It's official, climate change is upon us, with sea levels rising, harsh storms abound, and the hottest years in history. Even the US Senate is admitting that climate change is a reality that we must deal with. Now, a new consequence of warming temperatures has appeared, and it's a strange one. Sea slug populations are growing to unfathomable numbers, and researchers are investigating what that could mean.
A recent study of the ancient seafloor has revealed some surprising and worrying facts about our oceans' past. Tens-of-thousands of years ago, our oceans suffered from severe oxygen loss just as massive ice sheets started to melt. Now, with sea ice and glaciers fast retreating in the wake of climate change, experts are worried about another instance of mass deoxygenation.
It's no secret that some of the most vulnerable species from around the world are struggling in the face of climate change. Endangered species and highly specialized ones are losing their habitats and resources to rising seas, melting permafrost, changing flora, and drying lands. However, new research has revealed that some of the world's most adaptable animals are also suffering, with the hearty and common mosquitofish serving as a prime example.
As if they haven't heard enough bad news already, researchers are now letting farmers know that the world's wheat yields are excepted decline in the near future, with the world standing to lose six percent of its wheat crop for every degree Celsius that the annual global temperature increases.
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.
According to a new study Mother Nature is trying to fight climate change alongside us, with strong Pacific trade winds helping to prevent an increasingly warming world.
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.
Most climatologists, ecologists, and even the World Bank have all reached a consensus that climate change is occurring. Experts and policymakers alike have attributed rising concentrations of carbon dioxide to net warming, but finding straightforward evidence of this can be difficult. Now, a team of researchers claims that they have identified, for the first time, how global warming is related to the amount of carbon emitted in a mathematical proof.
With the threat neonicotinoid use poses to honeybees gaining international attention, researchers are now focused on finding other factors that are contributing to a worrying decline in bees across the globe. Climate change, they say, is certainly to blame, and parasites may be one reason why.
Small volcanic eruptions over the years may actually helped slow climate change. That's at least according to a new study which details how minor eruptions between 2000 and 2013 may have directly cooled the average global temperature.
As humans pump carbon dioxide into the air, adding to the greenhouse gas effect, over time it acts as the Earth's own version of tanning oil, rather than covering it in a warm blanket like previous research suggested.
A new study has revealed that more and more specialized flowering plants may wind up missing out on pollinators as the spring season grows warmer for many parts of the world. As net temperatures continue to climb, researchers have found that bees are waking from their wintering earlier, disrupting a synchronized bloom that some flowers had painstakingly adapted for.
Some female frogs are making their offspring grow faster in the midst of global warming, new research shows, adjusting the rate depending on the date of reproduction.