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Remembering the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens

Exactly 34 years after the major explosion of Mount St. Helens, scientists relive the fateful day by setting up the explosion themselves for further studies.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

Newly mapped Greenland valleys up risk of faster glacier melting

New research shows that Greenland may be a larger contributor to rising sea levels. The findings show deep valleys that have formed under the Greenland ice sheet may erode ice even faster and dump large amounts of water into the world's oceans.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

Plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toiletries poison humans and endanger food sources

Thousands of microbeads are inadvertently washed down by humans to the seas and lakes as current treatment plants fail to filter these tiny non-biodegradable pellets.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

Honeybee colony losses less this winter but concerns remain

Colony Collapse Disorder, leading to mass deaths of bees, were down last year. But, what is responsible for the killing?

Earth/Environment May 18, 2014

Alien on North Carolina beach? No, just a rare lancet fish

A fish of the open seas known as lancet fish was found in the shores of a popular fishing spot in North Carolina, another rare find added to the list of this year's weird-looking creatures unintentionally hauled from the oceans.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2014

Stranded ship off Galapagos is a disaster waiting to happen, warns Ecuador

The Galapaface 1, stranded in the Galapagos, may present environmental dangers, even after having its cargo removed.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2014

Climate change to hit credit ratings of countries, especially poor ones, warns S&P

Standard and Poor's is warning climate change and aging populations may soon threaten the credit ratings of developing countries.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2014

Fast solar winds linked to increase in lightning strike rates on Earth

Solar winds slamming into earth's atmosphere linked to lightning and thunderstorms, study finds. Finding could help in weather forecasting.

Earth/Environment May 16, 2014

Here's how farmers and consumers can cut nitrogen pollution by half

In a recent study, scientists proposed "ambitious mitigation" to curb nitrogen pollution expected to rise by a whopping 156 percent in 2050.

Earth/Environment May 16, 2014

Global warming causes hurricanes, typhoons to move poleward as they reach maximum intensity: Study

Scientists have discovered that strong storms are now moving towards the poles. Instead of staying in the tropics, the storms are now peaking further North and South.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2014

Consumption of ground water may be triggering California earthquakes

What happens when large volumes of water from underneath Central Valley are pumped out? Aside from the lands sinking and the mountain ranges rising, it could even disturb San Andreas Fault. A not-so-good idea.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2014

Strong winds due to climate change prevents Antarctica from getting warmer

Scientists have discovered that Antarctica is being kept cold by strong winds caused by climate change. These same winds are also causing dry spells in Australia.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2014

Military sees climate change as catalyst for conflict. Here's why

The accelerating effects of climate change have gotten US military top brass growing more concerned. Changes in the environment may also cause drastic changes in the way the military operates.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Petrified 16 million-year-old sperm of mussel shrimp is sperm-tacular in size

From an ancient mating of two marine species comes the oldest and biggest fossil of a sperm ever found, at least of its kind.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2014

Oil researchers discover deep-sea grave off the coast of Angola. Here's what they found out

A chance discovery of a "deep-sea graveyard" off the coast of Angola may unearth mysteries of a thriving ecosystem underneath and could even serve as stepping stone in curbing carbon in the world's oceans.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Massive fish kill in New Jersey's Shark River due to oxygen depletion

Thousands of dead fish greeted locals of Belmar, New Jersey Monday, leaving authorities baffled at what caused these fish to die in the outwardly acceptable waters of Shark River.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

California's wolf OR-7 might have found love in Oregon

There is still hope for the endangered species of wolves in the North America. OR-7, the famous grey wolf, may have finally found its mate in the wilderness of Oregon.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Death by pollution: New Delhi mortality rate doubles since 1991 due to dirty air

Latest report from the World Health Organization reveals New Delhi as the city with the worst air pollution, but the Indian government says it has overestimated the global data.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Collapse of ice sheet in West Antarctica apparently unstoppable

The West Antarctica ice sheet may be quick to melt, according to a new study. This is what makes the region so unstable.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Deepwater monster megamouth shark capture off Japan coast is a rare event

Rare Megamouth shark was recently captured in Japan, and was made a public spectacle. It's the second time a rare shark has been captured for the month, more on the way?

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Melting ice in Antarctica is reshaping Earth at a faster rate than expected

Researchers have finally figured out the reason behind the rapid upward motions of the Earth's crust in the South Pole. Loss of ice in Antarctica due to climate change is causing geological changes deep underground.

Earth/Environment May 13, 2014

Barrel jellyfish invades beach of Portland, Weymouth and you can expect for more of these giants

The UK may soon be invaded by giant jellyfish. A number of barrel jellyfish, some over 3 feet in diameter, have ended up in UK shores and experts believe more may be on their way.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Scientists discovered metal-eating plant species in the Philippines. You read that right.

A bizarre plant life thriving in the Philippines need nickel for a living too, and it could be key to a more effective "green technology."

Earth/Environment May 12, 2014

Fat and healthy? Possible, says the polar bear

Being obese not a problem for polar bears, scientists find. In fact, they say, it's crucial to their very survival.

Earth/Environment May 12, 2014

Rising CO2, climate change blamed for destroying nutrition in crops

Global climate change may be ruining the nutrition of certain crops, according to a new study. Here is what researchers found, and why it is such a big problem.

Earth/Environment May 12, 2014

Megamouth shark wows crowd during public autopsy in Japan. Yes, the creature lives by its name.

The year 2014 is not just the year of the Horse, as per the Chinese calendar. It turns out it is also an auspicious year for rare shark sightings.

Earth/Environment May 11, 2014

Climate change could compromise basic human nutrition, study finds

As carbon dioxide levels go up, many crops will see a reduction in nutrients vital to human health, researchers say. It's yet another health threat linked to climate change, a study finds.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2014

Pesticides and colder winters triggered collapse of honeybee colonies

Two insecticides and the effects of cold winters linked to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. The colder the winter, the greater the impact of the chemicals, researchers find.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2014

Scientists create global inventory of glaciers. Yes, all 198,000 of them

With the recent completion of the Randolph Glacier Inventory, scientists may now be able to determine impacts of climate change on the world’s 198,000 glaciers.

Earth/Environment May 11, 2014

Not just goblin shark, fishermen also caught giant isopods

Was the horrendous-looking goblin shark lately found in the Gulf of Mexico only a preview of a more bizarre discovery to come?

Earth/Environment May 11, 2014

Big, smelly job: Researchers carve up Newfoundland whale carcass, prepares it for Royal Ontario Museum

Trout River in Newfoundland will soon bid good riddance to the whale carcass rotting in its shore as the Royal Ontario Museum gets down to business in retrieving the body.

Earth/Environment May 11, 2014

Electromagnetic noise can jam built-in navigation systems of migratory birds

A new study found that the birds' biological magnetic compass can go haywire because of human-induced reasons, particularly the electromagnetic waves emitted by radios.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2014

With carbon dioxide levels up, nutrients in crops are down: Study

Increased CO2 levels affect vital nutrient levels in crops. Zinc, Iron and protein levels in soybeans, wheat, rice and peas reduce when there is elevated CO2.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2014

Dolphins have been swimming oceans six million years earlier than previously thought

A fossil of an ancient dolphin recently found in Japan may serve as key to the mystery behind the most diverse species of the cetacean mammals, a new study revealed.

Earth/Environment May 11, 2014

'Science Guy' Bill Nye is climate change guy? Global warming bully, says CNN's S.E. Cupp

As far as global warming discussions are concerned, it is a clash between what the humans think and what the humans perceive. For CNN's Crossfire host though, it is simply about science guys-with Bill Nye in particular-being bully.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2014

WHO warns of air pollution levels in major urban centers, New Delhi has dirtiest air

India's New Delhi is now on top of the list of cities with the worst levels of air pollution. The city has officially trumped Beijing in terms of worsening air quality.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2014

WHO lists most polluted countries: Delhi air worst

Delhi, India has the worst air pollution in the world, based on a new report from the World Health Organization.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2014

Sea lion deaths, beach strandings likely due to lack of food sources

An increase in the number of stranded seals and sea lions is recorded this year. Scientists say it might be because there is a dearth in their food supply.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2014

Ozone pollution will get worse in US due to climate change, warns study

Global warming could accelerate production of ground-level ozone, a new study predicts. Here is the science behind the predictions.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2014

Cape Cod shark brochures divide community. Will the information drive do good or harm?

A controversial brochure about sharks is causing a stir among Cape Cod citizens with people saying it can sensationalize these majestic apex predators. The information drive may put a dent in the local business sector and cause negative publicity for the sharks as well.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2014

Climate change will bring 70 percent increase in summer ozone pollution in U.S. by 2050: Report

The National Center for Atmospheric Research has released a new report warning Americans that the US may see a drastic rise in summertime ozone pollution. The report added that by the year 2050, ozone pollution levels may rise by as much as 70 percent.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2014

Australia issues alert: El Niño will come strong and early this year

A strong El Niño is likely to develop in July this year earlier than expected, and experts warn this could be a powerful weather-altering system that could bring droughts and heavy flooding in various parts of the world.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2014

Obama unveils the latest government report on climate change. Urgent action required

The latest report on climate change was recently unveiled by the Obama administration this Tuesday. The report indicates that urgent action against climate change needs to be taken immediately.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2014

Despite global warming, some areas tend to cool down: Study

While the Earth continues to experience an increase in temperature every year, some parts of the planet may have actually cooled down, a new study revealed.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2014

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