Environment

“Giant” Magnetic Bacterial Fossils Fill In Gaps in the Earth’s Climate History

“Giant” Magnetic Bacterial Fossils Fill In Gaps in the Earth’s Climate History

Magnetic bacteria make compasses out of microscopic chains of oriental iron oxide so that they can better feed the Earth’s magnetic field. They have been doing this for millions of years, but at certain points in Earth’s history like the occasional titanosaur search. Although still sm.....

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Groundwater Depletion (Causes, Effects, Solution)

Groundwater Depletion (Causes, Effects, Solution)

The unavoidable and natural result of extracting water from an aquifer is groundwater depletion. It is a significant environmental threat; water makes up the bulk of our bodies and the Earth. The world’s main source of available, freshwater is groundwater. In many parts of the world, partic.....

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The Amazon Rainforest Is About To Cross an Irreversible Threshold That Will Turn It into A Savanna, Top Scientists Say

The Amazon Rainforest Is About To Cross an Irreversible Threshold That Will Turn It into A Savanna, Top Scientists Say

Scientists are urging the government, especially in Brazil, to implement policies that deforest the Amazon and begin recovering rainfall. Because people are cutting down forests and burning fires, which allows moisture to escape from the ecosystem. Adequate deforestation could trigger a process c.....

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Multiple Previously Unknown Viruses Discovered In 15,000-Year-Old Ice

Multiple Previously Unknown Viruses Discovered In 15,000-Year-Old Ice

Drilling hundreds of meters down into hundreds of years old ice in remote areas of the world, it just sounds like the beginning of a movie about the discovery of multiple pathogens unknown to modern science that should bring a “don’t try this at home” warning that scientists mus.....

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Scientist Who Blew Whistle on Covid-19 Numbers Raided By Police

Scientist Who Blew Whistle on Covid-19 Numbers Raided By Police

Rebecca Jones, a scientist who developed a data visualization tool to help track the spread of COVID-19, fired a police branding gun at her home. Jones said on Twitter that his “hardware and technology” had been taken. Police say they are investigating allegations that he encouraged c.....

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Ozone Recovery Is Restoring the Antarctic’s Wind Systems

Ozone Recovery Is Restoring the Antarctic’s Wind Systems

The 1987 Montreal Protocol stands as a demonstration that sometimes when life is threatened, the world can come together and work together to save itself. The protocol sets the time-period for various ozone-depleting gases, the most famous being chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Despite occasional back.....

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Watch a Spectacular Lava “Dome Fountain” Flow in Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Crater

Watch a Spectacular Lava “Dome Fountain” Flow in Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Crater

Emerging from the active lava lake of the Halema’uma’u Crater in Callaway, the Geological Survey of the United States (USGS) enters fresh lava from a creek, holding an incredible dome fountain 5 meters (16. feet) high in the air and forcing it upwards. The footage was captured on January 2-3 .....

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Planetary boundaries

Planetary boundaries

The planetary boundary (PB) concept, introduced in 2009, aimed to define the environmental limits within which humanity can safely operate. It is a concept involving Earth system processes that contain environmental boundaries. Planetary boundaries are scientifically based levels of human pressur.....

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90 Percent of US Coastal Sites Could See Extreme Flood Events By 2100

90 Percent of US Coastal Sites Could See Extreme Flood Events By 2100

As sea levels rise around the planet, ultimate coastal flooding events will become more common in nine-in-coastal areas in the United States, new research suggests. Although the sea-level rise is slow, it is accelerating as climate change increases. Under the worst-case scenario, it is estimated .....

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Sinking Ground Could Affect 19 Percent of Earth’s Population By 2040

Sinking Ground Could Affect 19 Percent of Earth’s Population By 2040

A new analysis suggests that sinking land, known as erosion, could affect 8 percent of the world’s land surface and 19 percent of the population in the coming decades. Grants are initiated through processes such as groundwater depletion and cause large areas of land to be submerged over mon.....

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Big Data Analysis Reveals Great Concerns But Also Opportunity for the Future of the Environment

Big Data Analysis Reveals Great Concerns But Also Opportunity for the Future of the Environment

A new commentary paper published in Nature Communications has taken a clear look at the state of our Earth’s environment using “Big Data”. Trends in this large dataset suggest that our watch is about to make the necessary changes. That said, researchers have reported “bright s.....

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As Reported Previously, the Insect Apocalypse Is Not As Universal

As Reported Previously, the Insect Apocalypse Is Not As Universal

The threat of an “insect mystery” caught the world’s attention a few years ago through a study that found a 75% reduction in flying insects in Germany for more than 27 years. Last year a research paper claimed that the problem was global. While the disappearance of flies and mosquitoes may .....

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