Environment

On the evening of January 30, some Chicagoans were startled by seriously loud noises. It was difficult to pinpoint where they were coming from. Those noises probably weren’t gun shots or fireworks; although it hasn’t been confirmed by authorities, it’s most likely the people were experiencing a weird phenomenon known as ‘frost quakes’. These booming
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New Yorkers looking out the window this afternoon were met with a windy wall of snow. That was a “snow squall” – a sudden onset of heavy snowfall accompanied by wind gusts. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a snow-squall warning for residents of parts of New York and New England, advising them to limit travel and stay
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Few national parks have been hit harder by the government shutdown than Joshua Tree National Park, a nearly 800,000-acre protected area in Southern California known for its rocky landscape and stunning throng of centuries-old trees. The number of people visiting the park has climbed continuously over the past several years. In 2017, it attracted about
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Every spring in the Netherlands, the resident great tits (Parus major) build their nests in tree cavities, hatch their young, and send a new generation of fluffy little black-and-gold featherballs into the sky. Then along comes the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), migrating from Africa for the summer, and taking up the abandoned nests to raise
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Feeding a global population of 10 billion – the overwhelming number we’re predicted to hit by 2050 – will be extremely difficult, but scientists say it is not impossible. A radical new diet has the potential to improve public health, save countless lives, and protect our planet for future generations, according to a huge group of researchers.
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Sir David Attenborough has seen more of the planet and its wonders than most humans ever will. And on Monday, the famous naturalist and British television broadcaster warned that it had changed so rapidly and profoundly because of human-driven climate change that we risk destroying our earthly home. “The only conditions modern humans have ever
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Australia is sweltering through an intense heatwave this week that’s scorching the country from coast to coast with temperatures as high as 49.3 degrees Celsius (120.7 degrees Fahrenheit). In numerous locations, temperature records have already been broken, with minimum overnight temperatures in three towns of 33°C (91°F) showing even the night offers no escape from
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The world needs to rethink its plan for addressing climate change. That’s the assertion of political scientist Joshua S. Goldstein and energy engineer Staffan A. Qvist. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal published an essay in which the duo argues that we can’t address the global climate problem as quickly as needed using just renewables
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It started in December, just before Christmas. Hundreds of dead perch were discovered floating along the banks of the Darling River – victims of a “dirty, rotten green” algae bloom spreading in the still waters of the small country town of Menindee, Australia. Things didn’t get better. The dead hundreds became dead thousands, as the
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As Europe wilted in the sweltering, record-breaking harshness of summer 2018, strange things happened. Mysterious outlines of ancient societies revealed themselves across the seared landscape, but it’s not just traces of ghostly architecture resurfacing. So too are grim words of warning. Inscribed boulders known as ‘hunger stones’ are reappearing in Czechia after a prolonged drought afflicting
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Earlier this year, researchers found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan that could supply the world for centuries, according to a study. The study, published in the journal Nature in April 2018, says the deposit contains 16 million tons of the valuable metals. Rare-earth minerals are used in everything from smartphone batteries
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A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance earlier this year in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse. Initially, the appearance of the crack was linked to tectonic activity along the East African Rift. But although geologists now think that this feature is
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China and Russia have jointly conducted a controversial series of experiments to modify Earth’s atmosphere with high-frequency radio waves. From a Russian installation called the Sura Ionospheric Heating Facility near the town of Vasilsursk, east of Moscow, scientists emitted high-frequency radio waves to manipulate the ionosphere, while the China Seismo‐Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES) measured the effects
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