The experimental setup and test site at Store Glacier, Greenland. Researchers conceptualized a battery-powered receiver with an antenna placed on the ice that can measure ice thickness using the sun’s radio waves. Credit: Sean Peters A new method for seeing through ice sheets using radio signals from the sun could […]

PHOTOGRAPH: GETTY IMAGES THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A new report details global warming’s effect on the national park and its surroundings, including everything from its forests to the Old Faithful geyser. In 1872, when Yellowstone was designated as the first national park in […]

In this Thursday, July 1, 2021 file photo, a wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton, British Columbia, Canada, during record high temperatures. According to a study released on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada “was virtually impossible without […]

ANIMATION First global assessment of the extent of snow and ice cover on Earth’s surface—a critical factor cooling the planet through reflected sunlight—and its response to warming temperatures. The global cryosphere—all of the areas with frozen water on Earth—shrank by about 87,000 square kilometers (about 33,000 square miles), a area […]

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 […]

Can you imagine a world powered by 100% renewable electricity and fuels? It may seem fantasy, but a collaborative team of scientists has just shown this dream is theoretically possible – if we can garner global buy-in. The newly published research, led by Professor James Ward from the University of […]

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Credit: NASA Results demonstrate the power of nickel isotope analyses, which are relatively new, to solve long-standing […]

Some of the birds collected at Chicago’s McCormick Place that are in the Field Museum collections, including an eastern meadowlark (far left) and an indigo bunting (far right). Credit: (c) Field Museum, Karen Bean When a University of Michigan-led research team reported last year that North American migratory birds have […]

The period preceding the emergence of behaviorally modern humans was characterized by dramatic climatic and environmental variability – it is these pressures, occurring over hundreds of thousands of years that shaped human evolution. New research published today in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal proposes a new theory of human cognitive evolution entitled ‘Complementary […]