Latest science news in Earth & Climate

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains

The head of the Environment Agency says new buildings should be made more resilient to flooding.

Let it snow: Quantifiable observation of cloud seeding

7 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists found that cloud seeding in the Idaho mountains produced a total of about 235 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of water.

Eco-friendly diapers to reduce waste and keep your baby fresh

8 hours ago from PopSci

Save the world one diaper at a time. (Depositphotos/)Every year, an estimated 27.4 billion diapers make their way to landfills in the United States, accounting for a chunk of trash weighing in...

Hulu: What's coming and going in March 2020

8 hours ago from UPI

"Little Fires Everywhere," "Hillary" and new seasons of "Real Housewives of New York," "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "Love Island: Australia" are headed to Hulu.

'Grand Challenge' review stresses global impact of microplastics

9 hours ago from Physorg

Professor Rob Hale of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science is lead author of a new "Grand Challenges" paper commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the American...

How earthquakes deform gravity

9 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed an algorithm that for the first time can describe a gravitational signal caused by earthquakes with high accuracy. Tests with data from the 2011 earthquake near Fukushima...

Spinal deformities in Sacramento-San Joaquin delta fish linked to toxic mineral selenium

9 hours ago from Science Daily

Native fish discovered with spinal deformities in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in 2011 were exposed to high levels of selenium from their parents and food they ate as juveniles in...

Let it snow: Researchers put cloud seeding to the test

10 hours ago from Physorg

For the first time, researchers have used radar and other tools to accurately measure the volume of snow produced through cloud seeding.

Bushfires burned a fifth of Australia's forest: study

10 hours ago from Physorg

Australia's wildfires have destroyed more than a fifth of the country's forests, making the blazes "globally unprecedented" following a years-long drought linked to climate change, researchers said Monday.

Nearly 50 rhinos killed in Botswana in 10 months as poaching surges

10 hours ago from Physorg

At least 46 rhinos have been slaughtered in Botswana in 10 months, a government official said on Monday as the southern African wildlife haven reported a surge in poaching of...

Boost soybean yields by adapting photosynthesis to fleeting shadows, according to model

10 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists report a new mathematical computer model that is used to understand how much yield is lost as soybean crops grapple with minute-by-minute light fluctuations on cloudy and sunny days.

Remaining parties in Iran nuclear deal to meet in Vienna

11 hours ago from UPI

The European Union announced Monday that the six countries remaining in the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal will meet in Vienna on Wednesday.

Gallup: Support for congressional incumbents is at its highest since 2012

11 hours ago from UPI

Americans' support for local congressional incumbents is at its highest point since 2012, Gallup said Monday.

Boost soybean yields by adapting photosynthesis to fleeting shadows, according to model

11 hours ago from Physorg

Komorebi is a Japanese word that describes how light filters through leaves—creating shifting, dappled "sunflecks" that illustrate plants' ever-changing light environment. Crops harness light energy to fix carbon dioxide into...

Ice cover takes deep dip on Great Lakes

11 hours ago from Physorg

Icy, snow-covered lakes are a normal part of Midwest winters, but Great Lakes ice cover is taking a big dip this year in Michigan and other states, weather experts say.

Destroyer USS Ross heads to Black Sea

11 hours ago from UPI

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross is traveling through Turkey's Bosporus Strait to the Black Sea, the U.S. Navy reported.

Climate change will cause a loss of olive production in Andalusia

12 hours ago from Physorg

We do not have to look as far away as the glaciers in Norway, the fires in Australia or the floods in Brazil to see the effects of climate change....

Tackling a top killer of New Jersey's bald eagles: electrocution

12 hours ago from Physorg

A female bald eagle took flight in September 2014 from the Maurice River in New Jersey's Cumberland County, soaring westward thousands of feet over the Delaware Bay. Nicknamed Millville after...

Australia fires were far worse than any prediction

13 hours ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The 'breathtaking scale' of the Australian bushfires were way beyond anything climate science predicted, say scientists.

First direct seismic measurements of Ьars reveal a geologically active planet

14 hours ago from Physorg

The first reports of seismic activity and ground vibrations on Mars are in. The red planet has a moderate level of seismic activity, intermediate between Earth and the Moon.

High temperatures add more stress to Australia's Great Barrier Reef

14 hours ago from Physorg

Ocean temperatures across parts of the Great Barrier Reef have been above or close to thresholds where there is a high risk of coral bleaching for several weeks. During this...

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don't fail

14 hours ago from Physorg

Scars from large mining operations are permanently etched across the landscapes of the world. The environmental damage and human health hazards that these activities create may be both severe and...

Forest duff must be considered in controlled burning to avoid damaging trees

14 hours ago from Physorg

Many decades of forest fire prevention and suppression has resulted in a thick buildup of organic matter on the forest floor in many regions of the United States, according to...

A plan to save Earth's oceans

14 hours ago from Science Daily

At least 26 per cent of our oceans need urgent conservation attention to preserve Earth's marine biodiversity, a new study has found. Experts have said the international community needed to...

Mookie Betts goes 0-3, hits RBI in Los Angeles Dodgers debut

14 hours ago from UPI

Former Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts didn't take long to make an impact during his Los Angeles Dodgers debut, driving in a run during a spring training game against...

Preparing plants for our future climate

15 hours ago from Physorg

Planning is something we all do. As individuals, we may be planning for next weekend or our future retirement.

Great Barrier Reef Shows Early Signs of Another Major Bleaching Event

15 hours ago from Science Blog

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef are showing signs of heat stress, raising the risk of another major coral bleaching event, scientists from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority have...

Look: Brittany Snow has 'Pitch Perfect' reunion at bachelorette party

15 hours ago from UPI

Brittany Snow celebrated her bachelorette party with her "Pitch Perfect" costars Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp and Chrissie Fit.