Phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea captured August 14, 2011.Credit: NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, CC BY 2.0 Phytoplankton are the foundation of ocean life, providing the energy that supports nearly all marine species. Levels of phytoplankton in an ocean area may seem like a good predictor for the amount of fish that can

Pollution haze over South East London, through a window in a viewing area of the 95-storey skyscraper The Shard, the tallest building in Britain, in London, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. The London mayor’s office says the city is experiencing a period of air pollution with pollution readings moderate to high across the city. (AP Photo/Matt

The planet’s long-term warming trend is seen in this chart of every year’s annual temperature cycle from 1880 to the present, compared to the average temperature from 1880 to 2015. Record warm years are listed in the column on the right.Credit: NASA/Joshua Stevens, Earth Observatory Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping

Growth of e-waste in East and Southeast Asia. Credit: United Nations University The volume of discarded electronics in East and Southeast Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both total volume and per capita measures, new UN research shows. Driven by rising incomes and high demand for

The Ross Ice Shelf, the largest of its kind in Antarctica. Credit: Rob Anthony, USGS Over the past few years, a large fracture has grown across a large floating ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. The world is watching the ice shelf, now poised to break off an iceberg the size of Delaware into the

Dust storm in Beirut, Lebanon. Credit: Eli Bou-Zeid In August 2015, a dust storm blanketed large areas of seven Middle East nations in a haze of dust and sand thick enough to obscure them from satellite view. The storm led to several deaths, thousands of cases of respiratory ailments and injuries, and canceled airline flights

Researchers report that warming from short-lived compounds — greenhouse gases such as methane, chlorofluorocarbons, or hydrofluorocarbons, that linger in the atmosphere for just a year to a few decades — can cause sea levels to rise for hundreds of years after the pollutants have been cleared from the atmosphere.Image Credit: Flickr/Wayne Butterworth. Through warming effects,

The crack through Larsen C ice shelf is visible as a dark line from bottom right to top left of this satellite image. Image captured on 26 October 2016.Credit: Image courtesy of British Antarctic Survey A huge iceberg, roughly the size of the county of Norfolk in the United Kingdom or the state of Delaware

Sourcewater provides users with a list and interactive map of all available fresh and wastewater, treatment facilities, shippers, and other water-based services. Users can search based on price, location, water quality, and other parameters to reduce the distance, cost, and environmental impact of hauling water.Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT MIT alumnus Josh Adler MBA ’13 is a

Monthly global lower troposphere anomaly. December 1978 to December 2016.Credit: UAH Globally, 2016 edged out 1998 by +0.02 C to become the warmest year in the 38-year satellite temperature record, according to Dr. John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Because the margin of error is

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