At its peak intensity, waters off Tasmania were 2.9°C above expected summertime temperatures. (Stock image) Credit: © Daniel Poloha / Fotolia Climate change was almost certainly responsible for a marine heatwave off Tasmania’s east coast in 2015/16 that lasted 251 days and at its greatest extent was seven times the size of Tasmania, according to

Los Angeles skyline, showing air pollution. (Stock image) Credit: © Justin / Fotolia Exposure to environmental pollutants during pregnancy may increase the risk of asthma for as many as three consecutive generations, according to new research. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology — Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

Smog in Los Angeles, California, USA Credit: © dell / Fotolia A new study of 60 million Americans — about 97% of people age 65 and older in the United States — shows that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is

Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, Greenland. Credit: © Nicole / Fotolia The Greenland ice sheet is often seen as a pristine environment, but new research has revealed that may not be the case. A Danish-led study, published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, examined how microbes from the ice sheet have the potential to resist and

Farming in Africa (stock image). Credit: © klevit / Fotolia Climate change could turn one of Africa’s driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region

Tree ferns still occupy the tropical moist forests in Australia, even though they shared their ‘golden age’ with dinosaurs. Credit: Samuli Lehtonen Throughout the history of life, new groups of species have flourished at the expense of earlier ones and global biodiversity has varied dramatically over geologic time. A new study led by the University

An area burned at low severity in the Rim Fire, as photographed in the summer of 2014. Credit: Reed Crane, U.S. Forest Service Forest composition, ground cover and topography are the best predictors of forest fire severity in the Western U.S., according to Penn State physical geographers who also see that the long history of

NIST has combined a laser instrument that ‘combs’ the air with a flying multi-copter to scan and map atmospheric gases over kilometer distances. Credit: NIST Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated a new mobile, ground-based system that could scan and map atmospheric gas

The yellow shows old reconstruction, the black shows new reconstruction and the grey shaded shows observations. Credit: GEOMAR How much do solar cycle variations influence our climate system? Could the rising Earth temperatures due to anthropogenic effects partly be compensated by a reduction of solar forcing in the future? These questions have been in the

Waste containers for different types of residues in Madrid. Credit: UCC-UPM Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid suggest a new methodology to assess the environmental impact of the containers used for the collection of urban waste. An inappropriate design of a container system might unnecessarily aggravate the impact on environment when collecting and transporting the

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