After examining precipitation and groundwater data from wells scattered across the tropics, researchers discovered these freshwater resources may be more resilient to climate change than previously thought, and may even benefit from fewer but more intense rainfall patterns.
Native Australian "resurrection plants" store sugars and recycle cells to survive long dry episodes. Using this, researchers may be able to design drought-resistant crops.
Fossilized sediments from a prehistoric lake were recently found in Scandinavia and shed light on what really happened at the end of the last Ice Age.
University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers recently developed a computer program that estimates the impact climate change could have on the Antarctic ice sheet.
An 1,800-year-long trend driven by volcanic activity was brought to an end by 19th-century, human-caused global warming. Recent studies of this phenomenon question the exact role that oceans play in climate change.
A shocking new study revealed that anesthetic gases, of all things, raise Earth's temperature - well, at least a little.
New research has found evidence of a positive feedback mechanism brought on by climate change in which global warming itself may intensify a rise in greenhouse gases, resulting in additional warming.
Back in 2009, at the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change, nations around the world drew a hypothetical line in the sand, pledging to do everything in their power to prevent the world annual average temperature from warming an additional two degrees Celsius (3.6 °F) - known as the Copenhagen Accord. Now, nearly six years later, experts are saying that even this lofty goal won't be enough to save many nations.
With winter at its end, it appears that the extent of Arctic sea ice has reached its limit. Worryingly, it's the lowest extent ever seen, reaching only about 5.61 million square miles. What's more, this is also one of the earliest maximum extents ever reached, with most seen much further into the end of the season.
It's no secret that the world's coral reefs are rapidly declining, taking the one-two punch that is warming temperatures and mounting ocean acidification. However, there is hope, and it's coming straight from an unknown member of the natural world. Researchers have just discovered a new species of algae, and it's one that seems to be able to help corals survive otherwise deadly temperatures.
Earlier this month, climatologists from the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced that, according to their data, 2014 was definitely the hottest year ever recorded. Now NASA and the NOAA are throwing in their two cents to back that claim, providing new evidence that the world's net temperature has been growing gradually hotter each year, with few exceptions.
So 2014's December may have been bone-chillingly cold for some parts of the world, but when measurements from every corner of the Earth from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 were finally combined and averaged, it was revealed that this past year was easily the hottest ever recorded.
It's no secret that Earth's average global temperature is rising, with 2014 slated to be the hottest year on record, but new research shows that temperature anomalies - readings well above or below the mean - are warming even faster than the overall average.
With winter upon us, air conditioning is probably the last thing most people (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) are thinking about. However, winter won't last forever, and with climate change pressing in, many regions are expected to suffer from hotter and hotter summers. Now, a team of researchers has dreamed up a new way to cool a room without escalating energy demands.
NOAA global climate data has revealed that this past summer was likely the hottest the Earth has experienced in more than 130 years. Interestingly, a great many regions are also reporting at least one record cold temperature during this season, showing just how complicated climate change is.