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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

Heatwave Causes Extreme Coral Bleaching In Australian Marine Park

Lord Howe Island Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been hit with widespread coral bleaching. In some areas, scientists reported that about 90 percent of corals have been damaged due to warmer ocean water temperature.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2019

Dutch Inventor Tests Cow Toilets That May Help Cut Emissions

The Dutch are teaching their old cows new tricks: using the 'cow toilet.' By reducing animal waste, inventor Henk Hanskamp hopes to reduce ammonia in the atmosphere for the benefit of both human health and the environment.

Earth/Environment April 1, 2019

Cyclone That Hit Mozambique Shows Impact Of Climate Change On Poorest Populations

Cyclone Ida, which devastated Mozambique and other southern African countries in March, is proof that the negative impacts of climate change have started to manifest now. Experts warned that developing countries will be the hardest hit by extreme weather events.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2019

World's Longest Salt Cave Discovered Near The Dead Sea In Israel

The salt cave near the Dead Sea is so far the longest salt cave in the world. Most salt caves do not exceed 10 kilometers, but the Malham Cave is over 6 miles (10 kilometers) in length.

Earth/Environment March 30, 2019

Teenage Psychotic Experiences Linked To Air Pollution, Study Finds

Air pollution could be as bad to the mind as to the human body. Researchers found that psychotic experiences commonly occur in teens who live in polluted urban areas.

Earth/Environment March 30, 2019

EU To End Daylight Saving Time In 2021

EU Parliament voted to discontinue daylight saving time as benefits to energy cost became less significant with technology. Member states will have to choose if they want to follow summertime or wintertime permanently before its implementation in 2021.

Earth/Environment March 29, 2019

NASA Reports Melting Greenland Glacier Is Slowly Growing Again

Oceans Melting Greenland project has revealed that the island's biggest glacier in West Greenland is now growing again. However, the cooling of ocean temperatures is going to pass.

Earth/Environment March 26, 2019

Here's Why The Aurora Borealis Did Not Appear This Weekend

Aurora borealis fans failed to catch a glimpse of the northern lights over northern United States. Scientists said the lights show made a no-show because the energy blast from the sun that hit the Earth was not strong enough.

Earth/Environment March 26, 2019

New Study Proves Trees Are Crucial In Keeping Cities Cool

Trees are crucial in keeping cities and towns cool, a new study revealed. Researchers said the right amount of tree cover can keep temperatures cooler even during summertime.

Earth/Environment March 26, 2019

Alpine Tundras Emit More CO2 Than They Absorb

The thawing permafrost in Colorado’s alpine tundras may not bode well in the fight against climate change. A new study revealed it is emitting more carbon than it collects each year.

Earth/Environment March 26, 2019

Super Moonbow: Rare Rainbow Appears During Equinox Super Moon

The super moon not impressive enough to make people look up at the sky? The recent super moon came with a rare type of rainbow called a 'moonbow.'

Earth/Environment March 24, 2019

Slumping Ice Cliffs May Trigger Rapid Sea Level Rise

A new study revealed that ice cliffs could break off in a process called slumping and it could trigger rapid sea level rise. Tall ice cliffs are more likely susceptible to slumping, scientists said.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2019

Geostorm To Give Northern US, Canada Chance To See Aurora Borealis

People in places such as New York, Michigan, and Maine may have the rare chance ot witnessing the aurora borealis this weekend. This is due to a geostorm that will bend around the Earth's magnetic field.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2019

Flat Earth Antarctica Cruise Will Depart In 2020 To Sail To 'Edge Of The World'

The cruise organized by the Flat Earth International Conference is a bid to sail to the ice wall barrier in Antarctica believed to mark the edge of the world. Here are the potential problems flat earthers may encounter.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2019

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