Top 10 insights in climate science in 2020 selected by 57 leading global researchers

STOCKHOLM: With impacts from climate change threatening to be as abrupt and far-reaching in the coming years as the current pandemic, leading scientists have released a compilation of the 10 most important insights on the climate from the last year to help inform collective action on the ongoing climate crisis. In a report presented today […]

New skull of tube-crested dinosaur reveals evolution of bizarre crest

IMAGE: New skull of Parasaurolophus as originally exposed in the badlands of New Mexico. Credit: Copyright Doug Shore, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Usage restrictions: This image may be used… view more  Credit: Copyright Doug Shore, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. DISCOVERY BRIEF: The first new skull of a rare species of the dinosaur […]

Global ice loss increases at record rate

IMAGE: Meltstream cuts through Greenland ice sheet view more  Credit: Ian Joughin The rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet is speeding up, according to new research. And the findings also reveal that the Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017 – equivalent to a sheet of ice 100 metres […]

Climate and carbon cycle trends of the past 50 million years reconciled

IMAGE: Cleveland Volcano, Aleutian Islands eruption in 2006. Volcanism is one of the main carbon dioxide sources in the long-term carbon cycle balanced by weathering sinks, which, among others, represent important… view more  Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Williams Predictions of future climate change require a clear and nuanced understanding of Earth’s past climate. In a […]

Wet and wild: There’s lots of water in the world’s most explosive volcano

IMAGE: Shiveluch volcano has had more than 40 violent eruptions over the last 10,000 years. The last gigantic blast occurred in 1964, creating a new crater and covering an area of… view more  Credit: Michael Krawczynski, Washington University in St. Louis There isn’t much in Kamchatka, a remote peninsula in northeastern Russia just across the Bering […]

Study shows how network of marine protected areas could help safeguard Antarctic penguins

New research led by BirdLife International, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and British Antarctic Survey highlights how a proposed network of marine protected areas could help safeguard some of the most important areas at sea for breeding Antarctic penguins. The findings, published today in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, show that if all […]

A sea of rubbish: ocean floor landfills

The Messina Strait, a submarine bridge separating the island of Sicily from the Italian Peninsula, is the area with the largest marine litter density worldwide -more than a million objects per square kilometre in some parts-, as reported in a new review paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Also, over the next thirty […]

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era

IMAGE: Archaeological studies of low-density, agrarian-based cities such as ancient Angkor Wat in Cambodia are increasingly being used to inform the development of more sustainable urban centres in the future…. view more  Credit: Alison Crowther Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have a lot to answer for. Public perceptions of archaeology are often thoroughly outdated, and these […]

Scientists offer road map to improve environmental observations in the Indian Ocean

IMAGE: Artist’s illustration of the Indian Ocean Observing System and its societal applications. IndOOS data support research to advance scientific knowledge about the Indian Ocean circulation, climate variability and change, and… view more  Credit: JAMSTEC. MIAMI–A group of more than 60 scientists have provided recommendations to improve the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS), a basin-wide monitoring […]