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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

Thousands Of Dead Fish And Other Sea Creatures Wash Up On Nova Scotia Coast

Up to 20,000 fish and other sea animals were found dead along the western coast of Nova Scotia in Canada. Officials are now testing the water for potential pesticide contamination or low levels of oxygen.

Earth/Environment December 30, 2016

The Fight To Save The Dying Great Barrier Reef

One of the world’s most beautiful wonders is fighting for its life as new research suggests damage this year alone. The culprit is savage, but there is still hope.

Earth/Environment December 31, 2016

Noise Pollution Affects Animal Communication, Dulls Bird Response To Alarm Calls: Study

New research suggests that birds have a lower response rate to alarm calls, no thanks to noise pollution in the environment. Traffic noise plays an important role when it comes to the birds' capacity to comprehend messages, which can put them in danger.

Earth/Environment December 31, 2016

Wisconsin DNR Removes References To Climate Change From Website

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has removed all references to climate change as manmade from its website. The DNR believes the exact causes for such an event are still being debated and researched in academic circles.

Earth/Environment December 30, 2016

Researchers Fight Against Ash Dieback With Ash Tree Genome Sequencing

For the first time, the genome of Ash tree has been decoded by researchers at the Queen Mary University of London. The results have indicated that Ash trees in Britain carry a higher resistance to the fungal disease, Ash Dieback.

Earth/Environment January 1, 2017

2016 Extra 'Leap Second' Longer Because Of Ocean Waves

A leap second will be added to the world's clocks on New Year's Eve. What could happen if this extra second was not added?

Earth/Environment December 29, 2016

Fingernail-Sized Baby Cardinal Fish Find Their Way Home At Night Thanks To Internal Magnetic Compasses

Scientists have found the answer to the puzzle as to how the larvae of tiny Cardinalfish in marine coral reefs swim back to native reefs even at night. The larvae are internally enabled by a compass-like mechanism, according to a new study.

Earth/Environment December 30, 2016

NASA Space Laser Sheds Light On Peak And Decline Cycles Of Polar Phytoplankton

Due to CALIOP, a powerful satellite instrument belonging to NASA, scientists have a clearer understanding of phytoplankton. Recent research has helped them make a correlation between the growth cycle of polar phytoplankton populations and other factors of the environment, thus explaining the fluctuations.

Earth/Environment December 28, 2016

Scientists Develop Warning System To Reduce Harm From Toxic Algal Bloom

A new warning system has been developed by scientists that can effectively detect a toxic algal budding in water, days before its full bloom. This forewarning can help the resource managers to avert the algae development and save the ecosystems from getting drastically affected by toxins.

Earth/Environment December 29, 2016

Algae For A Healthy World: Researchers Team Up To Produce Food From Microalgae

Researchers from seven different divisions have teamed up to form a group, Algae for a Healthy World. The aim of the group is to develop biotechnological tools for improving production of aquatic biomass and to produce bio-compounds with food applications from microalgae.

Earth/Environment December 28, 2016

Wind Shear Effects Observed On Tropical Cyclone Yvette: NASA

Thanks to vertical wind shear, the intensity of tropical cyclone Yvette, expected to strike Western Australian coast, has abated, according to a NASA update. This followed a visible-light image taken by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite on NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP.

Earth/Environment December 26, 2016

What Drives Biodiversity? It’s Temperature, According To Researchers

The uneven distribution of animals on the planet has more to do with temperature differences as evidenced by skewed diversity in arctic regions when compared to the tropical regions’ abundance, says a new study.

Earth/Environment December 26, 2016

Volcano That Caused Europe’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Stirring Again: What Would Happen If A Supervolcano Erupts?

The Campi Flegrei volcano in Italy which caused Europe's largest volcanic eruption shows signs it could blow up again. What happens when supervolcanoes such as Camp Flegrei and Yellowstone erupt?

Earth/Environment December 24, 2016

3.5 Trillion Insects Take To Skies Every Year Over UK To Migrate

There are a whole lot more insects than you realize. In the UK, 3.5 trillion bugs have been revealed to take to the skies every year to undertake migratory movement.

Earth/Environment December 24, 2016

Arctic Forecast To Warm By As Much As 50 Degrees This Week

The rising spell of high warmth in the Arctic has unnerved scientists, who fear the jumping temperatures may lead to record-low ice coverage next summer. Beginning Thursday, temperatures are expected to rise nearly 50 degrees above normal.

Earth/Environment December 23, 2016

Supervolcano That Caused Largest Explosion In History Of Europe May Blow Up Again

The volcanic eruption that formed the Campi Flegrei caldera 39,000 years ago is the largest in the history of Europe. Is the supervolcano under Naples in Italy about to erupt again?

Earth/Environment December 22, 2016

Beijing Residents Are Heading Out Of Town To Escape Smog

Beijing’s air pollution problem has become acute, compounded by winter. For the fifth consecutive day, Beijing and Northern China are shrouded in heavy smog that has thrown air traffic, road traffic and civic life out of gear.

Earth/Environment December 22, 2016

Alaska's Bogoslof Volcano Unexpectedly Erupts, Sparks Aviation Alert

The volcano on the tiny Bogoslof Island in Alaska suddenly erupted on Tuesday, the event being spotted by several pilots. The eruption has caused worries due to the fact that many planes fly across the area, thus being at risk of being disrupted by the smoke and ashes.

Earth/Environment December 23, 2016

Obama Blocks Oil And Gas Drilling In Large Areas Of Arctic And Atlantic Oceans

U.S. President Barack Obama has banned all offshore oil and gas drilling activities in a large portion of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The declaration is seen as Obama's attempt to keep the environment protected before his term ends.

Earth/Environment December 22, 2016

An Estimated 10,000 Metric Tons Of Plastic Enter The Great Lakes Every Year: Study

Researchers of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have estimated that 10,000 metric tons of plastic are entering Great Lakes every year. It highlights the danger of plastic being consumed by wildlife and entering the larger food chain as debris travels differently in the Great Lakes unlike in oceans.

Earth/Environment December 23, 2016

Scientists Discover Jet Stream In Earth’s Molten Iron Core Using Satellite Data

A new study has revealed the existence of a jet stream flowing through the Earth’s molten core in a westward direction. This followed images taken by Swarm satellites deployed by the European Space Agency.

Earth/Environment December 21, 2016

Mexico’s Colima Volcano Erupts, Spews Mile-High Ash And Vapor

Colima volcano in Mexico has erupted three times on Sunday in frequent intervals with ashes thrown to a radius of more than a mile with ash columns zooming to 1.25 miles (2 km) in height.

Earth/Environment December 21, 2016

Tough Biomineral Lining Seashells Found To Have Faithfully Recorded Ancient Ocean Temperature

Nacre, touted as the mother-of-pearl, carries a faithful record of ancient ocean temperature. This was revealed in a new study, which says the lustrous tough biomineral that lines seashells had its origins in a mollusk, layer by layer.

Earth/Environment December 22, 2016

Elementary Particles Produced When Cosmic Rays Collide Enable Researchers To See Deep Underground In Technological Breakthrough

Elementary particles produced by the collision of cosmic rays with atmospheric molecules are used by scientists in underground studies. In making such studies effective, an innovation has been made by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with a smaller muon detector that can track density variations of an object.

Earth/Environment December 20, 2016

Bacteria Can Help Manage Pollutant Levels In Seabirds: Study

New research suggests that bacteria responsible for the levels of mercury in seabirds facilitates a low level of toxicity. The study connects the sudden drop of the fish population living on the surface water to the increasing population of eagles.

Earth/Environment December 19, 2016

Trekking The Great Outdoors: How Recreation In Protected Areas Has Negative Effects On Wildlife

Exploring the great outdoors and engaging in recreational activities in nature have been proven to have a positive impact on overall health and wellness. But recreation in protected areas also has negative effects on wildlife.

Earth/Environment December 25, 2016

Winter Outlook 2017: Is The United States In For A Harsh Winter?

Will the U.S. winter be harsh, warm or maybe even rainy? Let’s take a look at the forecast for winter 2017.

Earth/Environment December 18, 2016

New NASA 3D Image Shows How CO2 Spreads In The Earth's Atmosphere

NASA has released a 3D video showing carbon dioxide movement through Earth’s atmosphere using satellite data. It nicely portrays the way the gas swirls around the sky and engulfs the Northern Hemisphere.

Earth/Environment December 19, 2016

How To Protect Buildings From Earthquakes: Invisibility Cloaks

Researchers are looking into new ways to protect important infrastructure from one of nature's most destructive forces: earthquakes. But can so-called 'invisibility cloaks' shield buildings from disaster?

Earth/Environment December 24, 2016

Source Of Mysterious Metallic Sound Heard In Mariana Trench Identified

Scientists have identified the possible source of the mysterious sound resembling that of 'Star Wars' sound effects heard in Mariana trench. Where does this bizarre noise come from?

Earth/Environment December 16, 2016

World's Biggest Diamonds Hold Clue About Composition Of Earth's Mantle

Minerals and metals trapped inside the world's biggest and most valuable diamonds reveal the composition of our planet's mantle. What do the inclusions in the rare gemstones tell about the deep Earth?

Earth/Environment December 17, 2016

Underwater Volcano Footage Offers Rare Glimpse Of Submarine Eruption

The eruption of Axial Seamount active submarine volcano in 2015 at the Northeast Pacific set off thousands of earthquakes. According to a new study, the eruption was recorded in real time by an underwater observatory and the data is helping researchers to predict when the next eruption will happen.

Earth/Environment December 17, 2016

Earthquake-Detection App Recorded Nearly 400 Temblors Worldwide Using Crowdsourced Data

After the release of the MyShake app for detecting earthquakes, UC Berkeley’s worldwide network has recorded 400 earthquakes in a span of 10 months from February to December with confirmed waveforms. The app can detect the first seismic waves and send the information to Berkeley Seismological Laboratory for analysis and advance alerts to the concerned regions.

Earth/Environment December 18, 2016

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