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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

Biggest, Most Valuable Diamonds Form In Pools Of Liquid Metal Deep In The Earth's Mantle

Scraps of large and valuable diamonds reveal these gemstones formed within pools of liquid metal deep below the Earth's surface. They also form at depths about twice as deep as where most diamonds are born.

Earth/Environment December 16, 2016

Earth's Oldest Water Untouched For 2 Billion Years Holds Clue To Finding Alien Life On Mars

The world's oldest known water is discovered in Canada. At 2 billion years old, the ancient liquid hints of the possibility of alien life thriving underground on planet Mars.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2016

Asteroid Or Comet Strike May Lead To Extinction: Here's How Scientists Plan To Save The Earth

What are the measures proposed by scientists to deflect potentially hazardous asteroids and comets? One scientist warned humanity is currently ill equipped at dealing with space objects that can cause mass extinction.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2016

Earthquakes Come In Clusters Because Fault Lines ‘Remember’

The reason why earthquakes come in clusters was revealed by Northwestern University researchers. They said the localized seismic events have links with the memory of the latest quake maintained by the fault, giving the scope for more quakes.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2016

Solar Geoengineering Aerosol May Be Able To Cool Earth, Fix Ozone Layer: Harvard Study

To control the faster warming of Earth, merely reducing greenhouse gases will not work. One more way is stratospheric cooling by using light-reflecting aerosols, according to a new study by Harvard researchers who are offering a risk-free aerosol application that will not hurt the ozone layer.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2016

Sawdust Reinvented As Super Sponge To Soak Up Oil Spills

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory under the U.S Energy Department is mulling innovative use of sawdust as remediation material for mitigating oil slick at icy waters of Arctic ocean. The tests by PNNL were positive and trials are on to win the official approval for the improvised sawdust.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2016

Great Smog of London: Mystery Of 1952 Fog That Killed Thousands Finally Solved

The exact chemical processes that led to the 1952 London fog that killed thousands have not been fully understood. Now, researchers offer an explanation to what was behind the historic smog.

Earth/Environment December 14, 2016

Lost City Hidden Underneath Antarctica: Is It Atlantis?

Photos taken by NASA's Operation IceBridge mission reportedly show an ancient human settlement beneath the Antarctic ice. Could this be the lost city of Atlantis?

Earth/Environment December 13, 2016

Lake Buried In Ice Indicates Impact Of Climate Change On East Antarctica

A lake of freshwater was found underneath the Roi Baudouin ice shelf in East Antarctica showing that climate change has impacted the region. What are the dangers posed by englacial lakes?

Earth/Environment December 13, 2016

NASA Cancels Launch For Eight Microsatellites Designed To Better Forecast Hurricanes

NASA's CYGNSS mission launch was cancelled after pump problems arose. Teaming up with Orbital ATK, the space agency would have launched eight microsatellites into orbit Dec. 12 in an effort to better understand and forecast hurricanes.

Earth/Environment December 12, 2016

Why Scientists Are Trying To Save US Federal Climate Data Before Trump Assumes Office

With Donald Trump set to take office in January, scientists are now scrambling to save U.S. climate data on independent servers. Many believe that these crucial data could be lost under the Trump administration if not preserved immediately.

Earth/Environment December 14, 2016

Methane Gas On The Rise, Highlights Human-Driven Sources Of Greenhouse Gas Emission

Two new studies have warned that climate change mitigation efforts will fail by merely focusing on checking of carbon dioxide emissions. The threat from surging levels of methane is too high to ignore as it is a highly potent gas compared to Carbon dioxide.

Earth/Environment December 12, 2016

Resilience Area: Obama Orders Protection Of Bering Sea Against Oil Exploration

President Barack Obama on Friday ordered greater protections for Alaska’s Bering Sea against the dangers of oil exploration, expanding ship traffic, and climate change. The new executive order also boosts federal consultation of Alaska Native villages.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2016

Deadly 2016 Avalanche In Tibet Likely Caused By Climate Change

In July, a massive avalanche killed nine people and buried an area 4 square miles wide by pushing down 70 million tons of ice from the Aru glacier in western Tibet. Scientists say the event may be due to climate change, which is affecting even the most stable parts of the Tibetan Plateau.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2016

Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Detected On US Shores: Should You Worry?

The seaborne radiation from Fukushima has reached U.S. shores. Cesium-134 was detected in samples of seawater taken from Oregon - is there reason for Americans to panic?

Earth/Environment December 10, 2016

Washington State Sues Agrochemical Giant Monsanto Over Toxic PCB Contamination

The state of Washington is suing agricultural company Monsanto for producing and selling toxic chemicals known as PCBs. The products have been found to cause serious health issues in humans and animals.

Earth/Environment December 10, 2016

Researchers Discover Way To Transport Gasoline 30 Times Faster Across The US

Gasoline may soon be transported 30 times faster than now and gas tanks could be filled in a matter of seconds, all thanks to a groundbreaking study involving alkanes, the main component in petroleum.

Earth/Environment December 10, 2016

Bedrock Evidence Shows Greenland Was Almost Ice-Free Before And It Could Happen Again

A new study has revealed that stability of the Greenland ice sheet cannot be taken for granted as bedrock evidence proves that it disappeared completely for an extended time in the last 2.6 million years. If the ice sheet melts faster under the impact of warming ocean, levels will rise drastically.

Earth/Environment December 9, 2016

Eclipse Analysis Points To Earth Spin Slowing Down Every Century

According to new research, the Earth's spin is slowing down. The study analyzed eclipses and suggested that various factors could also be responsible.

Earth/Environment December 8, 2016

Weather Channel Slams Breitbart News For Using Videos To 'Mislead Americans' About Climate Change

The Weather Channel calls out conservative website Breitbart News for using its own content to build a 'misleading case' about global warming. The company cited a weather.com video that Breitbart featured in a Nov. 30 article.

Earth/Environment December 7, 2016

New Weather Model Predicts Smaller But Stronger Storms In The US Due To Climate Change

New research analyzed the future evolution of storms through a new framework. The model sheds new light on previous scientific disparities between models of different researches.

Earth/Environment December 7, 2016

Antarctica Glows Blue: NASA AIM Observes Early Noctilucent Cloud Season Over Southern Hemisphere

According to NASA data, the sky above Antarctica is glowing blue as the noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds have arrived in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the early onset has baffled scientists with some suspecting its linkages with the warming of Arctic region.

Earth/Environment December 5, 2016

New Study Warns Massive Release Of Soil Carbon Dioxide Will Be Like Adding Another Fully Industrialized Country To The Map

A new comprehensive worldwide study on the effects of soil carbon dioxide warns against global warming. The impact of this pollution cycle will be similar to adding a highly industrialized country to the globe.

Earth/Environment December 3, 2016

Tornado Outbreaks On The Rise: Is Climate Change Cause For Blame?

A new study has raised questions about possible linkages between the rising number of tornado outbreaks and climate change though it has no hard evidence. The research highlights the possibility of certain meteorological factors being influenced by some aspects of climate change.

Earth/Environment December 3, 2016

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