Coastal portions of the world’s oceans, once believed to be a source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, are now thought to absorb as much as two-thirds more carbon than they emitted in the preindustrial age.
Some scientists believe they could relieve Earth's rising temperatures by deliberately...
This image shows a free swimming giant moray eel with a diver in Cozumel, Mexico. Morays are shy...
Flower color in some parts of the world, including the Himalayas, has evolved to attract bees as pollinators, research has shown for the first time. The study has implications for understanding the effects of climate change on plant pollination.
Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time. Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues to cut PM2.5— the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs.
High air pollution levels are linked to an increase in the rate of cardiac arrest, according to a study. The research found that an increase in particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns was associated with a more than 10 percent increase in the risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Large fish traps in the Persian Gulf could be catching up to six times more fish than what’s being officially reported, according to the first investigation of fish catches from space.
The U.S. is spewing 50 percent more methane— a potent heat-trapping gas— than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says.
Rain as acidic as undiluted lemon juice may have played a part in killing off plants and organisms around the world during the most severe mass extinction in Earth’s history.
Mushroom spores need to be strewn far and wide to ensure their propagation. So, instead of relying on natural wind for their dispersion, mushrooms create their own.
This photo shows two male Northern Elephant Seals fighting for territory and mates in Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California.
A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.
A deadly menace stalks the loons, gulls, and other water birds of the Great Lakes region: Type E botulism. Now, researchers have develop a novel way of tracking waterfowl carcasses to determine the source of lethal outbreaks that infect fish eaten by water birds.
The U.S. military is looking for ways to expand operations in the vast waters of the Arctic as melting ice caps open sea lanes and other nations such as Russia compete for the lucrative oil and gas deposits.
China tested its first experimental deep-sea mobile workstation this week, following the success of its first manned deep-sea submersible, Jiaolong, last year.
Researchers now have stronger evidence of granite on Mars and a new theory for how the granite– an igneous rock common on Earth— could have formed there.
The weather forecast for this winter is mostly a shrug of the shoulders. For most of the nation, the NOAA predicts equal chances for unusual warmth, cold, snow, rain and even average weather.
A powerful Web-based system enabling people worldwide to better predict such things as damaging floods and potential effects of climate change is the goal of a $4.5 million, four-year project.
Fire management can fall into a trap: energy and resources are spent mostly on fire suppression— putting out fires in the moment— while less attention is devoted to fire prevention, such as clearing brush and building fire lanes during the off-season.
A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts say.
The microscopic creatures that make up a critical link in the ocean food chain declined dramatically the first half of this year in the North Atlantic as ocean temperatures remained among the warmest on record.
Per capita income is set to eclipse population growth as the dominant driver of change in the global food system.
Almost 650 years of annual change in sea-ice cover can been seen in the calcite crust growth layers of seafloor algae.
A glowing lagoon off Puerto Rico's northeast coast has gone nearly dark and biologists are trying to find out why.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to put forth more ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions, saying "current pledges are simply inadequate."
Researchers have reconstructed the composition of the Earth's atmosphere of the last 220 million years by analyzing modern and fossil plant resins. The results suggest that atmospheric oxygen was considerably lower in the Earth's geological past than previously assumed.
This is an image of a pahoehoe lava flow on Hawai’i. Pahoehoe is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface.
An Alaska official says the state is looking at taking a multibillion-dollar equity stake in a major natural gas pipeline project as a way to protect its interests and help make the long hoped for project a reality.
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