A dramatic period of global warming 56 million years ago that saw temperatures climb by up to five degrees and triggered extinctions of marine organisms was down to volcanic eruptions, researchers have revealed, in a study they say offers insights into the scale and possible impact of global warming today.
Electric cars and smartphones of the future could be powered by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone after scientists discovered that ancient deposits within them contain huge reservoirs of lithium—a chemical element used to make lithium-ore batteries, supplies of which are increasingly dwindling.
This week, hundreds of copies of the “Environmental Science for Dummies” will be placed at the front door of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Washington, DC headquarters. The book explains concepts such as man-made pollution, sustainability and energy technology—things you’d encounter in an introductory-level…
By all accounts a total solar eclipse is a life-changing event. I wouldn’t know, I’ve never seen one. Fortunately for me and millions across the U.S., that will change this summer.
You’d never know the end of coral reefs was nigh listening to ocean scientist Meaghan Johnson talk about staghorn coral restoration efforts off the coast of Florida.
The fear of climate change-driven, super-powered infectious diseases is real. As the recent viral (haha) New York magazine story on climate change doomsday scenarios articulated:
Arizona civil engineer Mo Ehsani thinks he has the answer to the global coral bleaching crisis — a pipe that delivers cool water to stressed corals.
When was the last time you saw a toad? It’s easy to forget that millions of uncategorized species (many of them tiny) still share the planet with us. The discovery of three new toad species in Nevada is a reminder of the remarkable biodiversity still hiding in nooks and crannies across America—and a forewarning of…
In the six months since President Trump amassed the largest inauguration crowd ever it has often felt like a daily onslaught of disheartening developments when it comes to science.
On Tuesday, Japanese researchers said that coral bleaching—the deadly impact of warming ocean temperatures on coral reefs—has reached the world’s northernmost coral reef in Japan.
As transportation networks expand and urban areas grow, noise from sources such as vehicle engines is spreading into remote places. Human-caused noise has consequences for wildlife, entire ecosystems and people. It reduces the ability to hear natural sounds, which can mean the difference between life and death for…
When it splits off, the Delaware-sized chunk of ice now barely clinging to one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves will become one of the most massive icebergs in recorded history, scientists say.
Climate change is a global problem with extremely local impacts. A major new study illuminates how the effects of climate change will reverberate economically across the United States. Its findings are both a warning of challenges to come and an opportunity to recalibrate how resources are allocated to protect…
Ken Lou became one of Guatemala's youngest inventors at age nine when he invented a fire log from recycled materials.
HAWAII—Mauna Kea soars above Hawaii’s Big Island, a focal point in the island’s geography and in its politics. At nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, the snow-capped summit is the highest point in the Pacific, and the now-dormant volcano is home to much native Hawaiian mythology and history.
As residents of troubled Flint, MI, continue to survive on filters and bottled water, members of another community, just across Lake Michigan in Indiana, are filing a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency over the condition of their own drinking water.
A Houston-based company, Raven Petroleum, plans to build the largest new oil refinery in the United States in 40 years, and they say that they’re going “green.”
To help me appreciate the amount of honey bee semen that Washington State University entomologists collected for the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year, Steve Sheppard scales up.