Ocean Plastic Pollution Costs The World $2.5 Trillion A Year

A new study highlights how much marine plastic waste is impacting the world in tangible and intangible ways. It found that as much as $2.5 trillion is lost every year due to complications of such garbage entering the Earth's oceans.

Earth/Environment April 28, 2019

Scientists Solve Mystery Of 'Halos' Around Coral Reefs

From a bird's eye view, coral reefs showcase a strange phenomenon: rings of bald sand surrounding them dubbed as "reef halos." In two new papers, scientists shed light on the mystery.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Diamond Flaws Reveal Secrets Of How Earth's Continents Formed

Tiny imperfections in diamonds make these rocks infinitely more precious to scientists. With these flaws, they unlock the secrets of geological processes, such as the formation of mantle keels.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Scientists On Sailboat Expedition Find Nearly 200,000 Ocean Viruses

Hundreds of thousands of viruses are swimming in the ocean. Scientists discover almost 200,000 types of marine virus populations in an expedition that took them across the world in a single sailboat.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Ocean Waves And Winds Getting Taller And Stronger, Study Finds

As ocean winds are getting stronger, ocean waves are getting taller. The world's oceans are becoming stormier, which is bad news for infrastructure and sea-level rise.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Supervolcano Campi Flegrei Behind Eruption That Blanketed Mediterranean In Ash 29,000 Years Ago

A volcanic eruption covered more than 150,000 square kilometers of the Mediterranean in ash 29,000 years ago. University of Oxford researchers now say Italy's Campi Flegrei is the source volcano of the large-scale eruption.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

New Type Of Sensor Could Make Finding Rare Earth Metals Used In Smartphones Easier

Researchers reengineered the fluorescent sensor used to detect calcium to create a new method of finding lanthanides. The rare earth metal is used in smartphones, batteries, and other consumer electronics.

Earth/Environment April 25, 2019

1 In 5 Millennials Think Climate Change Will Lead To Human Extinction

A study commissioned by nonprofit The Recycling Partnership suggests that millennial Americans are keen on the impacts of climate change. As much as 20 percent of them believe it will lead to the end of life on the planet.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2019

Corals Recover After Bleaching Thanks To Soft Tissue

How do coral reefs survive and recover after bleaching events? Researchers in Hawaii sought to find out how coral reefs recover after bleaching and found that it's all thanks to a soft tissue.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2019

Arctic's Melting Permafrost Will Cost The World $70 Trillion: Study

The Arctic's melting ice is causing climate change to accelerate even faster. It comes with a hefty price tag too. Researchers reveal that the global economic impact of the melting Arctic will reach nearly $70 trillion.

Earth/Environment April 23, 2019

Greenland Is Melting 6 Times Faster Than It Did In The 1980s

Greenland ice sheets are melting six times faster than it did in the 1980s, a new study revealed. The findings of the study explain the contribution of Greenland's ice melt to global sea level rise.

Earth/Environment April 23, 2019

Restaurant Customers More Likely To Give Bad Reviews When It Is Raining

A study by the Ohio State University suggests that weather can affect people's moods and behaviors. Customers tended to have negative opinions about their dining experience if it was raining during their restaurant visit.

Earth/Environment April 22, 2019

Computer Model Solves Mystery Of Why Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Moving Too Fast

The magnetic north pole is always shifting, but recent years has seen it move at unprecedented speed. Scientists explain why these sudden jerks are occurring in a groundbreaking new paper.

Earth/Environment April 23, 2019

Celebrate Earth Day With NASA: Here's How To Share #PictureEarth Images

This year's Earth Day comes amid rising concern about climate change and its effects. NASA invited social media users to share their best photos of Earth and nature.

Earth/Environment April 21, 2019

Hawaiian Hibiscus Flower Thought Extinct Rediscovered By Drone

A Hawaiian hibiscus flower long believed to be extinct was rediscovered during a drone survey. It was in a small colony of three individuals, growing on an inaccessible cliff face.

Earth/Environment April 21, 2019

Scientists Say Climate Change Led To Extreme Hurricane Maria Rainfall Levels

Scientists attributed the extreme precipitation of Hurricane Maria, which caused flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico, to climate change. The study adds to the evidence that human-induced warming is causing extreme weather events to become more common.

Earth/Environment April 19, 2019

Tiny Earthquakes Occur In Southern California Every 3 Minutes

From 2008 to 2017, Southern California had 1.81 million earthquakes, 10 times more than previously identified. The number is equivalent to having one tremor every three minutes.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2019

Warming Of North Atlantic Affecting Jet Stream

A team of scientists discovered that the North Atlantic Warming Hole is a major factor in the changes in storm tracks and weather patterns. A tug-of-war exists presently between impacts of the arctic and impacts of the tropics.

Earth/Environment April 16, 2019

Scientists Say Numerical Weather Forecasting Is Nearing Its Limits

Today, the weather forecast provides prediction to up to nine or 10 days. However, researchers proved that there is a limit to numerical weather prediction and it is almost within grasp.

Earth/Environment April 16, 2019

Volcanoes Likely Caused Earth's Biggest Mass Extinction, The Great Dying

The Great Dying killed off 95 percent of marine and terrestrial life 252 million years ago. Mercury found in ancient rock offers persuasive evidence volcanic eruptions are behind the biggest mass extinction that occurred on Earth.

Earth/Environment April 16, 2019

Microplastics Contaminate Remote Mountains Because Winds Are Blowing Them Everywhere

Winds can carry tiny plastic particles to seemingly remote and pristine regions such as the Pyrenees mountains in southern France. Microplastic particles floating on the wind in the Pyrenees came from plastic bags, plastic films, and packaging materials.

Earth/Environment April 15, 2019

California May Soon Ban Little Shampoo Bottles Used In Hotel Bathrooms

A new bill in California that is meant to prohibit the use of small plastic soap and shampoo bottles in hotels and other lodging establishments is now in the works. Lawmakers hope this move will lead to lower plastic waste in the state.

Earth/Environment April 15, 2019

Continents And Islands Smashing Into One Another Can Trigger Ice Ages Says Study

Ice Age periods are triggered whenever land masses and volcanoes collide every few millennia. It's the Earth's natural carbon sequestration system, the planet's way of balancing the carbon dioxide found in the atmosphere.

Earth/Environment April 14, 2019

Oil-Eating Bacteria Found In Mariana Trench Could Be Key To Removing Ocean Pollutants

A new group of bacteria discovered in the Mariana Trench has shown an ability to consume hydrocarbons in ocean water. Hydrocarbons are compounds often included in industrial products such as natural gas and petroleum.

Earth/Environment April 13, 2019

First Life Forms On Earth May Have Emerged From Primitive Ponds, Not Oceans

Scientists found new evidence that the earliest life on Earth could have formed in shallow waters and not in oceans as previously thought. The study also indicated that nitrogenous oxides played a role as life-catalyzers.

Earth/Environment April 13, 2019

Nuclear Fallout From Chernobyl, Fukushima Disasters Stored In Melting Glaciers Are Ticking Time Bomb

Scientists have found that some glaciers have accumulated certain amounts of nuclear fallout from various disasters in the past. These contaminants could be released into the environment once the glaciers melt because of climate change.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2019

Climate Change Is Turning Parts Of The Arctic Brown

Extreme weather events in the Arctic are leaving a trail of vulnerable plants. Known as the Arctic browning, this phenomenon may affect the survival of the region in the midst of climate change.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2019

Farmers And Weedkiller Companies Losing Battle Against Weeds

The growing resistance of pigweed to every herbicide currently available in the market is causing serious concern among scientists and farmers. Last summer, scientists found pigweed that can survive 2,4-D and dicamba.

Earth/Environment April 13, 2019

Mount Everest May Have Shrunk As A Result Of 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Did the Mount Everest really shrink after the deadly earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015? To find the answer, a team of climbers prepares to scale the planet’s most famous summit.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2019

California's Earthquake Hiatus A Statistical Fluke?

The Hayward, San Jacinto, and San Andreas fault lines in California have had no massive earthquakes over the past 100 years. However, experts warn that the three major rifts are long overdue for another big shake.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2019

Scientists Observe Cloud Phenomenon Fast Negative Breakdown For The First Time: Here's Why It's Important

A new study found that air could be moving in a bidirectional motion, both upward and downward, before initiating a lightning flash. Scientists wanted to determine what fraction of a fast negative breakdown would be enough to produce lightning.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2019

Brewing Storm: Thousands Of Amazon Employees Urge Jeff Bezos To Take Aggressive Action On Climate Change

Amazon workers' petition to address climate change is the largest environmental campaign made by tech workers to date. Over 4,200 employees participated in the campaign.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2019

Earth Is Losing 390 Billion Tons Of Ice And Snow Per Year, A New Study Suggests

Climate change has taken a new grave turn, a recent study suggests. According to scientists, sea levels are rising, and glaciers are shrinking every year.

Earth/Environment April 10, 2019

Scientists Unravel The Secret To Pyroclastic Flow Speed

Scientists figured out why pyroclastic flow cheat friction and move rapidly. The findings could help scientists and the authorities to predict the movement of the heated volcanic materials and save the communities in its path.

Earth/Environment April 10, 2019

Researchers Discover Glimmering Mirror-Like Pools In The Pacific Ocean

Shimmering pools of minerals left scientists in awe at the Gulf of California as they explored the hydrothermal vent ecosystem. The incredible phenomenon is only one of the many discoveries of the expedition.

Earth/Environment April 9, 2019

UN Unveils Futuristic Floating City That Could Survive Real-Life Waterworld

A few decades ago, the concept of a floating city would be seen as complete fiction. Now, it's unveiled as a potential solution for humanity's survival.

Earth/Environment April 8, 2019

Strange 'Alien' Lights From NASA Aurora Experiment Looks Out Of This World

NASA's AZURE mission launched on Friday, creating a spectacular light show in the sky over northern Norway. The experiment is part of a larger effort to study the region of the atmosphere where particles from Earth and outer space interact.

Earth/Environment April 8, 2019

Scientists Discover World's Tallest Tropical Tree In Borneo

Scientists have discovered the world's tallest tree in the rainforests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It could very possibly be the world's tallest flowering plant as well.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2019

Weedy Rice Keeps On Evolving Roots That 'Cheat'

Researchers created 3D models of weedy rice root systems to figure out how the pests drive out other crops and take over a field. They found that the pests evolved cheater roots that give them unfair advantages.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2019

Bacteria That Can Conduct Electricity Could Be Key To Making Very Small Batteries

Radioactive waste-eating bacteria could be the answer to making nano-sized batteries. Researchers from the University of Virginia have discovered how the Geobacter sulfurreducens conduct electricity.

Earth/Environment April 6, 2019

Bodies Of Missing Divers Found At The Bottom Of Belize Great Blue Hole

What lies at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole? Many explorers have asked that question, but an expedition finally revealed the answer: corpses, lots of them.

Earth/Environment April 5, 2019

Researchers Use Machine Learning To 'Optimize' Flavor Of Basil

A new branch of study called 'cyber agriculture' made progress by producing basil plants with more delicious flavors. Researchers are hoping they could harness and optimize traditional food-growing techniques.

Earth/Environment April 5, 2019

Climate Change May Expose Decades Worth Of Human Poop At Denali National Park In Alaska

Human poop buried in Mount Denali will soon resurface due to increasing temperatures. When it does, the poop will still smell and look bad, and the bacteria will remain biologically active.

Earth/Environment April 5, 2019

Recovery Of Great Barrier Reef Slows Down With Lower Number Of Baby Corals

The back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 crashed the Great Barrier Reef's new coral recruitment. According to scientists, it would take 10 years for the world's largest coral reef system to recover.

Earth/Environment April 4, 2019

Tweeting Midflight Can Kill Migratory Birds, Says Study

Researchers found that the nighttime tweeting of migratory birds in urban areas result in building collisions. They suspect that artificial light disorients birds during flight, causing them to chirp more often and lead other birds into their deaths.

Earth/Environment April 4, 2019

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