Environment

Lionfish Invading Mediterranean Sea Must Be Removed ‘Preferably Tomorrow,’ Says Expert

Lionfish at Cyclops Caves, Protaras, Cyprus. (Courtesy of Wolf Werner via Plymouth University)
Lionfish at Cyclops Caves, Protaras, Cyprus. (Courtesy of Wolf Werner via Plymouth University)

Less than two dozen lionfish have been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, but they need to be fished out immediately if the ecosystem is to be preserved, a...




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    Video: Breathtaking Performance by Italian Pianist as He Floats Among Crumbling Arctic Glacier

    An acclaimed Italian pianist and composer performed a stunning concert, while floating in the Arctic surrounded by falling glaciers. Ludovico Einaudi, along with his grand piano, were... Read more

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    Good News on Rain Forests: They Bounce Back Strong, Storing More Carbon Than Thought

    When you cut and burn a tropical forest, you’re left with a barren plain of cracked red mud, incapable of supporting life—the opposite of the... Read more

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    Light Pollution So Bad, 80 Percent of Americans Can’t See Milky Way Anymore

    Light pollution blankets America so extensively, almost four out of five can’t see the Milky Way at night from where they live. And the United States... Read more

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    Microplastics, or microbeads, are small plastic particles generally defined as being smaller than 5mm and originating from the disintegration of larger plastic. The particles are also used... Read more

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    Large Magma Chamber Dubbed ‘Zombie Volcano’ Found in New Zealand Town

    Geologists have recently discovered a ‘zombie volcano’ in Matata—a small town located in the North Island of New Zealand. The term ‘zombie volcano’ refers to a... Read more

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    How Forests Recover Rapidly on Logging Roads in the Congo Basin

    Large areas of tropical forest worldwide are used for selective logging which requires extensive road networks to access trees harvested for timber. It is well... Read more

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    Study: Octopus and Squid Populations Are Booming, Called ‘Weeds of the Sea’

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    In four weeks “Finding Dory” hits movie theaters. While producers have all the indications to hope it will be just as popular as its predecessor—”Finding Nemo”—some scientists... Read more

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    The map above comes from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center. It shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated... Read more

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    A fifth of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction, researchers warned on Tuesday, May 10th, in an unprecedented global census of the... Read more

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    Can We Save the Algae Biofuel Industry?

    Algal biofuels are in trouble. This alternative fuel source could help reduce overall carbon emissions without taking land from food production, like many crop-based biofuels... Read more

  • An aerial view shows Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower built by Emaar property developer, rising among skyscrapers in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 17, 2009. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Eglwyswrw is a real place. This village in Wales is as long on rain as it is short on vowels. Last winter, it rained for... Read more


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