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Apr. 29, 2016 — Although the coastal regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet are experiencing rapid melting, a significant portion of the interior of that ice sheet has remained stable -- but a new study suggests that ... read more

Apr. 29, 2016 — New research provides the first look into the biogeochemistry, geophysics and geology of Subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — New research suggests that the very oldest pieces of rock on Earth -- zircon crystals -- are likely to have formed in the craters left by violent asteroid impacts that peppered our nascent planet, ... read more

Amazon Rainforest Responds Quickly to Extreme Climate Events

Apr. 28, 2016 — The carbon balance in the Amazon can change quickly in response to heat and drought ... read more

Sea-Level Rise Summit Coincides With Flooding Risks in South Florida Due to the Moon, High Tides and Inclement Weather

Apr. 28, 2016 — Just as parts of South Florida are bracing for potential risks of flooding in low-lying areas due to the close proximity of the moon, high tides, sea-level rise and inclement weather, researchers are ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that large areas of intact coral reef with extensive live coral cover, not disturbed by humans or climate change, harbor the greatest amount of genetic diversity. With this ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A new study found that vulnerability of deep-sea biodiversity to climate change's triple threat -- rising water temperatures, and decreased oxygen, and pH levels -- is not uniform across the ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A reduction in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans due to climate change is already discernible in some parts of the world and should be evident across large regions of the oceans between ... read more

New Tool Puts a Consistent Value on Experts' Uncertainty on Climate Change Models

Apr. 27, 2016 — To bridge the gap between projections of future sea-level rise and the need to prepare for it, a research team developed a method that consolidates climate models and the range of opinions that ... read more

Landscape Ecology Must Play a Role in Policymaking

Apr. 27, 2016 — Landscape ecology considers the influence of time and space on environmental patterns. Because of this focus, it is uniquely positioned to inform crucial policy decisions -- in particular, those ... read more

Slow Worms React Quickly to Climate Change

Apr. 27, 2016 — Evolution can react surprisingly quickly to climate change -- at least for an important species of earthworms. For seven years, scientists have exposed the natural habitat of Enchytraeidae to a ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Rainwater may play an important role in the process that triggers earthquakes, according to new research. Researchers have identified the sources and fluxes of the geothermal fluids and mineral veins ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — From a quarter to half of Earth's vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new ... read more

One Oil Field a Key Culprit in Global Ethane Gas Increase

Apr. 26, 2016 — A single US shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade's increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new ... read more

Groundwater Quality Changes Alongside Expansion of Hydraulic Fracturing

Apr. 26, 2016 — New research demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing but also suggests that some potentially hazardous effects may ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Water at near-boiling temperatures bubbles up from underground, high salt concentrations create multi-coloured ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration was the major driver behind the global climatic shifts that occurred between 53 and 34 million years ago, according to new ... read more

Landslide Risk Remains High a Year After Magnitude-7.8 Nepal Earthquake

Apr. 25, 2016 — With the monsoon fast approaching, the landslide risk in Nepal remains high a year after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, according to a research ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research. ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — The crucibles that bore out building blocks of life may have been, in many cases, not fiery cataclysms, but modest puddles. Researchers working with that hypothesis have achieved a significant ... read more

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