Global sea level could rise 50 feet by 2300, study says Climate Change and Honey bees NASA Sees the Development of Eastern Atlantic Tropical Storm Nadine Voyage of the Seal Arctic ice cap destabilizes at ‘unprecedented’ speed IIASA contributes to IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C Genetic Tool to Predict Adult Heart Attack Risk in Childhood US plan to genetically alter crops via insects feared to be biological war plan Thieves snatch more than 100 baby giant tortoises from Galapagos Islands Three companies responsible for two-thirds of single-use plastics
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Global sea level could rise 50 feet by 2300, study says

Global average sea-level could rise by nearly 8 feet by 2100 and 50 feet by 2300 if greenhouse gas emissions remain high and humanity proves unlucky, according to a review of sea-level change and projections by Rutgers and other scientists. Since the start of the century, global average sea-level has risen by about 0.2 feet. […]

Climate Change and Honey bees

Climate change has had an adverse effect on pollinators. It has changed the distribution of many pollinating butterflies, bumblebees and other highly plant-dependent pollinators. These species pose a serious threat to the food supply chain worldwide. “When global warming occurs in different periods of the past two million years, the Earth takes about 5,000 years […]

NASA Sees the Development of Eastern Atlantic Tropical Storm Nadine

As Hurricane Michael barrels toward the U.S. states along the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, and Tropical Storm Leslie lingers in the Central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Nadine has formed off the west coast of Africa in the far eastern Atlantic. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the new named storm. On Oct. 9, […]

Voyage of the Seal

It was almost an ordinary day in the field for Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar Sarah Kienle — except for the Jeff Corwin show camera crew. She was helping the crew with a routine procedure on an adult female northern elephant seal in Año Nuevo State Reserve, using a pulley attached to a sling and a […]

Arctic ice cap destabilizes at ‘unprecedented’ speed

Satellite images revealing an Arctic ice cap destabilizing at “unexpected and unprecedented” speed have scientists questioning the long-term stability of some of the Earth’s polar ice caps. A time lapse video using the images shows a portion of the Vavilov Ice Cap in northern Russia thinning and slowly spreading into the Kara Sea from 1985 […]

IIASA contributes to IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, a new assessment on minimizing global warming, and multiple IIASA researchers were involved in its production. The report was approved by the IPCC at a meeting on 6 October in Incheon in South Korea and highlights the strong […]

Genetic Tool to Predict Adult Heart Attack Risk in Childhood

People at high risk of a heart attack in adulthood could be spotted much earlier in life with a one-off DNA test, according to new research which we part-funded, published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. An international team led by researchers from the University of Leicester, University of Cambridge and […]

US plan to genetically alter crops via insects feared to be biological war plan

Government-backed researchers in America are aiming to use virus-carrying insects to genetically engineer crops – raising fears the technology could be used for biological weapons. A new article in the journal Science explores the shadowy program funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). The program aims to disperse infectious, genetically modified viruses […]

Thieves snatch more than 100 baby giant tortoises from Galapagos Islands

Thieves have stolen 123 baby giant tortoises from a breeding facility in the Galapagos Islands, where they are revered as a lumbering symbol of the region's unique biodiversity and a reminder of how Charles Darwin conceived his theory of natural selection. "They were all taken at once, 123 in all. It was a robbery," Washington […]

Why Sulawesi’s tsunami is puzzling scientists

Friday's catastrophic tsunami event on Sulawesi Island is a puzzle. As the emergency response gathers pace, scientists are scratching their heads to understand why it generated such big waves. The magnitude 7.5 quake was certainly large – one of the biggest recorded anywhere on the globe this year. But it was what geophysicists call a […]

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