NASA Mission Investigates Greenland Glacial Melt From the Air

20 Feb

NASA is studying Greenland glacial melt from above.

Greenland’s coastal glaciers are melting, faster than normal, and that has a lot of climate scientists concerned. But until recently, it was hard to know the extent of that melting because researchers simply didn’t have a lot of data about those glaciers. They didn’t even have that much data on the geography of Greenland under […]

The Cloud Is Pushing Data Centers Toward Energy Efficiency

17 Feb

The cloud is pushing data centers toward energy efficiency.

Cloud-based software services have transformed lives and business workflows all across the world. Although the impact on individuals is easily seen by the sheer number of people who use file sharing services and cloud-based software applications, the impacts on data centers and other businesses can be less obvious. But for those in the know, such […]

New Shrimp Species Discovered In Mariana Trench

15 Feb

The stylodactylid shrimp was recently captured live on video deep within the Mariana Trench.

The Mariana Trench is one of the deepest parts of the ocean. As such, it is extremely difficult to explore. However, researchers have taken on the challenge of enabling exploration through the use of remote-operated vehicles such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Deep Discoverer. Some of their discoveries include a vast array […]

Ocean Acidification Helps Microscopic Shell Formation

13 Feb

Ocean acidification could actually be helping foraminifera and other shelled microorganisms, but at what cost?

Although we’ve only been talking about ocean acidification for a relatively short period of time, the acidity of the ocean has increased by 30 percent since 1750. Many creatures are having difficulty adapting to increased ocean acidification, especially coral and shellfish because they use lime to build their shells. In more acidic water, lime dissolves […]

Aquatic Invasive Species Are An Increasing Concern

10 Feb

Aquatic invasive species like this Chinese mitten crab are transmitted by ships' ballast waters and cause damage to fisheries and aquaculture in the northeastern Atlantic.

We are quite familiar with invasive species on land: plants like milfoil and lupines, for example, take over fields and ponds and cause changes that lead to the extinction of local species. However, since the 1980s, it has also been recognized that there are numerous aquatic species transmitted far from their original homes via ships’ […]

Researchers Use Robots to Replicate Plankton Swarms

8 Feb

Researchers have created grapefruit-sized robots that help them track the behavior of plankton in the sea.

Plankton are tiny aquatic creatures which form the basis of many of the food webs found in the world’s oceans. Each smaller than a grain of rice, they band together in huge swarms that sometimes manifest on the surface as “red tides.” But for the most part, they actually live under the ocean’s surface, where […]

Climate Change Likely Caused Megafauna Extinctions

6 Feb

Climate change, not human activity, was the likely culprit for megafauna extinctions.

While the current changes in the global climate are being caused by human activity, this isn’t the first time that the Earth’s climate has changed in dramatic ways. There have been numerous climactic shifts in Earth’s history, and they have been one of the leading causes of animal and plant extinction, and will likely continue […]

CERAWeek to Gather Energy Experts for a Glimpse into the Future

3 Feb

CERAweek will gather energy experts for a glimpse into the future.

Four years ago, Marc Lipschultz, co-founder of Owl Rock Capital Partners LP, predicted that the rapidly changing energy market was poised to have a huge impact on not just business, but the world at large. “We’re talking about the opportunity to reconfigure the whole industrial complex,” he told Super Return TV. This year, changes in […]

Researchers Use NASA Imaging to Help Chimpanzees

1 Feb

Images from NASA satellites are helping to save chimpanzees.

Although many people immediately think of space travel when they hear about NASA, the organization has done a lot of excellent research that has been used by others to explore climate change and other ecological changes. Take, for example, the agency’s ability to visualize climate zones, plant cover, and habitats from its satellites in the […]

Ex-National Park Employee Incites “Climate Facts” Twitter Rebellion

30 Jan

These are some of the tweets from Badlands National Park's account. They were quickly deleted, but the internet is forever.

There has been a lot of talk about government social media accounts and the current administration. The issues apparently began when the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service retweeted a photo comparing the audience of President Obama’s inauguration ceremony with the audience of the current president’s inauguration ceremony. In response to that, and the […]