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Here’s Why Earth Isn’t Red — Hint: It’s Because Of This Iron-Stealing Mineral

New research claims that Garnet, not magnetite, is stealing iron from the Earth’s crust. The researchers think that’s why Earth isn’t as red as Mars.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2018

Banned Ozone-Depleting Chemical Possibly Still Being Produced: What Are Chlorofluorocarbons?

Why is it important to keep chlorofluorocarbon emissions down? The chemicals actively destroy the ozone, which could potentially lead to our exposure to harmful radiation.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2018

A Third Of The World’s Wildlife Areas Are Vulnerable To Human Activities

The University of Queensland released a new study that revealed that over one-third of the planet’s wildlife conservations are vulnerable to human activities. The activities include road building, grazing, and urbanization.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2018

April 2018 Was The 400th Consecutive Warmer-Than-Average Month Due To Global Warming

Earth just had its 400th consecutive warmer-than-average month due to global warming in April 2018. This April was also the third warmest April on record.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2018

China's Xi Jinping Urges Tight Industrial Pollution Policies During Eco Boost Summit

President Xi Jinping said China’s efforts to curb the effects of pollution are not enough to attain a sustainable progress. According to WHO, pollution levels in the country's major cities rose to a record high.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2018

Ozone-Depleting Chemical Emissions On The Rise, Possible Violation Of International Protocol Suspected

Is the ozone layer healing or is there a new threat on the rise? A possible violation of the Montreal Protocol may be causing the increase in emissions of an ozone-depleting chemical that has already been banned.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2018

NASA Scientists Reveal 14 Locations With The Most Dramatic Global Water Supply Changes Caused By Humans

NASA has located the specific areas in the world with the biggest freshwater challenges. Of the 19 hotspots with the most changes, 14 of them can be attributed to human activity.

Earth/Environment May 16, 2018

A Mysterious New Disease Is Destroying Florida's 360-Mile-Long Coral Reef

The 360-mile-long coral reef in Florida is in danger due to an unknown disease that is killing it. Scientists are researching on the corals to develop a cure for the disease.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2018

Scientists Discover New Archaeal Lineage At Yellowstone National Park That Could Possibly Explain The Origin Of Life

Scientists have just discovered a new archaeal lineage at Yellowstone National Park. The discovery could help explain how early life began on Earth and possibly on Mars as well.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2018

Scientists On A 23-Day Expedition Discover 'Secret' Coral Garden 7,500 Feet Under The Gulf Of Mexico

Scientists found an undiscovered garden of corals 7,500 feet under the Gulf of Mexico. It was located by a remote-operated submersible during a 23-day NOAA expedition in 2018.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2018

Trump Administration Shuts Down NASA's $10 Million Carbon Monitoring Program While CO2 Levels Soar

NASA will be shutting down its Carbon Monitoring System, which kept tracks of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Experts say that this move can make it harder to measure emissions in the atmosphere.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2018

Scientists Study 'Sunburn' In Rocks To Discover 45,000-Year-Old Changes In The Greenland Ice Stream

Researchers found that environmental events during the past 45,000 years caused the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream to be smaller than what it currently is. Climate change is now taking its toll on it.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2018

78-foot Monster Wave Breaks Record In South Hemisphere

Scientists in New Zealand believed that they documented the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. It measured 78 feet and was estimated to be as high as an 8-story building.

Earth/Environment May 12, 2018

Glowing Waves: San Diego Beaches Glow Blue Due To Red Tide

The spectacular neon display in San Diego beaches is a result of the current red tide event. Bioluminescence is actually a rather common trait among many marine organisms.

Earth/Environment May 12, 2018

Plastic Bags Pollute Even The Deepest Part Of The Ocean

A new study found that plastic bags have reached the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth. Most of this debris is comprised of disposable single-use trash such as plastic bottles and utensils.

Earth/Environment May 13, 2018

Scientists Say Record Heat In The Gulf Of Mexico Supercharged Hurricane Harvey In 2017

A new study revealed that Hurricane Harvey was fueled by record heat in the Gulf of Mexico. The 2017 storm was the wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2018

NASA Captures Images Of Kilauea Volcano Spewing Gas And Lava In Hawaii

NASA was able to capture a huge plume of ash erupting from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Scientists used satellite imagery to be able to capture the eruption as it happened.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2018

Archeologists Discover Over 67,000-Year-Old Artifacts In East African Cave Network

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History released a study regarding an East African cave. They found fragments of human civilization such as tools inside the cave.

Earth/Environment May 9, 2018

Scientists Not Sure Why Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Erupted And When It Will Stop

Experts' continued efforts to study the recent eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii's Big Island suggest more eruptions are on the way. Fissures release toxic gases, which keep residents away from their homes.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2018

Deep Ocean Mission Discovers More Than 100 New Marine Species Off Bermuda

Laboratory analysis of specimens obtained by Nekton Mission I, under the XL Caitlin Deep Ocean Survey project, revealed more than 100 new species living off Bermuda coast. The discovery was announced subsequent to the uncovering of the ocean’s Rariphotic Zone.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2018

700 Million Years Ago, The Earth Turned Into A Giant Snowball: Scientist Might Finally Know Why

Scientists are still trying to figure out the precise causes that triggered bouts of global cooling, which then turned Earth into a snowball 700 million years ago. Two researchers have a new theory.

Earth/Environment May 9, 2018

Carbon Footprint Caused By Global Tourism Is Harmful For The Environment, 4 Times Higher Than Previous Estimates

Global tourism may be good for obtaining life experiences but a study found it to be hurting the planet. It turns out that global tourism produces a large carbon footprint which can hurt smaller countries.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2018

Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea Volcano Eruption Progresses, 10 Volcanic Fissures Now Open

At least 10 fissures opened up as Mount Kilauea Volcano eruption progresses. Old vents no longer contribute to the lava flow but they were already clogged, causing lava to shoot as high as 1,000 feet from the newly opened vents.

Earth/Environment May 7, 2018

Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere Is Highest In 800,000 Years: Here Are The Top Sources Of Emission

The concentration of planet-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is highest in the last 800,000 years. Here are the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA.

Earth/Environment May 5, 2018

Massive Sinkhole In New Zealand Reveals Ancient Soil With Deposits From Supervolcano Eruption

A massive sinkhole in New Zealand revealed 60,000-year-old soil which included deposits from Lake Taupo eruptions. The crack was likened to the length of two football fields and the largest sinkhole ever seen in New Zealand.

Earth/Environment May 5, 2018

Hundreds Flee As Hawaii’s Most Active Volcano Kilauea Spews Lava And High Levels Of Toxic Gas

Authorities ordered the citizens of Big Island in Hawaii to evacuate following Mount Kilauea’s eruption. The volcano spewed toxic sulfur dioxide gas in the air, which can cause respiratory problems.

Earth/Environment May 5, 2018

Earth’s Atmosphere Surpasses Another Climate Change Threshold In Recorded History

Through the Keeling Curve system under the Scripps CO2 program, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii saw Earth surpassing another climate change threshold. The month of April recorded exceedingly 410 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Earth/Environment May 4, 2018

Hawaii Bill To Ban Sunscreens That Kill Coral Reefs: What Are Oxybenzone And Octinoxate?

Hawaii could become the first U.S. state to ban sunscreens that use oxybenzone and octinoxate. What are these chemicals, and how do they harm coral reefs and human health?

Earth/Environment May 3, 2018

Hawaii Lawmakers Ban Sunscreen That Contain Chemicals Harmful To Coral Reefs

Hawaii residents and tourists might need to read their sunscreen labels carefully. Lawmakers hope to pass a ban on sunscreens that contain harmful chemicals that could be toxic to the environment.

Earth/Environment May 2, 2018

Taj Mahal Is Changing Color From Ivory White To Yellow And Now Brown And Green

The change in color of the Taj Mahal from Ivory White to green and brown had been a subject of a hearing in India. Justices believed that foreign intervention is needed to address the palace’s decaying color.

Earth/Environment May 2, 2018

Flat Earthers Say You Can’t Fall Off The Edge Of The Earth Because Of ‘Pac-Man’

Flat Earthers can now explain why we never fall off the edge of the Earth. Remember those portals in 'Pac-Man'? Yup, that’s how it works, they say.

Earth/Environment May 2, 2018

New Model Could Help Experts Forecast Next Supervolcano Eruption

A team from the University of Illinois developed the first quantitative model that could help predict supervolcano eruptions. The new model proposed that an impending catastrophic event would have ample warning and an obvious sign before the actual eruption happens.

Earth/Environment May 3, 2018

Massive 'Dead Zone' The Size Of Florida Has Just Been Discovered In The Arabian Sea

Researchers from the University of East Anglia just discovered that a 'dead zone' has grown to the size of Florida because of climate change. It is located in the Gulf of Oman near the Arabian Sea.

Earth/Environment May 1, 2018

Why The Cork Glacier Worries Scientists

A team of researchers has prepared to study the Thwaites Glacier. Armed with the latest equipment, they aim to gather more data to support their claims that the cork glaciers are at risk.

Earth/Environment May 2, 2018

What’s The Longest Straight Path On Earth You Can Take Without Hitting Land?

Researchers confirm that the longest straight line on Earth by sea without hitting land begins in Pakistan and ends at Russia. They also found the longest straight line by land without hitting the water.

Earth/Environment May 1, 2018

Earth's Magnetic Poles Are Not Going To Flip Now: Here's When It Might Happen

Some people are concerned that the Earth's magnetic poles will flip soon. A newly published study reveals that the current magnetic field is fine and that the pole reversal won't happen for some time.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2018

US, UK Team Up To Study Massive Glacier In Antarctica

Scientists are heading to Antarctica to study the Thwaites Glacier and how its melting could affect the sea level rising. The two organizations that are spearheading the research are the National Science Foundation and Natural Environment Research Council.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2018

Consecutive Eruptions In Yellowstone Steamboat Geyser Baffle Scientists

Experts at U.S. Geological Survey’s Yellowstone Volcano Observatory could not pinpoint exactly why there were three consecutive explosions that took place at the Yellowstone Steamboat Geyser, the largest active geyser in the world.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2018

Australia Commits $500 Million To Save Great Barrier Reef From Climate Change

The federal government of Australia is allocating half a billion dollars to save the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and other threats. Here's how this funding will be used to save the world's largest coral reef system.

Earth/Environment April 29, 2018

Increasing Amount Of Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere May Lead To Drier Amazon, Wetter Africa And Indonesia

Increasing amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere can alter the way plants absorb carbon dioxide and release water vapor. How can this process result in a drier Amazon rainforest and wetter woodlands in Indonesia and Africa?

Earth/Environment April 28, 2018

Potable Groundwater Will Be Unavailable On Majority of Atoll Islands by Mid-21st Century

A team of experts from different environmental organizations said that groundwater resources on low-lying atoll islands will become unavailable by mid-2030s to 2060s due to the combination of factors brought by climate change.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2018

Microplastics And Seal Breathing Holes: Arctic Ocean Faces Graver Threats On Pollution And Climate Change

The Arctic Ocean faces possible near-permanent contamination as scientists collected record high of microplastics. Meanwhile, NASA explained that the ice holes found in Beaufort Sea could be more than just breathing holes but effects of warmer temperatures.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2018

Climate Change Causes Bird Chicks To Hatch Late Leaving Them Starving

Climate change causes warmer springs that lead birds such as the great tits, the blue tits, and pied flycatcher hatching too late to catch their main food source. Global warming also affects the food supply of other species.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares Sobering Message About Earth Day, He Thinks Saving The Earth Is 'Odd'

Neil deGrasse Tyson shared a message regarding Earth Day. Tyson's message dealt with the phrase 'save the Earth' and why he thinks that the phrase is 'odd.'

Earth/Environment April 23, 2018

Henderson Island Remains World’s Most Plastic-Polluted World Heritage Site

A video from the European Space Agency Web TV once again highlighted the extreme case of plastic pollution on the uninhabited Henderson Island, a world heritage site situated about halfway between Chile and New Zealand.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2018

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