Methane bubbles up from below a lake. (Credit: Strelyuk/Shutterstock) Turkey’s Mount Chimaera is on fire, and has been for millennia. Dozens of campfire-sized flames burst straight of the mountain’s rocky, sea-facing slope. These eternal flames are fueled by methane, the odorless, colorless substance that provides much of our natural gas […]

Increasing representation of important terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity sites for global 2030 milestones. (A) Terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity sites. (B) Marine biodiversity sites. The pie charts on the right of each figure represent sites that are currently not protected. Credit: Dinerstein et al., Sci. Adv. 2019; 5:eaaw2869  ENLARGE There […]

Scientists looked for tiny earthquakes that have hit Southern California in recent years and discovered a whopping 1.8 million that hadn’t previously been recorded. (Credit: Varunyuuu & TonelloPhotography/Shutterstock) Southern California is famous for its sandy beaches, wine country, theme parks and Hollywood glitz. And also its earthquakes. Now, researchers have […]

Cryoconite, the layer of dark sediment on top of most glaciers, is a sponge for nuclear contaminants. New research finds that glaciers all over the world — not only those near nuclear disaster sites — are excessively contaminated with radioactive fallout. Credit: Robert Szymanski/Shutterstock The world’s ice is rapidly disappearing, […]