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Oops we got it wrong: Stable Greenland ice sheets are melting faster than scientists thought

Scientists have released a new study showing that Greenland's ice sheets are now melting faster than previous data suggested. The new findings indicate that the ice sheets are not as stable as previously thought.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2014

Dry days to become more common?

The number of days with no rain or precipitation will likely climb by the end of the year, says a new study.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2014

Humpback whale entangled in fishing gear still missing

Hawaii officials are currently searching for a humpback whale that was entangled in a length of fishing line. The hapless whale was last spotted near Niihau but it is currently missing.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2014

Light pollution affects rainforest regrowth by altering feeding habits of fruit bats

Fruit-loving bats may avoid eating in areas illuminated by artificial light. But what is seed rain, and why do you not want to be caught in it?

Earth/Environment March 16, 2014

Satellite helps determine ocean carbon export flux

What role does the feces of microscopic animals play in regulating the global environment? And why did it take a satellite to see it?

Earth/Environment March 13, 2014

Asian grass carp pose threat to Great Lakes

Asian grass carp could pose a significant threat to the Great Lakes by possibly pushing other species into extinction.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2014

Volcano heat saved species from Ice Age death

Could volcanoes - usually the harbingers of death - be responsible for saving species from ice ages? A new study of lifeforms in Antarctica shows this may be the case.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2014

Beware! Fukushima radiation leak waters to hit west coast in April

Experts are predicting that the radiation from Fukushima will reach the West Coast by next month. Scientists are recommending frequent sampling and testing of Pacific Ocean waters.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2014

Pregnant great white shark Lydia first on record to swim transatlantic

Lydia, a tagged great white shark, has successfully reached the UK after a trans-Atlantic journey. The shark's route has been documented by scientists by using GPS tracking.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2014

Genghis Khan rose to power in Asia...with a little help from the weather gods

Genghis Khan may have had more than a fierce horde of warriors behind his back when he established his empire in Asia. New research has shown that the weather may have played an important part in the rise of the Mongol Empire.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2014

Elephants can listen and understand us better than we think

A new study indicates that elephants can tell the difference between certain human language. By listening to a human voice, elephants can also estimate a person's age and gender.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2014

Ozone-destroying new man-made gases discovered in atmosphere

Scientists have discovered four new gasses that could damage the ozone layer. Over 74,000 tonnes of these harmful gasses have already been released into the atmosphere.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2014

NASA radar can detect sinkholes before they become sinkholes

NASA has announced that it may now have the ability to predict the occurrence of sinkholes. The occurrence of sinkholes often becomes more common during years with wet weather and more sinkholes are expected to appear this year.

Earth/Environment March 10, 2014

Sacramento bill bans SeaWorld orca performance and captive breeding, gets blasted by San Diego mayor

After the release of a documentary that allegedly shows the mistreatment of orcas in SeaWorld San Diego, a lawmaker has proposed a bill to ban the use of killer whales in performances. However, San Diego's mayor has spoken out against the proposal.

Earth/Environment March 9, 2014

Plasma saves the Earth from solar storms - Here's how!

Magnetic storms or solar storms can cause problems with communications and electronics. Only plasma may stand between the Earth and the mighty disturbances.

Earth/Environment March 11, 2014

Obama tackles California drought problem with new law

The National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act provides an early-warning system, predicting droughts. The program has just been renewed by Congress and the U.S. president.

Earth/Environment March 6, 2014

The Statue of Liberty, other landmarks worldwide in danger of being drowned by rising sea level

The Statue of Liberty and around a fifth of over 700 UNESCO World Heritage sites may go the way of Atlantis, scientists have said. Researchers are worried that rising sea levels may have cultural implications.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2014

Mystery of sea turtle 'lost years' finally solved

Scientists have finally figured out where sea turtles spend their time after hunting. A sea turtle's mysterious "lost years" has baffled experts for decades.

Earth/Environment March 6, 2014

Yosemite bears forage less for human food but still got a taste for it

If Yogi Bear lived in Yosemite park, he'd have a lot more to content with than a hapless Ranger Smith. Yosemite park officials have finally outsmarted the local human food-loving black bears.

Earth/Environment March 6, 2014

New catalyst transforms CO2 to methanol: Solution to energy problem?

A new catalyst could make methanol the fuel of the future. The development could also affect several other products.

Earth/Environment March 4, 2014

Climate change capturing heat in deep Antarctic ocean waters

Climate change may be causing heat to be trapped deep under the Antarctic Ocean. A new study shows that decreasing ocean surface salinity may be wreaking havoc on our oceans.

Earth/Environment March 4, 2014

Algae explosion in Lake Erie is posing danger to fish, tourism and locals

Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes that is home to 45 million people in the United States and Canada, is experiencing very high levels of algal blooms, and its water quality has been deteriorating for a decade now. Phosphorus runoffs from diffuse land use have caused the blooms, and the International Joint Commission has issued a report that has outlined recommendations for rehabilitating the lake.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2014

Will air clear with new sulfur regulations?

New regulations will remove most of the sulfur from gasoline. This move could reduce smog, but is the price too high to pay?

Earth/Environment March 3, 2014

Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore raises hell in climate change/global warming debate

Patrick Moore is raising waves again, this time saying humans are not the main cause of rising global temperatures. If not us, that what is happening?

Earth/Environment March 3, 2014

Conservationists deface beautiful tortoise shells to deter rustlers

The brilliant golden shell of the ploughshare tortoise is fetching high prices for the animal on the illegal pet market. But, how does etching the shell help?

Earth/Environment March 3, 2014

New York DEC relents, promises not to kill beautiful mute swans

The debate regarding the future of the wild mute swans in New York has swung once again in favor of the swans. The DEC has announced that it will revise its proposal in response to strong opposition from various groups and individuals.

Earth/Environment March 1, 2014

Get up, close and personal with Arctic polar bears, courtesy Google Street View

Using Google Street View technology, environmentalists are offering the public a "bears-eye view" of life among Arctic polar bears. Here's how you can see it for yourself.

Earth/Environment March 1, 2014

Can sapwood filter E.coli in water? MIT scientists say yes

Water filters have become high-tech lately, as materials like graphene are used to clean the essential fluid. However, MIT researchers have shown how to save millions of lives using the common sapwood.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2014

Pine tree smell influences climate change: Research

A new study has shown that the smell of pine trees can actually affect the weather in a good way. However, only real pine trees count, so don’t bother stocking up on Air Wick, Glade, Fabreze or other brands of air fresheners.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2014

Whales and ships heading for collision in Bering Strait, fear scientists

Whales and ships are on a collision course in the Bering Strait. How much danger are the marine mammals in, and what can be done to protect them?

Earth/Environment February 27, 2014

Coffee addicts be warned: Drought in Brazil may lead to shortage of your daily caffeine fix

A drought in Brazil may also bring about a coffee drought around the world. Analysts are worried about an upcoming shortage in supply.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2014

Geoengineering has potential but also potentially a very bad idea

Geoengineering has been proposed as a good way to solve the problems of global warming. However, some experts say it could do more harm than good.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2014

Mystery behind ancient whale graveyard discovery in Chilean highway finally solved

Scientists have found a mass graveyard for whales and other marine animals in the middle of a Chilean desert. They were amazed by the discovery and now have solved the mystery behind the mass die-offs.

Earth/Environment February 26, 2014

NASA technology helps California fight epic drought

NASA is preparing to bare its technological expertise in an effort to help California deal with drought. The scarcity of water resources in the state continues to alarm experts.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2014

Great snakes! U.S. govt fights lawsuit that wants nationwide ban on giant reptiles removed

Sales of four species of giant snake have been banned by the federal government since 2012. Now a group of reptile owners wants that law overturned. However, the government's standing in their way.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2014

Google Forest Watch map useful in tracking deforestation 'near real-time'

A new map, running on the Google Earth Engine, tracks deforestation in detail never before seen. Here's how to use the system yourself to track deforestation in your own area.

Earth/Environment February 22, 2014

New maps show redistribution of animal and plant species due to climate change

A new study shows how global warming has affected the distribution of flora and fauna.

Earth/Environment February 13, 2014

Can white or green roofs help fight global warming? Study says, Yes!

Cool roofs and green roofs, covered in vegetation, can help bring down cooling costs. The better choice for your hometown might depend less on your local summer than your winter!

Earth/Environment February 13, 2014

Pacific trade winds slow down global warming: When will Mother Nature turn off the fan?

A new research sheds light on the slowing down of the increase in surface temperatures due to Pacific ocean cycles.

Earth/Environment February 12, 2014

Oregon chub makes strong comeback, first fish to be taken off endangered list

The Oregon chub has become the first fish to be taken off the endangered species list. Once down to just 1,000 members of their species, this tiny fish now numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

Earth/Environment February 5, 2014

Fossils of Chinese dinosaurs suggest Pompeii-type volcanic eruption: Study

The people of Pompeii were not the first to be entombed by volcanic ash. The dinosaurs in China were. Researchers from Nanjing University have published a study that suggests Pompeii-like volcanic eruption killed and entombed dinosaurs, birds and mammals that have been found in preserved, fossilized state in northern China.

Earth/Environment February 5, 2014

Titanic glacier setting new speed record, researchers claim

The Greenland glacier that caused the Titanic to sink is now thinning and retreating at a record speed, thanks to global warming.

Earth/Environment February 4, 2014

California cuts off water supplies to millions of people as drought gets from bad to worse

California's drought situation is worsening as State Water Project says it will not release water supplies from its reservoirs.

Earth/Environment February 3, 2014

Great Barrier Reef in grave danger of being destroyed by dredged spoil

The Great Barrier Reef is in danger as Australian authorities have approved dumping of dredge spoil in the park waters.

Earth/Environment February 3, 2014

Arctic ice fighting losing battle against global warming, new studies show

Increased global warming could have catastrophic effects on the Arctic.

Earth/Environment February 3, 2014

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