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How Much Do Climate Fluctuations Matter for Global Crop Yields?

A new study finds that ENSO has caused widespread, simultaneous crop failures in recent history, running counter to the long-held assumption that crop failures in geographically distant breadbasket regions are unrelated.

by |July 9, 2019

Scientists Map Huge Undersea Fresh-Water Aquifer Off U.S. Northeast

In a new survey of the sub-seafloor off the U.S. Northeast coast, scientists have made a surprising discovery: a gigantic aquifer of relatively fresh water trapped in porous sediments lying below the salty ocean.

by |June 20, 2019

Melting of Himalayan Glaciers Has Doubled in Recent Years

A new study is the latest and perhaps most convincing indication that climate change is eating the Himalayas’ glaciers, potentially threatening water supplies for hundreds of millions of people across much of Asia.

by |June 19, 2019
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Solved: How Tides Can Trigger Earthquakes

A new study reveals the inner workings of tidally triggered earthquakes, and finds that even the slightest stress can set off a tremor.

by |June 7, 2019
mountaintop glaciers in Trafoi, Italy

Mountain-Dwellers Adapt to Melting Glaciers Without Necessarily Caring About Climate Change

A new study challenges the assumption that communities have to believe in climate change before they can take action.

by |May 30, 2019

Climate Change is Destroying a Barrier That Protects the U.S. East Coast from Hurricanes

A new study finds that as air circulation patterns change with the climate, coastal states could get hit with stronger hurricanes.

by |May 24, 2019

Study Identifies Better, Cheaper Ways to Stem Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh

Some solutions are over 100 times cheaper than others, costing as little as $1 per person.

by |May 5, 2019

Scientists See Fingerprint of Warming Climate on Droughts Going Back to 1900

In an unusual new study, scientists say they have detected a growing fingerprint of human-driven global warming on global drought conditions starting as far back as 1900.

by |May 1, 2019

As Oceans Warm, Microbes Could Pump More CO2 Back Into Air, Study Warns

A new study suggests bacteria may respire more carbon dioxide from the shallow oceans to the air as seas warm, reducing the deep oceans’ ability to store carbon.

by |April 29, 2019
A graphic of Mercury's internal structure.

MESSENGER Data Reveal That Mercury’s Inner Core Is Solid

The new findings offer clues about how the solar system formed and how rocky planets change over time.

by |April 19, 2019