Earth

  1. photo of Wally Broecker sitting in a lab
    Climate

    Wally Broecker divined how the climate could suddenly shift

    Wally Broecker’s insight into the shutdown of the great ocean conveyor belt spurred the study of abrupt climate change.

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  2. photo of a green rainforest canopy with the Amazon river in the background
    Climate

    Forests help reduce global warming in more ways than one

    Trees are often touted as bulwarks against climate change for their capacity to sequester carbon, but that’s just one part of the story.

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  3. Castleton Tower, a sandstone formation near Moab, Utah
    Earth

    How climbers help scientists vibe with Utah’s famous red rock formations

    Researchers teamed up with rock climbers to collect rare data that help them assess the seismic stability of red rock formations in Utah.

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  4. photo of a police car in the foreground with cloud of smoke billowing above Yanderra township buildings
    Climate

    Smoke from Australia’s intense fires in 2019 and 2020 damaged the ozone layer

    Massive fires like those that raged in Australia in 2019–2020 can eat away at Earth’s protective ozone layer, researchers find.

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  5. map of light pollution in the North Sea
    Oceans

    Even the sea has light pollution. These new maps show its extent

    Coastal cities and offshore development create enough light to potentially alter behavior of tiny organisms dozens of meters below the surface.

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  6. illustration in the shape of the Earth showing a train, a car, airplanes, felled trees, an oil spill, and other examples of humans' impact on their environment
    Climate

    How did we get here? The roots and impacts of the climate crisis

    Over the last century and a half, scientists have built a strong case for the roots and impacts of human-caused climate change.

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  7. pebbles in the foreground with Greenland's ice sheet in the background
    Earth

    The mysterious Hiawatha crater in Greenland is 58 million years old

    An impact crater spotted in 2015 in Greenland is far too old to be connected to the Younger Dryas cold snap from 13,000 years ago, a study suggests.

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  8. photo of a mountain goat standing on a rock
    Animals

    Culturally prized mountain goats may be vanishing from Indigenous land in Canada

    As fewer mountain goats are spotted along British Columbia’s central coast, First Nations people team up with biologists to assess the population.

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  9. underwater photo of an octopus garden on the sea floor
    Oceans

    Some deep-sea octopuses aren’t the long-haul moms scientists thought they were

    Off California’s coast, some octopuses lay eggs in the warmer water of geothermal springs in the “Octopus Garden,” speeding up their development.

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  10. photo of a child riding a bike near the shoreline in the Maldives
    Climate

    A UN report shows climate change’s escalating toll on people and nature

    The latest United Nations' IPCC climate change report underscores the urgent need for action to avoid the worst consequences of global warming.

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  11. aerial view of a large crater in Wyoming
    Planetary Science

    An ancient impact on Earth led to a cascade of cratering

    For the first time, scientists have discovered clusters of craters on Earth that were formed by the impacts of material thrown out of a larger crater.

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  12. aerial photo of a U.S. Coast Guard boat collecting spilled oil from Deepwater Horizon
    Oceans

    Sunlight helps clean up oil spills in the ocean more than previously thought

    Solar radiation dissolved as much as 17 percent of the surface oil slick spilled after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, a new study suggests.

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