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Earth Science Thu May 17 2018 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- If you want to make earthquake scientists jumpy, all you need to do is ask, "can you predict the next earthquake?" In fact, any variation on the theme of ‘earthquake’ and ‘prediction’ will do &a
Ensuring openness and reproducibility in ecology is an ongoing challenge, although open tools (e.g.,R Studio, Github) are free to use, and user support is everywhere. To illustrate how ecology collaborations can fit within an open science framework,
For the health of our planet, and ourselves, we must find and foil those who breach crucial environmental treaties, says Lesley Evans Ogden
Volcanic happenings are afoot on the Big Island of Hawaii. To be clear, Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, but activity has waxed and waned. The last few weeks have definitely seen an uptick in unrest, with inflation and … C
Cannabis the source of the drug marijuana virtually disappeared from Europe just as farmers arrived, so they didnt get the chance to grow it for another 4500 years
So, there this piece recently published at Undark called "The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.". Unsurprisingly, I have thoughts. Somewhat complicated thoughts. Let’s start with the importa
Drones fitted with multispectral cameras are scanning forests for beetle attack, and orchards and vineyards for signs of disease before its too late
For a couple of years now, I've been telling a story at the beginning of the introductory geology course I teach, called How the Earth Works. I like to think it gives a flavour of the kinds of stories you can tell about the Earth, if you know how to
All the green-blooded lizards in the world live in New Guinea, but it turns out the trait has evolved there independently at least four times
The premise of earthquake early warning systems is simple. An earthquake produces several different kinds of seismic waves that race away from the rupture point. Because they are different kinds of vibrations, they travel at different speeds; and the
Plastics that degrade on disposal already exist, and are getting better. But they won't solve the plastic trash problem on their own and here's why
Preface For the 3rd year in a row, I have meticulously tracked each and every paper, proposal, manuscript, etc. I read for professional reasons. Begun by Jacquelyn Gill in early 2015, I found the twitter hashtag #365papers an appealing way &#8230
From bag bans to bacterial mulchers, many solutions are touted for the plastic waste crisis. Find out which work and which don't in our definitive guide
Why 2017 was a quiet year - and an examination of the provocative hypothesis that 2018 may not be. Continue reading →Plenty of natural disasters hit the news in 2017, but most of the headlines were hogged by disasters linked to extreme weat
The way we make ammonia for fertilizer was developed a century ago and produces more than 1 per cent of all carbon emissions. Now we may have a replacement
Not much may have made it onto the blog, but its been a busy year for both Anne and Chris in 2017. Heres a brief summary of what weve been up to - with pretty pictures where appropriate. Continue reading →Not much may have made it onto the
As Kilauea continues erupting, lava is mixing with water, creating steam that could trigger massive explosions and throw large rocks up to a kilometre away
If you’ve walked through the forest on a rainy day and noticed that it’s drier under the trees, you’ve experienced interception. In hydrology, interception is when water gets hung up on vegetative leaves, needles, or bra
The ocean tides are the strongest they have been for millions of years, and they will get stronger for several million years to come because of the position of the continents
It’s Earth Science Week and Congress is still debating the budget for this fiscal year. That means that science funding is still on the line. The American Geophysical Union is running a campaign encouraging members to speak up for NASA&
A possible future that climatologists treat as the worst of the worst, because it would produce huge greenhouse gas emissions, might lead to even more emissions than believed
There’s been a lot of speculation and discussion about the role of urbanization in contributing to the flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Fortunately, urban hydrology is my specialty, so even though I’ve never been to Hous
As countries get richer, they start replanting their forests but this is not a big environmental gain because they export the deforestation to poor countries
This Friday at noon, the Kent State University Department of Geology is hosting a panel discussion on the human role in the catastrophic flooding experienced by Houston and surrounding communities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. I will be one &#
Climatologists have tried to set a carbon budget that tells us how much greenhouse gas we can emit and stay below 2C, but their efforts have only caused confusion
August 30th: Harvey reminds us that we should treat climate change as we treat other public health threats. That’s the argument in this New York Times op-ed: Harvey, the storm that humans helped cause. August 29th: The most sobering hot-tak
The benefits trees bring to our lives are now being quantified by a band of treeconomists, an approach that could help us give trees the respect they deserve
The worlds amphibians are dying in swathes because of the lethal chytrid fungus, and it seems the epidemic had its origins on the Korean peninsula
The achievements of the eighteenth-century explorer stand up surprisingly well to modern scrutiny, finds Boyd Tonkin
The achievements of the eighteenth-century explorer stand up surprisingly well to modern scrutiny, finds Boyd Tonkin
We valued 7 of the world's most famous trees, from strangler figs draping ancient ruins to a 9000-year-old spruce. The most pricey comes in at 11 million
We can now calculate the exact value of a tree, from shade to beauty. Doing so could be the best way to protect them and plan the forests of the future
Water shortages are a huge problem for Chinese agriculture, so the country has just begun the world's largest ever weather control experiment
The strange influence of the lunar cycle on Earth could warn us when volcanoes are about to blow and might even help us spot impending earthquakes
Hauling chunks of polar ice to dry regions to provide fresh water sounds tempting but there are many reasons to reject it, says Olive Heffernan
Ever since Colombia signed a historic peace deal with the FARC guerrillas, farmers and criminal gangs have been burning its portion of the Amazon rainforest
Invasive rats have cut a swathe through the birds living on the island of South Georgia, but a decade-long project has now eradicated every last rat
The Kilauea volcano is unlikely to erupt explosively, but it will probably keep pumping out devastating lava for many days to come
Tourism is being blamed for 8 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and it emits more every year making it harder to stop dangerous climate change
The strange influence of the lunar cycle on Earth could warn us when volcanoes are about to blow and might even help us spot impending earthquakes
Restoring the worlds largest Victorian glasshouse to its former architectural glory at the UKs famous gardens has also reinvented it for the 21st century
A highly critical new report questions the worth of the sustainability logos that appear on many products. Are they still a force for good, wonders Fred Pearce
Soaring demand for palm oil is being driven by its use as biofuel, which is increasing carbon emissions as well as destroying forests and biodiversity
A butchered rhino found on the island of Luzon shows early humans were living in the Philippines 709,000 years ago, which may explain the origins of the diminutive Homo floresiensis
Huge sea spiders move excruciatingly slowly, but they can still catch prey animals that move much faster than them because their prey sometimes crash into the seafloor
This photoset is a glimpse into life as an ice watcher flying long missions over frozen polar terrain to keep tabs on the warming world
Levels of nitrogen oxides in the air are still falling across the US, but satellite measurements show the reduction has slowed down unexpectedly since 2011
Freshwater acidification might turn out to be a trivial problem but we dont know how much danger aquatic life is in unless we can track down more data
Waste has a complicated cultural significance in India. A new book looks at how that affects the country's efforts to get clean
European Union member states have voted to ban the outdoor use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been linked to declines in pollinating insects