Shrinking size of North American salamanders linked to climate change

Salamander species expending more energy just to survive in warmer, drier habitats with changing climate, have less energy to grow and are gradually shrinking in size.

Earth/Environment March 29, 2014

Climate change will bring extreme heatwave to Britain, rest of Europe by 2040: Weather experts

Climate change may soon cause sizzling hot weather in the UK and the rest of Europe. Scientists are expecting more heatwaves by the year 2040.

Earth/Environment March 26, 2014

Sunsets painted by famous artists may offer clues to past pollution in Earth's atmosphere

Air pollution from volcanic eruptions in past centuries left its mark in sunset paintings by famous artists.

Earth/Environment March 29, 2014

Californium: A useful way to recycle radioactive waste (if only it was less expensive)

A radioactive metal can be used to store more dangerous waste, and produce recycled fuel for nuclear reactors. How pricey could this be? Very.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2014

Humans at fault for extreme weather in 2013: UN

Extreme weather in 2013 was largely the result of human actions, a new report from the United Nations has revealed.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2014

UN scientists to report climate change impacts: Food and Water shortage, flooding on spotlight

While a lot of people do not take climate change seriously, the United Nations' latest report is expected to reveal how it can impact human existence.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2014

Oil spill in Houston Ship Channel threatens wildlife in nearby sanctuary

The current oil spill leads to environmental issues, which threaten the wildlife, and authorities investigate who is to blame.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2014

U.S. fisheries dump 500 million pounds of bycatch back to the ocean annually: Report

A new report has shown that a staggering amount of seafood and protected marine animals are either wasted or perish because of U.S. commercial fishing. This amounts to billions of pounds of dead dolphins, sea turtles and a wide variety of other marine life.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2014

Loblolly pine genome sequence completed by scientists: 16 billion fragments fitted together!

Ever built a jigsaw puzzle that has millions of pieces? Scientists have done just that (only a lot harder) to know better understand one of the most important trees in the United States.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2014

Climate change triggered storms and rising sea levels cost China $2.6 bn

Climate change is a serious global issue, and China has seen the toll in its country. Now, they're making policies to countermeasure the dangers.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2014

Hello, Spring Equinox. Hello, warmer weather and cool Google Doodle

Spring has officially arrived with the arrival of the Vernal Equinox. After a particularly harsh winter, many people living in the Northern Hemisphere are looking forward to warmer weather.

Earth/Environment March 20, 2014

Technology giants help White House build and launch climate change data tools

The U.S. government has collaborated with Google, Microsoft, Intel, and other technology companies to empower its people and provide them with a tool in preparation for climate change.

Earth/Environment March 20, 2014

Burmese pythons in Evergaldes have excellent built-in homing systems: Research

Researchers have discovered that Burmese pythons have a remarkable ability to find their way home even after being moved 20 miles away. The scale of this newfound ability has never before been seen in other snake species.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2014

Dust over Africa, West Asia triggers and intensifies Indian monsoon

A new study has shown that the strong monsoons affecting India may be linked to swirling dust in the deserts of West Asia and North Africa. Airborne dust particles are warming up the air west of India boosting the strength of monsoons.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2014

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

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