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Formation Of Volcano Under The Indian Ocean Causes Strange Hum Heard All Over The Planet

French researchers found a massive volcano sitting on the floor of the Indian Ocean. They made the discovery after investigating what is causing the swarms of earthquakes that have been rocking the island of Mayotte since May 2018.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2019

China Emitting Large Amounts Of Banned Greenhouse Gas: This Is How CFC Destroys The Ozone Layer

An international study points to several Chinese factories as primary sources of CFCs. The banned chemical compound is known to accelerate the destruction of the ozone layer in the Earth's atmosphere.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2019

Aftershocks Of 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake Felt In 2017-2018, Study Finds

For how long can an earthquake's effects be felt? Researchers of a new study discover aftershocks over half a century after the earthquake itself happened.

Earth/Environment May 24, 2019

Violent 'Wedge Tornado' Ravaged Missouri Capital: Here's What You Need To Know

A large and powerful tornado tore through Jefferson City in Missouri on May 22. Several tornadoes that struck the state in the past days left an extensive trail of devastation.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2019

Artificial Photosynthesis May Alleviate Climate Change By Transforming Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers produced fuel through artificial photosynthesis. The process involves the use of water, visible light, and the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide known to contribute to global warming.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2019

Mysterious Source Of Ozone-Destroying Chemicals Traced To East China

Scientists have traced East China as the mysterious source of rogue carbon emissions that destroy the ozone layer. The findings of the study will help act as a map that could check out which provinces in China are causing rogue emissions.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2019

Some Types Of Yeast Doing Just Fine After Losing Anti-Mutation Genes

Researchers found a fast-evolving lineage of the yeast Hanseniaspora that has lost genes, including those that repair DNA and limit changes in the genome. They believe that the findings could offer insights that might help in the war against cancer.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2019

Native American Burning Was Key Factor In Shaping Eastern US Forests

North American burning caused fire-resistant trees such as oak and pine to dominate forests in the eastern United States. However, when the practice stopped, fire-resistant trees started to lose ground.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2019

Close To A Fourth Of Ice In West Antarctica At Risk Of Collapse

Ice thinning has spread across 24 percent of West Antarctica, affecting two of its largest ice streams. The loss of ice in Antarctica would contribute to global sea level rise.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2019

Global Sea Levels May Rise At A Much Faster Rate Than Previously Thought, Study Says

Climate experts are preparing for a possible increase in global sea levels that could exceed initial estimations. Water levels in the world's seas could rise by as much as 6.6 feet by 2100 if carbon emissions are not checked.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2019

Trash Found In Remote Islands Suggests That World's Plastic Problem Might Be Bigger Than Initially Thought

Researchers who surveyed Cocos Islands, Australia's last unspoiled paradise, found tons of plastic debris washed up on the beach. They estimated that there are 414 million pieces of plastic debris in the uninhabited islands.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2019

Scientists Propose Turning Methane Into Carbon Dioxide To Fight Climate Change

Researchers suggested converting methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to the less dangerous carbon dioxide to prevent further warming. They claimed the process would return the atmosphere to preindustrial concentrations of methane.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2019

100-Year Mystery Solved, Yellow Glass In Egyptian Desert Caused By Meteorite Strike

Where did the yellow glass in the Egyptian desert come from? The mystery behind the yellow glass has been going on for nearly 100 years, and now scientists may already have the answer.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2019

Ocean Explorer Victor Vescovo Completes Deepest-Ever Dive In Mariana Trench

A team of ocean explorers has set their sights on reaching the bottom of the world's oceans. One of them has completed the deepest-ever dive in the Mariana trench.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2019

Scientists Discover New Way For Volcanoes To Form

Researchers discovered that the volcano under Bermuda was formed due to a previously unknown process. In a study, they explained that a disturbance caused magma material to rise to the surface of the Earth.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2019

Researchers Find Reason Behind Blandness Of Supermarket Tomatoes

Scientists revealed that a rare version of a gene that gives tomatoes flavor is missing in the cultivated variants that are often available in supermarkets. They believe that their study can give flavor back to tomatoes.

Earth/Environment May 16, 2019

'Super-Corals' From Hawaii Could Be The Secret To Saving World's Reefs

Heat-tolerant super-corals might be the key to saving coral reefs from around the world from climate change. Researchers found species of coral reefs that can be transplanted while maintaining its ability to withstand heat stress.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2019

Aurora Borealis To Show Up In Parts Of The US This Week

A geomagnetic storm is bringing the dazzling northern lights to the United States and Canada this week. Here's how you can get a good glimpse of the natural light show.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2019

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Hits Highest Level In Human History

Experts called it a scary milestone — carbon dioxide concentrations are at an unprecedented high. As of May, the Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 415 parts per million, the highest level in the history of mankind.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2019

187 Countries Agree To Restrict Sending Plastic Waste To Developing Nations

Nearly 200 countries have agreed to place restrictions on the sending of plastic waste to developing countries. Now, countries have to get approval from governments before sending their plastic waste.

Earth/Environment May 11, 2019

Radioactive Carbon From Nuclear Tests Detected In Creatures From Mariana Trench

The Mariana Trench is home to the deepest part of the ocean. Even so, researchers of a new study found that even the creatures in the Mariana Trench are not spared from the effects of previous nuclear tests.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2019

Climate Change Causing Growth Spurt In Old Trees

Tree rings reveal that the old trees in the forests of notheastern China are experiencing a growth spurt because of climate change. What are the pros and cons of the growth spurt?

Earth/Environment May 10, 2019

Life Thriving In Antarctic Because Of Penguin And Seal Poop

What is driving the life hotspots in the Antarctic? Life is not easy to come by in the desolate area, but penguin and seal poop enrich the soil and contributes to the biodiversity.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2019

Scientists Document Oldest Known Trees In Eastern North America

Researchers from the University of Arkansas have found the oldest living trees in eastern North America. The trees, which are located along the Black River in North Carolina, help provide scientists with new data on climate conditions in ancient times.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2019

Study Links Ocean Behavior With Seasonal Monsoons

The South Asian monsoon is the most intense in the world due to the combination of the presence of the Himalayas and the wind-ocean interplay. In a study, researchers found that the ocean influence the strength and timing of the monsoon.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2019

Turning Carbon Emission Into Solid Rock Is Just Like Making Fizzy Water Out Of Carbon Dioxide

Experts in Iceland have succeeded in converting carbon dioxide into rocks and stopping it from merging into the atmosphere. The process involved is said to be the safest and most economical way of carbon storage.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2019

The Earth's Crust Might Be Peeling In Two And That Could Shrink The Atlantic Ocean

A hypothesis has explained why two powerful earthquakes hundreds of years apart struck the same spot off the coast of Portugal. The tectonic plate seems to be peeling away from its top.

Earth/Environment May 9, 2019

Climate Change Favors Growth Of Fungus That Causes Banana Disease Black Sigatoka

Climate change favors the growth of a fungus that causes disease among bananas, a new study revealed. The findings of the report could have major implications on the food supply.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2019

El Niño Study Produces 400 Years Worth Of Data From Corals

Researchers analyzed coral records and reconstructed a comprehensive map of El Niño events for the past 400 years. They found that climate change might be causing more frequent and more intense El Niño events.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2019

Humans Place 1 Million Species At Risk Of Extinction

A new report revealed that 1 million of the planet's 8 million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction in the next few decades. Here's the thing: humans are to blame.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2019

Geologists Recorded 'A Lot Of Movement' In Yellowstone Volcano But No Danger Of Eruption Yet

New rumors have emerged, warning about the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. However, authorities have been monitoring the area and found no evidence of a cataclysmic event any time soon.

Earth/Environment May 6, 2019

A Look Into The Deepest Hole Bored By Humans

The Kola Superdeep Borehole is still the deepest man-made hole on Earth. The project began in the 70s in an effort to study the inner makeup of the planet and was halted in the early 90s.

Earth/Environment May 6, 2019

Mountain's 'Fire-Breathing' For Thousands Of Years Due To Underground Methane, Study Finds

What is the mystery behind Turkey's Flames of Chimaera that has been burning for thousands of years? Researchers of a new study say that underground methane is causing the 'fire which never goes out.'

Earth/Environment May 4, 2019

NASA Gathers Data From Seals To Study Depths Of The Antarctic Ocean

Seals dive dozens of times each day for food, reaching great depths underwater that can't even be accessed by modern tools. In new research, scientists tag an elephant seal to see the ocean from its perspective.

Earth/Environment May 3, 2019

Human 'Fingerprint' On Drought Goes Back 100 Years, How Is Drought Affecting The World Today?

Researchers have found a human 'fingerprint' in relation to the world's drought condition in the last 100 years. How is drought impacting the world today?

Earth/Environment May 3, 2019

Scientists Accidentally Built A Highly Accurate Ozone Detector While Trying To Build Something Else

Rapid Ozone Experiment or ROZE was accidentally invented when scientists were working on an instrument that can measure hydroxyl. The ozone detector is said to be 100 times more accurate than the devices currently available today.

Earth/Environment May 3, 2019

NASA Keeps Close Watch On Giant Ocean Vortex Using Satellites In Space

Using satellite data, NASA scientists learned more about the giant vortex that grows annually near Somalia, Africa. Called the Great Whirl, it may be large enough to have significant impact on India’s monsoon season.

Earth/Environment May 3, 2019

Humans Can Be Blamed For Global Droughts As Far Back As 100 Years Ago

Researchers found a clear link between drought patterns and human-driven global warming. In data that goes back more than a hundred years, the team identifies three distinct periods when drought patterns changed in response to global warming.

Earth/Environment May 2, 2019

Scientists Solve Mystery Of Strange 'Sea' Appearing In Antarctica

Researchers revealed that the massive Maud Rise Polynya that appeared in Antarctica in 2017 was caused by a cyclone. They warned that more polynyas will appear as the frozen continent is exposed to intense cyclones caused by climate change.

Earth/Environment May 1, 2019

Fire Breaks Out In Forest That Inspired Winnie The Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood

Ashdown Forest, the real-life inspiration behind Winnie The Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood caught on fire on Sunday evening. Authorities are currently investigating how the 50-acre blaze had started.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2019

Ocean Warming Triggers Rapid Melting Of World's Largest Ice Shelf

A new study revealed that extreme ocean warming and solar heat are triggering the rapid melting of the world's largest ice shelf. The rapid ice melt can have a huge impact on rising sea levels.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2019

Biosolar Leaf That Purifies Air To Tackle Air Pollution In London

Air pollution is one of the major causes of death worldwide. In London, a team of researchers developed the Biosolar Leaf technology which purifies air and improves the atmosphere.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2019

Soil Damage Is Accelerating Climate Change According To Report

The fight against climate change will not succeed if the world does not allow the soil to recover from deforestation and farming. The degradation of soil around the world could release more carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to warming.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2019

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Is Slowly Moving South

The Great Barrier Reef is slowly inching toward the south and away from the equator to escape the warmer temperatures of the ocean. The scientists, however, believe it won’t be able to leave Brisbane waters.

Earth/Environment April 29, 2019

Researchers Warn Against Dangers Of 'Plant Blindness'

Scores of humans experience plant blindness, a nature deficit disorder characterized by underappreciation for plants. Researchers believe it can have an impact on the survival of plants, which have significant roles in religion, culture, and medicine.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2019

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