Scientists in Iceland accidentally drilled into magma in 2009, which led to an experiment of harnessing magma for energy. The output of the magma was weak, only generating a fraction of what coal power produces, but it was a unique first step: scientists have only drilled into magma once before, in Hawaii in 2007.
Climate change is decimating the population of penguin chicks from the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins, not just indirectly by making their food resources scarcer, but directly from rainstorms and heat.
Stanford scientists were able to engineer an environmentally friendlier way to acquire hydrogen gas. If the technique is applied on a larger scale, it could help avoid releasing carbon into the atmosphere.
Since there were major earthquakes along the Mississippi River 200 years ago, scientists have debated whether subsequent tremors were aftershocks, or tension building up. Now, a new study suggests there's a risk of another earthquake, though it can't predict when it will happen.
Polar bears in the Hudson Bay are increasingly eating land-based foods as Arctic ice shrinks. Traditionally relying on a diet of blubbery seals, polar bears are unable to hunt the animals as frequently, as they're forced to spend more time on land and less on sea ice. By consuming animals like snow geese and vegetables like mushrooms, polar be...
A group of New York University scientists studied over three decades of atmospheric data to conclude that the climate change in Antarctica is influenced by the gradual warming of the North and Tropical Atlantic Ocean.
Governments around the world may have to take steps to extract greenhouses gases from the air in order to avoid increasing global temperatures by two degrees Celsius. Taking these steps would slow the impacts of climate change such as global warming, flooding, and drought, according to the United Nations.
The smog in Beijing is so bad this winter that the sunrise, completely obscured from sight, is being shown on LED screens in Tiananmen Square. PM 2.5 pollution levels hit as high as 671 yesterday morning, which is roughly 25 times as dangerous as what the World Health Organization considers safe. The mayor of Beijing has proposed a number of measures to reduce coal use and air pollution.
A study by Oxford University Scientists found that spider webs are coated with electrically conductive glue that help spiders catch nearly everything from pollen and pollutants to flying insects in their web, giving hope that they might help us solve pollution problems in the future
In 2013, climate change took a severe toll on the U.S., according to the National Climatic Data Center's annual report: it was the 4th warmest year on record, and saw over $1 billion in climate disaster-related damages.
After finding a reversal of competitive dominance among species of algae in the temperate coastal waters of the northeast Pacific Ocean, researchers believe that global climate change is the direct cause of increased ocean acidification which in turn has altered marine biodiversity.