Ancient bones burried in water : to which humans did they belong?

Jun 12, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

New DNA technology has shed light on the origin of ancient bones burried in water in western Finland. The DNA shows that the ancient people living here 300 – 700 AD were Sami people, who nowadays live far away ... Read more

How Moon helped bring water to Earth

May 27, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Earth is a pretty unique planet in our solar system since it is the only one with a large amount of water and also a relatively large moon. Now researchers claim that water came to earth due to formation o... Read more

24% of West Antarctic ice has become unstable

May 17, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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In only 25 years, ice thinning has spread across West Antarctica so rapidly that now 24% of its glacier ice has become unstable, a new study found.

By analysing satellite images taken betwe... Read more

Plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help us breathe

May 15, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Plastic pollution in the oceans has been found not only to harm fish and marine mammals, but also the tiniest of organisms, bacteria.

In particular, chemicals leaching from plastics reduce ... Read more

Climate change triggering growth in old trees

May 10, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Larch trees, the northernmost tree species on Earth have grown more between 2005 and 2014 as compared to the previous 40 years and scientists put this on climate change.

Further, it has be... Read more

Human influence on global droughts goes back a century

May 02, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

NASA reports that human-generated greenhouse gases increased global drought risk already 100 years ago.

The study used observational data such as precipitation, and historical data reconstructed from ... Read more

Extinct human species tens of thousands of years ago already on the roof of the world

May 02, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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More than 160,000 years ago, people lived on the Tibetan plateau. This is evident from the discovery of a mandible of the extinct human species, known as Denisovans.

So far, fragments of th... Read more

Warm oceans could induce microbes to release more CO2 in air

May 01, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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The oceans absorb more than 25% of the CO2 release by humans and are considered as a powerful break on the greenhouse effect. However, this might change due to rising ocean temperatures due to global warmi... Read more

Global warming: half of world heritage glaciers could have disappeared by 2100

May 01, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Results of the first-ever global study of World Heritage glaciers indicate that under the current emission regime of greenhouse gases, almost half of the iconic glaciers in mountainous regions worldwide wi... Read more

Want a stable society? Keep the beer flowing

Apr 22, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Archeologists are studying the Wari culture which lasted for 500 years from 600-11100 AD and this is a pretty long time for an empire to stay intact. A recently published study argues that one important fa... Read more

Hurricane Maria: Blame climate change

Apr 17, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Hurricane Maria released more rain on Puerto Rico than any recorded 129 storms that have hit the island since 1956. Now, new research finds that this is mostly due to the human caused climate warming. Read more

New early human species found in the Philippines

Apr 11, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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An international team of researchers have found the remains of a new early human species on Luzon Island in the Philippines. The new species has been named Homo luzonensis.

The fossils that... Read more

Alps could lose 90% of ice by 2100

Apr 10, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers from Switzerland indicate that between 2017 and 2050, 50% of the glacier volume will completely disappear. The sad part is, this will occur independently whether we cut our green house gas emis... Read more

Unprecedented changes in the Arctic with far-reaching consequences

Apr 08, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Climate change in the Arctic is unfolding at such a fast pace, that it is changing to an area completely different from the Arctic as seen in the 20th century, a new study shows.

Data colle... Read more

Reintroducing top predators: does it bring back historic ecosystems?

Apr 04, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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While it is generally believed that reintroducing top predators such as wolves brings an ecosystem back to natural conditions, this might not be necessarily the case. Indeed, the reintroduction of wolves i... Read more

Zipping through pristine air tells us how bad pollution is

Apr 02, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers analyzed air samples captured over the Amazon rainforest and the city of Manaus by the Gulfsteam-1 research aircraft and the picture revealed the startling effect of man-made pollution on the a... Read more

Restauration of forests to meet climate goals

Apr 02, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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A new study, published as a commentary in Nature, shows that international plans to restore forests to limit global warming are flawed.

The reason is that many policy makers do not promote ... Read more

Climate change could expose a billion new people to Dengue fever

Mar 29, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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A new study that investigates temperature changes on a monthly basis worldwide indicates that at least a billion new people could be exposed to disease carrying mosquitoes by he end of this century due to ... Read more

Tropical deforestation linked to consumption in the EU

Mar 28, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Two new studies have revealed that food consumption in the EU can be directly linked to tropical deforestation.

More than half of the deforestation can be attributed to the production of fo... Read more

Trees might be important for the future of our cities

Mar 26, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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While one tree provides shadow and a little relief from high temperatures in the future, a new study suggests that to obtain a profound cooling effect would require small groups of trees, or even a small f... Read more