Earth

  1. Methane in earth's atmosphere illustration
    Earth

    Agriculture and fossil fuels are driving record-high methane emissions

    Releases of the heat-trapping gas methane from human activities have ramped up in the 21st century, especially in Africa and Asia.

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  2. huge pile of discarded keyboards, computers and more
    Earth

    Earth’s annual e-waste could grow to 75 million metric tons by 2030

    Unwanted electronic waste is piling up rapidly around the globe, while collection and recycling efforts are failing to keep pace, a new report shows.

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  3. Yamal region of Siberia
    Climate

    4 ways to put the 100-degree Arctic heat record in context

    June’s record heat in Siberia is part of a much bigger picture of dramatic climate change in the Arctic.

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  4. lightning bolt
    Earth

    Two lightning megaflashes shattered distance and duration records

    Satellite data show that the two extreme bolts, both appearing over South America, more than doubled the previous records.

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  5. Siberian town of Verkhoyansk
    Climate

    A Siberian town hit 100 degrees, setting a new record for the Arctic Circle

    Verkhoyansk’s high temperature, which has yet to be confirmed, follows a six-month period of record heat in the region.

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  6. drone pollinating flower with bubbles
    Tech

    Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination

    Drones are too clumsy to rub pollen on flowers and not damage them. But blowing pollen-laden bubbles may help the machines be better pollinators.

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  7. seismograph image
    Earth

    Machine learning helped demystify a California earthquake swarm

    Computer algorithms helped scientists find that circulating groundwater probably triggered a four-year-long series of tiny quakes in Southern California.

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  8. pyrocumulonimbus cloud
    Earth

    Smoke from Australian fires rose higher into the ozone layer than ever before

    The catastrophic wildfires in Australia around New Year’s generated a massive smoke plume that still hasn’t dissipated in the stratosphere.

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  9. Indonesia forest
    Environment

    How giving cash to poor families may also save trees in Indonesia

    Indonesia’s poverty reduction program also reduced deforestation by 30 percent, researchers say.

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  10. Earth

    50 years ago, scientists were getting a better glimpse inside storms

    In 1970, experts were harnessing technologies that provided a three-dimensional picture of the inside of a storm.

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  11. mangrove forest
    Climate

    Rapid sea level rise could drown protective mangrove forests by 2100

    Mangroves have kept up with rising water so far, but new research reveals their limits.

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  12. Chicxulub impact illustration
    Earth

    Chicxulub collision put Earth’s crust in hot water for over a million years

    An asteroid impact 66 million years ago caused hot fluids to circulate in the crust, creating conditions that may have been ideal for microbial life.

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