Joshua Trees To Be Nearly Extinct By 2070 Due To Climate Change

A study disclosed that greenhouse gas emissions are killing the Joshua Tree. This iconic tree would likely be extinct by the end of the century if no efforts are made to mitigate the impact of climate change.


Sewage, Fertilizers Contribute To Coral Death, Study Finds

Is climate change the only major thing that is killing off our coral reefs? Thirty years' worth of data reveals another part of the problem that people can actually do something about.

Earth/Environment July 17, 2019

Scientists Discover Life Lurking In The Most Remote, Uninhabitable Desert Of The Pacific

The South Pacific Gyre is one of the most isolated, lifeless parts of Earth. Due to extreme conditions in this region, it has become a desert nearly completely devoid of life — except for a couple of survivors.

Earth/Environment July 5, 2019

Restoring Forests Worldwide Could Capture Two Thirds Of Human-Made Carbon Emissions, Fight Climate Crisis

About 0.9 billion hectares of land not being used by humans is suitable for reforestation. If we fill these places with newly planted trees, they could eventually capture two thirds of man-made carbon emissions.

Earth/Environment July 5, 2019

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Clean-Up Recovers 40 Tons Of Plastic Waste

Just how much do fishing nets contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? A recent clean-up in the Pacific yielded 40 tons of plastic waste and potentially dangerous fishing nets.

Earth/Environment July 2, 2019

LOOK: Massive Volcano Eruption Seen From Space

An unexpected volcanic eruption from Raikoke Volcano sent ash and volcanic gases over the North Pacific Ocean. Even astronauts from the ISS had a chance to capture images of the volcano's rare eruption.

Earth/Environment June 28, 2019

Researchers Discover Giant Reservoir Of Freshwater Underneath The Atlantic Seabed

Researchers discovered a gigantic freshwater reservoir beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Similar aquifers around the world can one day provide a supply of freshwater in places that are facing water crisis.

Earth/Environment June 27, 2019

Greenland Could Be Stripped Bare Of Ice Before End Of Millennium

Greenland Ice Sheet, the second largest body of ice in the world, is rapidly losing mass due to climate change. By the year 3000, scientists predicted that the island will be iceless while the global sea level will significantly rise.

Earth/Environment June 25, 2019

It Is The 50th Anniversary Of The Cuyahoga River Fire That Led To The Clean Water Act

It was 50 years ago when the Cuyahoga River in Ohio went on fire. The river had been on fire several times before this incident, but it was the 1969 fire that led to the Clean Water Act.

Earth/Environment June 23, 2019

Ocean Bacteria Alters Skin Microbiome After Just 10 Minutes Of Swimming

Just 10 minutes of swimming in the ocean can alter our skin microbiome, a study finds. While many of the bacteria are harmless, some can cause serious diseases.

Earth/Environment June 23, 2019

Building Seawalls To Protect Vulnerable U.S. Locations From Rising Sea Levels Will Cost $400 Billion

How much will it cost to protect communities across the country from rising sea levels? Evidently, protection comes at a hefty price of $400 billion.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2019

Melting Of Arctic Ice Releasing Hazardous Toxins Into Atmosphere

The thawing permafrost can bring back ancient diseases, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and dump mercury and nuclear waste that can seep into the food chain. Scientists predicted that up to 70 percent of permafrost could thaw by 2100.

Earth/Environment June 18, 2019

Greenland Experiencing Unusual Melting, Lost 2 Billion Tons Of Ice In One Day

Greenland is experiencing an unusual ice melting event this June. It lost 2 billion tons of ice this past Thursday alone, when most melting typically occurs in July.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2019

Why Are There Mysterious, Gaping Holes In The Antarctic Ice?

For years, scientists have wondered about the huge holes suddenly appearing on sea ice. To solve the mystery, a team used floating robots, satellites, and seals outfitted with tiny hat-like sensors on their heads.

Earth/Environment June 12, 2019

3 Islands Disappeared In 2018 And More Islands Could Go Under In The Near Future

The rising sea level caused by climate change already claimed three small and uninhabited islands. If global greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, larger islands that are home to millions of people would also disappear.

Earth/Environment June 10, 2019

Researchers Find 52-Million-Year-Old Patagonian Ancestor Of Tree Now Common In Southeast Asia

Is the history of Castanopsis trees really limited to the Northern Hemisphere? Fossils recovered in Patagonia suggest that the trees had a history in the Southern Hemisphere as well.

Earth/Environment June 7, 2019

Microplastics Common From Ocean Surface To Ocean Floor, Entering Marine Food Webs

How deeply does our plastic problem really affect the planet? Even the creatures at the deepest parts of the ocean have microplastics in their system.

Earth/Environment June 7, 2019

Pentagon Agrees To Provide Military Technology For Fighting California Fires

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the U.S. Department of Defense has given the state permission to use Cold War-era satellite technology to help fight wildfires. The DoD is also giving the state's National Guard access to unmanned drones.

Earth/Environment June 7, 2019

Human Civilization Likely To End By 2050 Due To Climate Change: Report

Is the end coming? Scientists believe the collapse of human civilization is only a few decades away as the effects of climate change catch up on our species.

Earth/Environment June 5, 2019

Nations Taking A Stand Against Imported Plastic Waste

Why are many countries now taking a stand on the imported plastic waste swamping their territories? It all started within China's ban on waste imports.

Earth/Environment June 1, 2019

England Protects Marine Life With 'Blue Belt' Expansion

England is making a huge move for marine conservation by adding 41 new Marine Conservation Zones. These new areas are now a part of the 'Blue Belt' of protected areas.

Earth/Environment June 1, 2019

Bees In Argentina Are Building Nests Using Plastic Waste

This is the first time researchers found a bee nest made entirely of plastic materials. The wild bees usually build their nest using leaves, mud, tree resin, stones, and petals.

Earth/Environment May 31, 2019

Maple Trees Can Change Sex From Year To Year, Study Finds

Researchers found that striped maple trees can actually change their sex year by year. Unfortunately, the female trees are more likely to get sick and die than the males.

Earth/Environment May 30, 2019

Earth Cooks Rare Diamonds Out Of Recycled Ocean Floor

Scientists recreated the mysterious conditions deep within the Earth to see how the most precious rocks are formed. It turns out that the planet sucks down the seabed and crushes it to create diamonds.

Earth/Environment May 30, 2019

Is A Megaquake Coming? Scientists Find An Early Warning Sign For Major Earthquakes

Geologists found a telltale signal early in an event that could predict the severity of a magnitude 7 or higher earthquake. Found through GPS data, it could provide people with a few extra moments in the wake of a megaquake.

Earth/Environment May 30, 2019

Antibiotics In World's Rivers Exceed Safe Levels By Up To 300 Times

Many of the world's rivers are contaminated by unsafe levels of antibiotics, a major global study revealed. Antibiotic presence in the environment could play a huge role in the increasing resistance of bacteria to drug treatments.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2019

Scientists Observe Mysterious Fluorescent 'Glow' In Forests That Signals Coming Of Spring

Researchers found a way to use satellites to more accurately predict how much carbon dioxide is being stored by evergreen forests. The findings could help scientists monitor how forests around the world respond to climate change.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2019

Scientists At A Loss To Explain Rapid Spike In Atmospheric Methane Levels

In 2007, the levels of atmospheric methane suddenly and rapidly increased due to natural sources, including microbes in wetlands. The findings have serious implications about global efforts to fight climate change.

Earth/Environment May 29, 2019

This Newly Discovered Fungus Collects Gold From Its Surroundings

Gold digger alert! Scientists have discovered a type of fungi in Australia that draws gold from its surroundings, possibly signaling new deposits that have yet to be unearthed.

Earth/Environment May 27, 2019

Mount Everest Climber Robin Haynes Fisher Warned Of Summit Overcrowding Before Dying From Altitude Sickness

Prior to his death, Robin Hayes Fisher was concerned about overcrowding in the summit of Mount Everest. The British mountain climber posted a video on his Instagram that described the dangers of climbing the summit.

Earth/Environment May 27, 2019

Seawater From The Ice Age Squeezed Out Of Ancient Rock From Maldives

The ancient water was squeezed out of rock samples drilled from underwater limestone deposits that form Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean. What hinted the water was from the Ice Age?

Earth/Environment May 26, 2019

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

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