At the height of the last Ice Age, the expansion and contraction of glaciers in Africa's Rwenzori Mountains were driven by air temperature, rather than precipitation, according to new research that carries with it a host of implications affecting glaciers today.
Last winter was a rough one for many North Americans, with polar vortexes bringing Arctic temperatures as far south as Florida. Meanwhile, residents on the continent's west enjoyed a relatively mild winter. According to new research this weather pattern, brought on by a "curvy" jet stream, has become more pronounced in the last 4,000 years and may become more so as the climate gets warmer.
A comparison of historical climate data has led researchers to conclude that man-made air pollution generated in Asia has an impact on the Pacific storm track, which influences weather around the globe.
As global temperatures are expected to rise by 2050, deforestation in the Congo Basin could exacerbate regional temperature extremes by a factor of half, according to new research.
While populations of 80 moth species in Finnish Lapland are generally either stable or increasing, a study by the University of Michigan suggests their growth rates have been dropping, according to a release from the school. The researchers concluded from the 32-year study that the impact of climate change on animals and plants is being underestimated because much of the harm is hidden from view.
Scientists have discovered high levels of methane above shale gas wells at a point in production not previously thought to be a significant source of emissions, according to a joint study led by Purdue and Cornell universities.
The injuries marinelife sustain as a result in sudden changes in pressure - known as barotrauma - can be mitigated in the turbulent waters surrounding hydroelectric dams by modifying the design of turbines, according to a new study.
Forests growing in nutrient-rich soils are able to absorb five times as much carbon from the atmosphere as those in nutrient-poor soils.
Fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor were less able than fish from normal coral reefs to detect the scent of predators, according to a new study that seems to confirm laboratory experiments showing that the behavior of reef fishes can be seriously affected by increased carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean.
A wildfire burning in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile has killed at least 12 people and consumed at least 1,000 homes, according to the latest news reports.
Scientists at Stanford University have discovered an efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas, with the hope that it will serve as an eco-friendly alternative to the use of corn and other crops to produce ethanol.
Researchers at Colorado State University are predicting a below-average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin in 2014.
New historical climate analysis by a McGill University researcher indicates that climate change in the industrial era is man-made with "greater than 99.9 percent" certainty.
When it comes to fossils, the biggest creatures seem to get all the attention. But the little guys offer plenty of important information on the ancient environment as well, as evidenced in a recent study of leafcutter bees at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits.
Samples from the Greenland ice sheet suggest the US Clean Air Act had a clear effect on conditions in the Earth's atmosphere. The discovery by University of Washington atmospheric scientists also alludes to a link between air acidity and nitrogen preservation in snow layers.