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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

Help! Zombees are invading the East Coast

Zombie bees (or Zombees) have been spotted in the East Coast but these poor critters aren't feasting on human flesh. Rather, they're the victims of parasitic flies that prey on them.

Earth/Environment February 3, 2014

Underwater fairy rings in Baltic ocean were not made by fairies or aliens, say biologists

Aliens had nothing to with underwater green eelgrass (or fairy grass) rings in the Baltic ocean. Neither did fairies. Nor are they bomb craters. So what are they?

Earth/Environment February 3, 2014

Drug trafficking takes Central American forests as hostage

A new study reveals the connection between drug trafficking and deforestation in certain parts of Latin America, and pushes for legislation that will have more control over both.

Earth/Environment February 2, 2014

Delhi beats Beijing to become world's most polluted city: How does your city fare?

Hindustan Times has cited the Environmental Performance Index report to substantiate claims of India overtaking China as city with the worst air pollution in the world.

Earth/Environment February 1, 2014

Use of sonar in US naval exercise harming marine mammals, lawsuit claims

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, saying it violated the federal law when it authorized the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises.

Earth/Environment January 30, 2014

Mega-drought heading for California?

California is experiencing a serious drought these days, but scientists say it's not the worst one to have hit the state in the entire recorded history of its rainfafall.

Earth/Environment January 28, 2014

Los Angeles, brace yourself for a bigger earthquake: Scientists predict

Bigger and stronger earthquakes could hit Los Angeles in the future.

Earth/Environment January 28, 2014

Hungry Lionfish invasion pushing native marine creatures in Caribbean coral reefs to brink of extinction

A new study shows that an invasion of lionfish that is bringing the marine life around coral reefs of the Caribbean towards possible extinction, can be fought by killing most, if not all, of the lionfish.

Earth/Environment January 28, 2014

Now China is exporting air pollution to the U.S.

A new study shows that air pollution in China that is directly the result of manufacturing for U.S. consumption, has been wafting towards U.S. shores.

Earth/Environment January 27, 2014

Ancient forests rationed CO2 to stabilize climate

A new research by scientists in the UK reveals that ancient forests rationed CO2 to stabilize the atmosphere.

Earth/Environment January 27, 2014

El Niño events to double as global warming problem rises

A new research has revealed that extreme El Niño events will double in the next century.

Earth/Environment January 21, 2014

Mysterious ocean bubbles play important role in supporting life, say scientists

Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have discovered that microscopic sacs released by cyanobacteria can be a significant source of organic elements that other organisms can feed on.

Earth/Environment January 18, 2014

Big carnivores are dying and humans could be next, warn scientists

More than half of the world's big carnivores including lions, wolves and bears are disappearing at an alarming rate and the loss of such species could be extremely damaging for our ecosystems through out the world, a new study has found.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2014

Secrets of monster underwater waves solved

One of the biggest laboratory experiments ever yields new facts about underwater waves. These giant, invisible waves occur under the ocean's surface and are believed to have an effect on the Earth's climate.

Earth/Environment January 11, 2014

Message in a bottle left in Arctic by geologist 54 years ago, can teach us a thing or two

A geologist's message in a bottle hints on the impact of climate change.

Earth/Environment December 22, 2013

Coldest place on Earth is colder than you think

If you thought New York is cold, think again. Scientists have recently recorded temperatures as low as -135.3 degrees in Antarctica. The measurements were taken by a NASA satellite and is one of the lowest recorded temperatures on this planet.

Earth/Environment December 12, 2013

Can windshield wipers be used to gauge rainfall? Yes, say researchers

Besides clearing the windshield of dirt, debris and water, scientists have found out a new use for the wipers - measure the intensity of rain.

Earth/Environment December 1, 2013

Google Earth reveals perils of over-fishing in Persian Gulf

Researchers used images captured from Google Earth to understand the impact of over fishing in the Persian Gulf.

Earth/Environment November 29, 2013

Weather-maker mushrooms shock scientists

A recent research indicates that mushroom can make their own wind, shocking scientists.

Earth/Environment November 27, 2013

Montreal Protocol (Ozone Treaty) helped slow global warming

Per a new study, the Montreal Protocol helped slow down global warming. Albeit inadvertently.

Earth/Environment November 13, 2013

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