How World War I changed the weather for good

How World War I changed the weather for good

Culture has rarely tired of speaking about the weather. Pastoral poems detail the seasonal variations in weather ad nauseam, while the term “pathetic fallacy” is often taken to refer to a Romantic poet’s wilful translation of external phenomena – sun, rain, snow – into aspects of his own mind. Victorian novels, too, use weather as…

"Doomsday" Vault Flooded After Permafrost Melts Due To Climate Change

"Doomsday" Vault Flooded After Permafrost Melts Due To Climate Change

The fortified Svalbard Global Seed Vault, designed to protect the world’s seeds from disaster and environmental devastation, has been flooded. The culprit? Climate change. “It is a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time – and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters,” reads the website by Crop Trust, the organization tasked with protecting…

China And Japan Are Harvesting "Combustible Ice" From The Seafloor

China And Japan Are Harvesting "Combustible Ice" From The Seafloor

Methane hydrates – frozen watery methane, essentially – can be found buried beneath seafloors and permafrost landscapes all over the world, and as you might suspect, they’re extremely flammable. Japan and China have decided that this ability to generate energy shouldn’t go to waste, and as reported by the Associated Press, they’ve decided to start…

93 Endangered Species Threatened By Trump’s Wall

93 Endangered Species Threatened By Trump’s Wall

If Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall goes ahead, then the US must be prepared to wave goodbye to its populations of jaguars, wolves, bears, and even its bald eagles, whose habitats dot the nearly 2,000-mile divide, according to a new report. It’s no secret that Trump’s administration doesn’t seem to rate the safety and longevity…

Mount St Helens Is Rumbling Again, So Should We Be Worried?

Mount St Helens Is Rumbling Again, So Should We Be Worried?

As has been reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Mount St Helens is rumbling again, with swarms of earthquakes beneath the surface appearing to suggest that magma is moving around down there. Don’t panic though – this happens more than you think, and besides, if you’re worried about this, then you’re focusing on…