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Coal formation linked to assembly of supercontinent Pangea

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 13:30
The same geologic forces that stitched the supercontinent Pangea together also helped form the ancient coal beds that powered the Industrial Revolution, report researchers.

How a 2°C rise means even higher temperatures where we live

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 13:15
New research has quantified the change in regional extremes in a world where global average temperatures have risen by two degrees Celsius.

How a 2°C rise means even higher temperatures where we live

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 13:15
New research has quantified the change in regional extremes in a world where global average temperatures have risen by two degrees Celsius.

Water supplies in Tibet set to increase in the future

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:37
The Tibetan Plateau has long been seen as a “hotspot” for international environmental research, and there have been fears that water supplies in the major Asian rivers would drastically decline in the near future. However, new research now shows that water supplies will be stable and may even increase in the coming decades.

Water supplies in Tibet set to increase in the future

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:37
The Tibetan Plateau has long been seen as a “hotspot” for international environmental research, and there have been fears that water supplies in the major Asian rivers would drastically decline in the near future. However, new research now shows that water supplies will be stable and may even increase in the coming decades.

Assessing the impact of human-induced climate change

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:17
A new method is being applied to determine whether specific climate impacts can be traced to human-caused emissions. The past century has seen a 0.8°C (1.4°F) increase in average global temperature, and the overwhelming source of this increase has been emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from human activities, they say.

Assessing the impact of human-induced climate change

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:17
A new method is being applied to determine whether specific climate impacts can be traced to human-caused emissions. The past century has seen a 0.8°C (1.4°F) increase in average global temperature, and the overwhelming source of this increase has been emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from human activities, they say.

Winter weather walking: How to safely get around in snow, ice

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:13
Winter precipitation can bring an increased risk for slips and falls on the ice and snow. An expert recommends some simple steps to minimize fall risk.

Winter weather walking: How to safely get around in snow, ice

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:13
Winter precipitation can bring an increased risk for slips and falls on the ice and snow. An expert recommends some simple steps to minimize fall risk.

Living fossils and rare corals revealed

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:25
A team of researchers has published their analysis of data, specimens, photographs and video footage collected in 2009, when they sent a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to a depth of 800 meters (2,625 ft) at Osprey Reef off the far-northern coast of eastern Australia.

Living fossils and rare corals revealed

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:25
A team of researchers has published their analysis of data, specimens, photographs and video footage collected in 2009, when they sent a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to a depth of 800 meters (2,625 ft) at Osprey Reef off the far-northern coast of eastern Australia.

Early agriculture staved off global cooling, mounting evidence suggests

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:17
Early human agriculture cancelled natural cooling of Earth's climate, new ice core data and other evidence confirm. Earth naturally cycles between cool glacial periods and warmer interglacial periods because of variations in its orbit around the sun. We currently are in an interglacial period, called the Holocene epoch, which began nearly 12,000 years ago.

Early agriculture staved off global cooling, mounting evidence suggests

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:17
Early human agriculture cancelled natural cooling of Earth's climate, new ice core data and other evidence confirm. Earth naturally cycles between cool glacial periods and warmer interglacial periods because of variations in its orbit around the sun. We currently are in an interglacial period, called the Holocene epoch, which began nearly 12,000 years ago.

Nearing the limits of life on Earth

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:17
Scientists are looking for life in an area of Antarctica that is thought to be the place on Earth that most closely resembles the permafrost found in the northern polar region of Mars, at the Phoenix landing site. The scientists failed to find any active microbes, suggesting it will be unlikely and difficult to detect similar activity on Mars.

Nearing the limits of life on Earth

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:17
Scientists are looking for life in an area of Antarctica that is thought to be the place on Earth that most closely resembles the permafrost found in the northern polar region of Mars, at the Phoenix landing site. The scientists failed to find any active microbes, suggesting it will be unlikely and difficult to detect similar activity on Mars.

Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of 'Snowball Earth'

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:44
Around 720-640 million years ago, much of the Earth's surface was covered in ice during a glaciation that lasted millions of years. Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of this 'Snowball Earth,' according to new research.

Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of 'Snowball Earth'

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:44
Around 720-640 million years ago, much of the Earth's surface was covered in ice during a glaciation that lasted millions of years. Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of this 'Snowball Earth,' according to new research.

Mountain climbing more dangerous due to climate change

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 07:53
Climate change increases the danger of falling rocks in the Alps and other mountain regions, adding to existing risks for mountain climbers.

Mountain climbing more dangerous due to climate change

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 07:53
Climate change increases the danger of falling rocks in the Alps and other mountain regions, adding to existing risks for mountain climbers.

Study finds high melt rates on Antarctica's most stable ice shelf

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 15:30
A new study measured a melt rate that is 25 times higher than expected on one part of the Ross Ice Shelf. The study suggests that high, localized melt rates such as this one on Antarctica's largest and most stable ice shelf are normal and keep Antarctica's ice sheets in balance.

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