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Fractured Forests Are Endangering Wildlife, Scientists Find

The world's forests are being carved into pieces. In tropical regions, animals are likely to pay a heavy price. From a report: Around the world, humans are fracturing vast forests. Highways snake

Scientists Fed an Ancient Earth Organism Space Metals. It Started 'Dancing'

Scientists have discovered that a single-celled organism, a descendant of some of the earliest living creatures on Earth, is able to colonize a meteorite, growing and synthesizing nutrients. From a

Even 50-Year-Old Climate Models Correctly Predicted Global Warming

sciencehabit writes: Climate change doubters have a favorite target: climate models. They claim that computer simulations conducted decades ago didn't accurately predict current warming, so the public

Climate Change is Forcing One Person From Their Home Every Two Seconds, Oxfam Says

Climate-fueled disasters have forced about 20 million people a year to leave their homes in the past decade -- equivalent to one every two seconds -- according to a new report from Oxfam. From a news

Cracks in the Greenland Ice Sheet Are Producing Massive Waterfalls, Raising Scientists' Concerns For Sea Level Rise

At its peak, one meltwater lake drained the equivalent of an Olympic-size swimming pool every three seconds. From a report: A cerulean lake consisting of glacial meltwater on the surface of the
How Life on Our Planet Made It Through Snowball Earth

How Life on Our Planet Made It Through Snowball Earth

Rusty rocks left over from some of our planet’s most extreme ice ages hint at oases for survival beneath the freeze.
How Life on Our Planet Made It Through Snowball Earth

How Life on Our Planet Made It Through Snowball Earth

Rusty rocks left over from some of our planet’s most extreme ice ages hint at oases for survival beneath the freeze.
220 Pounds of Trash Discovered in Dead Sperm Whale's Stomach

220 Pounds of Trash Discovered in Dead Sperm Whale's Stomach

A whale that washed up on the shores of a Scottish island last week was discovered to have 220 pounds of trash in its stomach.

Can We Save Coral Reefs Using Underwater Loudspeakers?

"The desperate search for ways to help the world's coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions," reports the Washington Post. There's

Earth is Getting Windier -- Which Helps Wind Turbines Generate More Green Energy

"The world is getting windier," reports WBUR, citing a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. And they add that this could actually be a boon to wind farm operators, "since faster

With Suction Cups and Lots of Luck, Scientists Measure Blue Whale's Heart Rate

Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and

The World May Already Have Crossed a Series of Climate Tipping Points

The world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points, according to a stark warning from scientists. This risk is "an existential threat to civilization," they say, meaning "we are in

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Still Rising, UN Report Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Greenhouse gas emissions have risen steadily for the past decade despite the current and future threat posed by climate change, according to a new United

India's Ominous Future: Too Little Water, or Far Too Much

Throughout India, the number of days with very heavy rains has increased over the last century. At the same time, the dry spells between storms have gotten longer. Showers that reliably penetrate the

Why 536 Was 'the Worst Year To Be Alive'

Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: "536." Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50
Hear the Earth’s magnetic field sing as it is bombarded by a solar storm

Hear the Earth’s magnetic field sing as it is bombarded by a solar storm

Researchers have captured the eerie sounds of our planet being bombarded by the sun, by recording the sound of a solar storm colliding with the Earth's magnetic field.

One-Third of Tropical African Plant Species at Risk of Extinction

A third of plant species in tropical Africa are threatened with extinction, a new study suggests. Plants are crucial to many ecosystems and life in general, providing food and oxygen, as well as being

Oxford Dictionaries Declares 'Climate Emergency' the Word of 2019

Oxford Dictionaries has declared "climate emergency" the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a "greater immediacy" in the way we talk about

Vertebrates Became Predators By Tweaking the Neural Crest

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Caltech scientists have discovered that a population of embryonic stem cells called neural crest cells may help explain how vertebrates progressively
David Attenborough on the Variety and Resiliency of Nature

David Attenborough on the Variety and Resiliency of Nature

Carolyn Kormann writes about Sir David Attenborough, the ninety-three-year-old British naturalist and the host of “Life on Earth,” “Blue Planet,” and other nature-focussed programming.