Archive | December, 2016

US and Canada Move to Protect Huge Area from Offshore Drilling

28 Dec

Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau recently announced plans to indefinitely protect shoreline in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from new offshore drilling initiatives.

Both Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau recently announced plans to indefinitely protect massive amounts of shoreline in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from new offshore oil and gas drilling initiatives. While neither measure will end drilling projects already in motion, they will prevent any new drilling indefinitely. Obama’s plan is based on a little-known law […]

Is Campi Flegrei Ready to Blow?

23 Dec

A recent study has noted that the area around Campi Flegrei, a supervolcano in Italy, is showing signs of increased pressure, which could mean an eruption.

Some areas of the world just can’t catch a break. While scientists are by no means certain of the eventual outcome, a recent study has noted that the area around Campi Flegrei (“burning fields”), a supervolcano in Italy, is showing signs of increased pressure, which could mean an eruption. And by “eruption,” we’re talking a […]

Researchers Reinvent Sawdust As an Oil Spill Cleanup Tool

21 Dec

Scientists have reinvented sawdust as an oil spill cleanup tool.

As long as we continue to rely on oil for fuel, we’re going to have to deal with oil spills. While there are several ways to clean up oil spills, they were designed for use in warm water, not the cold and sometimes rough seas of far northern latitudes. But scientists working for the Pacific […]

It’s Now Virtually Certain: Climate Change Is Causing Glacier Retreat

19 Dec

It's now become certain that climate change is causing glacier retreat.

The retreat of glaciers around the world has long been heralded as a definitive symbol of the effects of human activity on the global climate. However, due to a great deal of variability between glaciers, it’s been hard to actually pin that retreat on global climate change. Even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was […]

Atlantic Killfish Evolved Resistance to Pollution

16 Dec

The Atlantic killfish evolved to be resistant to pollution.

Atlantic killifish are small fish found along the East Coast, especially in estuaries where they often face high pollution levels. You’d be forgiven for not having heard of them, since they don’t have any commercial value, but they do form an important part of food webs and are eaten by a wide variety of other […]

Global Warming Will Cause More Extreme Rainfall

14 Dec

Global climate change will likely cause more extreme rainfall events.

Thanks to global climate change, we’re likely to see a huge increase in the number and intensity of extreme rainfall events by the middle of the 21st century. Extreme rainfall events cause flash floods and other problems for local infrastructure, and can be quite harmful for agriculture as well. As the global temperature increases, more […]

Seabird Guano Contributes to Arctic Clouds

12 Dec

Seabird guano contributes to Arctic cloud cover.

The melting of Arctic ice has many effects on the planet, once of which has been less cloud cover in the Arctic. This creates a vicious cycle, because less cloud cover means that more sunlight gets through to the ice, which makes the ice melt faster. In order for clouds to form, there need to […]

Pokémon Go Could Be a Tool for Wildlife Conservation

9 Dec

Pokémon Go could be a way to get people interested in wildlife conservation.

Could Pokémon Go be a useful tool for conservation? A team of researchers form the University of Oxford think that it might offer some interesting new ways to think about getting people to care about natural history. Study author Leejiah Dorward, a doctoral candidate at Oxford University, says, “When Pokémon Go first came out, one […]

Forest Service Reports Over 100 Million Dead Trees in California

7 Dec

There are now more than 100 million dead trees in California, due in large part to drought.

California now has 102 million dead trees, a number that increased 62 million just in 2016 alone, according to the U.S. Forest Service. This is because the state has been in a severe drought for the last five years, with some parts of California not having seen rain in over 95 days. There has also […]

The Global Warming Hiatus Was Nothing of the Sort

5 Dec

The global warming hiatus was nothing of the sort.

Between 1998 and 2013, the global average surface temperature, one of several measurements used to gauge how much the Earth has warmed, grew more slowly than we expected. That has had scientists asking a lot of questions. The period has become known as the global warming hiatus. This is an inaccurate name for what a […]