Major greenhouse gases hit record highs in 2014: report

In 2014 the world's oceans swelled, major greenhouse gases that fuel global warming hit record highs and the planet's surface temperature reached its hottest point in 135 years, international researchers said Thursday.

Radiation safety for sunken-ship archaeology

About 42 miles southwest of San Francisco and 2,600 feet underwater sits the U.S.S. Independence, a bombed-out relic from World War II. The aircraft carrier was a target ship in atomic weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in the ...

NOAA: Warm oceans cause concern of coral bleaching (Update)

Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

Researchers pinpoint massive harmful algal bloom

The bloom that began earlier this year and shut down several shellfish fisheries along the West Coast has grown into the largest and most severe in at least a decade.

Big solar storm smacks Earth, may allow more to see auroras

A severe solar storm slammed Earth on Monday afternoon, increasing the chances of fluctuations in the power grid and GPS. It also pushes shimmering polar auroras to places where more people can possibly see them.

Workers clean up oil spill on California beaches by hand

Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.

Nighttime view of Earth reveals size of urban sprawl

Space-based observations of Earth provide abundant data about our world. Now, thanks to research led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, they can provide powerful information about how urban centers are growing worldwide. ...

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