Earth Science

Articles about geology, palaeontology, archaeology, climate and climate change, and the weather...

29 November 2018

At first glance, it almost sounds crazy. Can we really take carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial plant and store...

01 November 2018

A significant amount of the single-use plastics that we use ends up in our oceans.

11 October 2018

Thousands of soiled nappies that were destined to clog Italian landfill sites or incinerators are being redirected to a...

09 August 2018

We could get to the stage where atmospheric greenhouse gases are in decline – a point known as drawdown – and begin to...

24 May 2018

From droughts and forest fires to floods and big freezes, extreme weather events are on the rise - so how can we...

13 May 2018

A volcanic eruptions on the Big Island of Hawaii is sending lava surging through streets and gardens, engulfing homes...

28 April 2018

We are addicted to plastics. They are used for everything, from food packaging to smart phones. But when we are done...

26 April 2018

Electric ferries and digital communication between ships could help in the quest to decarbonise maritime transport, a...

13 April 2018

A recent study has seen microplastics in the headlines: 40 river beds in urban, suburban and rural regions of northwest...

12 April 2018

Using European plant and dairy waste as an alternative to soy-based animal feed could see a big drop in agricultural...

11 April 2018

Oceans are noisy. Shrimps snap their claws, whales sing to find a mate and dolphins echolocate to find food. However...

05 April 2018

A Roomba-like ocean trash collector modelled on a whale shark and a microplastic filter made from jellyfish slime could...

15 March 2018

I often get a rock or a twig for my birthday. It probably sounds a bit odd, but you see, we lichenologists - people who...

18 January 2018

Why did 76% of species become extinct 65 million years ago...?

13 January 2018

Significant palaeoenvironmental changes that occurred during the Quaternary, the most recent geological period, could...

12 January 2018

An environmentally friendly coffee machine and a way to turn used coffee grounds into a new type of ink are helping to...

12 October 2017

Wind speeds around the world seem to be decreasing in a phenomenon known as ‘stilling’ and European scientists are...

21 September 2017

Scientists have a new best estimate for our remaining carbon budget, but does this bring new hope?

09 February 2017

Vegetables rejected by European shops for the way they look are being used as dinner ingredients in Kenya, in a bid to...

13 January 2017

Technology alone is not enough to reduce air pollution in Europe, we all have to change our habits and behaviour if we...

15 December 2016

European scientists are joining forces to find out more about the impact of common chemicals on human health, with the...

01 December 2016

Trillions of pieces of plastic are floating in the oceans, potentially damaging human health, killing wildlife, and...

24 November 2016

Field robots and plane-based remote sensors can patrol the earth and the sky to monitor the gases that cause climate...

20 October 2016

Overfishing threatens more than 90 species in Europe with extinction. But it turns out fish farming can actually make...