There was enough unstable, warm, moist air in the Earth’s upper latitudes over the weekend to produce thunderstorms above the Arctic Circle, including lightning bolts that struck the surface within 300 miles of the North Pole. That’s not unprecedented, but it is rare, and the conditions that enabled it are a product of climate change.
The head of the South American powerhouse has come under fire for his environmental policy, with accusations that deforestation of the Amazon has spiked since he took office this past winter. Amid criticism, Germany announced that it plans to cut funding to Brazil in order to curtail the clearing of the rainforest.
A cosmic guest, known as the comet Swift-Tuttle, is giving earthlings a special treat, as the Perseids are reaching their climax tonight. The meteor shower generates flashes in the planet’s atmosphere, creating an illusion of falling stars and resulting in a mesmerising show. However, people have not always had such a view of this phenomenon.
Tornadoes are most common in the north of Mexico but do happen all over the Latin American country.
An increasing number of the world’s people are facing “extremely high” water stress, but a great deal can still be done to reverse the damage, Jodi Dean, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Fred Magdoff, professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont, told Sputnik Friday.
Marine heat waves, defined as periods of extremely warm sea surface temperatures, can lead to the rapid death of coral reefs, according to a study published Thursday by researchers from Australia, the UK and the US in the journal Current Biology.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it would, on an interim basis, allow the continued use of chemical M-44 devices in an effort to protect farmers’ livestock from wild animals.
A giant asteroid - dubbed 2006 QQ23 - is expected to closely approach Earth on Saturday around 3:23 a.m. EDT.
The Joshua tree, a plant native to the southwestern US, namely California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, may be completely extinct by the end of the century due to climate change, a recent study carried out by the University of California Riverside’s Center for Conservation Biology reveals.
Following an unprecedented July heat wave in Alaska, sea ice in Alaskan waters has completely melted away, according to new satellite data from the National Weather Service (NWS).
Several weeks ago, a helicopter pilot flying over Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which has entered a relatively calm state after a 30-year active stretch, spied an odd green patch at the bottom of the crater, prompting scientists to embark on further investigation.
A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries faces “extremely high” water stress, meaning they are using more than 80% of the water they have every year, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Resources Institute (WRI).
Preliminary data released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Friday reveals that this past July was likely the hottest month ever in recorded history after officials detected an average increase of 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
A wildfire burning in a field in the San Diego, California, community of Otay Mesa is spreading rapidly and could soon span 400 acres, according to firefighters.
The fossils of a creature that preyed on insects, crabs and spiders during the Cambrian Period have rake-like claws, a circular mouth and a giant head. It resembles Han Solo’s spaceship Millennium from the "Star Wars" franchise, after which the newly discovered animal was named.
During the last six weeks, four whale shark specimens have been spotted off the coast of Eilat, a southern Israeli port and resort town along the Red Sea.
We’ve heard of full moons, new moons and even supermoons at this point. But Wednesday will mark an interesting phenomenon many may have not yet heard of: a black supermoon.
Flying across the Atlantic only takes about eight hours. Sailing, by contrast, takes about three weeks and has prompted the underage “climate prophet” to take a sabbatical from school.
Canada has discovered that local black bears are hunted for their genitals. Chinese traditional medicine, which sees potions made from bears’ genitals as a source of virility, appears to be behind the practice.
Piton de la Fournaise volcano is situated on the south-eastern side of Reunion, which is a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean. The 2.6-kilometre volcano is considered to be one of the most active on the planet and has erupted more than 150 times over the past 300 years.