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A new study finds that many species of animals and plants likely will need to migrate under climate change, and... more
Study could lead to next-generation clinical testing for hidden hearing loss  NEWS MEDICAL · 9 hours
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A pair of biomarkers of brain function -- one that represents 'listening effort,' and another that measures ability to process rapid changes... more
Rethinking land conservation to protect species that will need to move with climate change  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
All plants and animals need suitable conditions to survive. That means a certain amount of light, a tolerable temperature range,... more
Red Sea huge source of air pollution, greenhouse gases: study  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Hydrocarbon gases bubbling from the bottom of the Red Sea are polluting the atmosphere at a rate equivalent to the emissions of some large fossil fuel exporting countries,... more
Heatwaves could increase health threats in China  NEWS MEDICAL · 13 hours
Current health issues in China could be dwarfed by the future impacts of severe and frequent heatwaves caused by climate change, scientists are warning. more
Young California ranchers are finding new ways to raise livestock and improve the land  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
As California contends with drought, wildfires and other impacts of climate change, a small yet passionate group of residents are... more
The future of hazelnuts: The economic value of subseasonal forecasts  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
A weather forecast may not allow time to make decisions that minimize the economic impacts of an extreme event, while a seasonal forecast is not precise enough to... more
Chesapeake Bay Foundation to sue EPA, seeking crackdown on Pennsylvania pollution  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said Monday it is preparing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, following Maryland in seeking to force a federal crackdown on... more
Rebuilding from the ashes of disaster: What Australia can learn from India  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
A key question facing us all after Australia's unprecedented bushfires is how will we do reconstruction differently? We need to ensure our rebuilding and... more
Research links sea ice retreat with tropical phenomena, including a new kind of El Nino  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Two researchers present evidence today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the accelerating... more
Why we should be wary of blaming 'overpopulation' for the climate crisis  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
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Sentinel-6 satellite renamed in honour of renowned US scientist  ESA · 14 hours
ESA, NASA, the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the National... more
Scientists drill for first time on remote Antarctic Glacier  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Teams from the US and UK have successfully completed scientific fieldwork in one of the most remote and hostile areas of West Antarctica—coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the discovery... more
Marine heat wave linked with spike in whale entanglements  SCIENCE DAILY · 15 hours
Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of marine heat waves -- warm water anomalies that disrupt marine ecosystems -- and this is creating new challenges for fisheries management... more
The long-term effects of wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
The recent massive wildfires in Australia have killed more than 30 people and an estimated 1 billion animals, and burned 2,500 homes and millions of acres. And the human toll is expected to rise even after the blazes... more
The hottest exoplanet's atmosphere is melting before our eyes  LIVE SCIENCE · 17 hours
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Airborne measurements point to low EPA methane estimates in south central US  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Approximately twice as much methane is seeping into the atmosphere than the Environmental Protection Agency estimates from oil and gas facilities in the south... more
Testing the waters  MIT · 24 hours
MIT sophomore Rachel Shen looks for microscopic solutions to big environmental challenges. more
Driven by Earth's orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migration  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
New research describes a dynamic climate and vegetation model that explains when regions across Africa, areas of the Middle East, and the... more
Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Scientists are using high-energy pulses of electricity to turn any source of carbon into turbostratic graphene in an instant. The process promises environmental benefits by turning waste into valuable graphene... more
Scientists Measure the Evolving Energy of a Solar Flare's Explosive First Minutes  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun’s surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful... more
Sea level rise to cause major economic impact in the absence of further climate action  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Rising sea levels, a direct impact of the Earth's warming climate, is intensifying coastal flooding. The findings of... more
More rain and less snow means increased flood risk  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
By analyzing more than two decades of data in the western US, scientists have shown that flood sizes increase exponentially as a higher fraction of precipitation falls as rain, offering... more
Driven by Earth's orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migration  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In 1961, John Kutzbach, then a recent college graduate, was stationed in France as an aviation weather forecaster for the U.S. Air... more
Genetic marking discovery improves fruit quality, bolsters climate defenses  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Transferring genetic markers in plant breeding is a challenge, but a team of grapevine breeders and scientists at Cornell University have come up with a powerful new method that improves... more
Getting to the root of plant survival  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
When facing a volatile climate, nature searches for a way to survive. For plants, that often means spreading new roots deeper and wider in search of water, particularly in times of drought. While scientists... more
Patterns of thinning of Antarctica's biggest glacier are opposite to previously observed  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Using the latest satellite technology from the European Space Agency (ESA), scientists have been tracking patterns of mass loss from Pine Island -- Antarctica's... more
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows. The study mapped over... more
Amazon forest carbon study reveals indigenous territories, protected areas under siege, yet remain best climate solution  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A new study using innovative technology to measure carbon emissions caused by forest degradation and disturbance—rather... more
Wine regions could shrink dramatically with climate change unless growers swap varieties  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
If you were planning to drink your way through the climate apocalypse, here's some unfortunate news: Just as climate change threatens homes, food and... more
Climate change inflicts catastrophic effects on children’s health  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a "Viewpoint" article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by Susan E. Pacheco, MD, an... more
Genetic marking discovery improves fruit quality, bolsters climate defenses  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Transferring genetic markers in plant breeding is a challenge, but a team of grapevine breeders and scientists have come up with a powerful new method that improves fruit quality and... more
Children to bear the burden of negative health effects from climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a recent article. more
Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices. more
'When, not if it happens': Factors favor possible Austin mega-wildfire event  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
All it will take for Central Texas to become the next area engulfed by catastrophic wildfires like those seen in Australia is a dry spring and... more
Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
That banana peel, turned into graphene, can help facilitate a massive reduction of the environmental impact of concrete and other building materials. While you're at it, toss in those plastic... more
Russian explorers discovered Antarctica 200 years ago. What we've learned about Earth's coldest continent.  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Two centuries after it was first sighted by Russian explorers, Antarctica is a key site for studying the future of... more
CryoSat sheds new light on Antarctica’s biggest glacier  ESA · 2 days
Ice loss from Pine Island Glacier has contributed more to sea-level rise over the past four decades than any other... more
Atmospheric river storms and climate change are driving increased and costly flooding  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Ask people to name the world's largest river, and most will probably guess that it's the Amazon, the Nile or the Mississippi. In fact,... more
How CEOs, experts and philosophers see the world's biggest risks differently  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
We live in a world threatened by numerous existential risks that no country or organization can resolve alone, such as climate change, extreme weather and the... more
Economic growth and environmental sustainability  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
There are political and business leaders who do not care if economic growth causes environmental damage, and there are environmental advocates who do not believe you can have economic growth without causing environmental damage. In a New York... more
Buildings made of wood instead of cement and steel could be important global carbon sinks  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A material revolution replacing cement and steel in urban construction with wood can have double benefits for climate... more
Another reason to reduce man-made ozone: To cool a warming planet  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
While elected officials in the U.S. debate a proposed "Green New Deal" and U.S. President Donald Trump derides "prophets of doom" in Davos, environmental scientists continue... more
Patterns of thinning of Antarctica's biggest glacier are opposite to previously observed  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Using the latest satellite technology from the European Space Agency (ESA), scientists from the University of Bristol have been tracking patterns of mass loss... more
Rewilding could prevent Arctic permafrost thaw and reduce climate change risks  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The wide-scale introduction of large herbivores to the Arctic tundra to restore the "mammoth steppe" grassland ecosystem and mitigate global warming is economically viable, suggests a... more
Fungal decisions can affect climate  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
When we think of climate change, we tend to think about greenhouse gases, fossil fuels and pollution. Most of us don't think about fungi. more
Interactive map of mass uprisings around the world shows nonviolence works  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University has launched a new interactive map that catalogs all mass uprisings around the world between 1945-2014. The... more
Assessing risk of chemicals to wildlife is huge challenge that requires new approach  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Computer modeling and long-term ecological monitoring will be essential to assess the environmental risks of the rapidly growing number of chemicals across... more
How Earth climate models help picture life on unimaginable worlds  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In a generic brick building on the northwestern edge of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center campus in Greenbelt, Maryland, thousands of computers packed in racks the size of... more
If it's below 40 degrees in South Florida, the forecast calls for falling iguanas  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As temperatures were dipping this week, the National Weather Service issued freeze warnings for much of Florida and Georgia, adding... more
Climate costs lowest if warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Using computer simulations of a model by U.S. Nobel Laureate William Nordhaus, researchers have weighted climate damage from increasing weather extremes, decreasing labor productivity and other... more
Flying solo: Solar Orbiter will take first-ever direct images of solar poles  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while... more
More rain, less snow increases flooding  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As the world warms and precipitation that would have generated snowpack instead creates rain, the western U.S. could see larger floods, according to new Stanford research. more
New portable tool analyzes microbes in the environment  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Imagine a device that could swiftly analyze microbes in oceans and other aquatic environments, revealing the health of these organisms - too tiny to be seen by the naked eye - and... more
New portable device could be used to assess microbes in the environment  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Imagine a device that could swiftly analyze microbes in oceans and other aquatic environments, revealing the health of these organisms - too tiny to... more
New portable tool analyzes microbes in the environment  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Imagine a device that could swiftly analyze microbes in oceans and other aquatic environments, revealing the health of these organisms—too tiny to be seen by the naked eye—and their response to threats... more
Study connects marine heat wave with spike in whale entanglements  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of marine heat waves—warm water anomalies that disrupt marine ecosystems—and this is creating new challenges for fisheries management and ocean... more
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows. more
Assessing risk of chemicals to wildlife is huge challenge that requires new approach  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Computer modelling and long-term ecological monitoring will be essential to assess the environmental risks of the rapidly growing number of chemicals across... more
Large amounts of oxygen detected in ancient star's atmosphere  nanowerk · 4 days
An international team of astronomers has detected large amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementally depleted stars known. more
Blue-emitting diode demonstrates limitations and promise of perovskite semiconductors  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Halide perovskites have garnered attention because they're highly efficient at capturing energy in solar cells and efficient emitters in diodes. But researchers failed at making perovskite LEDs that emit blue... more
Can polarity-inverted membranes self-assemble on Titan?  Science Magazine · 4 days
The environmental and chemical limits of life are two of the most central questions in astrobiology. Our understanding of life’s boundaries has implications on the efficacy of biosignature identification in exoplanet atmospheres and in the solar... more
Environmental and genetic determinants of plasmid mobility in pathogenic Escherichia coli  Science Magazine · 4 days
Plasmids are key vehicles of horizontal gene transfer (HGT), mobilizing antibiotic resistance, virulence, and other traits among bacterial populations. The environmental and genetic forces that drive... more
Multidimensional entanglement transport through single-mode fiber  Science Magazine · 4 days
The global quantum network requires the distribution of entangled states over long distances, with substantial advances already demonstrated using polarization. While Hilbert spaces with higher dimensionality, e.g., spatial modes of light, allow higher information capacity per... more
Increasing opportunities for sustainable behavior  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
To mitigate climate change and safeguard ecosystems, we need to make drastic changes in our consumption and transport behaviors. A new IIASA study shows how even minor changes to available infrastructure can trigger tipping points in the collective... more
Storm Gloria claims 12 lives in Spain, four missing  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A violent storm which wrought havoc across huge swathes of Spain's eastern and southern coastline this week claimed 12 lives and left four others missing, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said... more
Acetone plus light creates a green jet fuel additive  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Take biomass-derived acetone -- common nail polish remover -- use light to upgrade it to higher-mass hydrocarbons, and, voila, you have a domestically generated product that can be blended with... more
Mapping the cumulative health effects of environmental exposures  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The genomics revolution has provided powerful insights into genetic risk factors for human disease while also revealing the limits of genetic determinants, which account for only a fraction of total disease risk.... more
2018's Four Corners drought directly linked to human-caused climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The western United States has experienced such intense droughts over the past decade that technical descriptions are becoming inadequate. In many places, conditions are rocketing past "severe," through... more
Hold businesses to account on their carbon footprints by including their supply chains  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Donald Trump may not believe climate change is happening, but most business leaders do and it is no surprise to see it... more
15,000-year-old viruses found in Tibetan glacier  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of researchers from The Ohio State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found a host of ancient virus groups in ice cores taken from a Tibetan glacier. They have written a paper about... more
As gray whale migration reaches its peak, scientists fear another unexplained die-off  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As California gray whales wind their way south along North America's Pacific coast—from their feeding grounds in the Arctic to their spring destination in... more
NASA launches in-depth snow study—first in 30 years  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The last time NASA carried out an in-depth study of winter storms in the heavily populated Northeast, the Berlin Wall had just come down and George H.W. Bush occupied the White House. more
Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said... more
Australia fires speed global CO2 level rise: UK Met Office  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Carbon emissions from the wildfires that have ravaged much of southeast Australia are a major driver of what are predicted to be record worldwide atmospheric CO2 levels throughout... more
Contract secures build of ozone-monitoring Altius satellite  ESA · 5 days
ESA has awarded a contract to QinetiQ to build Altius. This new mission will deliver profiles of concentrations of stratospheric ozone with... more
Is turmeric-film packaging the future for supermarket shelves?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Researchers in Malaysia have developed a biopolymer film incorporating turmeric oil that stops the growth of a common food fungus and degrades well in soil. The film could provide an environmentally friendly... more
Public database of mine tailings storage facilities launched to prevent dam failures  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Environmental organization GRID-Arendal with support from the UN Environment Program has launched the world's first publicly accessible global database of mine tailings storage facilities. more
Four graphs that suggest we can't blame climate change on solar activity  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The past decade (2010-2019) was the hottest on record and five of the top 10 warmest single years have all occurred since 2015, according... more
Researchers create novel platform to standardize paleoclimatology data  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Sometimes the most unrelated things can produce the most innovative results. Take, for instance, aikido—a Japanese martial art that can be translated as the "way of unifying energy"—and paleoclimatology, a scientific field... more
Climate-linked financial crises loom, but the fix isn't up to central banks  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The Bank for International Settlements—the "central bank" for central banks—made headlines this week with a report outlining how the next major financial crisis may... more
Experts call for overhaul of pesticide regulations  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A trio of researchers from Aarhus University, Agroscope, Wädenswil and Vetagro Sup, France, Marcy l'étoile has published a Policy Forum piece in the journal Science calling for an overhaul of the regulatory frameworks that... more
GRID-Arendal launches world's first database of mine tailings storage facilities to prevent deadly disasters  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Environmental organization GRID-Arendal has launched the world's first publicly accessible global database of mine tailings storage facilities. more
Astronomers detect large amounts of oxygen in ancient star's atmosphere  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Astronomers have detected large amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementally depleted stars known -- a 'primitive star' scientists call J0815+4729.... more
Astronomers Find Huge Amount of Oxygen in Ancient Dwarf Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Using high-resolution spectroscopic observations from the High-Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) on the 10-m Keck I telescope... more
Study: Activism and civil disobedience help communicate the science of climate change  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A group of the world's top climate change biologists, including Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen, have published an editorial highlighting how... more
Flying solo  ESA · 5 days
Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the Sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while also studying the inner heliosphere – the bubble-like... more
NESSI emerges as new tool for exoplanet atmospheres  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The darkness surrounding the Hale Telescope breaks with a sliver of blue sky as the dome begins to open, screeching with metallic, sci-fi-like sounds atop San Diego County's Palomar Mountain. The historic... more
A relationship between severe winter weather and Arctic warmth?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new review article published in Nature Climate Change evaluates whether severe winter weather in the United States, Europe and Asia is sensitive to Arctic temperatures. The lead author is... more
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