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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

Sun Vanishes For Three Hours Over Rural Siberia, Russian Authorities Remain Mum

Parts of Yakutia region in Siberia were blanketed in a chilling darkness for three hours when the sun disappeared from view. No explanations have been offered as to what could have caused this mysterious event.

Earth/Environment July 30, 2018

Yellowstone Super-Volcano Created By Ancient Slab Of Oceanic Crust Wedged Under North America

30 million years ago, an oceanic crust went under the North American continent and broke into pieces. The pieces melted into the mantle, causing hot material to rise to the crust to create the Yellowstone Super-Volcano.

Earth/Environment July 27, 2018

New Study Shows That Humans Have Ruined Ocean Wilderness: Just 13 Percent Remains Untouched

Only 13 percent of the Earth’s entire oceanic wilderness areas remain untouched by humans, a new study has found. Worse, only a small portion of them are protected.

Earth/Environment July 27, 2018

World’s Oceans To Reach Acid Levels Highest In 14 Million Years

Researchers found that if carbon emissions continued at the rate they are going, the world’s oceans will reach peak acid levels in 14 million years. It poses a severe threat to coral reefs, shellfish, and other marine life.

Earth/Environment July 24, 2018

Ancient Farmers Thrived In The Amazon Rainforest 4,500 Years Ago

The Amazon rainforest is not so untouched after all. Researchers found that ancient farming communities planted corn, sweet potatoes, and other crops in the rainforest 4,500 years ago.

Earth/Environment July 24, 2018

Footage Of Last Surviving Member Of Isolated Amazon Tribe Released

The Brazilian government released a video showing the last living survivor of an isolated tribe. The man was the only one who survived an attack by cattle ranchers intending to encroach on tribal lands in 1995.

Earth/Environment July 23, 2018

Sunken 113-Year-Old Warship Said To Have $132 Billion Worth Of Gold Discovered Off Korean Coast

A company said that it has found a Russian shipwreck containing $132 billion of gold bullion and coins. The company hopes to begin salvage works to recover the ship and its rumored gold in October.

Earth/Environment July 23, 2018

Radioactive Isotope From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Detected In California Wine

Wines produced after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster have raised levels of cesium-137. Does increased level of the radioactive isotope in California rosé and cabernet sauvignon pose a health threat?

Earth/Environment July 21, 2018

Meghalayan Age: The Earth Is Now In Holocene Epoch's Third Stage

The Meghalayan age is the youngest stage in the Holocene Epoch, which started after the last ice age. What makes the Meghalayan unique from other intervals of the Geologic Time Scale?

Earth/Environment July 19, 2018

Giant Iceberg Looming Over Greenland Village Spotted By ESA Satellites From Space

ESA's Sentinel-2A satellites captured image of a massive iceberg that drifted close to Innaarsuit in Greenland. The iceberg weighs about 10 million tonnes and threatened to generate large waves that can wash away parts of the remote village.

Earth/Environment July 18, 2018

Humble Seaweed Floats Thousands Of Miles To Reach Antarctica’s Icy Shores

Researchers found rafts of kelp that drifted to the shores of Antarctica from 12,000 miles away. The humble seaweed’s journey is the first proof that Antarctica is not so isolated after all.

Earth/Environment July 18, 2018

Internet Infrastructure Faces Threat From Rising Sea Levels Linked To Climate Change

Rising sea levels linked to climate change could submerge internet infrastructure as early as within 15 years. Infrastructure in three U.S. cities was found to be the most vulnerable.

Earth/Environment July 17, 2018

Lava Bomb Injures 23 People Aboard A Hawaii Boat

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii continues to rage. This time, when its lava hit the water, it caused an explosion that sent a lava bomb flying to a nearby boat, injuring nearly two dozen sightseers.

Earth/Environment July 17, 2018

Diamonds Are Not So Rare, If You Look Deep Inside Earth

Diamonds are not as rare as previously thought when taking a look at the entire geological picture of the planet. Scientists have discovered over a quadrillion tons of diamonds hidden deep inside the Earth.

Earth/Environment July 17, 2018

California Hits 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Goals In 2016 Way Ahead Of Schedule

California law mandates that the state's greenhouse gas emissions return to 1990 levels by 2020. The California Air Resources Board revealed emission have dropped to 429.4 million metric tons in 2016 from 431 million metric tons in 1990.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2018

Elon Musk Vows To Fund Fixing Of Contaminated Flint Water

Elon Musk pledged to provide funding to fix houses in Flint with contaminated water. A spokesperson for the Flint Mayor said that the city is replacing the pipes and all costs are covered.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2018

Rat Infestation In Oceanic Islands Deprives Coral Reefs Of Nutrients From Bird Poop

Birds in rat-free islands in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean average 1,243 per hectare. The ratio is just two in rat-infested islands. Here's how the decimation of seabirds by rodents affects the health of nearby coral reefs.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2018

Did Early Earth Collide With Dark Matter? 500 Million-Year-Old Minerals Could Hold Key To Ancient Encounter

Ancient minerals buried underground could bear scars of early collisions with dark matter. Minerals such as halite and zabuyelite could serve as natural dark matter detectors, scientists said.

Earth/Environment July 11, 2018

Investigation Points To China As Source Of Increased Levels Of Banned Ozone-Depleting Gas

At least 18 companies in China were found still using banned ozone-depleting gas called CFC-11. The investigation followed a study published recently, citing that the harmful gas might still be used somewhere in Eastern Asia.

Earth/Environment July 10, 2018

Watch As Massive Iceberg Breaks Off From Greenland Glacier

Scientists recorded the moment where a four-mile long iceberg broke away from the Helheim Glacier in Greenland. All insights derived from the video would be significant to the study of climate change, the team said.

Earth/Environment July 10, 2018

Scientists Find Evidence Of Massive Freshwater Flood That Caused Abrupt Climate Change 13,000 Years Ago

A freshwater flood coming from Canada’s Mackenzie River flowed into the North Atlantic Ocean 13,000 years ago. This created extreme weather disturbances that abruptly caused a mini Ice Age.

Earth/Environment July 10, 2018

Hawaii Bans Popular Sunscreens For Their Coral-Damaging Ingredients: Here’s What To Use Instead

Hawaii just banned sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate for their coral-damaging effects. Here are alternatives available, namely mineral sunscreens that can also be used on babies and toddlers.

Earth/Environment July 10, 2018

Nitrogen Is In Liquid Metal Form Inside Earth’s Core

Researchers found that nitrogen inside the Earth’s core is in liquid metal form. Nitrogen, which makes up more than three-fourths of the atmosphere, often exists as a gas.

Earth/Environment July 9, 2018

Hawaii First State To Ban Sunscreens With Coral Reef-Harming Ingredients

Some groups praise Hawaii's move to ban sunscreens with coral reef-harming chemicals while others criticize it. There are still other ways to protect the skin from UV rays even without such products.

Earth/Environment July 7, 2018

Heat Wave Sweeps Across Northern Hemisphere, Some People Are Already Dying

Experts reported persistent heat wave that is sweeping across several regions in the Northern Hemisphere. Early this month, many cities had already broken their highest recorded temperatures in the past decades.

Earth/Environment July 6, 2018

Australian Researchers Develop Camera, Now Blasted Into Space, To Track Great Barrier Reef

A high-resolution satellite camera partly developed at La Trobe University in Australia was blasted into space to track the Great Barrier Reef, as well as aid in the fight against bushfires and emergency situations.

Earth/Environment July 2, 2018

Scientists Explore Secret Rainforest Hidden In Volcanic Crater In Africa

A 28-person team climbed an ancient volcano in Mozambique to explore its hidden rainforest. Among the exciting finds are several new species candidates and ancient ceramic pots partly buried close to the mountain stream.

Earth/Environment July 2, 2018

Paleontologists Face Hurdle Hunting Dinosaur Amber In Myanmar

A paleontologist reported having difficulties from acquiring significant scientific findings from Myanmar due to the ongoing conflict between the army and rebels. Many ancient species were found preserved in amber from the region in the recent years.

Earth/Environment July 2, 2018

Study Reveals That Earth's Rivers Cover 44 Percent More Land Than What Scientists Thought

A new study has found that rivers and streams cover more land than what scientists originally conceived. More space for rivers could play a role in climate change.

Earth/Environment June 28, 2018

Palm Oil Production Is Driving Endangered Species To Extinction

Palm oil production is behind 9 percent of the world's deforestation between 1990 and 2008, driving plants and animals to extinction due to habitat loss. What are the other effects of palm oil production?

Earth/Environment June 28, 2018

Molten Rock Turns Into Granite At Temperatures Much Lower Than Previously Thought

Ninety million years ago, granite found underneath the Sierra Nevada Mountains crystallized at temperatures cooler than scientists thought. The new finding changes practically everything we know about how the Earth formed.

Earth/Environment June 28, 2018

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