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The World's Most Endangered Tribe Survives In The Shrinking Amazon On Armadillos, Honey, And Nuts

The October 2018 issue of the National Geographic features photos of the Awa tribe, one of the last 'uncontacted' tribes of the Amazon. Unfortunately, the tribe is threatened by bandits and illegal loggers.

Earth/Environment October 2, 2018

Warm Ocean Waters May Be Responsible For Increased Hurricane Activity During 2017

A new study by NOAA revealed that the increasing temperature of the water in the Atlantic Ocean is responsible for the formation of six major hurricanes last year. Experts warned about more frequent major hurricanes in the future.

Earth/Environment September 28, 2018

Manta Rays Use Unique Filtration Method That Could Be Used To Clean Oceans

Researchers figured out how manta rays are able to filter planktons and small fishes from a huge amount of water. The findings can be used to create filtration systems that can clean up microplastics from the ocean.

Earth/Environment September 27, 2018

Researchers Point To Common Weedkiller As Cause For Dying Honeybees

Researchers from The University of Texas found that glyphosate might be contributing to the decline of bee population in the United States. During a test, they found that the herbicide in popular weedkillers can interfere with the honeybees' gut microbiome.

Earth/Environment September 27, 2018

Human Activity Partly Responsible For Wobble Detected As Planet Earth Spins

According to a new study by NASA, the Earth has drifted about 10 meters from its axis in the past century. Scientists blamed global warming, causing a redistribution of weight on the surface of the planet, as a primary source.

Earth/Environment September 25, 2018

Home & City Interactive Tool Shows People How NASA Tech Affects Everyday Lives

NASA launched a web app that showcases how space research has contributed to making the lives of the average American better. Over 130 spinoff technologies in the app were developed by the space agency or its partners.

Earth/Environment September 25, 2018

Highly Hazardous Katla Volcano In Iceland Ready To Erupt

The Katla volcano in Iceland is preparing to erupt for the first time since 1918. Scientists are concerned that an explosion of the highly hazardous volcano will be worse than the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in 2010.

Earth/Environment September 24, 2018

Prominent Cornell University Food Researcher Resigns After Academic Misconduct Scandal

The researcher and professor behind the Smarter Lunchrooms Movements, which encourages children to make healthy food choices, has resigned from Cornell University. An investigation found that he engaged in academic misconduct, including manipulating data of his own studies.

Earth/Environment September 24, 2018

Study Proposes Crazy Plan To 'Prop Up' Antarctica And Save The Planet

A new research looked into building structures around ice sheets in Antarctica to prevent the sea level to rise any further. The idea could prevent a major collapse for a thousand years.

Earth/Environment September 22, 2018

Mosquitoes And Other Flying Insects Can Spread Microplastics, Says Study

A new research found that microplastic is eaten by mosquito larva and stay in the insect's body until adulthood. Scientists express concerned that similar flying insects might be helping spread microplastics.

Earth/Environment September 20, 2018

NASA's Planet Hunting TESS Beams Back 'First Light' Image

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS sent back its "first light," the first official photograph captured a few months after launch. The space telescope replaced Kepler which is expected to retire this year.

Earth/Environment September 19, 2018

Global Warming Made Hurricane Florence Much Worse

Experts believe that climate change likely made Hurricane Florence more dangerous. According to a senior scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Hurricane Florence brought as much as 50 percent rainfall, compared to if it happened 100 years ago.

Earth/Environment September 18, 2018

New Research Reveals Surprising Geological Link Between England And France

Some hundred million years ago, the ancient continents of Armorica collided with Avalonia and Laurentia creating what would become modern England. For the study, researchers looked at minerals found in Devon and Cornwall.

Earth/Environment September 15, 2018

LOOK: Plants Send Out Distress Signals In Response To Threats Such As Being Eaten

Do plants know when they're being eaten? Apparently, injured or eaten leaves can send out a distress signal to uninjured leaves to prepare for an attack.

Earth/Environment September 14, 2018

Scientists Unveil The Most Complete And Accurate Map Of Antarctica Ever Made

Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica or REMA was born out of the partnership between researchers from University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University. It is the most detailed map of the continent to date.

Earth/Environment September 10, 2018

Tsunami That Hit Alaska 3 Years Ago Was Caused By Melting Glacier

A new study assessed the debris left by the massive tsunami that hit Alaska three years ago. Researchers warned that more tsunamis might happen as global warming causes a glacial retreat, rising bodies of water, and permafrost thawing.

Earth/Environment September 8, 2018

Building Large Wind And Solar Farms In The Sahara Could Help Green The Desert, Says Study

A new research found that installing wind turbines and solar panels across the Sahara Desert could supply energy for the entire world and turn the arid land into fertile soil. The renewable energy farm could increase precipitation across the landscape.

Earth/Environment September 9, 2018

FWC Says More Time Needed To Analyze Tropical Storm Gordon's Effect On Red Tide Bloom

The recent tropical storm Gordon might have slightly moved the algae bloom that has been pestering the west coast since November. The FWC said that that they are still investigating whether the recent storm disrupted the red tide.

Earth/Environment September 7, 2018

NASA Launches New Competition To Turn CO2 Into Energy

NASA has launched a contest aiming to crowdsource a design that can convert carbon dioxide into glucose as an energy source. The effort is part of the space agency's plan to send humans to Mars by 2030.

Earth/Environment September 3, 2018

Machine Learning Technology From Google And Harvard Could Lead To More Accurate Earthquake Predictions

Scientists found a better way to determine the location of an earthquake aftershock. With the use of an artificial intelligence machine, they can now predict where aftershocks will strike.

Earth/Environment September 1, 2018

Warming Climate May Cause Insect Pests To Eat More Crops: Study

New research finds that warming climate may increase the metabolism and population of crop pests, meaning larger pest population will hunger for more vital crops. Can farmers combat this issue?

Earth/Environment August 31, 2018

Scientists Find Previously Unknown Coral Reef In Deep Waters Near South Carolina Coast

Proposed plans to explore the coast of the United States to find oil might kill off thriving fish and invertebrate community. Researchers recently found coral reefs stretching for miles in the deep sea off the coast of South Carolina.

Earth/Environment August 31, 2018

NASA Aerosol Map Offers A Stunning Visualization Of Global Storms And Dust

NASA used satellites and ground sensors to create a visualization of the aerosols present in the air and atmosphere around the world. These clouds of matter come from natural and man-made occurrences.

Earth/Environment August 28, 2018

Crazy About Coffee Varieties: Where Does Your Coffee Come From?

Coffee has become essential to the lives of people from all walks of life around the world. There are dozens of variants of coffees, each coming from different regions across what is called The Bean Belt.

Earth/Environment August 28, 2018

Brown Tide Feared To Worsen Florida Red Tide

What exactly is a brown tide? Experts fear that the current brown tide might 'merge' with and worsen the ongoing red tide in Florida waters.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2018

NASA Ice Watching Satellite Will Measure Polar Ice With Pinpoint Accuracy Using Lasers

NASA announced that it will be sending ICESat-2 to space next week. The spacecraft is equipped with a laser instrument that will accurately measure changes in the ice sheet from the Earth's poles.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2018

Researchers Find Way To Turn Giant 'Fatbergs' Found In City Sewers Into Energy

Researchers have found a way to eliminate fatbergs from sewers and turn them into renewable energy. By heating up the FOG in the underground congealed mass, scientists were able to produce methane.

Earth/Environment August 25, 2018

Air Pollution Levels In Seattle And Portland Now Higher Than Industrial Cities In China

Hundreds of wildfire across western North America has been sending swaths of smoke to surrounding cities. Seattle and Oregon recorded worse air pollution than China's Beijing in the past couple of days.

Earth/Environment August 24, 2018

Rice Gene Could Hold Key To Rice Varieties With Lower Dependence On Fertilizers

A recent study found a key to make rice and other grains yield better produce but require less fertilizer. The findings can help reduce the amount of excess nitrogen from the agriculture sector.

Earth/Environment August 24, 2018

Deforestation Caused By Ancient Mayan Civilization Still Affecting Central American Soil Today

The earth continues to suffer from the massive deforestation caused by the rise of the Mayan Empire. According to research, soil from cleared lands can no longer store as much carbon as it used to.

Earth/Environment August 23, 2018

Fleets Of Wasteshark 'Aquadrones' Could Be Cleaning Ocean Waste In The Future

WasteShark by RanMarine Technology will collect trash from waterways before they accumulate into a trash island in the middle of the world's oceans. The drones can intelligently swim through water for hours to collect up to 200 liters of waste.

Earth/Environment August 23, 2018

Survival Of The Laziest: New Findings Suggest Evolution Favors 'Lazy' Species

Researchers believed that laziness was the winning strategy of the mollusks that had survived extinction in the past 5 million years. Can inactivity also be used as an evolutionary tactic for humans?

Earth/Environment August 22, 2018

Hawaiian Islands Could Face Wrath Of Hurricane Lane In The Next Few Days

Category 4 Hurricane Lane might be headed to Hawaii this week to bring rain, strong wind, and monster surf to the island chains. The authorities urged the public to prepare for extreme weather condition later this week.

Earth/Environment August 22, 2018

Saving The Great Barrier Reef: Keeping The World's Largest Reef System Alive

The Great Barrier Reef, home to a diverse marine ecosystem, could be destroyed by environmental threats including global warming. While the Australian government has implemented changes to minimize damage, saving the Reef requires global action.

Earth/Environment August 22, 2018

Abrupt Thawing Of Permafrost Below Arctic Lakes Poses Huge Climate Change Risks

A team of scientists found that the sudden thaw beneath Arctic lakes will have an impact to climate change. Within the century, researchers expect that a large amount of permafrost carbon will be released into the atmosphere.

Earth/Environment August 21, 2018

NOAA Researchers Look To Parasite As Cause For Orca Health Problems

NOAA researchers have reported that J50, an orca spotted in the West Coast, had parasites in its fecal matter. The orca has been at the center of research after it was spotted showing signs of lethargy.

Earth/Environment August 21, 2018

Polynesian Canoe To Sail From Hawaii To The US For Environmental Awareness Campaign

A canoe inspired by ancient Polynesian voyaging vessels launched a massive trek across the Pacific Ocean to raise environmental awareness. The Hikianalia is expected to sail 2,800 miles from Hawaii to California for the next 30 days.

Earth/Environment August 20, 2018

How Contact Lenses Are Contributing To Microplastic Pollution

Contact lenses are a godsend to those with ocular difficulties. But according to a new research, they can contribute to microplastic pollution when not properly discarded.

Earth/Environment August 20, 2018

Heat Waves Occur In Our Oceans, Too — And They’re Getting Worse

Oceans are now experiencing intense heat waves. A record-breaking temperature was recorded off the San Diego Coast and is expected to significantly impact marine life especially coral reefs and kelp forests.

Earth/Environment August 17, 2018

Scientists Figure Out How To Quickly Make Mineral That Removes Carbon Dioxide From The Atmosphere

Magnesite is capable of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help fight climate change, but it is very slow to form naturally. Scientists, fortunately, have figured out a way to make the mineral in the lab cheaper and faster.

Earth/Environment August 17, 2018

Scientists Find Possible Link Between US Tornadoes And Melting Sea Ice In The Arctic

Researchers from the University of Illinois have found a potential link between tornadoes in the United States and sea ice in the Arctic. The study seeks to explain decreased tornado activity using climate and weather data gathered over a 30-year period.

Earth/Environment August 9, 2018

California Unveils Proposal To Prevent Weakening Of Air Pollution Policies

The California Air Resources Board has unveiled a new air pollution proposal in response to the Trump administration's automotive pollution rollback. The CARB proposal seeks to further strengthen California air pollution regulations to counter possible changes in EPA policy.

Earth/Environment August 10, 2018

Earth At Risk Of Heading Into Hothouse State: Here’s The Potential Aftermath

According to a new perspective article by scientists, if global warming isn’t curbed any time soon, we might eventually enter a ‘hothouse Earth.’ Rising temperatures will apparently trigger a series of events that will bring Earth into hothouse conditions.

Earth/Environment August 7, 2018

Scientists Solve Mystery Of How Rare Blue Diamonds Are Formed

An analysis of 46 rare blue diamonds revealed how deep into the Earth these precious gemstones were formed. The analysis also revealed a new information about Earth’s geological reactions.

Earth/Environment August 2, 2018

Carbon Dioxide Leak May Have Led To The Rise Of Human Civilization

The world’s southernmost ocean leaked carbon dioxide into the air, causing an increase in CO2 that created warmer climates. This led to the rise of human civilizations, according to researchers.

Earth/Environment July 31, 2018

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