The melting of inland ice in Antarctica has sped over five years– adding massive amounts of water to the rise of sea levels, according to new research. The Southern Antarctic Peninsula’s glaciers became destabilized in 2009– and the melting of ice shelves has accelerated ever since.
A man bid $350,000 on a permit to kill an endangered black rhino in the African nation of...
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Cleanup crews fanned out today along a stretch of scenic California coastline stained by...
Cleanup crews fanned out today along a stretch of scenic California coastline stained by thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled from broken pipe and flowed into the Pacific Ocean. The broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours yesterday before it was shut off, creating a slick some four miles long about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara.
President Barack Obama has called for action on climate change as a matter of health and environmental necessity for months. Now, he’s casting it as a matter of national security.
The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year's UN Climate Change Conference.
The combination of global warming and shifting population means that by mid-century, there will be a huge increase in the number of Americans sweating through days that are extremely hot. People are migrating into areas— especially in the South— where the heat is likely to increase more, according to a study that highlighted the places where the double whammy looks to be the biggest.
We perceive most mountain ranges as pyramid-shaped masses that steadily narrow as they slope upward. Scientists have found, however, that is not the case. Besides reshaping the mountains in our mind's eye, the findings could lead scientists to reconsider conservation strategies for mountain animal species threatened by climate change.
Chemists have helped develop a family of new chemical catalysts that are expected to lower the cost and boost the sustainability of the production of chemical compounds used by a number of industries.
Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery about methanogens, unique microorganisms that transform electricity and carbon dioxide into methane. They have demonstrated how methanogens obtain electrons from solid surfaces. The discovery could help scientists design electrodes for microbial "factories" that produce methane gas and other compounds sustainably.
In an Indiana lab, a chamber that mimics the temperature fluctuations, solar radiation and atmospheric pressure of Mars is providing a sample environment of what pioneer organisms might help create a hospitable ecosystem– and human habitation– on the Red Planet.
The grounding of a giant iceberg in Antarctica has provided a unique real-life experiment that has revealed the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to sudden changes in sea-ice cover. Within just three years of the iceberg becoming stuck in Commonwealth Bay— an event which dramatically increased sea-ice cover in the bay— almost all of the seaweed on the sea floor had decomposed, or become discolored or bleached because of lack of light.
DNA phenotyping is just starting to be used to track down criminals, generate new leads on cold case homicides, and put faces to unidentified and missing people. Now, in Hong Kong, it’s being used to threaten litterbugs with public shame, according to organizers of a new anti-polluting campaign.
Scientists in South Korea have developed a new way to store energy that also offers a solution to a growing environmental problem. The research team successfully converted used cigarette butts into a high performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electric vehicles and wind turbines to store energy.
For more than a decade, oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico where a hurricane toppled a drilling company's platform off the coast of Louisiana. Now, the federal government is warning that the leak could last another century or more if left unchecked.
A hazardous-waste incinerator in Ohio released dangerous toxins into the air over the past four years, exposing those nearby to chemicals that can cause cancer, miscarriages and early death. The EPA released a 20-page report and found that the Heritage Thermal Services Incinerator in East Liverpool in Columbiana County emitted gases that contained high levels of toxic chemicals 195 times.
Colombia, which has battled against its cocaine economy by aerial spraying of an herbicide over decades, announced it would stop using the chemical compound. The announcement comes after multiple agencies and officials called for a stop to the usage of glyphosate, now labeled a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
Researchers have confirmed strong warming in the upper levels of the lowest layer of the earth's atmosphere, the troposphere, which has been long predicted as part of global warming theory and in global climate models.
The Planetary Society is reaching out to the public through a new Kickstarter campaign to launch its two LightSail projects – sending spacecraft out the farthest reaches of the galaxy on the power of sunbeams. Leading the charge are the Society’s CEO, Bill Nye, known as the Science Guy, and celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
By replicating the fossil record, a group of researchers has successfully turned back the clock on evolution. An Ivy League team recreated a dinosaur’s snout on bird embryos, reversing millions of years of natural selection.
Duke Energy says it will begin delivering bottled water to homeowners living near the company's coal ash pits in North Carolina who have been advised by state health officials not to drink or cook with their well water. More than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. That represents more than 93 percent of the 163 tested thus far.
Pope Francis, who has made headlines for his comments on Christian commitments to the poor and environmental stewardship, again made waves this week with yet another proclamation. This time, it was a warning that God’s judgment would meet those who disregard their environmental responsibilities.
City streets, rooftops and parking lots make for hard surfaces that convert huge amounts of rainwater directly into runoff. In a typical city block, stormwater is collected by drains and catchbasins that then convey it underground through sewers. Recent innovations in how to deal with urban stormwater are working to prevent runoff near its source and to provide pollution prevention and quantity control.
Three new studies suggest that, when communities are hit with disasters that contaminate drinking water, the official decision-making and response often lack scientific basis. The result has been an inability to fully anticipate public health risks and effectively rid plumbing systems of contaminants.
Government rules to clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from development and pollution are fueling political anger in the country's heartland. The rules have become a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations that affect their businesses.
The world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle, in Brazil, was encroaching hundreds of miles into the Amazon rainforest, year after year, in the name of corporate profits. Now, market-driven “zero deforestation agreements,” prompted by pressure from environmentalists, have slowed that creeping of the herd into the sensitive ecological areas.
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