Earth Science

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

08 August 2013

New research suggests that global warming trends are being disguised by historical CFC emissions...

25 July 2013

Close study of the genome of the oil palm tree could result in significantly increased palm oil yield.

11 July 2013

Capturing carbon dioxide and storing it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but how safe is it?

11 July 2013

Changes deep in the Earth's core are changing the Earth's rotation and affecting how long days are.

04 July 2013

Fire-fighters were killed in Arizona this week tackling a wildfire that got out of control. But how do blazes like this...

06 June 2013

Manganese leaching from lava stones around Mt Etna could explain a high incidence of Parkinson's disease in the...

30 May 2013

Ice age plant samples have been recovered from polar glaciers and brought back to life after 400 years in the deep...

23 May 2013

A mile-wide tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma this week. Here's the Quickfire Science on these destructive...

16 May 2013

Water that hasn't seen the light of day, or had contact with the Earth's atmosphere, for 2.5 billion years...

18 April 2013

The Kepler satellite has announced this week the best possible candidates for habitable planets around distant stars

10 April 2013

Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide could lead to more clear-air turbulence, leading to bumpier and more expensive...

14 March 2013

Physicists from the Russian Academy of Sciences claim to have made the first detection of water dimers in realistic...

07 March 2013

11,300-year data set shows global temperature will soon be setting records...

25 February 2013

This month has seen the MARS2013 simulation underway in a desert in the Northern Sahara...

07 February 2013

A team led by Paul Renne at the Berkeley Geochronology Center in California have shed new light on the asteroid impact...

24 January 2013

Does improved energy efficiency translate into a saving for the planet? Or does it just mean people use more resources...

18 December 2012

Getting back to nature can boost mental agility and problem-solving powers, a new study has shown.

02 December 2012

America’s Grand Canyon could be a lot older than previously thought – ancient enough that dinosaurs could have strolled...

28 October 2012

South African dung beetles scuttling across scorching hot desert sands use their dung balls not just as food but also...

28 October 2012

Changes in the gulf stream over the last 5000 years are destabilising trapped methane over at least 10,000 square...

12 October 2012

A meteorite that fell to Earth in 2011 contains trapped samples of the Martian surface, interior and atmosphere.

10 September 2012

What do aeroplanes, airships, rockets, guns and gas pipes have in common? They could all help to cool the Earth by...

23 August 2012

Nanoparticles in cosmetics and exhaust fumes can accumulate in plants and stunt growth, scientists have warned...

02 August 2012

Massive landslides on Saturn’s moon Iapetus, as studied by the Cassini mission, can be "an excellent laboratory...