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December 9, 2019

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How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in ... read more
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical ... read more
Climate change will increase the size of stalled high-pressure systems that can cause heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather, according to a ... read more
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Gulf of Mexico Coral Reefs to Protect from Storm Surge in the Future -- But Will They?

Researchers used 120,000-year-old fossils to predict how Gulf of Mexico coral reefs will respond to climate change toward the end of this ... read more

Atmospheric River Storms Create $1 Billion-a-Year Flood Damage

Researchers found that flooding has caused nearly $51 billion in damages to western states in the last 40 years. More than 84 percent of these damages were caused by atmospheric rivers (ARs), long ... read more

Warmer Temperatures Will Increase Arsenic Levels in Rice

Researchers have found that warmer temperatures, at levels expected under most climate change projections, can lead to higher concentrations of arsenic in rice ... read more

Lake Methane Emissions Should Prompt Rethink on Climate Change

Study sheds new light on the impact of natural methane production on global climate change ... read more

Migratory Birds Shrinking as Climate Warms, New Analysis of Four-Decade Record Shows

North American migratory birds have been getting smaller over the past four decades, and their wings have gotten a bit longer. Both changes appear to be responses to a warming ... read more

Scientists Devise Catalyst That Uses Light to Turn Carbon Dioxide to Fuel

Scientists have used sunlight and a catalyst largely made of copper to transform carbon dioxide to ... read more

Global Carbon Emissions Growth Slows, but Hits Record High

Coal use is down dramatically in the United States and the European Union, and renewable energy is gaining traction. But rising natural gas and oil use in 2019 increased the world's carbon ... read more

For Some Corals, Meals Can Come With a Side of Microplastics

A new experiment has found that some corals are more likely to eat microplastics when they are consuming other food, yet microplastics alone are ... read more

Great Barrier Reef Study Shows How Reef Copes With Rapid Sea-Level Rise

A survey of coral reef cores on the Great Barrier Reef has revealed how it has responded to recent periods of rapid sea-level rise. The study, covering the past 9000 years, has revealed a system in ... read more

Finnish Rivers Transport Carbon to Baltic Sea at an Increasing Rate

The amount of carbon transported via Finnish rivers to the Baltic Sea has risen substantially in the past few decades. The researchers don't know the exact effects ... read more

Drone Images Show Greenland Ice Sheet Becoming More Unstable as It Fractures

The world's second-largest ice sheet, and the single largest contributor to global sea-level rise, is potentially becoming unstable because of fractures developing in response to faster ice flow ... read more

Antarctica's Thinning Ice Shelves Causing More Ice to Move from Land Into Sea

New study provides the first evidence that thinning ice shelves around Antarctica are causing more ice to move from the land into the ... read more

Breathing? Thank Volcanoes, Tectonics and Bacteria

A new study suggests Earth's first burst of oxygen was added by a spate of volcanic eruptions brought about by tectonics. In addition to explaining the appearance of significant concentrations ... read more

When Reefs Die, Parrotfish Thrive

In contrast to most other species, reef-dwelling parrotfish populations boom in the wake of severe coral bleaching. The surprise finding came when researchers looked at fish populations in severely ... read more

Antarctic Ice Sheets Could Be at Greater Risk of Melting Than Previously Thought

Antarctica is the largest reservoir of ice on Earth -- but new research suggests it could be at greater risk of melting than previously ... read more

Operational Mapping System for High-Resolution Tropical Forest Carbon Emissions

For the first time, scientists have developed a method to monitor carbon emissions from tropical forests at an unprecedented level of detail. The approach will provide the basis for developing a ... read more

Compliance With Paris Agreement Would Limit Loss of Productivity in Fishing, Agriculture

Scientists show that 90% of the global population may face decreases in productivity for both agriculture and fishing if greenhouse emissions are not reduced. On the other hand, most countries are in ... read more

Animals Could Help Humans Monitor Oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic ... read more

Nine Climate Tipping Points Now 'Active,' Warn Scientists

More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now 'active,' a group of leading scientists have ... read more

Nearly 40% of Plant Species Are Very Rare and Are Vulnerable to Climate Change

Almost 40 percent of global flora is categorized as 'exceedingly rare,' and these species are most at risk of extinction by human development and as the climate continues to change, ... read more

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