Saving What We Can – Fifty Shades Of Coral To Be Preserved

Saving What We Can – Fifty Shades Of Coral To Be Preserved

A collaboration between some of the world’s leading marine biologists and three major philanthropic organizations has set a goal of saving 50 of the world’s most important coral reefs. Eventually, these may be used to restore the wealth of the oceans, once we get global warming under control. The 50 Reefs project represents a damning indictment of…

African Penguins Are Dying Out Thanks To Climate Change

African Penguins Are Dying Out Thanks To Climate Change

Oh won’t someone please think of the penguins? They’re really having a tough time now, and they really don’t deserve it. Volcanic eruptions and iceberg collapses are already killing off quite a few of them, and now – as reported in the journal Current Biology – climate change and fishing are officially penguin antagonists. African…

Humans Changing The Planet Hundreds Of Times Faster Than Natural Forces

Humans Changing The Planet Hundreds Of Times Faster Than Natural Forces

The Earth’s climate has changed 170 times faster in recent years than the previous 7,000. This is just one example where human influence is overwhelming the geological and biological processes that dominated previously. For 7,000 years, global temperatures declined at a rate of 0.1ºC (0.18ºF) per century until the start of the Industrial Revolution, note Owen Gaffney of…

Scientists Have Found Something Seriously Weird Beneath Yellowstone

Scientists Have Found Something Seriously Weird Beneath Yellowstone

There’s a massive lump of liquidized, carbon-rich rock hiding hundreds of kilometers beneath Yellowstone’s supervolcano and the greater Western United States area. It’s truly massive – 1.8 million square kilometers (about 700,000 square miles) in size – and it’s bubbling inside the upper region of the mantle, the region of the planet that’s a partly-molten…

Earth Has A Brand-New Continent Called Zealandia, And It's Been Hiding In Plain Sight For Ages

Earth Has A Brand-New Continent Called Zealandia, And It's Been Hiding In Plain Sight For Ages

Geologists have determined there’s a new continent called “Zealandia.” Recent satellite data and rock samples led to the conclusion. New Zealand and New Caledonia are part of the new continent, which is about as big as greater India. The new continent could have economic and geopolitical implications. Kids are frequently taught that seven continents exist:…