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Recurring Drought: 110 Somali Deaths In 48 Hours, Humanitarian Crises Loom

At least 110 people have died in the last 48 hours as the East African country of Somalia is on the brink of another famine. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has recently declared the present drought as a national disaster.

Earth/Environment March 7, 2017

Trees Cultivated By Early Human Settlers Shape Amazon Rainforest: Study

The Amazon rainforest has always been viewed as pristine and untouched by humans. But a new study has concluded that the forests may have been largely shaped by trees cultivated by early settlers thousands of years ago.

Earth/Environment March 6, 2017

How Trump’s Planned Cuts To Climate Science Agency Budget Can Put Your Life At Risk

A leaked White House memo reveals planned NOAA budget cuts, feared to put climate change research - and lives - at risk. Just how exactly will these U.S. environmental budget cuts affect weather satellites and related initiatives?

Earth/Environment March 5, 2017

EPA May Go Easy On Auto Emission Standards: Trump Wants To Lure More Vehicle Makers

The EPA may relax the greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks by retreating from earlier plans of enforcing high emission standards through 2025. It may conduct a review very soon.

Earth/Environment March 4, 2017

Doorway To Hell: Massive Crater Offers Glimpse Into Climate Change In Siberia

The Batagaika Crater, also known as the 'doorway to hell,' is the result of melting permafrost in Siberia. The crater offers climate scientists an opportunity to view more than 200,000 years of climate change in the region.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2017

Oil And Gas Companies No Longer Required By EPA To Report Methane Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has lifted the order that required oil and gas companies to report the equipment they used and their level of methane emissions. The decision once again highlights EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's deep ties with fossil fuel industry leaders.

Earth/Environment March 3, 2017

Discovery Of 208 New Man-Made Minerals May Signal New Geological Epoch

A team of scientists discovered 208 new minerals that fundamentally formed because of human activity. In a new study, researchers describe how human activity reshapes the Earth's geological makeup.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2017

Balmy Days: Antarctica Hits Record-High Temperature

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced record-high heat in Antarctica at 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded last March 24, 2015. Here are other record highs and lows in temperature amid climate change.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2017

Seaweed Nutrients May Have Had A Hand In Human Evolution, Says Study

Seaweeds may be no more than just marine plants to many people today, but they actually played a critical role in human evolution, researchers are saying.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2017

Find Out How Early Spring Is Arriving In Your State

New maps from the USA National Phenology Network of the USGS reveal the early arrival of spring this year in many parts of the country. What accounts for the unusual season change?

Earth/Environment March 1, 2017

Carbon Dioxide Not Primary Global Warming Contributor: EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt has issued a statement that contradicts the public stance of the agency he leads. The EPA administrator does not think carbon emissions are a primary contributor to climate change.

Earth/Environment March 11, 2017

Greenhouse Gas From Your Bread? Study Looks At Impact Of Breakfast Loaf On Environment

Greenhouse gas from your bread? A study looks at the environmental impact of your breakfast loaf with a warning: The loaf bread on your table is global warming in a pack.

Earth/Environment March 3, 2017

25 Million UK Homes Should Be Insulated By 2050 To Reduce Carbon Emissions

One home every minute must be insulated in the United Kingdom to decrease the country's carbon emissions, a new report suggests. However, experts say achieving this standard by 2050 might prove difficult.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2017

Half Of Earth’s Species Could Be Extinct By 2100: Biologists

One in five species on Earth is now threatened by extinction and the number could rise to 50 percent by 2100. These are some warnings of experts attending the Biological Extinction workshop at the Vatican this week.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2017

Humans Have A Hand In Over 80 Percent of Wildfires In America: Study

A staggering 84 percent of all wildfires in the United States are caused by humans, with the remaining 16 percent ignited by lightning. Learn more about human-induced wildfires and how they can be managed and controlled.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2017

The Great Barrier Reef Isn’t Out Of The Woods Yet: Another Big Coral Bleaching Event Feared In 2017

While still recovering from the worst coral bleaching event ever in 2016, the Great Barrier Reef is likely facing another impending threat. It could undergo another widespread bleaching this year, according to the reef authority.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2017

Satellite Mapping Tool Developed To Check Deforestation In America

Using satellite mapping as an indicator, a new metric has been developed for tracking deforestation in the United States. The satellite mapping can detect the average distance to the nearest forest from any point in the United States.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2017

IPCC Carbon Dioxide Figures Exaggerated, Just 15 Percent Growth From Human Emissions, Claims Study

Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere as claimed by the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) has been challenged in a new study. It says IPCC ignores natural sources of emissions and the focus is on fossil fuel emissions.

Earth/Environment March 1, 2017

50,000 New Seeds Deposited To Arctic 'Doomsday' Vault To Safeguard Against War, Natural Disasters

The world’s largest seed bank receives a deposit of over 50,000 seeds. Return deposits from the seed vault in Beirut proves the Arctic ‘doomsday’ vault’s effectiveness.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2017

Rapid Cooling In North Atlantic May Cause Disruptive Climate Change

A drastic cooling in many parts of the North Atlantic Ocean including the Labrador Sea may trigger drastic climate changes in the region. According to a study, the cooling of Labrador Sea is a high probability within this century.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2017

Global Warming Linked To 50 Percent Drop In Colorado River Flow By 2100

The flow of Colorado River, the source for water to some 40 million people, is expected to drop to as much as 50 percent by 2100 due to rising temperatures in the basin.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2017

How 50 Reefs Project Plans To Stop Decline Of World's Coral Reefs

A new global initiative called 50 Reefs Project has been announced at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali. The project aims at protecting world’s coral reefs from extinction, which are expected to mostly disappear by 2050.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

Antarctic Glacier Crack Is Getting Bigger, About To Bid Adieu To Antarctica

The Larsen C iceberg may break off from Antarctica and make way to the ocean within months. If this happens, there will be a massive rise in the sea level, posing serious threats.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2017

Coral Bleaching: Is The Paris Climate Deal Enough To Prevent Damage In Great Barrier Reef?

Coral bleaching continues to damage recovering coral reefs around the globe. Experts say the Paris Agreement may not quite be enough to solve the problem.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2017

'Quake Mystic' Who Predicted Japan Earthquake Issues 'Major Earthquake Warning,' Planetary Alignments To Blame?

Frank Hoogerbeets, the self-proclaimed earthquake predictor has forecasted that the planet will experience massive earthquakes from Feb. 24 to March 8. Hoogerbeets makes these predictions based on the planetary alignment of the Earth with other planets.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

300 Climate Skeptics Urge Trump To Withdraw US From UN

Global warming initiatives may be in peril as a group of 300 climate change skeptics urge President Trump to withdraw from UN's climate change agency. It is not yet clear, however, where Trump is finally heading.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

Great Barrier Reef Deaths: Life Jacket Made Compulsory For Snorkelers

Recurring tourist deaths in Great Barrier Reef have led the authorities clamping new security safeguards on reef tourists. As a result, life jackets will be mandatory for reef snorkeling even as coral bleaching and coral death rates are rising.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2017

Manhattan-Sized Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctic Glacier

An iceberg the size of the island of Manhattan is poised to break off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica. While relatively small in size, this event is not without consequences in the ongoing saga of loss of Antarctic ice.

Earth/Environment February 21, 2017

Rivers In The Sky: Atmospheric Rivers Can Wreak Widespread Calamities

Atmospheric rivers can wreak widespread calamities that will prove to be costly because of the hazards it can bring to lives and properties. More than 10 rivers are expected this winter, according to the National Weather Service.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2017

Saving Sea Ice From Global Warming: $500 Billion Geoengineering Project Is On

The $500 billion geoengineering project to save the Arctic is seen to restore the ice level of the polar region to where it was two decades ago. Beyond the massive cost, the project is feared to have adverse effects on the food chain.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2017

Pond Warming Enhances Climate Change By Driving Out Carbon Dioxide: Study

A new study has unveiled the serious threat posed by warming ponds in accentuating climate change. It says when ponds are warmed, they reduce the stored carbon dioxide and triggers huge emissions of methane gas which traps heat.

Earth/Environment February 22, 2017

Climate Change Can Supercharge Atmospheric Rivers That Bring Drought-Ending Floods In California

Climate change can influence the atmospheric rivers that brought record breaking rains in California. How does a warming world affect the intensity of the so-called rivers in the sky?

Earth/Environment February 21, 2017

Alps Ski Season Shortening, To Lose 70 Percent Snow Cover

The Alps in Switzerland may lose 70 percent of the historic snow cover by the end of the century. Based on a new study that analyzed the impact of global warming on the mountain, the fallout will shorten the ski season.

Earth/Environment February 19, 2017

‘Blob’ In Pacific Ocean Ramps Up Ozone Levels Above Western US

'The blob,' a mass of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean, escalated ozone levels above the western United States, according to a new study. The blob created the ingredients for ozone production and the pollutant was high in places like Washington.

Earth/Environment February 20, 2017

January 2017 Emerges As Third Hottest In 137 Years: NASA

January 2017 ranked as the third hottest January since modern record-keeping began in 1880. The recent finding was based on a monthly global temperature analysis by NASA scientists.

Earth/Environment February 17, 2017

From Heat Waves To Hunger: Scientists Reveal Fatal Health Risks Of Climate Change

There's no time to waste when it comes to climate change. Heat waves, disease outbreaks, and hunger could kill more people as Earth heats up, warned scientists at the recent Climate and Health Meeting in Atlanta.

Earth/Environment February 17, 2017

EPA In The Trump Era: Reports Claim New Executive Orders To Reshape Environmental Protection

The fate of the Environmental Protection Agency lies in the hands of the Trump administration. Reports of more than a few upcoming executive orders could reshape the agency.

Earth/Environment February 19, 2017

Deep Reefs Cannot Help Restore Destroyed Shallow Reefs

Scientists have long wondered whether deep coral reefs could become sources of new larvae to restore damaged shallow reefs. Now, a new study in Queensland has found that deep reefs cannot ultimately recover destroyed shallow reefs.

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

Why Have Earth's Oceans Lost 2 Percent Of Their Oxygen?

Past studies have shown that the world's oceans continue to lose their oxygen concentration over time. Now, a new report successfully quantifies the extent to which oceans are losing their oxygen levels.

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

Earth's Hidden Continent 'Zealandia' Discovered, Reveal Scientists

Research has revealed that New Zealand and New Caledonia are part of a continent called 'Zealandia.' The continent is nearly 4.9 million square kilometers long and is currently submerged in water.

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

Arctic Refreezing Plan Coming From Arizona Scientists

Concerned over escalating temperature in the North Pole and loss of ice, scientists from the Arizona University have come forward with an Arctic refreezing plan that involves installing 10 million wind-powered fans to spray sea water during winter.

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

Banned Chemicals Continue Hounding Ocean Life: What Are PCBs And PBDEs?

Learn more about PCBs and PBDEs, two persistent organic pollutants (POPs) recently found in alarming levels in the world's two deepest marine trenches. Where do they come from and what are their toxic consequences?

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

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