped in white.

Earth/Environment January 23, 2017

TIMELINE: Climate Issues A Decade After 'An Inconvenient Truth' Inspired Global Action

Since its premiere 11 years ago, the documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth' has sparked global action to mitigate the effects of climate change. Tech Times looks back at the climate crisis in the decade that followed the award-winning film.

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

Climate Change Did Not Wipe Out Australian Megafauna, Suggests New Study

New research reveals that the Australian megafauna has become extinct due to massive human hunting. The study suggests that the megafauna was not wiped out because of climatic changes.

Earth/Environment January 21, 2017

WATCH: Sequel To Al Gore's 'An Incovenient Truth' Premieres At Sundance Film Festival

The sequel to 'An Inconvenient Truth' premieres at Sundance 2017. When will it hit the theaters and what has changed since the original award-winning documentary?

Earth/Environment January 21, 2017

Beyond That 'Golden Hair,' New Moth Named After Donald Trump Is An Appeal For Wildlife Protection

An evolutionary biologist has named a new moth species after U.S. President Donald Trump. More than an homage, the new moth species's name is a desperate call for environment and wildlife protection.

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

Ancient Warming Hints At Major Sea Level Rise Ahead

A new study raised worry over finding that the last time ocean temperatures were this warm, or 125,000 years ago, sea levels were up to 30 feet higher than they currently are.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2017

Hotel Buried After Deadly Italy Avalanche: What Really Caused The Mishap?

Hotel Rigopiano in Italy, where more than 30 people were staying, is buried in deep snow after a massive avalanche on Wednesday. Though the antecedent earthquakes are seen as the culprit, record snowfall in the past weeks is also considered a factor in the tragedy.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2017

What’s Causing Mysterious Fairy Circles To Appear? New Study Looks At Both Termites And Plants

Fairy circles have long intrigued scientists, but a team from Princeton has recently shown how the two dominant hypotheses involving termites and plants can jointly explain the mysterious rings.

Earth/Environment January 19, 2017

Will Obama's Legacy In Science Live On In The Trump Era?

After eight years as president of the United States, Barack Obama's legacy in science and technology will be one for the books. Days before Donald Trump takes his seat, the administration makes a move to protect that legacy.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2017

As Grimly Predicted, 2016 Emerges As The Hottest Year Yet

Scientists from NASA and the NOAA have reported that 2016 is the hottest year on Earth since record keeping started in 1880. It is the third consecutive year setting a new record for average global temperatures.

Earth/Environment January 19, 2017

Obama Injects Another $500 Million Into Green Climate Fund To Secure Paris Deal

President Obama has given the Green Climate Fund a second installment of $500 million in funding. The pledge is part of the Paris climate deal, which will help developing countries implement clean energy.

Earth/Environment January 18, 2017

70 Percent Of Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Now Dead

The impact of global warming on ocean temperature has started taking the toll on coral reefs. According to reports, 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef, the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa, has died from coral bleaching.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2017

UK Scientists Urge British PM: Push Trump To Act On Climate Change

In a letter to UK prime minister Theresa May, top UK researchers have warned that the incoming Trump administration may hamper the world-class climate research now being performed in the United States.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2017

Prince Charles Co-Authors Book On Climate Change

Prince Charles co-wrote a Ladybird book on climate change with an environmentalist and a climate scientist. When is the release date of this 52-page book?

Earth/Environment January 15, 2017

Exxon Mobil Ordered By Judges to Hand Over Climate Change Files

A judge in Massachusetts ordered oil and gas company Exxon Mobil to hand over four decades' worth of climate change research upon the request of the attorney general. The company is being accused of hiding the results and misleading the public.

Earth/Environment January 13, 2017

Science Lab In Antarctica Relocating To Avoid Drifting Off With Breaking Ice Shelf

The British Antarctic Survey is moving its Antarctica research station Halley VI further inland on the continent. The relocation is made ahead of predictions that the floating Brunt Ice Shelf will break off.

Earth/Environment January 14, 2017

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