Earth Has Been Getting Warmer Way Faster Than We Thought

We know that the planet is getting warmer — but it turns out that it’s happening faster than we thought. Turns out scientists have been underestimating warming increases because of inaccurate temperature recordings taken in the southern oceans.

Atmospheric CO2 Increases Have Hit A 30-Year High

Don’t panic (you should panic), but the rate at which the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are rising just hit a 30-year high. If rates don’t slow down, we’ll soon breach the levels that experts claim are safe.

There Are Huge Plumes Of Methane Leaking From The Atlantic Floor

Methane can come from all kinds of places. But now a team of researchers has discovered over 500 bubbling methane vents just off the east coast of the US that are releasing the gas too.

The Earth's Ozone Layer Is Still Being Chewed Apart

If you thought that the depletion of the ozone layer was a problems of the ’90s, think again: according to new NASA research, the Earth’s atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of ozone-depleting chemical, decades after it was banned worldwide.

Things Are Bad When A Climate Scientist Publicly States 'We're F**ked'

It’s one thing to note the unusually hot weather we’ve been having and then slather on some suncream. But when a climate expert unceremoniously concedes that the planet is “f**ked”, it’s probably time to get seriously worried.

Even A Small Nuclear Showdown Would Mean Worldwide Disaster

In these decades after the Cold War, “nuclear winter” is an idea that can feel as remote as science fiction. But using state-of-the-art climate models, scientists have calculated exactly what nuclear winter will look like after even a small, regional conflict. Boy is it bad.

How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming

We all know that carbon dioxide is contributing to the warming of our planet, but… how, exactly? In this video, Lieven Scheire explains how quantum mechanics holds the answer.

Why Tall Buildings Make Cities Hotter

The breezy dark corridors between a city’s tallest buildings seem like shady respites from the blistering summer sun. But it turns out those shadowy urban canyons are actually making your city more hell-like. NASA released some images today shot from the International Space Station which help to illustrate why.

Look At Where Antarctica Is Losing Ice Faster Than Ever

This image might look pretty, but it holds a glum message: it shows that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year. We already knew that Antarctica was melting, but this image — created by a team of scientists from the UK’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling using data from CryoSat — shows exactly where it’s happening.

The Mysterious Disease Travelling Across The Pacific In The Wind

For decades, doctors have been unable to answer the most basic question about Kawasaki disease: what causes it — a virus, a chemical, a fungus? Whatever it is, it provokes mysterious swelling and rashes in infants. Doctors now think they have finally figured out what causes Kawasaki — thanks to an analysis of the wind.

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