Plastics in the ocean are a huge problem, partly because microplastics have significant health effects on marine organisms. Few have explored the quantification of microplastics on the deep ocean floor. Continue reading 14 Million Tons of Microplastic are on the Ocean Floor
Asphalt is a common building material in urban areas with increasing use as cities grow, but few consider its pollutant properties. Continue reading Asphalt Contributes to Air Pollution in Urban Cities
Land animals are often smarter than aquatic animals but it is still unclear exactly how their cognition developed. In @NatureComms, @malcommaciver and #UgurcanMugan found that complex landscapes and the ability of land animals to see more in air compared to fish in water may have led to planning circuitry in the brains of land animals.
Continue reading Complex landscapes affect animal cognitive evolution
As the Roman Republic began to fall, the Earth suffered from extreme cold and famine that helped push Rome’s instability to its ultimate collapse. The cause of the extreme climate? The eruption of an Alaskan volcano on the opposite side of the world. Continue reading Et tu, Okmok? Alaska’s Okmok Volcano Contributed to Fall of Roman Republic and the Ptolemaic Kingdom
Just in time for the July 4th holiday and quarantine distractions, a study shows that fireworks introduce a lot of pollution, causing both environmental and personal damage. Continue reading Fireworks Soar as National Health Plummets
A comprehensive study indicates that over 500 terrestrial vertebrate species (which excludes fish, invertebrate, and plant species) will go extinct within the next decade unless we change our practices. Continue reading Losing Ground: Populations shrink and mass extinctions accelerate
The impact areas of harmful “forever” chemicals continue to grow as scientist discover that environmental factors are helping to spread pollution. Continue reading The Reach of “Forever” Chemicals: Transport by Air, Water, and Soil
Oktoberfest produces 2 million gallons of beer – and ten times more methane an equivalent area of Boston over 16 days! Scientists are recommending that festivals be added to methane inventories and start using more environmentally-friendly cooking methods. Continue reading Oktoberfest: Lots and lots of Beer … and Methane
The global pandemic lockdown has contributed to declines in carbon emission and is shifting the way scientists and economists discuss climate change mitigation tactics, but it’s still not enough to prevent projected temperature increases past 1.5°C.
Continue reading Global Lockdown for All – Except Carbon Emissions
At a research station in East Antarctica, scientists recorded something unprecedented for the frozen continent: a heatwave. Continue reading Scientists Record East Antarctica’s First Heatwave