Old Climate Clues Shed New Light on History

Old Climate Clues Shed New Light on History

Relying on new geochemical techniques for analyzing ice core sediment to determine the dates of ancient volcanic activity down to the year or even season, the paper, published in Nature in 2015, showed that major eruptions worldwide caused precipitous, up-to-a-decade-long⁠ drops in global temperatures.

Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?

Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?

Demand is expected to more than double by 2050.But with advances in bioengineering and increasing concerns about sustainability, a number of companies like Xylome have developed microbial oils they say could offer an alternative to palm oil while avoiding its most destructive impacts.

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

The good news is that microplastics may be reflecting a tiny bit of the sun’s energy back into space, which would actually cool the climate ever so slightly.

Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

Ozone levels at Sequoia and the adjacent national park, King’s Canyon, are among the highest in the United States, thanks to smog that blows in from the urban areas and farming and industrial activity in the San Joaquin Valley below.

Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

Khanna will be studying what the ideal solar array might be for a particular crop, for instance, if it needs bigger or smaller gaps between panels to let sunlight pass through.

FAO - News Article: FAO at forefront of global efforts to build partnership between agri-food systems and conservation

FAO - News Article: FAO at forefront of global efforts to build partnership between agri-food systems and conservation

That was the key message of FAO Director-General QU Dongyu in his address to a High-level dialogue at the World Conservation Congress, currently underway in the French city of Marseille.According to FAO's Director-General, green and climate resilient agri-food systems can offer key solutions to the biodiversity and environmental crises.

Radioactive Rat Snakes Could Help Monitor Fukushima Fallout

Radioactive Rat Snakes Could Help Monitor Fukushima Fallout

Gerke’s recent study suggests that rat snakes may be useful bioindicators of radioactive contamination in nuclear disaster zones.

Can This Sun-Reflecting Fabric Help Fight Climate Change?

Can This Sun-Reflecting Fabric Help Fight Climate Change?

After an hour in the sun, the half of the student covered in the metafabric was nearly 5 degrees Celsius cooler than the side covered by the cotton vest, researchers reported earlier this month in Science.

Plastic Is Falling From the Sky. But Where’s It Coming From?

Plastic Is Falling From the Sky. But Where’s It Coming From?

But new modeling published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that 84 percent of airborne microplastics in the American West actually comes from the roads outside of major cities.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.

Scientists Finally Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

Scientists Finally Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

His team had Wilde send over a few samples of the colonized hydrilla leaves and they figured out a way to get the bacteria cultured in the lab.After waiting and waiting, Niedermeyer finally had enough bacteria to run an assay to see what toxins they were producing.

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

If games are big iterations of cause and effect, then elemental reactions give very clear and logical feedback to players about exactly what their footprint on the world is.

FAO - News Article: One Planet – FAO’s work on biodiversity, One Health and climate

FAO - News Article: One Planet – FAO’s work on biodiversity, One Health and climate

With projects amounting to $796.2 million last year, FAO works around the world, from combatting deforestation in Argentina to rangeland restoration in the Sudan, to support the transition towards low-emission, sustainable food systems through climate-smart approaches, practices and techniques that preserve the environment and biodiversity, and at the same time, help build the resilience of millions of poor family farmers.

NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

The ship leaves Wellington and heads south with 20 science staff and 19 crew on board to learn more about key environmental and biological processes in the Ross Sea. Voyage leader and fisheries scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll says this is the third in a series of voyages focused on providing baseline information about the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) established in 2017.

FAO - News Article: Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change

FAO - News Article: Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change

14 December 2020, Rome - Feeding the world's growing population while limiting the impacts of climate change will require urgent and radical transformation of our agri-food systems, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at a High-Level event commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?

The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?

That number will continue to spike up to 74 million metric tons by 2030, almost double the amount recorded in 2014.E-waste, which includes batteries, appliances, phones, screens, and cables, might seem like junk at the end of its lifecycle to the people tossing it out, but those items contain traces of valuable components like iron, copper, and gold.

How to Prevent and Treat Face Mascne

How to Prevent and Treat Face Mascne

It doesn't matter if you're someone who regularly get breakouts or if you have nearly perfect skin, mascne, or mask acne, is an unfortunate side effect of the daily mask-wearing we're all doing to slow the transmission of Covid-19 .Acne can literally be a pain to deal with, but that doesn't mean you should stop wearing a mask.

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

© Ashok Biswal The Nature Conservancy in India has been engaging with the local communities and working closely with state government authorities since 2017 to undertake and facilitate cost-effective and pragmatic riparian restoration activities in the selected patches of Narmada riverbank.

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

Along with thinning trees in overcrowded forests, Kusel says, biomass projects help rebuild rural communities by creating jobs, all while preventing the massive carbon emissions released in wildfires.Kusel’s projects utilize dead, diseased, and burned trees, along with the small-diameter green trees that he says overcrowd forests and contribute to fire danger.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

At the 2018 United Nations climate meeting in Poland, the European Union and the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a joint declaration that climate change activists say could help India meet its renewable energy target by 2022.

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst conditions in the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover, and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale,” according to a new report titled Australia's Environment.

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

In an Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” The announcement was light on specifics, and it’s not clear yet how the money will be spent .

FAO - News Article: Global cooperation and climate friendly technologies are key to tackling global food loss and waste

FAO - News Article: Global cooperation and climate friendly technologies are key to tackling global food loss and waste

7 November 2019, Rome – FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said today international co-operation and innovative, climate friendly technologies were critical to address global food loss and waste which totals more than 1.3 billion tonnes a year.

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

To that end, researchers at the University of Southern California have shown that when working in a simulation, you can give robots “tough love” by trying to knock objects out of their hands, and it’ll actually help them better learn to grasp objects.

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

The study was limited—the sperm was in microgravity for less than 9 seconds, for example—but it suggested that reduced gravity has negligible effects on the health of frozen sperm.“We are at the frontier of knowledge about human reproduction in space,” says Antoni Perez-Poch, an engineer at Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a coauthor on the paper.

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Like many surveys and studies before it, a new report from the Pew Research Center confirms this truth: Americans love and trust scientists.

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

Hausheer / TNC For women in the Solomon Islands, like Alice Hou, decisions about how to use natural resources can change lives — for better or worse.

Small Cars Are Being Driven Out of Existence

Small Cars Are Being Driven Out of Existence

Cheap credit and leasing have made larger vehicles more affordable; the average purchase price of a new car has risen to an eye-watering $37,000. From a profit and regulatory compliance perspective, it’s certainly better for carmakers to sell lots of hybrid SUVs and high-performance sports cars.

A Global Pollution Observatory Hunts for Hidden Killers

A Global Pollution Observatory Hunts for Hidden Killers

Pollution concern also lay in the shadows, says Landrigan, because “all the attention was on climate change.” But several recent efforts have raised pollution’s status on the global agenda, with not just the Lancet report but also the work of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the World Health Organization’s first global conference on air pollution last year.