Russia battles to contain Black Sea oil spill
A Russian Black Sea city declared a state of emergency Thursday after a burst pipeline spewed oil into the landlocked water body, with stormy weather hampering cleanup efforts.
Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google
Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
Study finds way to conserve soil and water in world's driest wheat region
In the world's driest rainfed wheat region, Washington State University researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, ...
Global warming cynics unmoved by extreme weather
What will it take to convince skeptics of global warming that the phenomenon is real? Surely, many scientists believe, enough droughts, floods and heat waves will begin to change minds.
New imaging technique leads to better understanding of freezing in plants
Using a new technique to study an old problem, an Agricultural Research Service scientist in North Carolina has uncovered new details about what happens to a cereal plant when it freezes.
Simulations show Eurasia more than twice as likely to have harsh winters due to sea ice melting
Climate change alters cast of winter birds
Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America's backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate.
Feds: Don't expect winter to be polar vortex redux
(AP)—Federal forecasters don't expect a return of frequent cold blasts from the polar vortex this winter. Nor should the weather system that blocked rain from California last winter come back.
Study of electrons in space could help weather forecasting
Researchers have discovered a formerly undetected impact of space weather on the polar atmosphere, which may explain some previously unexplained variations in winter weather patterns. Their results, published today (Tuesday ...
Tour of Beijing stage slashed over air pollution
Heavy air pollution forced Tour of Beijing organisers to slash the cycle race's second stage by about a quarter on Saturday following complaints from riders.
Is the sun at solar minimum?
We generally think of the Sun as a constant in our lives. It rises and sets regularly, and seems to be an unchanging sphere of brilliant light. In fact the Sun has a turbulent surface with prominences that ...
Gender equality leads to more Olympic medals for men and women
Gender equality boosts a country's Olympic medal count for both women and men, shows a new study from the University of British Columbia.
Climate change appears a mixed bag for a common frog
Scientists have found amphibians worldwide are breeding earlier due to climate change, but how that affects species is just now being answered.
Cool end to summer doesn't lead to early winter
(Phys.org) —Does a colder fall mean a harsher winter? A Kansas State University climatologist says not necessarily.