Climate

  • Earth’s Circulatory System
    New scientific findings are strengthening the case that the oceans and climate are linked in an intricate dance, and that rapid climate change may be related to how vigorously ocean currents move heat between low and high latitudes.
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  • Earth Slushie
    A study has turned up strong evidence on the "Slushball Earth" side of a decades-long scientific argument. The study appears in the Sept. 29 Science Express. The lead author is Alison Olcott, a Ph.D. student of earth sciences in the USC College of Letters, Arts
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  • Earth’s Wobble Burps
    Open University researchers have uncovered startling new evidence about an extreme period of a sudden, fatal dose of global warming some 180 million years ago during the time of the dinosaurs. The scientists' findings could provide vital clues about climate change happening today and in
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  • Reducing Early Earth
    Using primitive meteorites called chondrites as their models, earth and planetary scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have performed outgassing calculations and shown that the early Earth's atmosphere was a reducing one, chock full of methane, ammonia, hydrogen and water vapor.
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  • Asteroid Skywriters
    Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division, the University of Western Ontario, the Aerospace Corporation, and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories found evidence that dust from an asteroid burning up as it descended through Earth's atmosphere formed a cloud of micron-sized particles.
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  • The Dog Days of the Permian
    Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have created a computer simulation showing Earth's climate in unprecedented detail at the time of the greatest mass extinction in the planet's history.
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  • New Window Into Ancient Ozone Holes
    British researchers have hit on a clever way to search for ancient ozone holes and their relationship to mass extinctions: measure the remains of ultraviolet-B absorbing pigments ancient plants left in their fossilized spores and pollen.
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  • Volcanoes Ate Oxygen
    A number of hypotheses have been used to explain how free oxygen first accumulated in Earth's atmosphere some 2.4 billion years ago, but a full understanding has proven elusive. Now a new model offers plausible scenarios for how oxygen came to dominate the atmosphere.
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  • Patient Planet: Then and Now
    The dramatic and, in some cases, damaging environmental changes sweeping planet Earth are brought into sharp focus in a new atlas launched to mark World Environment Day (WED).
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  • Organic-Rich Soup-in-the-Ocean
    A new University of Colorado at Boulder study indicates Earth in its infancy probably had substantial quantities of hydrogen in its atmosphere, a surprising finding that may alter the way many scientists think about how life began on the planet.
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  • Snowball Earth Scenario
    Eons ago, giant clouds in space may have led to global extinctions, according to new research that outlines a rare scenario in which Earth iced over during snowball glaciations, after the solar system passed through dense space clouds.
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  • Urban Smog: State of the World
    Based on 18 months of Envisat observations, this high-resolution global atmospheric map of nitrogen dioxide pollution makes clear just how human activities impact air quality.
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  • Breaking the Ice
    When the vast Larsen B ice shelf broke off the Antarctic Peninsula, no one knew what would happen next to the nearby glacier flows. Would they accelerate and would sea level rise from global temperature changes?
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  • Surfing the Wave
    A tsunami, a series of large waves caused by the disruption of seawater, is one of the many hazards of living on Earth. Bill McGuire, Director of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre, says that a mega-tsunami could cause death and destruction to both the eastern
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  • Ozone: State of the World
    The annual opening of an ozone hole over the South Pole is being watched from orbit. The European Envisat mission sees the thinning from September to December typically.
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