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Rising sea level reveals WWII soldier remains on Pacific's Marshall Islands

Climate change is changing sea levels in the Marshall Islands. A strange discovery of the skeletons of WWII Japanese soldiers is the latest sea level revelation for the Pacific nation that faces extinction as a result of carbon emissions.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2014

Rats regret bad decision making. No wonder we all say "Rats!"

A new study has shown rats regret poor decisions. The new research debunks the myth that only humans have feelings of regret.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2014

USDA Wildlife Services killed 4 million animals in 2013. Justified or just too much?

In 2013, the federal government culled more than 4 million wild animals. The state-sanctioned culling included black bears, prairie dogs, coyotes, bobcats and even a bald eagle and golden eagles.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2014

Citrus greening may possibly be halted by gout treatment, UF researchers find

The disease decimating Florida's $9 billion citrus industry may be susceptible to several compounds, researchers say. One of them has been used to treat gout in humans.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2014

World Oceans Day 2014: Time to do something to protect the marine ecosystem

Global events Sunday, June 8, to honor and celebrate the world's oceans. Protecting the ocean is theme for 2014 event.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2014

Climate change is bad for your health? Yes, so says White House

It’s a given that climate change badly affects our health. But a recent White House report states this and more on why Americans should be taking part in combating it.

Earth/Environment June 7, 2014

Dinosaur-era forest fire evidence sheds light on ancient biodiversity

A team of researchers discovered that ancient forests recovered from wildfires the same way our forests today recover from it, thanks to fossil evidence. Here’s what they have to say.

Earth/Environment June 7, 2014

Climate change causes rising seas to rattle skeletons of Japanese WWII dead

Rising sea levels in the Pacific region haunt the living, with skeletons -- believed to be of Japanese soldiers during World War II -- washed ashore. With climate change, it’s time for vigilance.

Earth/Environment June 7, 2014

China's bulldozing of mountains not such a great idea environmentally, say experts

Researchers warn of environmental impact of China's effort to expand cities by lopping off tops of mountains. Flooding, landslides and decrease in water quality likely results, they say.

Earth/Environment June 6, 2014

U.S. temps heating fastest in southwest, northeast as entire country gets warmer

Opposite corners of the Unites States seeing the fastest rate of temperature increases. Thirty years of continual warming studied.

Earth/Environment June 6, 2014

Koalas don't hug trees to be cute but to cool down

Researchers have discovered why Koalas like hugging trees. Aside from looking cute, hugging trees serves to cool down koalas during hot days.

Earth/Environment June 6, 2014

World is on the verge of extinction and we're the cause (or we can help prevent it)

Earth may be witnessing its sixth great extinction. Here is what researchers have found when looking at the rate species are vanishing.

Earth/Environment June 4, 2014

China takes heed of U.S. move and aims to cap emissions

China hints at following lead of United States for capping emission levels. Such an action would be a significant policy shift for the Asian giant.

Earth/Environment June 3, 2014

Blame climate change for summer flash floods (and maybe just about everything else) in the UK

Global warming could set off flash floods throughout the United Kingdom, based on a new study.

Earth/Environment June 3, 2014

Carbon reduction could stem global warming trend

A new study says reducing carbon emissions is key to help battle climate change. The researchers from UCLA argue no other solution is better.

Earth/Environment June 2, 2014

Global warming more scary to Americans than climate change

Terms "climate change" and "global warming" mean different things to different people, a new poll finds. "Warming" ois more likely to generate a strong response than "change," researchers find.

Earth/Environment May 30, 2014

Species going extinct a thousand times faster because of humans, but not all gloom and doom

Plant and animal species are going extinct a thousand times faster than normal, but technology could help out endangered animals. Studying DNA to map species helps track diversification, while smartphones, crowd-sourcing and hardware advances make data collection on endangered species easier.

Earth/Environment May 30, 2014

Antarctic ice sheet feels the heat of global warming: Expect sea levels to significantly rise

Climate change is tipping Antarctic Ice Sheet into spasm of retreat and iceberg formation. The result could be significant rises in sea levels, researchers warn.

Earth/Environment May 29, 2014

Light-colored insects, butterflies and dragonflies, love a warmer climate: Study

Insects in Europe are changing where they live, based on their color, according to a new international study.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer ravaging forests in Midwest states

The emerald ash borer, a tiny beetle, has killed 50 million trees in the Midwest. They have now spread to 12 states.

Earth/Environment May 29, 2014

Google Doodle remembers Rachel Carson on her 107th birthday: Here's what you should know about the author of 'Silent Spring'

Google Doodle celebrates the life of Rachel Carson, whose "Silent Spring" book was the wake-up call for the modern environmental movement. Google tribute shows her in the natural world she cherished.

Earth/Environment May 27, 2014

45-ton giant dead whale carcass in San Diego beach kicks up a stink, gets towed

A whale washed up on a beach, was hauled out to the water, and came back to land. Here is the story of the journey of a deceased cetacean.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2014

What's in a name? A lot because Americans care more about 'global warming' than 'climate change'

Global warming or climate change? The two phrases produce different results in the general public, according to new research.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2014

Underground fossil soils are rich in carbon, may account for global warning

Fossil soils called loess trapped underground may play a role in global climate change, according to a new study. Here's what you need to know about this type of ancient soil.

Earth/Environment May 27, 2014

Cankerworm carnage may affect more cities due to lack of plant diversity: Research

Plants in urban environments at greater risk of defoliation by voracious caterpillars, study finds. Less plant diversity that what if found in natural environments is a factor, researchers say.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2014

What drones may come: Experimental robots take inspiration from nature

Nature is truly a gift in many ways, and it is now giving inspiration to researchers-developers of drones or flying robots in terms of perfecting the flight control mechanism. Read how these researchers did it.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2014

Temperature change affects gender of offspring (at least in insects)

Weather changes can modify the gender of the offsprings of the oophagous parasitoid called Trichogramma euproctidis, a new study bared.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2014

Warm Pacific waters may be reason behind icy U.S. winter

Cold winters in the North America and Europe will be longer this year as Pacific waters continue to warm up, mainly because of increasing carbon emission and El Niño onset.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2014

Fruit flies use around 200 neurons to make difficult decisions. Boy! That's tough.

Beware, because fruit flies are not as dumb as you think. Apparently, these insects are capable of making tough decisions, just like humans.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2014

Family evicts 50,000 honeybees from Kitchener, Ontario home

Homeowner Carol Stewart couldn't believe her eyes when tens of thousands of honey bees were discovered in the walls of her 85-year-old home in Kitchener, Ontario.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

Reunion after 16 years: Colorado river overcomes stubborn sandbar to meet Gulf of California

The Colorado River is once again connected to the Gulf of California. Here's how it happened.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

Swarms of lake flies invade Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin

Spring is in full bloom in Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin, The birds are chirping, the trees have regained their full splendor, the flowers are blooming and the lake flies are swarming.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

New York angler reels in 60-pound striped bass on Hudson River

The recent catch Campbell Hall's Eric Lester broke the current record of the largest inland striped bass. It is also the first in the new list of records of a free New York Fish & Wildlife App.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

Researchers rediscover Clarion nightsnake in Mexican island

What was once thought lost is now found again. Thanks to a team of researchers who set off to the islands off Mexico, the Clarion nightsnakes are now considered existing, after almost 80 years of eluding the scientific community.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

Scientists discover bush tiger praying mantis at Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda

The thick forest of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda is a cradle of unknown insects yet to be discovered. Recently, scientists found a new species of bush tiger mantis that hunts like the world's biggest cats.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

Climate change may destroy historic national landmarks, scientists warn

Landmarks everywhere could be destroyed by global climate change, including Jamestown, the Statue of Liberty and Boston.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

Climate change threatens many American historical sites

From worsening wildfires to rapid sea level rise, climate change has been posing a major threat to United States' most treasured historical sites in the past years, a group of scientists said. It's time to take steps to minimize risks and lessen the impact of such changes on these sites.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

Prepare for cluster of strong earthquakes in Bay Area, experts warn

History is bound to repeat itself soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Only this time, California would not be revisited by another Great San Francisco earthquake. Instead, a cluster of similarly powerful earthquakes could take place.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

As lovely as a tree? Poem in UK cleanses air pollution

An interesting collaboration of science and the arts may result in cutting air pollution worldwide by half. All it takes is a simple poem printed in a huge and special type of tarpaulin in praise of air.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

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