Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050
Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year ...
Scientist uncovers red planet's climate history in unique meteorite
Was Mars—now a cold, dry place—once a warm, wet planet that sustained life? And if so, how long has it been cold and dry?
'Just right' plant growth may make river deltas resilient
Research by Indiana University geologists suggests that an intermediate amount of vegetation—not too little and not too much—is most effective at stabilizing freshwater river deltas.
In ancient fish teeth, a tale of ecological resilience
(Phys.org) —Microscopic fish teeth may carry a message of hope from an ecological upheaval in the distant past, scientists at Yale University and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) have found.
Study finds possible link between Arctic change and extreme mid-latitude weather
Why global warming is taking a break
The average temperature on Earth has barely risen over the past 16 years. ETH researchers have now found out why. And they believe that global warming is likely to continue again soon.
2010 Chilean earthquake causes icequakes in Antarctica
Seismic events aren't rare occurrences on Antarctica, where sections of the frozen desert can experience hundreds of micro-earthquakes an hour due to ice deformation. Some scientists call them icequakes. ...
New mechanism of erosion revealed: Gorges are eradicated by downstream sweep erosion
Local surface uplift can block rivers, particularly in mountainous regions. The impounded water, however, always finds its way downstream, often cutting a narrow gorge into the rocks. Subsequent erosion of ...
Sun's activity influences natural climate change
For the first time, a research team has been able to reconstruct the solar activity at the end of the last ice age, around 20,000-10,000 years ago, by analysing trace elements in ice cores in Greenland and cave formations ...
Still hot inside the Moon: Tidal heating in the deepest part of the lunar mantle
(Phys.org) —An international research team, led by Dr. Yuji Harada from Planetary Science Institute, China University of Geosciences, has found that there is an extremely soft layer deep inside the Moon ...
Burrowing animals may have been key to stabilizing Earth's oxygen
Evolution of the first burrowing animals may have played a major role in stabilizing the Earth's oxygen reservoir, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience.
Scientists uncover combustion mechanism to better predict warming by wildfires
Scientists have uncovered key attributes of so-called "brown carbon" from wildfires, airborne atmospheric particles that may have influenced current climate models that failed to take the material's warming ...
Study of aerosols stands to improve climate models
(Phys.org) —Aerosols, tiny particles in the atmosphere, play a significant role in Earth's climate, scattering and absorbing incoming sunlight and affecting the formation and properties of clouds. Currently, ...