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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.


A Street View Mashup Shows Your Suburb After Sea Levels Rise

Ever wondered what New York, London, Paris, Sydney or even your home town might look like when sea levels rise? World Under Water by Carbon Story uses Google’s Street View to do just that.


This Is The Simplest Explanation Of Climate Change You'll Ever See

Climate change is one of the most complex areas of scientific study out there, causing physicists, chemists and meteorologists alike to scratch their heads — so it’s understandable that the rest of us find it a little difficult to grasp. But this video is your best chance yet of understanding the topic.


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