Research links extreme summer heat events to global warming
(Phys.org) -- A new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century. The research ...
Researchers discover evidence in bones that shows ancient sloths returned to the sea
Growth of cities endangers global environment
The explosive growth of cities worldwide over the next two decades poses significant risks to people and the global environment, according to a meta-analysis published today in Plos One.
Earth's past, made visible
New visualizations of the Earth from space provide a unique image of how the Earth has changed over the past 750 million years.
Will changes in climate wipe out mammals in Arctic and sub-Arctic areas?
The climate changes depicted by climatologists up to the year 2080 will benefit most mammals that live in northern Europe's Arctic and sub-Arctic land areas today if they are able to reach their new climatic ...
New soil moisture sensor tracks drought conditions in Arizona, Mexico
Soil moisture measurements are needed to improve our understanding of water availability in rural and urban areas. Adam Schreiner-McGraw, an Arizona State University graduate student studying hydrology, has ...
Cities can spawn more thunderstorms, study says
Here's a potential jolt to urbanites: Some big cities, particularly those located in hot and humid environments, actually birth more thunderstorms than surrounding rural areas.
Climate change generates more Arctic tundra vegetation
Researchers in Finland have discovered that climate change has impacted various regions of the Arctic tundra by helping increase the levels of vegetation. Their data suggest that this rise could potentially ...
Future droughts worse than expected
A new study is helping astrobiologists understand how climate change may shape the future of life on Earth.
Intensive farming with a climate-friendly touch: Farming/woodland mix increases yields
In the world of agriculture, climate protection and intensive farming are generally assumed to be a contradiction in terms. At Technische Universität München, however, scientists have come up with a new ...
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory and the Mystery of the Missing Sinks
(PhysOrg.com) -- Picture a tree in the forest. The tree "inhales" carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, transforming that greenhouse gas into the building materials and energy it needs to grow its branches and ...
World's protected areas not protecting biodiversity, researchers say
Habitat loss is a primary driver of biodiversity loss – so it isn't surprising that optimising the amount of protected land is high on policy-makers' priorities. However, according to research to be published in the Open ...
Huge public lands bill gets final congressional approval
The House of Representatives on Wednesday gave long-awaited final approval to a massive public lands package designed to protect wilderness, restore rivers and expand national parks.
Study: Forested riparian zones important to nitrogen control, stream health
Human activities from agriculture to fossil fuel consumption have resulted in high levels of nitrates in many streams and rivers; now a new study suggests that nurturing riparian zone forests may be a key in maintaining healthy ...