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A new Florida State University study is investigating how quickly the Deepwater Horizon oil carried into Gulf of Mexico beach sands is being degraded by the sands’ natural microbial communities.

Carbon dioxide is the missing ingredient in explaining the advent of Ice Ages in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sedimentary cores taken from the ocean floor.

Large numbers of dust and pollen particles in the atmosphere may make your nose twitch, but when lifted to the heights where clouds form they can lead directly to greater precipitation in some clouds.

Wave Cloud

Scientists at the University of Miami say Greenland’s ice is melting so quickly that the land underneath is rising at an accelerated pace.

Shiny ice lead in Arctic ocean

Every day since Jan. 1, 1896, an observer has hiked up a to a spot at The Mohonk Preserve, to record daily temperature and other conditions there.

Paul Huth checks the Mohonk Preserve’s temperature station, unmoved since the 18

Researchers found that as global temperatures increase, microbes in soil become less efficient over time at converting carbon in soil into carbon dioxide, a key contributor to climate warming.

Laccaria Fungi

When Conservation International began working with one of Indonesia's largest energy companies on an environmentally conscious development plan two years ago, the groups looked to a philosopher for guidance.

Rain forest

Decades of drought, interspersed with intense monsoon rains, may have helped bring about the fall of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer civilization at Angkor nearly 600 years ago.

Tree-ring scientist Brendan Buckley of Columbia University

The smell of sea salt in the air is a romanticized feature of life along a seacoast. Now, researchers have found that this chemistry occurs at similar rates in air above Boulder, Colo., nearly 900 miles away from any ocean.

The reddish glow from the city lights of Boulder, Colo.

Scientists broadly agree that global warming may threaten the survival of many plant and animal species; but global warming did not kill the Monteverde golden toad.

The Monteverde golden toad

California's coastal fog has decreased significantly over the past 100 years, according to University of California, Berkeley, scientists.


Civil engineers at the University of Washington have taken a first look at how dams in the Columbia River basin could be managed for a different climate.

Spillway structure releasing water from the Bonneville Dam.

Butterfly populations in California are declining and, in some cases, moving to higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada due to climate change and loss of habitat.

The Anna blue, Lycaeides idas, has become more common at the top of its elevatio

Testing hair from Asian monkeys living close to people may provide early warnings of toxic threats to humans and wildlife, according to a study published online last week in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

In Thailand, a longtail macaque sits in a garbage can to finish a snack scrounge

There is more to the snowflake than its ability to delight schoolchildren and snarl traffic.

The structure of the frosty flakes also fascinate ice chemists like Purdue University's Travis Knepp, a doctoral candidate in analytical chemistry who studies the basics of snowflake structure to gain more insight into the dynamics of ground-level, or "tropospheric," ozone depletion in the Arctic.

snow crystals

In a striking finding that raises new questions about carbon dioxide’s (CO2) impact on marine life, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists report that some shell-building creatures—such as crabs, shrimp and lobsters—unexpectedly build more shell when exposed to ocean acidification caused by elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

conch shell

Human activities have already pushed the earth system beyond three of the planet's biophysical thresholds, with consequences that are detrimental or even catastrophic for large parts of the world.

Color chart


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