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Fossil Fuels May Bring Major Changes to Carbon Dating

Fossil Fuels May Bring Major Changes to Carbon Dating

Radiocarbon dating has been helping put the planet’s history in the right order since it was first invented in the 1940s, giving scientists a key way to determine the age of artifacts like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shroud of Turin. Thanks to fossil fuel emissions, though, the method used to date these famous artifacts may be in for a change. … Read More

Rising Sea Levels Could Decimate Sea Turtle Nests

Rising Sea Levels Could Decimate Sea Turtle Nests

Rising sea levels could decimate sea turtle nesting sites around the world, scientists have warned, with the largest rookery site for green turtles increasingly at risk from being swamped by seawater. Researchers have tested the impact of seawater upon turtle eggs in an attempt to find out why so few hatchlings were emerging on Raine Island.… Read More

Dire Climate Warning Raises Questions, Not Answers

Dire Climate Warning Raises Questions, Not Answers

NASA’s former climate chief has issued a stark new study that finds that the world’s current climate goal could be inadequate and may not prevent catastrophic losses from rising seas, ocean temperatures and changes in global weather. But the extreme nature of his projections has some scientists questioning the methods he used and the results … Read More

NASA Shows Off Spectacular New Blue Marble

NASA Shows Off Spectacular New Blue Marble

Houston, we have a new blue marble. NASA on Monday released a photograph from one of the U.S.'s newest satellites – a stunning image of the Earth taken from one million miles away. The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) first deep space weather satellite, snapped the picture from … Read More

Record Hot First Half May Herald Warmest Year Yet

Record Hot First Half May Herald Warmest Year Yet

In what has become a monthly refrain this year, yet another month has set a global temperature record, with June 2015 coming in as the warmest June on record going back to 1880. It follows other record or near-record hot months during the first six months of this year, so there’s a good chance 2015 will take 2014’s place atop the podium as the warm… Read More

Marine Conservationists Work to Curb Ocean Stress

Marine Conservationists Work to Curb Ocean Stress

The ocean may be seriously stressed out by climate change, but instead of throwing in the beach towel, some conservationists are taking action to protect it. Today, only 2 percent of the ocean is protected in reserves, parks, sanctuaries or no-fishing zones compared to 15 percent of the world’s land mass. The ocean reserves are meant to allow … Read More

4 Takeaways from the Annual Climate Review

4 Takeaways from the Annual Climate Review

As has been seen year after year, the warming of the Earth is causing major changes in many aspects of the planet’s climate, and 2014 was yet another year that showed this trend in stark relief, a report released Thursday says. Numerous records were broken last year, according to the State of the Climate report, an annual checkup of the global… Read More

Climate Change Is Increasing Stress on Oceans

Climate Change Is Increasing Stress on Oceans

Climate change is seriously stressing out the oceans. That’s the conclusion of a new study that used measurements of an array of human pressures on the ocean — from acidification to overfishing — to make a map of where those factors combined into stressed-out hotspots, as well as how the combinations of stressors had changed over time. They found… Read More

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