Yet another victim of rising sea-levels - the internet

Aug 20, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Much of the infrastructure responsible for the fast internet of today in the US is due to the thousands of miles of buried fibre optic cable in the coastal regions. However, this critical communication infras... Read more

Melting of the West-Antarctic ice sheet depends on deep ocean temperature

Aug 13, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists have found that the temperature in the deep ocean is much more variable than previously thought, and shows a cycle of warming and cooling over the 16 years observation period. This cycle was found ... Read more

Melting ice provides oceans with precious silica nutrients

Aug 12, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Silica is needed by a group of microscopic marine algae called diatoms, who use it to build their glassy cell walls. But where do these essential silica nutrients come from? A new study suggests that glacial ... Read more

Where the mysterious builders of Stonehenge came from?

Aug 03, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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About five thousand years ago, the builders of the mysterious Stonehenge monument buried cremated bodies near Amesbury, U.K. Now, archeologists are investigating this ancient burial site and they think that n... Read more

Deadly heat waves could hit China hard by the end of the century

Aug 02, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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China holds one of the biggest density of people on Earth, but soon it could become less hospitable due to climate change. A recent study shows that the risk of deadly heat waves is significantly increased be... Read more

Almost no more marine wilderness

Jul 27, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Only 13% of the world’s oceans can be considered untouched by human activities, a new study indicates. These "natural" oceans are the Arctic and Antarctic oceans, and the seas around remote is... Read more

Global biodiversity collapse expected

Jul 26, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists warn that urgent action is required to halt species loss in the tropics to save biodiversity on Earth. While the tropics cover 40% of our planet, and encompass four important ecosystems (tropical f... Read more

Sahara dust may not be pleasant, but it is killing storms

Jul 22, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Sahara provides a huge amount of dust (2 to 9 trillion pounds) that is blown by winds all over the world. Now, a new study suggests that the dust creates a temperature inversion which in turn tends to prevent... Read more

Measuring the carbon cycle from space is necessary to better predict climate changes

Jul 17, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Monitoring the carbon cycle from space will not only provide us with vital information about the effects of greenhouse gas emission on climate, but also with insight in how climate events, such as El Nino, in... Read more

A quadrillion tones of diamonds are hidden deep in Earth’s interior

Jul 16, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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According to a new study, over a quadrillion tones (1016) of diamond may be buried more than 100 miles below the surface of the Earth. The diamonds are scattered within cratonic roots — the oldest and m... Read more

Scientists find way to predict wildfires months in advance

Jul 14, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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A recent study describes a new approach to predict fire risk related to climate changes several months before the fire season. The researchers used variables such as temperature and rain to predict the extens... Read more

Fern genome sequenced, showing potential for agriculture and carbon dioxide reduction

Jul 12, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists have determined what the genome looks like of a tiny fern, Azolla filiculoides. It is an ancient plant, thought to have fixed trillions of tons of carbon dioxide fifteen million years ago and by do... Read more

The rise and fall of oxygen levels on early Earth

Jul 10, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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What can nitrogen isotopes and selenium in ancient rocks that were once at the bottom of the sea tell us about oxygen levels on early Earth? For one thing, they show that oxygen levels were not stable in the ... Read more

Rising sea levels due to global warm could cost us $14 trillion a year in 2100

Jul 04, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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A study led by the UK National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) found that rising sea levels will impact heavily on global economy. The study warns that if we fail to limit global warming to 2 degrees C, the goal o... Read more

Archived television footage used to detect climate change impact on trees

Jul 03, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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I always enjoy a good cycling race, but I never imagined videos of such competitions could be used to investigate climate changes. This is exactly what a team of scientists did by analyzing video footage from... Read more

An alternate solution to 'Gaia puzzle'

Jul 02, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Scientists have long questioned why the conditions on Earth remained stable enough for life to evolve for billions of years. The 'Gaia hypothesis' proposed that living things interacted with inorganic process... Read more

Marine anoxia caused the mass extinction of Earth’s first animals

Jun 27, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists have established that the first wave of mass extinction on our planet, marking the Ediacaran – Cambrian transition more than 500 million years ago, has been caused by a lack of oxygen in the ... Read more

Converting plant waste into sustainable products

Jun 27, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists have discovered a new group of enzymes that act on lignin, one of the main components of plants and playing a central role in the distribution of water throughout the plant. Lignin is hard to diges... Read more

Removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by “electrogeochemistry”

Jun 26, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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To meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreements and keep global warming below 2 °C by the end of this century, it is not only necessary to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It is equally impo... Read more

West Antarctica on the rise

Jun 25, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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With the ice layer thinning, the bedrock below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising, and it does so surprisingly fast, with up to 41 mm per year. The fast rise indicates that the Earth Mantle is extremely f... Read more