Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below

File this under, "Welp, this is worse than we thought." A study published in Nature Geoscience finds that warm seawater is likely getting under an East Antarctica glacier and melting it from below. If the glacier's ice shelf melts, runway melting could cause another 11 feet of sea-level rise—that's on top of… » 3/17/15 8:36pm 3/17/15 8:36pm

The Closest You'll Come To Being A Bird Is Watching This Insane Footage

Sure, it's a publicity stunt, but what a cool idea (and for a good cause: raising awareness about endangered birds of prey). The BBC, in conjunction with Freedom Conservation, attached a camera to a trained eagle named Darshan, who swooped down from Dubai's Burj Khalifa, filming as he flew. » 3/14/15 2:40pm 3/14/15 2:40pm

When Did The Anthropocene Begin? Here Are The Two Most Plausible Dates.

The Anthropocene, for the uninitiated, is a proposed (albeit still informal) geological epoch, characterized by the global impact of human activity. But the question these days, at least among researchers concerned with such things, doesn't have to do with what the Anthropocene is, but when. » 3/11/15 6:00pm 3/11/15 6:00pm

More Americans Get Food Poisoning From Fruits And Veggies Than From Meat

Are you doing the environmentally responsible thing and trying to eat more produce and less meat? Hey, good on you! Pat yourself on the back. Now brace yourself for some bad news. » 3/10/15 1:20pm 3/10/15 1:20pm

An Intriguing Theory That Explains This Winter's Intensely Cold Weather

In this scenario, put forth by physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rise in air pollution via coal emissions from China and Southeast Asia is to blame for the relentless snows that have blanketed parts of the United States. » 3/08/15 4:15pm 3/08/15 4:15pm

The man who dreamed up the Keurig K-Cup has some regrets, not just about selling his stake in the popular company for a song, but for the amount of waste the non-recyclable single-serving coffee brewing pods have generated: nine billion pods were sold last year, most of which now languish in landfills. » 3/07/15 8:45am 3/07/15 8:45am

Toxic Explosive Waste Threatens Town Where True Blood Was Filmed

The town of Doyline, in northwestern Louisiana, stood in for fictional Bon Temps during True Blood's HBO run. Vampires and other supernatural beasties menaced onscreen, but the real-life town is facing a far greater concern: the to-be-decided fate of 15 million pounds of toxic explosives. » 3/05/15 7:00pm 3/05/15 7:00pm

President Obama Has Vetoed The GOP's Keystone XL Pipeline bill

The Keystone bill cleared the senate in January and passed in the House earlier this month, but the legislation was swiftly vetoed this afternoon by President Barack Obama. » 2/24/15 2:38pm 2/24/15 2:38pm

Why Do Cities Spark More Thunderstorms Than Rural Areas?

Some big cities, particularly those located in hot and humid environments, actually spawn more thunderstorms than surrounding rural areas. » 2/21/15 11:30am 2/21/15 11:30am

In order to make use of fields that can't be legally built on, airports are turning to beehives. European airports use the bee products to monitor pollutant levels, with Malmo airport's data consistently showing levels of heavy metals, volatile organic hydrocarbons and polyaromatic hydrocarbons well below European… » 2/20/15 4:30am 2/20/15 4:30am

Massive Forest Fires Could Be Cooling the Earth

Wait, what? A forest fire may not sound like a great way to cool off, but Earth's climate is a complicated beast. It turns out that some of the world's fiercest blazes are actually lowering our planet's temperatures. » 2/16/15 5:17pm 2/16/15 5:17pm

California's submitted a plan to the EPA to bring it into compliance with federal safe drinking standards, after 2,5oo instances where the state authorized oil and gas operations in protected water aquifers. 140 of 2,553 injection wells were actively injecting oil-field fluids into "good water quality" aquifers. [New… » 2/10/15 4:30am 2/10/15 4:30am

Which Countries Are Most Likely to Be Wiped Out By Future Disasters?

The results of a new report show which countries are the most vulnerable to risk—and the most ready to respond when disaster strikes. » 2/02/15 7:10pm 2/02/15 7:10pm

How Will Cities Change In The Dry, Dry Future?

Will cities in the future be re-designed to function "like sponges," to cope with droughts that will only become more severe thanks to climate change? » 1/23/15 3:20pm 1/23/15 3:20pm

What "Mystery Goo" Is Killing Birds Off San Francisco's Coast?

Over 150 seabirds have been injured by a "mystery substance" and 20 have died so far, according to the San Francisco Bay Area's International Bird Rescue center, which is currently working to clean and save as many as possible. » 1/19/15 3:40pm 1/19/15 3:40pm

An Oil Pipeline Is Suspended Above Alaska's Melting Tundra

This beautiful photograph reveals an oil pipeline hugging the shore of an Alaskan lake. The lake waters are slowly merging with the melting tundra beneath the pipeline, creating dark fissures around puzzle pieces of land. » 1/12/15 5:20pm 1/12/15 5:20pm

It's hard to determine what the WORST anti-science bullshit was over the past year, but Mother Jones has done it. In this list of the most egregious examples of climate denialism, the venerable magazine will remind you why a high school science education should be mandatory for all politicians. » 12/30/14 2:19pm 12/30/14 2:19pm

An Aerial View of Two Ecosystems

The border between Mongolia and China falls roughly on the border between two ecosystems. In this satellite image from the US Geological Survey (USGS), you can see where the southern steppes of Mongolia give way to the northern Chinese desert. The transition zone is known as the Edrengiyn Nuruu. » 12/26/14 11:00pm 12/26/14 11:00pm

How We Found The World's Deepest Fish – And Why We Must Keep Exploring

Scientists exploring the deepest place on Earth — the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — recently acquired footage of a strange, never-before-seen fish at a record depth of 26,722 feet. Here, one of the team members describes how they found it, and why it's vital to continue plumbing the ocean's depths. » 12/20/14 11:00am 12/20/14 11:00am