30 years of above-average temperatures means the climate has changed
If you're younger than 30, you've never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average.
Climate science literacy unrelated to public acceptance of human-caused global warming
Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific evidence on global warming. Indeed, members of the public who score the highest on a climate-science ...
Felling of tropical trees has soared, satellite shows, not slowed as UN study found
The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of ...
Technology changing the climate debate
This year could well go down in history as the moment when technology transformed the debate about climate change.
Fresh nuclear leak detected at Fukushima plant
Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water to the sea, the plant's operator announced Sunday, highlighting difficulties in decommissioning the crippled plant.
World's challenges demand science changes—and fast, experts say
World's challenges demand science changes - and fast, experts say. The world has little use - and precious little time—for detached experts.
Antarctica: Mystery continent holds key to mankind's future
Earth's past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents.
Climate-warmed leaves change lake ecosystems, study finds
Rising soil temperatures significantly affect autumn leaves and consequently the food web, appearance and biochemical makeup of the lakes and ponds those leaves fall into, a Dartmouth College-led study finds.
Scientists discover bacteria in marine sponges harvest phosphorus for the reef community
Did you ever wonder why the water is so clear around coral reefs? Scientists have known for years that sponges can filter water and gather nutrients from the ocean, making it appear crystal clear. For the ...
UN climate panel head steps down amid sex claims
The head of the UN's climate science panel, Rajendra Pachauri, has stepped down, the body announced Tuesday, amid claims that he sexually harassed a subordinate.
Via laser into the past of the oceans
Next to global warming, ocean acidification is currently considered as the second major carbon dioxide problem. With the increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere larger quantities of the gas are getting into the ...
Fears over plastic-eating coral in Australia's Barrier Reef
Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are eating small plastic debris in the ocean, Australian researchers said on Tuesday, raising fears about the impact the indigestible fragments have on their health and other ...
Long-term nitrogen fertilizer use disrupts plant-microbe mutualisms
When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes - the plants they normally serve, researchers report in a new ...
Imaging technique reconstructs 120 years of seasonal changes in ocean acidification
University of Maine marine scientist Bob Steneck is part of an international team that has unlocked an underwater time capsule in the North Pacific that has been monitoring the climate for centuries.