Hurricane Maria: Blame climate change

Apr 17, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Climate change threatens waterbirds in the American west

Mar 19, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A clear link has been found between increasing temperatures, and decreasing number of migrating and breeding waterbirds in the Great Basin in the American west.

With increasing temperatures... Read more

Ancient DNA analysis reveals early human history of Spain and Portugal

Mar 15, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


The analysis of the DNA of the remains of ancient inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) shows an influx of Russian men around 4,500 BC.

They came from a steppe region no... Read more

Virtual simulations help understand how ichthyosaurs swam

Mar 06, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


The ichthyosaurs, sea monsters of the Mesozoic era, changed their body shape during evolution in order to swim more efficiently. To better understand how this happened, a team of scientists used computer s... Read more

Tiny Tyrannosaur discovered, the earliest in North America

Feb 22, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


In what is now Utah, scientists have found the fossil remains of a small tyrannosaur who lived about 96 million years ago.

This new species, named Moros intrepidus, was up to four feet tall... Read more

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs triggered one million years of volcanic eruptions

Feb 22, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


New data, just released by scientists, suggests that an asteroid impact 66 million years ago reignited massive volcanic eruptions in India. At a geological scale, the two events are almost simultaneous and... Read more

Black carbon in the Arctic mostly coming from fossil fuel combustion

Feb 21, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A study in the Arctic of Canada, Sweden, Norway and Russia has show that 60% of the annual black carbon disposition is derived from fossil fuel combustion.

Biomass burning, like wildfires, ... Read more

Quarrying of Stonehenge bluestones dated to 3000 BC

Feb 20, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


While it was already known that two quarryies in Wales were the origin of the Stonehenge bluestones, now scientists have discovered the exact location of the quarries, and could date these to 3000 BC.
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Artificial leaves to grab more CO2

Feb 14, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Artificial leaves work in the lab by mimicking how natural leaves work, they use water and CO2 from air to produce carbohydrates in the presence of sunlight. But there was one major drawback. These artific... Read more

Making climate change visible with climate mapping

Feb 13, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Climate mapping shows that climates of North American cities will change dramatically in essentially one generation, such that New York will have the current climate of northern Arkansas, and Washington DC... Read more

2018 fourth warmest year in continued warming trend

Feb 07, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Earth’s global temperature in 2018 was the fourth warmest since 1880, according to NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Global temperatures were 1.5 degrees ... Read more