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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Role of dams in reducing global flood exposure under climate change

A new collaborative study led by researchers at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, the University of Tokyo, and Michigan State University exposes the role of dams for mitigating flood risk under climate change. Flood is amongst the costliest natural disasters. Globally, flood risk is projected to increase in the future, driven […]

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 […]

Water and gender equality | EurekAlert! Science News

Water isn’t just crucial for life, it’s fundamental to increasing opportunities for women and girls in rural areas across the globe. A new Stanford study reveals how bringing piped water closer to remote households in Zambia dramatically improves the lives of women and girls, while also improving economic opportunities, food security and well-being for entire […]

New analysis highlights importance of groundwater discharge into oceans

IMAGE: Coastal groundwater discharge can sometimes be seen at low tide as rivulets flowing into the ocean, as on this beach on Oahu. A global assessment found groundwater discharge plays a… view more  Credit: Jenny Bernier An invisible flow of groundwater seeps into the ocean along coastlines all over the world. Scientists have tended to disregard […]

Reawakened geyser does not foretell Yellowstone volcanic eruptions, study shows

IMAGE: A 2019 eruption of Steamboat Geyser in the Norris Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The geyser’s first documented activity was in 1878, and it has turned off and on… view more  Credit: UC Berkeley photo by Mara Reed When Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser — which shoots water higher than any active geyser in […]

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 […]