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Crippled Atlantic currents triggered ice age climate change

The last ice age wasn’t one long big chill. Dozens of times temperatures abruptly rose or fell, causing all manner of ecological change. …

How Technology From the 50s Could Answer Our Growing Energy Problem

Most of the talk today centers around clean energy, and whether ramping up solar and wind initiatives will produce enough energy to replace the dying coal industry...and save us from the consequences of fossil fuels.<p><i>Photo Source</i><p>While the idea of nuclear power conjures images of three-eyed fish, …

Something Very Odd is Happening Off the Coast of Galveston, TX

We have a serious problem on the southern border..and we aren’t talking about illegal immigration. We have a massive crude oil issue, that is causing …

Simple Invention Could Alleviate the Global Water Crisis

In Africa and Asia, 750 million people lack adequate access to safe drinking water. To retrieve water for their families, women and children are often required to trek an average of six kilometers with heavy 20-liter buckets balanced on their heads. This process is not only time-consuming and …

Sperm Whales Have an “Eve”

All of the sperm whales in the world descended from just one female who lived tens of thousands of years ago. That surprising result comes from an …

The atmosphere has hit a grim milestone — and scientists say we’ll never go back ‘within our lifetimes’

Scientists who measure and forecast the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere said Monday that we may have passed a key turning point. Humans walking the Earth today will probably never live to see carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere once again fall below a level of 400 …

What If Global Warming Emptied India?

In an armchair experiment where humans are thought of as no wiser than animals, scientists have found that climate change could empty some nations by …

World Oceans Day 8 June

Why celebrate World Oceans Day?<p>We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the …

Pollution

Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe

With overfishing still a major concern in many European Union waters, fisheries ministers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders are discussing …

UN blacklists Saudi Arabia-led coalition for 'killing and maiming' children in Yemen air strikes

The United Nations has blacklisted the Saudi-Arabia led coalition for killing and maiming thousands of children in Yemen.<p>Ban Ki-moon, the …

Middle East

Letter to friends: this is why I will vote Remain in the referendum

<i>The LSE’s Nicholas Barr explains why he will be voting to Remain in the EU referendum – citing a wide range of arguments about sovereignty,</i> …

The Temperature Spiral Has an Update. It’s Not Pretty.

The temperature spiral that took the world by storm has an update. If you think the heat is on in our current climate, you ain’t seen nothing yet.To …

Nestle to bottle water in the AZ desert

PHOENIX - Phoenix officials announced Friday that Nestle plans to build a water bottling plant in Phoenix.<p>According to the city's water department, …

In Central Asia, Islamic State adds a new twist to a diplomatic puzzle

FOR Western countries which see the promotion of human rights, and religious freedom in particular, as part of their foreign policy, the former …

Professor: flight was delayed because my equations raised terror fears

An economics professor says his flight was delayed because a fellow passenger thought the equations he was writing might be a sign he was a terrorist.<p>American Airlines confirmed on Saturday that a woman expressed suspicions about a University of Pennsylvania economics professor, Guido Menzio. She …

Equations

Stunning Hubble Bubble Nebula image marks telescope's 26th birthday

It looks like a giant, glistening, soap bubble blown into the night sky. In reality, it’s a cloud of gas and dust 10 light-years across that exists around 8,000 light-years away in our Milky Way galaxy.<p>Known as the Bubble Nebula, the wispy-looking shell surrounds an off-centred star whose mass is …

Cosmology

You Just Travelled Thousands of Miles Through Space in The Time It Took to Read This

This is what 850 km per SECOND feels like.<p>It's one of the most fundamental contradictions of life on Earth - we're sitting on a planet that's …

Ancient species may have lived among humans

Modern humans were likely to have been just one human species among many in a real-life version of <i>Planet of the Apes</i>.<p>Evolutionary scientists believe …

Ancient super-eruptions in Yellowstone Hotspot track 'significantly larger' than expected

A number of giant super-eruptions between 8 and 12 million years ago that could be larger than the colossal eruptions known to have taken place at …

The solution to climate change that has nothing to do with cars or coal

AMAZONAS, Brazil – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway.<p>The tree contains the nest of a harpy eagle, a bird so powerful it kills monkeys and sloths by tearing them from the trees with its enormous claws. Its presence …

Forests

In the Seychelles, Taking Aim at Nature’s Bullies

Restoration efforts are giving vulnerable native species a second chance on islands in the Indian Ocean.<p>Nick Page, a genial New Zealander with a sunburned face and curly black hair, holds a photograph of Assumption Island’s Most Wanted: a red-whiskered bulbul, a bird about the size of a cardinal …

Nature

32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World

Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Maps are a great tool and can help us understand how we are all connected. Below you …

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Says Brits Don't 'Respect' Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has urged Britons to "respect" his country's death penalty, as the brutal Saudi justice system strains relations …

Why Dry January should be about giving up bottled water

Twelve months ago, I abandoned my usual cluster of New Year resolutions – unrealistic fitness targets, arbitrary career goals and ambitious new hobbies such as learning to speak Mandarin – and made one small but perfectly formed aim: to get through the year without buying or drinking bottled water. …

Indonesia faces waste management crisis

Jakarta is one of the world's largest megacities, and its growing middle class is producing more and more rubbish.<p>There are not enough rubbish trucks, or enough space to dump the waste.<p>The Indonesian government says the country is now facing a waste management crisis.<p>The BBC's Rebecca Henschke …

Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Set To Go Ahead Despite Ban From Obama

LESLIE MACMILLAN | The Guardian<p><i>Energy Fuels Resources has federal approval to reopen its mine six miles south of the canyon’s South Rim entrance.</i> …

Hackers Take Down Power Stations In Ukraine

May be the first cyberattack to successfully cause a blackout<p>Ivano-Frankivsk was supposed to be far from the Russian front. The city and province of the same name are on the far western side of Ukraine, away from the Russian-backed breakaway province of Donetsk in the east. Donetsk has seen almost …

How one man plans to make billions selling Mojave desert water

Scott Slater has a plan. It is not a popular plan, but he wants to pump 814bn gallons of water from under the Mojave desert to Los Angeles and other drought-stricken communities in southern California, and make more than $2bn (£1.3bn) doing so.<p>“Yes, it’s quite a lot of money,” Slater, the …

San Bernardino County