Every day, about one quadrillion gallons of water are silently pumped from the ground to the treetops. Earth's plant life accomplishes this staggering feat using only sunlight. It takes energy to lift all this liquid, but just how much was an open question until this year.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Riverine floodplains are among the most species-rich ecosystems on earth. Because they form the interface between land and water, they are hotspots of nutrient turnover and biodiversity. Along many rivers, however, numerous floodplains have been cut off from waterways or converted to other uses. At the same time, too many... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-05
Pakistan is experiencing the most devastating and widespread floods in its history, with the country's climate minister saying waters have reached across a third of the nation.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-05
The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica—about the size of Florida—has been an elephant in the room for scientists trying to make global sea level rise predictions.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-05
An international team of researchers found clues that help to explain why the Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted with little to no warning despite the installation of seismic monitors several years prior. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe their study of data surrounding the eruption and... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-05
Cities can have many benefits when designed well, including reducing carbon imprints. Another way cities can improve their environmental impact is by using "low-impact development" with regard to water management. It is also called "green stormwater infrastructure."... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-01
Shale oil exploration has rapidly expanded since the beginning of the 21st century, particularly in North America. Since 2010, the production of marine shale oil has increased at an average rate of more than 25% annually, making the US the global leader in production with total recoverable resources pegged at... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-01
Forests are engaged in a delicate, deadly dance with climate change, sucking carbon dioxide out of the air with billions of leafy straws and hosting abundant biodiversity, as long as climate change, with its droughts, wildfires and ecosystem shifts, doesn't kill them first.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-01
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are phytoplankton colonies that may harm aquatic ecosystem and human health. The fish die-offs, shellfish closures and reluctance among consumers to eat seafood often caused by these blooms costs the U.S. an average of $4.6 billion annually.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-01
Sick of sweltering summer heat? Well, you are in luck, because fall starts Thursday, at least according to meteorologists.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-01
A planet's interior heat comes from two principal sources: leftover energy amassed from collisions between planetesimals during the accretion of the planet and the subsequent decay of radioactive elements embedded within that material.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-01
Earthquakes caused by subducting tectonic plates can be highly destructive events. The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake caused immense damage to population centers in eastern Japan.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-01
A new study from a Florida State University team estimates that sugarcane fires in South Florida emit harmful particulate matter in quantities comparable to motor vehicles and is a factor in mortality rates across the region.... Read more
Published on: 2022-08-31
In the last 50 years, oxygen-deficient zones in the open ocean have increased. Scientists have attributed this development to rising global temperatures: Less oxygen dissolves in warmer water, and the tropical ocean's layers can become more stratified.... Read more
Published on: 2022-08-31
When lightning ignited the bone-dry foothills of the Sierra Nevada last year, forestry crews fanned out across Sequoia National Park to defend an ancient grove of California redwoods from wildfire.... Read more
Published on: 2022-08-31