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Google Doodle For Earth Day 2018: Who Is Primatologist Jane Goodall?

Google featured British primatologist, conservationist, activist, and animal lover Jane Goodall for its Google Doodle For Earth Day 2018. Goodall’s 55-year-long study of chimpanzees was significant of how humans perceived the animals today.

Earth/Environment April 23, 2018

Even NASA Is Puzzled By These Ice Circles In The Arctic Ocean

NASA can only speculate about these mysterious ice circles in Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. The photograph was part of NASA’s Operation IceBridge, which aims to map the region’s land and sea ice.

Earth/Environment April 23, 2018

Yellowstone Hotspot: Scientists Find Source Of Supervolcano’s Heat

Researchers used seismic tomography to find Yellowstone's hotspot suspected to be part of a mantle plume originating from Earth's mantle and core boundary. “Stealing” the supervolcano’s heat may prevent the next Yellowstone eruption.

Earth/Environment April 21, 2018

Global Warming May Have Transformed Coral Reefs - But New Research Says Some Remained Resilient

A new study revealed that although the heat wave has killed plenty of the staghorn coral reefs, some managed to live through the warmer temperatures. This is because they can migrate and send out larvae to less warm spots.

Earth/Environment April 20, 2018

Devoted Male Stork Flies 14,000 Kilometers For 16 Consecutive Years To Meet Beloved Female Stork

A love story of two storks had captured the hearts of many. People were extraordinarily charmed with how the male stork kept his loyalty to his sweetheart despite having to fly thousands of kilometers yearly.

Earth/Environment April 19, 2018

State Recycle Tappan Zee Bridge Into Largest Expansion Of New York Artificial Reefs

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during Earth Week that the demolished Tappan Zee Bridge will be recycled into six new artificial reefs to build off Smithtown, Shinnecock, Moriches, Fire Island, Hempstead, and Rockaway.

Earth/Environment April 19, 2018

Blame Global Warming: Half Of Corals In Great Barrier Reef Dead After 2016 Heat Wave

A heat wave led to catastrophic bleaching that killed one in three corals in the Great Barrier Reef in 2016. This was followed by another heat wave in 2017.

Earth/Environment April 19, 2018

Tiny Shrimp And Krill Could Play A Mighty Role In Mixing Oceans

A Stanford University research team released a new study that might showcase a big role that the ocean’s tiniest creatures play in influencing the ocean. They believe that shrimp and krill can influence the ocean’s currents.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2018

Oceanic Changes That Propelled Mass Extinction 252 Million Years Ago Resemble Effects Of Climate Change Today

Scientists from the Arizona State University found that oceanic environmental changes, which had taken place in the years before the Permian-Triassic mass extinction were similar to the oceanic conditions brought by climate change today.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2018

Supercomputer Reveals Yellowstone's Magma Transition Zone: Can Scientists Now Predict Future Supervolcano Eruptions?

The transition zone controls the movement of magma that flows out during a volcanic eruption. Can scientists now determine when the next eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano will occur?

Earth/Environment April 18, 2018

Scientists Just Created An Enzyme That Eats Plastic, And It Was By Accident

By applying tweaks to a bacteria that can eat plastic, researchers accidentally produced an enzyme that can break down plastic in a much faster rate. The groundbreaking study could pave the way for more effective ways to fight plastic pollution.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2018

Scientists Explain Magmatic Plumbing System That Fuels Yellowstone Eruptions

The scientists from the University of Oregon successfully projected how magma structure and activity took place beneath Yellowstone. The step could be a significant contribution to predicting future Yellowstone eruptions.

Earth/Environment April 17, 2018

Atlantic Ocean Current Slowing Down Due To Global Warming: Here's What Could Happen

The conveyor belt of the ocean regulates global temperatures, which means the slowing down of the Atlantic Ocean current could have devastating effects. Here's what could happen with weak AMOC circulation.

Earth/Environment April 16, 2018

Early Homo Sapiens Who Lived In Prehistoric Rock Shelter Left Clues How Humans Can Survive Climate Change

Archaeologists, who studied ancient tools, ornaments, and human remains in the prehistoric rock shelter Riparo Bombrini, discovered how early homo sapiens survived a climate-changing supervolcano eruption This discovery offered clues how humans can survive climate change.

Earth/Environment April 16, 2018

Study Reveals What Causes Strange Dark Zone In Greenland's Ice Sheet

High-resolution images of a section of Greenland's dark zone revealed what is behind the strange dark patch in the ice sheet. The so-called ablation zone threatens to speed up melting.

Earth/Environment April 14, 2018

Genetics Study Indicates Sweet Potato Arrived In Polynesia Long Before American Colonization

DNA analysis of sweet potatoes in Polynesia revealed that the crop has been growing in the region long before the American colonization. The study also provides insight on how hybridization could be the answer to food security.

Earth/Environment April 13, 2018

Mountain Erosion Apparently Increases, Not Reduces, Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere

Mountain erosion, long believed to be reducing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, is apparently increasing it, though the source is not geological. Does the discovery have any effect on the phenomenon of climate change?

Earth/Environment April 14, 2018

Hyper-Salty Lakes Found Beneath The Canadian Arctic Could Shed Light On Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists discovered a subglacial lake underneath the Canadian ice continent that is four to five times saltier than seawater. It was reported that the surface resembles Jupiter’s Europa moon and may one day help understand extraterrestrial life conditions.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2018

Atlantic Ocean Circulation Is At Its Lowest Point In 1,500 Years Due To Climate Change

Climate change is playing a major role in the slowing down of the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean. This disruption in circulation patterns could change the lives of people on both sides of the Atlantic.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2018

Dead Sperm Whale Found In Spain Had 64 Pounds Of Plastic And Waste In Stomach

A young sperm whale that washed up on the shore of a beach in southern Spain was found to have 64 pounds of plastic waste and other debris in its stomach. The whale died of abdominal infection called peritonitis.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2018

New Images Reveal Earth's Strange Second Magnetic Field Generated By The Oceans

It turns out that Earth has a second magnetic field that has just been discovered. New satellite images show that Earth's second magnetic field is being generated by the oceans.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2018

Urbanization Linked To Shorter, Intense Wet Seasons In Florida

Most cities in Florida experienced shorter but intense rainy season. Scientists from Florida States University suggested that the continued urban growth affected the state's local climate.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2018

How Did Life Begin On Earth? New Study Thinks Volcanoes Might Have Helped

Massive amounts of sulfites and bisulfites in lakes during the Earth’s early years may have helped set the stage for the planet’s early prebiotic milieu.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2018

The Flat Earth Movement Is Growing, Survey Reveals

A YouGov survey found that millennials were showing increased interest in the flat Earth theory. A big chunk of those who now believed in the concept belonged in this demographic.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2018

Snowfall Increase In Antarctica Over The Last 200 Years Worries Scientists About The Rise Of Sea Levels

A new study shows that the amount of snowfall seen in Antarctica has increased over the last two centuries. This worries scientists who see that this increased snowfall could lead to a rise in sea levels.

Earth/Environment April 9, 2018

Check Out New York City Without Light Pollution

New York without light pollution is a gorgeous place. That’s exactly what the Skyglow project wanted to illustrate ahead of the upcoming Dark Sky Week, which encourages people to turn off their lights.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2018

Greenhouse In Antarctica Able To Grow Vegetables Without Soil Or Sunlight

Scientists in Antarctica were able to grow vegetables without soil or sunlight. The vegetables were grown in a designed environment that yielded a variety of vegetables.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2018

Another Reason To Save The Coral Reefs: They Protect The Coast From Cyclones

Coral reefs naturally protect coastlines and beaches from the wrath of tropical cyclones, according to researchers. Coral reefs cause potentially damaging waves to break offshore, giving us another reason to find a way to save them from destruction.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2018

Antarctica's Underwater Ice Is Retreating 5 Times Faster Than Previously Thought

Climate change has already been known to be affecting Earth's global regions but not at this rate. The underwater ice in Antarctica is now retreating five times faster than previously thought.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2018

Early Earth's Climate Was More Tame Than Previously Thought, Suggesting Other Planets May Be Suitable For Life

Theories regarding early Earth's climate suggest that it had extreme weather, from fiery temperatures to ice age cold. This new research could show that other planets may be able to host life.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2018

Trump’s Proposed Texas Border Wall Will Destroy Wildlife Habitat, Say Conservationists

Conservationists sent an appeal letter to the White House opposing President Trump's proposed Mexican-Texas border wall. The aforementioned wall is deemed destructive to wildlife habitat and ecotourism, particularly in the South Texas border.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2018

Is Africa Splitting Into Two? Sudden Appearance Of Massive Crack In Kenyan Valley Proves It Could

A massive crack suddenly appeared in Kenya's Rift Valley, splitting roads and houses into two. Evidently, a part of Africa could split from the continent in 50 million years.

Earth/Environment April 1, 2018

Antarctica's Ice Is Melting Underwater: Here's Why This Is A Big Problem

Underwater melting of Antarctica's ice sheet is far greater than previously thought. It poses a significant threat as Antarctica holds the largest reservoir of Earth's freshwater.

Earth/Environment April 4, 2018

The Sahara Desert Is Expanding Partly Because Of Climate Change

Climate change and natural climate cycles contribute to the expansion of the Sahara desert, which has grown by about 10 percent since 1920. What are the potential consequences of this phenomenon?

Earth/Environment March 30, 2018

Scientists Use Sun Shield To Protect The Great Barrier Reef From Impending Demise

Marine scientists believed they may have found a way to delay the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef system on the planet. Sun shields will be deployed on the surface of seawater to block harmful UV rays.

Earth/Environment March 28, 2018

Report: Earth Is Losing Plants And Animals At A Dangerous Rate

Despite progress on some conservation efforts, UN reports showed that biodiversity on the planet remains to be on a serious decline. Is humanity on the verge of living in a lonelier planet?

Earth/Environment March 25, 2018

Radar Images Reveal Major Ground Movement And Sinking In Texas Oil Patch

Major land deformations were found in a Texas oil patch thanks to radar satellite images. The deformations occurred as a result of decades of oil production in the area.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2018

2-Billion-Year-Old Salt Rock Sheds Light On Rise Of Oxygen In Earth's Atmosphere During The Great Oxidation Event

Was the escalation of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere a gradual or rapid process? Crystallized salt rocks extracted from a deep hole in Russia shed light on how oxygen appeared during the Great Oxidation Event 2.3 billion years ago.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2018

Elephant In India Chomps Wood Coal, Appears To Be Breathing Smoke

A pachyderm elephant was caught on video while breathing smoke in a forest in Southern India. Baffled scientists said the elephant only ingested wood charcoal, a natural laxative.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2018

NASA’s New Landslide Model Uses Torrential Rains To Detect Landslide Threats In Near Real-Time

NASA has developed a new imaging model that can detect potential landslide events using heavy rain as signal. The LHASA model has been finalized after analyzing 15 years’ worth of geologic data worldwide.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2018

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is 4 To 16 Times Larger Than Previously Thought

The size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is increasing rapidly according to scientists. The amount of plastic found in this area between California and Hawaii also reportedly keeps accumulating.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2018

Newly Discovered Hot Magma Plume Beneath Yellowstone Volcano Stretches To Mexico

Scientists may have found strong evidence linking Yellowstone’s volcanic activity to a massive hot magma plume that extends to the Mexican border. Researchers said further study is needed to determine how plumes affect ground movements on earth.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2018

Melting Glaciers Reach Point Of No Return, According to Scientist: Polar Ice Caps Doomed To Melt

According to scientists, the melting of Earth’s glaciers has reached a point of no return. Because of continuous climate change, it’s now impossible for the planet’s glacial volume to ever reach a better state.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2018

Laboratory-Bred 'Super Corals' May Help Repopulate Disappearing Great Barrier Reef

Ocean acidification and massive coral bleaching is destroying a part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs worldwide. Scientists are racing against time to save the dying reefs through the breeding of super corals.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2018

Volcanic Thunder Recorded By Scientists From Eruption of Bogoslof Volcano In Alaska

Geophysicists proved the existence of volcanic thunder by isolating sounds from an erupting volcano. The thunderclaps are usually accompanied by volcanic lightning that could be used to determine ash plume volumes.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2018

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