The researchers used satellite images to calculate the long-term cloud cover over regions in the 30-45 degree latitudinal range based on how different types of vegetation interact with the atmospheric boundary. They found that clouds form more frequently over forested areas and had a greater cooling effect on Earth’s atmosphere. […]

Hundreds of temperate lakes around the world are showing trends toward anoxia, becoming warmer, murkier, and less hospitable to cold-water species. PHOTOGRAPH: ARTUR WIDAK/GETTY IMAGES KEVIN ROSE AND his team loaded their sensors into a boat and began rowing. It was late summer at Lake Giles, a small glacial lake in […]

By restoring ecosystems, conservationists can help the land sequester carbon. But it’s still no substitute for drastically cutting emissions. PHOTOGRAPH: CONSTANTINE JOHNNY/GETTY IMAGES THE BIGGEST HINT nature ever gave humanity was when it sequestered fossil fuels underground, locking their carbon away from the atmosphere. Only rarely, like when a massive volcano fires […]

Earth’s magnetic field protects us from the solar wind, guiding the solar particles to the polar regions. SOHO (ESA & NASA) Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like […]

Credit: Sean Pavone/iStock A new report evaluating the efficacy of climate action plans and commitments of the 100 largest U.S. cities finds the leadership of these municipalities stands as an important counter to the federal government’s rollback of climate policies and departure from the Paris Agreement. Yet, despite genuine achievements […]

The study is the first to measure vegetation changes across the Arctic tundra, from Alaska and Canada to Siberia, using satellite data from Landsat, a joint mission of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Credit: Logan Berner, Northern Arizona University International team of researchers finds the region has become greener […]

Archaeologic excavations at Hall’s Cave exposed sediments for geochemical analysis that span from circa 20,000 to 6,000 years. Credit: Michael Waters, Texas A&M University Researchers say cooling 13,000 years ago is coincident with major volcanic eruption. Texas researchers from the University of Houston, Baylor University and Texas A&M University have […]