Genivieve McCormick

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A 5.3-million-year record of sea level and temperature

An international team of scientists has discovered new relationships between deep-sea temperature and ice-volume changes to provide crucial new …

Climate Report: Warming Is a Big Risk for People

Environment<p>If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.<p>In fact, they will say, the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate …

Climate Change

Drought-hit California unable to supply state water

<b>California's water agency has announced it may for the first time be unable to deliver water to local agencies, amid a worsening drought.</b><p>Two-thirds of state residents and 1m acres (404,500 hectares) of farmland get part or all of their drinking and irrigation supplies from the agency.<p>A state-wide …

Drug trafficking is speeding deforestation in Central America

<b>A new report says that drug smuggling in Central America is rapidly increasing rates of deforestation.</b><p>Remote forests in Honduras and Guatemala are being cut down to facilitate landing strips for the transportation of narcotics.<p>The scientists believe the influx of drug cash encourages ranchers, …

The Man Who Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again Is Probably Going to Be a Billionaire Soon

Rob Rhinehart's hobby of <a href=http://www.vice.com/read/rob-rhinehart-no-longer-requires-food>eating nothing but a smoothie that looks like semen</a> has become a career thanks to a crowd-funded campaign that gave him $800,000 to produce his product...<p>Remember Rob Rhinehart? I'm sure you do …

What is radiocarbon dating?

At a very steady rate, unstable carbon-14 gradually decays to carbon-12. The ratio of these carbon isotopes reveals the ages of some of Earth’s …

Enigmatic methane: Study solves a biogeochemical riddle from the ocean floor

Marine researchers from Bremen, along with a U.S. colleague, discovered the potential reasons for an unsolved mystery from beneath the seafloor - the …

Asian ozone pollution in Hawaii is tied to climate variability

(Phys.org) —Air pollution from Asia has been rising for several decades but Hawaii had seemed to escape the ozone pollution that drifts east with the …

Study: Planning Can Protect Whales in Seismic Surveys

Scientists outline recommendations for protecting whales and other marine animals from loud blasts generated by ocean seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration.<p><b>Whale experts have teamed up with the oil and gas industry to develop a step-by-step guide for reducing the impacts of noise pollution</b> …

What will happen to global warming when we get the next big El Niño?

I'd like to declare a new season.<p>The back end of January is now the traditional time when we find out that the year we just had was one of the hottest on record.<p>I've no idea what we'd call this season, but it's upon us once again and it's becoming repetitive. It's been going on for a decade or more.<p>…

Sun Scientists Debate Whether Solar Lull Could Trigger Another 'Little Ice Age'

If you thought the polar vortex was bad, get a load of a new climate phenomenon that just might be coming our way.<p>Some scientists say we could be headed for another "Little Ice Age," given how eerily calm the sun has been in recent years.<p>First, a bit of background. The sun goes through cycles that …

A menacing air in the Central Valley

FRESNO — On bad-air days here in the Central Valley, school officials hoist red flags to warn parents and pupils that being outside is officially deemed "unhealthful for all groups."<p>This winter, though, the most polluted on record, schools have not only raised red flags. On several days, they have …

Too many cars, too little space, report warns

Another report claiming we're hitting the automotive saturation point.<p>This one, a global warning from IHS Automotive: "Trends in urban motorization could reduce the number of motor vehicles in use globally in 2035 by 250 million and trim new sales by 30 million units annually."<p>That is, too many …

Australia should probably get used to these devastating heat waves

In the late 1990s, a particularly strong El Niño oscillation scourged the world with droughts, floods, and disruptions to the food supply. Carrying the energy equivalent of a million Hiroshima bombs, the titanic climate event was ultimately responsible for 23,000 deaths and at least $35 billion in …