Abundance of dinosaur footprints discovered in England

Dec 17, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


A rich collection of dinosaur footprints was recently discovered in East Sussex, UK. Containing more than 85 well-preserved footprints, the site is the most diverse and detailed from the Cretaceous period ... Read more

We are reversing a long-term cooling trend

Dec 14, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers have found out that humans are reversing a long-term cooling trend which can be traced back to 50 million years. Alarmingly, this has happened in just two centuries.

Without the reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions, the earth clim... Read more

Hope for the coral reefs

Dec 11, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists found that corals of the Great Barrier Reef responded differently to the high sea water temperatures in 2017 as compared with 2016.

The rate of bleaching in 2017 appeared to be... Read more

Potentially the largest oil and gas reserve found

Dec 10, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


The US Department of the Interior recently announced that they estimate a reserve of 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids as per... Read more

Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming: oceans did not contain enough oxygen

Dec 07, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


During the largest extinction on Earth some 252 million years ago, oceans warmed up, thus increasing the metabolism of marine animals. The warmer ocean water did not hold enough oxygen to accommodate the i... Read more

Sources of polluting ammonia emission identified from space

Dec 06, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have prepared the first world map of atmospheric ammonia by analyzing satellite measurements between 2008-2016. The map shows 241 point sources of ammonia emissions due to human activities like ... Read more

Increasing soil carbon to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement and feed the world

Dec 03, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


As the amount of carbon in soil is double the amount of carbon in trees and plants, the degradation of one third of the world’s soils is of concern, as it limits food production and adds almost 500 g... Read more

Origin of mankind includes the North of Africa

Nov 30, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


In contrast to what has been generally believed until now, the cradle of humankind was not only in East Africa, but also in North Africa.

Scientists have found stone tools in Algeria that... Read more

Cave paintings suggest ancient humans had advanced astronomy knowledge

Nov 30, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


Paleolithic cave paintings from different places around the world lead researchers to an interesting conclusion: our ancestors had advanced knowledge of astronomy.

Many drawings are not sim... Read more

Environmental change drove ancient mammals to extinction, not humans

Nov 26, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Contradicting the generally accepted view that early humans are to blame for mass extinction of big mammals in Africa, new research has revealed that environmental change is likely the culprit. Scientists ... Read more

Auroras help uncover the physics of energy-releasing events in space

Nov 15, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


Auroras are beautiful light shows caused by electrically charged particles falling in Earth’s atmosphere, interacting with the magnetic field and colliding with gases. Scientifically, they are the vi... Read more

Large meteorite crater on Greenland discovered

Nov 15, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Buried beneath Greenland’s ice sheet, in the northwest, is a huge meteorite crater, scientists found. The size of the meteorite must have been around 1 km in diameter, creating a crater with a diamet... Read more

New coral reef islands may form when seawater levels rise

Nov 14, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Rising sea levels might build, rather than destroy coral islands, a new study suggests. Researchers found evidence that Maldives, made up of many coral islands, was formed when sea levels were actually muc... Read more

Last remaining wilderness needs urgent protection

Nov 01, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Researchers have published a survey of how much wilderness is left over on Earth, i.e. that has not been developed for human activities. They report that the world’s wilderness is disappearing fast. ... Read more

Rainforest gets more rain, according to new study

Oct 30, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


A new study based on both satellite images and observations in the field suggests that wet seasons are getting longer in the Amazon rainforest. Rainfall increased significantly from 1979 to 2015, according... Read more

Greening of the Arctic thaws permafrost

Oct 18, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Greening of the Arctic is not only the result of global warming, it has also become a local accelerator. When insulating snow covers the shrubs, it promotes the warming of the ground, thus thawing the perm... Read more

Forests are minor contributors to the mitigation of climate change

Oct 16, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Managing Europe’s forests to maximize carbon sequestration will have only a negligible effect on the global climate, a new study shows. Using computer modeling, it appeared that, for instance, changi... Read more

The chemistry of the oceans is changing

Oct 10, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


The ongoing acidification of oceans has been attributed to vast capacity of the oceans to store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but new research has shown that this cannot be the only culprit. In the S... Read more

Global sea level rise projected to be 50 feet by 2300

Oct 09, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Sea water level will rise by about 8 inches (20 cm) by 2100, and probably by 50 feet (1.5 m) by 2300, a new study reports. These estimations are based on methods that have reconstructed the past, and are t... Read more

Species-rich forests take up twice as much carbon as monocultures

Oct 05, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Subtropical forests with a rich variety of tree species store more than twice as much carbon as monocultures, new research shows. This has been concluded after evaluation of data from forests that had been... Read more