One of the Joshua trees, a relative of the yucca that reaches for the sky and reminded early Mormon settlers of a Biblical story, recently burned at the national park with its name. It was determined as human-caused.
A recent study by the University of British Columbia notes that only four percent of the world's ocean is within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In 2010, representatives of 200 nations agreed to preserve at least 10 percent of the ocean by 2020.
One of the Earth's driest places, Chile's Atacama Desert, is blanketed in purple flowers this fall because of unprecedented rains brought by El Niño. They flowers are nearly over--they're expected to disappear by late-November.
A recent study in the Adirondacks found that the growth decline among the area sugar maples began in the 1970s. Researchers are looking for reasons, which might involve acid rain, climate change and insects. But they are finding that maples are not like other trees.
A study from the University of Guelph looked at the rivulus fish, which lives among mangroves from Florida to Brazil. It controls its own body temperature in warming water by taking great leaps.
While parcels of ocean have recently been preserved, researchers from Oregon State University say that the proportion of marine preservation is still far behind that for land. They've laid out reasons why it's much cheaper to act now.
A recent study predicted that because of severe droughts, at least six types of butterflies in the U.K. could be extinct by 2050. Here's information on that and on maintaining habitat for each important pollinator.
A new house design runs on solar, breeze-collection, rainwater, and the ability to raise tilapia and an aquaponic garden indoors.
A new mobile app developed by the University of Nebraska and other partners and using NASA satellite images. This will allow more water managers, farmers and others to conserve water.
In recent days, as temperatures increased in Minnesota and Wisconsin, millions of ladybugs crept out from hidden crevices to plague homeowners. Although these tiny insects were once considered cute, their huge swarms are causing more people to view them as mere pests.
Shellfish deposits have been used to determine Pangea's ancient climate. This could help scientists predict future climate changes.
University of Iowa researchers found in a study of their power plant that burning coal with oat hulls reduced CO2 by a high percentage and lowered particulate emissions.
After examining potentially habitable climates of three exoplanets, two seem to use an air-condition-like system that prevents the planet from getting too hot, according to KU Leuven researchers.
Crocodiles roamed areas of Wyoming and Canada 50 million years ago, enjoying the temperate climates. But since these areas are so far from ocean warming effects, scientists wondered how they remained habitable for large aquatic reptiles.
According to new models, storm surges are expected to increase significantly in areas that aren't usually susceptible to tropical storms. Researchers call these cyclones Gray Swans, and believe that as climate change increase, so does the possibility of these potentially devastating storms.