Environment

One million premature deaths linked to ozone air pollution

One million premature deaths linked to ozone air pollution

New research links long-term exposure to ozone air pollution with one million premature deaths per year due to respiratory diseases, which is more than...
Glacier photos illustrate climate change

Glacier photos illustrate climate change

Climate is changing -- there should be zero doubt about this circa 2017. The outstanding issue for the geoscience community has been how we best...
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet

Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

The idea of geoengineering, also known as climate engineering, is very controversial. But as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in our atmosphere, scientists are beginning...
Ancient Italian fossils reveal risk of parasitic infections due to climate change

Ancient Italian fossils reveal risk of parasitic infections due to climate change

Rise in trematodes could occur much sooner than thought. In 2014, a team of researchers found that clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700...
Climate change will hit these U.S. economies hardest

Climate change will hit these U.S. economies hardest

Unmitigated climate change will make the United States poorer and more unequal, predict researchers. The poorest third of counties could sustain economic damages costing as...
Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials

Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials

Over 7 million tones of mollusk shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste. The vast majority of these shells are...
More summer sunshine leading to increased Greenland ice melt

More summer sunshine leading to increased Greenland ice melt

A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has discovered that a marked decrease in summer cloud cover during the last 20...
Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production

Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation...
Pulling out of Paris Accord puts Americans at risk

Pulling out of Paris Accord puts Americans at risk

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” President Donald Trump bragged as he announced that the United States would withdraw...
1 in 5 people could be a refugee by 2100

1 in 5 people could be a refugee by 2100

In the year 2100, 2 billion people—about one-fifth of the world’s population—could become refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines...