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lava
Volcano-Powered Electricity: Scientists In Iceland Accidentally Drill Into Magma, Revealing Potential To Generate Power
Jan 30, 2014 15:31 PM E
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.
Magellanic penguin chick
Magellanic Penguins Of Argentina Threatened By Climate Change: Scientists Predict We Will Soon See 'Years Where Almost No Chicks Survive'
Jan 29, 2014 16:06 PM E
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.
water
New Environmentally-Friendly Technique Could Revolutionize How We Extract Hydrogen Gas From Water
Jan 26, 2014 19:27 PM E
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.
New Madrid Seismic Zone
Activity In New Madrid Seismic Zone Suggests A Midwest Earthquake Could Happen
Jan 26, 2014 14:26 PM E
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 bear
Polar Bears Forced To Hunt On Land For New Prey As Arctic Ice Shrinks
Jan 24, 2014 17:39 PM E
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...
Virtual Earthquake Model
Los Angeles Earthquake Will Be Bigger Than Expected: Scientists Predict Huge San Andreas Fault Quake Using Virtual Modelling [VIDEO]
Jan 23, 2014 14:25 PM E
Using virtual modelling, scientists at Stanford University are predicting that there will be a larger-than-expected earthquake in Los Angeles in the near future.
Anarctic Peninsula
Climate Change In Antarctica? Blame The Atlantic Ocean’s Warming Waters
Jan 22, 2014 13:09 PM E
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.
Lake Tahoe
As California Drought Gets Worse, Governor Declares Emergency And A Submerged Ghost Towns Rises From A Lake
Jan 20, 2014 17:48 PM E
The drought in California has gone on so long that government officials, farmers, and even clergy are now more worried than ever.
Global Warming
'Global Warming Isn't Happening': Americans' Beliefs In Climate Change Are Becoming Increasingly Skeptical
Jan 19, 2014 22:19 PM E
About one in four Americans don't believe global warming is occurring, with the number of disbelievers increasing since Spring 2013, according to a new study.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Extracting Greenhouse Gases From The Air MIght Be Necessary To Slow Global Warming
Jan 18, 2014 19:31 PM E
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.
beijing sunrise
Beijing Smog Is So Bad That The Only Way To See The Sunrise Is On Tiananmen Square TVs
Jan 17, 2014 14:45 PM E
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.
Spiderweb
How Electrically-Charged Spider Webs Could Help Us Solve World Pollution
Jan 16, 2014 10:02 AM E
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
2013 Statewide Temperatures
Climate Change 2013: Last Year Was 4th Warmest Year In Recorded History And 37th Consecutive Year Of Above-Average Global Temperatures
Jan 16, 2014 09:01 AM E
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.
Crustose Coralline
Algae In The Pacific Are Losing Their Skeletons Because Of Ocean Acidification, Global Climate Change
Jan 15, 2014 08:17 AM E
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.
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