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 […]

Magnets dim natural glow of human cells, may shed light on how animals migrate

Researchers in Japan have made the first observations of biological magnetoreception – live, unaltered cells responding to a magnetic field in real time. This discovery is a crucial step in understanding how animals from birds to butterflies navigate using Earth’s magnetic field and addressing the question of whether weak electromagnetic fields in our environment might […]

Surveys identify relationship between waves, coastal cliff erosion

IMAGE: Scripps Oceanography geomorphologist Adam Young buries wave energy-measuring sensors. view more  Credit: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers have uncovered how rain and waves act on different parts of coastal cliffs. Following three years of cliff surveys in and near the coastal city of Del Mar, Calif., they […]

Human-made landscape promotes coexistence of two normally separated Andean warblers

IMAGE: The two species and their habitats at the study site in Ecuador (Photos by J. Nowakowski). The higher elevation species, the Spectacled Whitestart, chooses fragmented forests with few trees and… view more  Credit: photo by Jacek Nowakowski, the coauthor of the original paper at www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-78804-2 In the mountains across the world, different types of […]

Plant diversity in Germany on the decline

IMAGE: The study shows that even species that are considered widespread, such as the corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas), are steadily declining in Germany. view more  Credit: Sebastian Lakner In an area covering the whole of Germany, in every grid field of approximately 5 by 5 kilometres – the decline in species diversity averages around two percent […]

Satellite images confirm uneven impact of climate change

University of Copenhagen researchers have been following vegetation trends across the planet’s driest areas using satellite imagery from recent decades. They have identified a troubling trend: Too little vegetation is sprouting up from rainwater in developing nations, whereas things are headed in the opposite direction in wealthier ones. As a result, the future could see […]

East African Rift System is slowly breaking away, with Madagascar splitting into pieces

IMAGE: Geosciences doctoral student Tahiry Rajaonarison sets up a GPS instrument in northern Madagascar in this 2016 photograph. Photo credit: Rina Andrianasolo. view more  Credit: Rina Andrianasolo The African continent is slowly separating into several large and small tectonic blocks along the diverging East African Rift System, continuing to Madagascar – the long island just off […]

New drone technology improves ability to forecast volcanic eruptions

Specially-adapted drones developed by a UCL-led international team have been gathering data from never-before-explored volcanoes that will enable local communities to better forecast future eruptions. The cutting-edge research at Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea is improving scientists’ understanding of how volcanoes contribute to the global carbon cycle, key to sustaining life on Earth. The […]

Specially-adapted drones gather data from unexplored volcanoes to better forecast eruptions

IMAGE: Taking a look at the new data soon as the drone returns. Featuring Dr Emma Liu (UCL) and Dr Kieran Wood (University of Bristol), using an Airgraph Aeris gas sensor… view more  Credit: Matthew Wordell Specially-adapted drones developed by an international team have been gathering data from never-before-explored volcanoes that will enable local communities to […]