Thanks To Al Gore, Climate Change Summit Is Back On Track

Former vice president Al Gore has stepped in to host his own climate change conference in Atlanta next month. The news comes days after the CDC canceled its own summit in the lead-up to the recent change in White House administrations.

Earth/Environment January 30, 2017

NASA Successfully Launches First Of Five Sounding Rocket In Alaska

NASA has successfully launched the first of its five sounding rocket on Jan. 27 from Alaska’s Poker Flat Research Range. The Black Brant IX rocket carried the PolarNOx experiment seeking to measure nitric oxide altitude in the polar sky.

Earth/Environment January 30, 2017

Storms Filled 37 Percent Of California’s 5-Year Snow-Water Deficit: NASA

The atmospheric river in California reduced the five-year snow water deficit by approximately 37 percent in less than a month. According to the researchers, this occurrence gives hope for the regeneration of the groundwater reserves.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2017

Climate Change Brings New Threat To Oceans: Toxic Mercury Levels Could Rise If Land Runoff Increases

According to a new study by Rutgers University, climate change and high precipitation would trigger runoff into oceans and pump huge levels of mercury into oceanic creatures including fish and zooplanktons and harm the whole food chain.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2017

Effects Of Warming On Tropical Mountains May Be Worse Than Earlier Predicted

New research suggest worse than expected effects of warming on tropical mountains. Data reveals significant difference between high altitude and sea level temperatures.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2017

Researchers Propose Novel Way Of Stopping Tsunamis With Sound Waves

New research has shown that acoustic-gravity waves could be used to stop tsunamis before hitting the shoreline. According to the lead author, designing the devices would be challenging but it could efficiently save lives.

Earth/Environment January 28, 2017

Intrigued By Ice Storms, Scientists Create Their Own

Ice storms are known to reshape forests, damage infrastructure, and disrupt lives. But they remain unpredictable and difficult to study, so scientists have ventured to create their own ice storm in an experimental forest.

Earth/Environment January 26, 2017

Swarm Of Underwater Robots Sent Out As ‘Robotic Plankton’ To Study Ocean Currents

Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have come up with underwater robots to be used as “robotic plankton” to observe ocean currents in better detail.

Earth/Environment January 26, 2017

CDC Postpones Climate Change Conference: Is Trump Administration To Blame?

CDC postponed climate change conference, where stakeholders and experts are expected to speak and find solutions to the main threats of global warming. Some voices indirectly accused President Donald Trump.

Earth/Environment January 25, 2017

Forests ‘Held Their Breath’ During Global Warming Pause

A new study has found that forests around the world, widely deemed the lungs of the planet, 'held their breath' during the most recent episode of a so-called climate change hiatus. These ecosystems were shown to have been a strong carbon sink from 1998 to 2012.

Earth/Environment January 25, 2017

New Research Shows Heat From Earth’s Core May Be Responsible For Plate Tectonics

According to a new study, heat radiated from the Earth’s core to the mantle is responsible for at least 50 percent of plate tectonics. This information is expected to make earthquake prediction more accurate.

Earth/Environment January 24, 2017

Of Mackerel And Volcanoes: Researchers Say Past Environmental Catastrophes Offer Insight Into Today’s Climate Change Issues

A new study has highlighted that there are historic lessons to be learned in tackling climate change as evident in the winter caused by Indonesia’s Tambora volcanic eruption 200 years ago and the way the fisheries sector handled it.

Earth/Environment January 23, 2017

It’s Always Freezing Inside Tornadoes: Here’s Why

New research has explained the mechanics behind tornadoes, shedding new light on the short-term climate changes they produce. The results of the research could be employed in a wide array of domains, from electrodynamics to creating electronic compounds.

Earth/Environment January 24, 2017

Al Gore Talks About His New Documentary 'An Inconvenient Sequel' And His Hopes For Trump

Former Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore discusses the sequel to his documentary. His thoughts on the progress of his advocacy and the new administration remain hopeful.

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

Massive Ice Shelf In Antarctica On The Brink Of Breaking Apart: What Is Happening?

The massive rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf just got even longer. What could this mean for the ice shelf as it gets closer to inevitable calving?

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

NASA Terra Image Of Bogoslof Volcano Ash Plume Makes Alaskan Eruption Appear Wrapped In White

Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano that erupted on Wednesday sent out ash clouds to a height of 31,000 feet. Images of the ash clouds captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite with MODIS Instrument show the clouds as wrapped in white.

Earth/Environment January 23, 2017

TIMELINE: Climate Issues A Decade After 'An Inconvenient Truth' Inspired Global Action

Since its premiere 11 years ago, the documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth' has sparked global action to mitigate the effects of climate change. Tech Times looks back at the climate crisis in the decade that followed the award-winning film.

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

Climate Change Did Not Wipe Out Australian Megafauna, Suggests New Study

New research reveals that the Australian megafauna has become extinct due to massive human hunting. The study suggests that the megafauna was not wiped out because of climatic changes.

Earth/Environment January 21, 2017

WATCH: Sequel To Al Gore's 'An Incovenient Truth' Premieres At Sundance Film Festival

The sequel to 'An Inconvenient Truth' premieres at Sundance 2017. When will it hit the theaters and what has changed since the original award-winning documentary?

Earth/Environment January 21, 2017

Beyond That 'Golden Hair,' New Moth Named After Donald Trump Is An Appeal For Wildlife Protection

An evolutionary biologist has named a new moth species after U.S. President Donald Trump. More than an homage, the new moth species's name is a desperate call for environment and wildlife protection.

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

Ancient Warming Hints At Major Sea Level Rise Ahead

A new study raised worry over finding that the last time ocean temperatures were this warm, or 125,000 years ago, sea levels were up to 30 feet higher than they currently are.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2017

Hotel Buried After Deadly Italy Avalanche: What Really Caused The Mishap?

Hotel Rigopiano in Italy, where more than 30 people were staying, is buried in deep snow after a massive avalanche on Wednesday. Though the antecedent earthquakes are seen as the culprit, record snowfall in the past weeks is also considered a factor in the tragedy.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2017

What’s Causing Mysterious Fairy Circles To Appear? New Study Looks At Both Termites And Plants

Fairy circles have long intrigued scientists, but a team from Princeton has recently shown how the two dominant hypotheses involving termites and plants can jointly explain the mysterious rings.

Earth/Environment January 19, 2017

Will Obama's Legacy In Science Live On In The Trump Era?

After eight years as president of the United States, Barack Obama's legacy in science and technology will be one for the books. Days before Donald Trump takes his seat, the administration makes a move to protect that legacy.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2017

As Grimly Predicted, 2016 Emerges As The Hottest Year Yet

Scientists from NASA and the NOAA have reported that 2016 is the hottest year on Earth since record keeping started in 1880. It is the third consecutive year setting a new record for average global temperatures.

Earth/Environment January 19, 2017

Obama Injects Another $500 Million Into Green Climate Fund To Secure Paris Deal

President Obama has given the Green Climate Fund a second installment of $500 million in funding. The pledge is part of the Paris climate deal, which will help developing countries implement clean energy.

Earth/Environment January 18, 2017

70 Percent Of Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Now Dead

The impact of global warming on ocean temperature has started taking the toll on coral reefs. According to reports, 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef, the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa, has died from coral bleaching.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2017

UK Scientists Urge British PM: Push Trump To Act On Climate Change

In a letter to UK prime minister Theresa May, top UK researchers have warned that the incoming Trump administration may hamper the world-class climate research now being performed in the United States.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2017

Prince Charles Co-Authors Book On Climate Change

Prince Charles co-wrote a Ladybird book on climate change with an environmentalist and a climate scientist. When is the release date of this 52-page book?

Earth/Environment January 15, 2017

Exxon Mobil Ordered By Judges to Hand Over Climate Change Files

A judge in Massachusetts ordered oil and gas company Exxon Mobil to hand over four decades' worth of climate change research upon the request of the attorney general. The company is being accused of hiding the results and misleading the public.

Earth/Environment January 13, 2017

Science Lab In Antarctica Relocating To Avoid Drifting Off With Breaking Ice Shelf

The British Antarctic Survey is moving its Antarctica research station Halley VI further inland on the continent. The relocation is made ahead of predictions that the floating Brunt Ice Shelf will break off.

Earth/Environment January 14, 2017

Methane Doesn’t Last Long In The Atmosphere But Causes Sea-Level Rise For Centuries

Sea levels are on the rise and researchers have found that short-lived compounds in the atmosphere like methane have a hand in influencing the event for centuries.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2017

Warmer Waters Mean More Killer Shellfish Toxins: Study

A new study links warmer ocean to increased and potentially more dangerous levels of domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin found in shellfish and other marine creatures that can spell illness and even death.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2017

2016 Is The Second Warmest Year On Record For US, Scope Deemed ‘Unparalleled’

In records since 1895, 2016 ranked second warmest in the United States, with every single state and city in the Lower 48 states showing to be warmer than usual last year.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2017

Great Barrier Reef Almost Destroyed 125,000 Years Ago, According to New Astonishing Discovery

Rapidly rising seas resulting from melting glaciers as well as polar ice sheet nearly wiped out the Great Barrier Reef some 125,000 years earlier, according to University of Sydney researchers.

Earth/Environment January 9, 2017

Delaware-Sized Iceberg Poised To Break Away From Key Antarctic Ice Shelf But Scientists Are Not Alarmed: Here's Why

An iceberg nearly the size of Delaware may break off from one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves, the Larsen C, early this year. Why are some scientists not alarmed?

Earth/Environment January 7, 2017

Iceberg The Size Of Delaware Set To Break Off From Antarctica, Potentially Affects Global Sea Levels

A long-running rift in Larsen C ice shelf suddenly grew in December, becoming almost as huge as Delaware and now poised to break off from Antarctica anytime soon.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2017

Study Says Atlantic Deep-Water Ocean Current Unstable, Could Collapse Due To Global Warming

A new study led by a Yale scholar has suggested that the key ocean current, Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), may collapse. A finding that defies the conventional position of it being very stable and climate change would only make it marginally weak.

Earth/Environment January 8, 2017

99 Percent Of World’s Coral Reefs On Track To Experience Severe Annual Bleaching, Predicts New Climate Model

A UN-sponsored study has warned that coral bleaching will become an annual affair because of rising heat in ocean waters by mid-century. This is despite Paris climate accords on emission reduction exceeding the targets.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2017

2016 Warmest Year On Record Globally, Beats Out 1998

The year 2016 has been reported as the warmest year in 38 years, bumping off 1998 from the top spot. The main contributing factor to rising temperature was the El Niño event, according to data.

Earth/Environment January 6, 2017

US Atlantic Coast To See More Frequent But Not Necessarily Stronger Hurricanes

A new study has suggested that active Atlantic hurricane periods are no big threat to the U.S. East Coast, thanks to a protective shield formed by rising wind shear and cooler ocean temperatures, which weakened Hurricane Matthew recently.

Earth/Environment January 6, 2017

Forget About Global Warming Pause: Oceans Are Steadily Warming, Scientists Warn

A new study that revisits NOAA dataset of global temperatures shows that a climate change hiatus hasn't really happened: the oceans have been warming steadily without a pronounced slowdown.

Earth/Environment January 5, 2017

Species Rapidly Evolving In Response To Human Urbanization: Study

Human activities and hectic urbanization are impacting the evolution of many species. A study by researchers from the University of Washington examined phenotype changes across several species and has called for conservation efforts to handle such changes.

Earth/Environment January 6, 2017

Rogue Planet ‘Nibiru’ On Collision Course To Earth? Conspiracy Theorist Claims The World Is Ending In 2017

A new book predicts that the end of the world will occur in 2017 when Nibiru collides with Earth. The rogue planet will hit Earth October 2017, according to the prediction.

Earth/Environment January 6, 2017

2016 Gets A Leap Second: How Does 1 Extra Second Affect You?

The world’s timekeepers will add one second to the Coordinated Universal Time to sync atomic clocks with Astronomical Time. Year 2016 is one such year where one second - the ‘leap second’ - will be added to the clocks on Dec. 31 at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.

Earth/Environment December 31, 2016

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