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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

UNESCO Praises Belize For Its 'Visionary Plan' To Save The 190-Mile Barrier Reef

UNESCO and other environmental groups praised Belize for saving its barrier reef. The Central American country passed new laws to stop oil drilling to protect the Belize Barrier Reef.

Earth/Environment June 27, 2018

How Cold Can It Get In The Coldest Place On Earth? Even Colder Than We Thought

Scientists took another look at data that marked the coldest place on Earth. They discovered that it is even colder there, with temperatures that fell to as low as negative 148 degrees Fahrenheit, or negative 100 degrees Celsius.

Earth/Environment June 27, 2018

Is A Supervolcano Forming Under New England? Rising Mass Of Warm Rock Discovered Under Vermont, New Hampshire, And Massachusetts

Researchers discovered a mass of warm rock welling up under Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and possibly other regions. Will this alter New England's geography and create a powerful volcano?

Earth/Environment June 26, 2018

Newly Discovered Volcanic Heat Source Under Antarctic Glacier Is Half As Hot As Iceland’s Most Active Volcano

Scientists found a volcanic heat source under Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. The glacier, which is currently losing 45 billion tons of ice each year, is already in danger of melting away due to the warming oceans created by climate change.

Earth/Environment June 27, 2018

230,000 Gallons Of Crude Oil Spills Into Iowa River Following Train Derailment

Transportation company BNSF is in the process of cleaning up a gigantic oil spill that happened in Iowa over the weekend. It was reported that 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Little Rock River.

Earth/Environment June 25, 2018

NASA's OMG Campaign Solves Greenland Side-By-Side Glacier Puzzle

Tracy and Heilprin are Greenland glaciers that sit on the same gulf and experience the same weather and water conditions. Why then are they melting at significantly different rates?

Earth/Environment June 24, 2018

US Natural Gas Industry Leaks Methane Higher Than Government Estimates

A study revealed U.S. natural gas industry has been emitting methane at much higher amount than what was previously estimated. The level of methane leaks calculated was enough to erode claims that natural gas is safer than using coal.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2018

Scientists Discover That A Rising Bedrock Could Be The Key To Saving The Ice In West Antarctica

A new study revealed that the rising bedrock in West Antarctica could balance out the loss from the melting ice sheet. Scientists used six GPS stations to discover the rate of the bedrock increase.

Earth/Environment June 21, 2018

Cocaine Residue In Rivers Are Making Eels High

A study found that endangered European eels have been getting themselves high because of cocaine residue that ends up in the rivers. The little amount of cocaine could damage their muscles and reproductive system.

Earth/Environment June 21, 2018

Seattle Says Buh-Bye To Plastic Straws And Utensils: Ban Starts July 1

Seattle introduced a new law that bans restaurants from using plastics straws and eating utensils, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. The ban comes into effect on July 1.

Earth/Environment June 21, 2018

Former NASA Scientist Laments That He Was Right On Global Warming

NASA’s former climate scientist James Hansen revealed in a new interview that he lamented being right on correctly predicting global warming. He also took several world leaders to task for failed global warming policies.

Earth/Environment June 20, 2018

Some People Claim That Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Is Causing It To Rain Green Gems

Some residents in Hawaii are claiming that it is raining gems from the sky because of the volcano eruptions. Scientists confirmed that it is actually a substance found in the lava.

Earth/Environment June 20, 2018

Nature Itself Reeks With Signs Of Global Warming

Scientists said people could see the impacts of global warming by observing how nature behaves. The untimely springs and delayed falls, the early arrivals of birds, and the unexpected blooming of wildflowers could signal the effects of rising temperature.

Earth/Environment June 21, 2018

Light Pollution Linked To Decline In Insect Population: Here's How Artificial Lighting At Night Can Affect You

Light pollution has contributed to the declining population of insects. Exposure to artificial light at night has also been associated with a range of impact on human health.

Earth/Environment June 19, 2018

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