New Scientist – Earth New Scientist – Earth</link> New Scientist – Earth</link> </image> daily 1 Fossil blubber shows ichthyosaurs were warm blooded reptiles</link> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:00:00 +0000 A fossil so well preserved that its skin is still flexible is revealing much more about the marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs that swam in the sea during the age of dinosaurs North Pole and Polar Worlds review – why Inuit don’t worry about north</link> Sat, 24 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000 Exciting tales of heroic polar explorers make a great exhibition, but a book on the North Pole shows that times are too changed not to seek deeper narratives http://mg24032052.600 Shallow Mexican seabed traps tsunamis so they strike land repeatedly</link> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:30:00 +0000 A tsunami kept pinging back and forth for three days after being triggered by the 8 September 2017 Mexico earthquake, posing even more risk to human life Anthropocene review – tough film makes case for human-created epoch</link> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000 From Kenyan children picking through plastic waste to swathes of Germany laid waste for coal mining, a film shows why we are in a new, human-created epoch http://mg24032040.700 Timefulness review – our impulsive and pugnacious age needs geology</link> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000 If you want to save Earth, argues a new book, quit sitting around in the present hoping for the best and learn to think really long term, like a geologist http://mg24032040.600 Huge 30-kilometre wide meteorite crater found under Greenland glacier</link> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:05:00 +0000 Radar surveys have revealed a crater left when a kilometre-wide asteroid hit Greenland – and the impact could explain a climate mystery Why Earth’s water could be older than Earth itself</link> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 How did water survive Earth’s searingly hot birth? A radical new answer turns planetary history on its head – and could revolutionise the search for alien life http://mg24032020.400 Quakes prompt UK fracking operations to pause several times</link> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 18:00:00 +0000 A rash of recent earthquakes in Lancashire, UK has prompted fracking operations to halt temporarily on six separate occasions http://mg24032023.200 Weird rocks in Australia are a missing piece of the Grand Canyon</link> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 10:40:00 +0000 Some rocks in Tasmania, Australia, look out of place. Now an analysis suggests they were once part of the rocks that form the Grand Canyon in the US http://mg24032014.700 Supercharged geothermal energy could power the planet</link> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000 The next generation of geothermal plants will unlock more of Earth’s bountiful, underground energy and could allow the technology to finally fulfil its promise http://mg24032000.300 Huge fossil-like scars of the Anthropocene mark walls of Russian mine</link> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:00:00 +0000 Vast machines have left the subterranean world of a potash mine in the Urals with ammonite-like whorls, photographed for a project to highlight lasting human impacts on the planet. http://mg24031992.500 Falling rocks can explode so hard that only nuclear weapons beat them</link> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:00:00 +0000 If big rocks fall far enough they can explode with more energy than any non-nuclear bomb – and the ensuing shockwave can snap large trees half a kilometre away Front-runner in Brazil’s election wants to pull out of climate treaty</link> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:52:00 +0000 The far-right winner of the first round of Brazil’s presidential election wants to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and cut down the Amazon rainforest Dramatic pictures of the storm damage from Florence and Mangkhut</link> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0000 Extreme storms Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut have caused destruction and taken lives across the globe this week, forcing millions to evacuate their homes http://mg23931965.300 Earliest known animal was a half-billion-year-old underwater blob</link> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:00 +0000 The weird ‘Ediacaran’ fossils have stumped scientists for decades – now fatty molecules found inside some of them confirm they are the most ancient animals we know Photography: heating up the climate campaign</link> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:00 +0000 At Unseen Amsterdam, striking images of a melting glacier are stirring visitors to action Global warming is melting glaciers and that means more tsunamis</link> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Mountainsides are becoming less stable as glaciers retreat, leading to more landslides that can trigger massive – but localised – tsunamis Special report: The new megaprojects changing the face of our planet</link> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Across the world, new roads, railways, dams and power lines are encroaching on previously virgin territory – with untold consequences for Earth’s wildlife http://mg23931932.500 Biodiversity in crisis: Earth’s giant construction projects mapped out</link> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:00:00 +0000 The planet’s largest areas of undisturbed wilderness in Siberia and tropical rainforests are under threat from huge waves of development. Here’s what it looks like http://mg23931932.600 How a janitor wowed Darwin by solving the ice age mystery</link> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:50:00 +0000 Self-educated ice sage James Croll cracked the conundrum of why Earth periodically freezes over. He was feted in his time, so why did the world forget him? http://mg23931920.700 New world map is a more accurate Earth and shows Africa’s full size</link> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 08:00:00 +0000 The “Equal Earth” projection shows the true area of continents such as Africa without greatly distorting their shapes and is already being adopted by NASA NASA’s deep-space mission to a $ 10 quintillion all-metal world</link> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000 The unique metal asteroid Psyche may be a space miner’s fantasy – but there are better reasons to want to visit it, says mission leader Lindy Elkins-Tanton http://mg23931910.400 Life may have begun on Earth 100 million years earlier than we thought</link> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:00:00 +0000 A new timeline of early evolution suggests life on Earth began 100 million years earlier than we thought, while meteorites were still pummelling the planet Corals on old North Sea oil rigs could help natural reefs recover</link> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Not only are deep-sea coral ecosystems thriving on oil and gas rigs in the North Sea, their larvae may be helping repopulate damaged natural reefs Asteroid strike may have forged the oldest rocks ever found on Earth</link> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:00:00 +0000 The oldest rocks ever found are over four billion years old and we don’t know how they formed – but a massive asteroid bombardment may be responsible The Meg: Real Megalodon shark would eat Jason Statham for breakfast</link> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:37:00 +0000 Jason Statham’s new film The Meg looks gloriously silly and good luck to it, but it got us thinking about what its giant prehistoric shark was really like and why it died out Don’t give up, we can survive even a Hothouse Earth</link> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:22:00 +0000 Bad news on the climate should lead neither to despair nor unfounded optimism. Instead, we need to roll up our sleeves and prepare for life on a drastically changing planet California’s worst wildfire in history is now the size of Los Angeles</link> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:57:00 +0000 Firefighters are battling high winds and extreme heat as they try to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California Global warming may become unstoppable even if we stick to Paris target</link> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:00:00 +0000 There could be a planetary threshold beyond which the earth will keep warming even if we stop pumping out more fossil fuels – the so-called ‘Hothouse Earth’ scenario A weird Pacific cycle could make the Arctic warm up even faster</link> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 16:00:00 +0000 The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is cyclical, switching from warm to cold phases every 20 years or so. When it switches again it could speed up Arctic warming Did ancient Mayan civilisation collapse because of a sudden drought?</link> Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:00:00 +0000 We have the best evidence yet that there was a prolonged drought at the time of the demise of the classic Mayan civilisation – and could explain why it collapsed Extreme heat: Why its origins could lie deep in the Atlantic</link> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Swathes of the northern hemisphere are smashing temperature records. Could it be because we’ve broken the ocean currents that stabilise our weather? http://mg23931890.100 Earth Overshoot Day – what to make of this moment of reckoning?</link> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:30:00 +0000 Earth Overshoot Day is a hugely popular way to highlight our global environmental impact. Here are two views on it… http://mg23931892.100 Mass graves found on Scottish islands may be ancient tsunami victims</link> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:26:00 +0000 A rare tsunami may have struck the islands of Shetland and Orkney off the UK’s north coast 5500 years ago, killing dozens of people who had to be hastily buried Weird ‘wind drought’ means Britain’s turbines are at a standstill</link> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:08:00 +0000 Britain is experiencing a prolonged “wind drought” that has slowed or halted the blades on turbines around the country Stone Age bakers made first bread thousands of years before farming</link> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:00:00 +0000 Evidence of the first early bread suggests humans were baking with wheat and oats thousands of years before they began farming the cereals Globetrotting film sends scientists on “relay race” of inquiry</link> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:00:00 +0000 A documentary called The Most Unknown uses a global game of science “tag” as a cute way to frame humanity’s big questions – but it can all get a bit earnest http://mg23931850.600 Record temperatures mean ancient forts become visible in fields</link> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:30:00 +0000 When the ground is baked by days of sun, markings that indicate the location of ancient settlements begin to emerge in the parched terrain http://mg23931862.800 The tiny oasis spared wrath of Hawaii’s volcano</link> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:00:00 +0000 A tiny stretch of road has escaped the lava flows from the latest eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which is still menacing a corner of Big Island two months after it began http://mg23931850.100 UK is not on track to meet its own climate targets, says report</link> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:01:00 +0000 The UK is not on course to meet its own targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the 2020s and 2030s, says the UK’s Climate Change Committee Fire crews prepare ‘heavy attack’ on massive moorland wildfire</link> Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:11:00 +0000 Pockets of fire continue to burn across a six-kilometre area of Saddleworth Moor today as 50 firefighters worked to contain the situation Illegal Chinese refrigerator factories are selling banned CFCs</link> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Last month it was revealed that someone somewhere was still manufacturing banned CFCs. Now it appears that illegal factories in China are the source Capitalism broke the planet. Here’s how it’s going to fix things</link> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:00:00 +0000 The environment and high finance are strange bedfellows – but a new movement is raising billions to fight climate change. A breakthrough – or green hogwash? http://mg23831830.500 An entire Arctic ecosystem could vanish within the next decade</link> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 16:00:00 +0000 The Barents Sea, home to a diverse array of wildlife, could be completely gone in just a few years – perhaps the most dramatic impact of climate change yet seen Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology: Bobby the whale and Attenborough</link> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:00:00 +0000 Bobby the fin whale presides over the reopening of Cambridge University’s zoology museum – with David Attenborough putting the final specimen in place Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive and damages muscles</link> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:01:00 +0000 There are low levels of cocaine and other drugs in many rivers, and lab studies suggest that European eels are suffering muscle damage as a result The first Americans had pet dogs 1000 years earlier than thought</link> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:44:00 +0000 There were domestic dogs in North America 10,200 years ago, according to a re-examination of an ancient dog skeleton that looks like a small English setter The epic hunt for the place on Earth where life started</link> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Darwin’s warm little pond, the deep ocean and icy shores – all have been suggested as the birthplace of life. Now one location could have it all http://mg23831820.400 Wild animals are turning nocturnal to keep away from humans</link> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:00:00 +0000 Dozens of species all around the world are abandoning the day and becoming more active at night, to avoid contact with humans Alarm as ice loss from Antarctica triples in the past five years</link> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000 The loss of Antarctica’s ice has been accelerating ominously since 2012, and could lead to big rises in sea level if the rate of loss keeps increasing EU will limit the use of palm oil as car fuel but won’t stop it</link> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:45:00 +0000 The European Union will make only minor tweaks to “renewable” energy policies that are actually increasing greenhouse gas emissions and driving deforestation Why tidal power won’t solve the world’s renewable energy needs</link> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:48:00 +0000 There are widespread calls for the UK government not to abandon a trailblazing tidal power project, but this energy source is no green panacea, says Hans van Haren Finally we can power the planet on renewables alone – here’s how</link> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:50:00 +0000 Ditching fossil fuels to go 100 per cent renewable is a dream within reach – thanks to new tech that keep things humming even when wind and sun aren’t there http://mg23831810.100 Britain’s hedgehog population has fallen 66 per cent in 20 years</link> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:01:00 +0000 Britain only has 58 wild mammal species to start with, and many have declined sharply in number since 1995 – with hedgehogs suffering a particularly severe fall Africa’s 2000-year-old trees of life are suddenly dying off</link> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:00:00 +0000 In the past decade most of the oldest baobabs, many of them sprouted over two millennia ago, have died unexpectedly and few new ones are sprouting A renewables revolution is afoot – but who will benefit?</link> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000 Donald Trump’s commitment to coal is short-sighted and wrong-headed. A 100 per cent renewable future is coming – and other countries will reap the rewards http://mg23831812.500 Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish</link> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:25:00 +0000 Fishing boats in the Gulf of Alaska are being stalked by enormous sperm whales, which charge in and rip huge volumes of fish from the lines Why are there so many devastating volcanic eruptions right now?</link> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:57:00 +0000 High-profile volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala are grabbing the headlines, but geophysics isn’t responsible for connecting the two disasters Europeans now burn more palm oil in their cars than they eat</link> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:42:00 +0000 Palm oil consumption in the EU jumped by 7 per cent in 2017 because it is increasingly used as a biofuel – driving the destruction of orangutans’ habitat The most elusive whales reveal their secrets in their wakes</link> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 12:20:00 +0000 We know almost nothing about the enormous beaked whales because they spend so much time deep underwater, but a new DNA technique could unmask them Zambia to kill 2000 hippos because they might spread anthrax</link> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:50:00 +0000 Over the next five years 2000 hippos are to be culled in Zambia, supposedly to stop them giving people anthrax, but the cull may inadvertently fuel the trade in hippo ivory Guatemala volcano kills 75 as ash buries entire villages</link> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:17:00 +0000 The Fuego volcano in Guatemala has exploded and spewed out molten rock and ash, killing at least 75 people in the country’s most violent eruption for over a century Enjoy a season of science with our 2018 UK festival picks</link> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:00:00 +0000 Stumble into surprises all over the UK, from the physics of gin at WOMAD, to mind-reading at Green Man, to time deconstructed at New Scientist Live H2Oh! 10 mysteries of water</link> Wed, 30 May 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Water has a host of unusual properties – many of which are essential for life. Here we round up ten of the most peculiar H2Oh! Water is actually two liquids disguised as one</link> Wed, 30 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Earth’s most precious liquid is weird, and if it wasn’t we would die. Now experiments have uncovered its secret: it’s not one liquid, it’s two http://mg23831800.100 Night fishing with light-up lures that can be seen from space</link> Tue, 29 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 In this stunning photo snapped from the International Space Station, green LED fishing lures light up the night in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea http://mg23831790.200 The Great Barrier Reef has died 5 times in the last 30,000 years</link> Mon, 28 May 2018 16:00:00 +0000 The Great Barrier Reef  has resurrected itself five times in the last 30,000 years after being wiped out by dramatic environmental shifts. Burning Planet: Fire’s intriguing role throughout Earth history</link> Mon, 28 May 2018 09:00:00 +0000 We view fire as a hazard, but a thought-provoking book argues it wasn’t always so – and helps us revise our thinking by looking back over geological time http://mg23831791.000 11 unmissable wonders of the natural world</link> Fri, 25 May 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Seven wonders of the world? Too few! We dial it up to 11 with this selection of nature’s greatest hits – unique environments all too often in trouble The curious fate of the eighth wonder of the world</link> Fri, 25 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 People travelled from far and wide to see New Zealand’s spectacular pink and white terraces. Then they were destroyed in a volcanic eruption – or were they? http://mg23831790.600 More lava flows reach the coast as volcano threatens Hawaii</link> Fri, 25 May 2018 10:54:00 +0000 Lava is entering the ocean off Hawaii from a third flow, marking the third week of a volcanic eruption that has opened up nearly two dozen vents, In big cities even the fish are always rushing around the place</link> Fri, 25 May 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Two common US fish have evolved different body shapes to help them survive in the fast-moving streams in built-up areas Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused massive global warming</link> Thu, 24 May 2018 19:00:00 +0000 The asteroid that struck Earth 66 million years ago caused dramatic climate change, which could mean we are underestimating how much the planet will warm in the coming centuries Fixing planet plastic: How we’ll really solve our waste problem</link> Thu, 24 May 2018 13:40:00 +0000 From bag bans to bacterial mulchers, many solutions are touted for the plastic waste crisis. Find out which work – and which don’t – in our definitive guide http://mg23831780.100 Mystery ozone-destroying gases linked to badly recycled fridges</link> Thu, 24 May 2018 10:30:00 +0000 Last week we learned a chemical that harms the ozone layer is being emitted in Asia – and now it seems sloppy recycling might be partly to blame Why the UK’s plan to tackle air pollution is mostly hot air</link> Tue, 22 May 2018 13:15:00 +0000 A ban on using polluting wet wood isn’t nearly enough to halt the rise in dangerous particulates from trendy wood burners Salvaged plastics imitate bizarre and beautiful sea life</link> Tue, 22 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 This deceptive artwork was created by photographing just a few of the 5 trillion bits of plastic that pollute our oceans and shorelines http://mg23831784.200 Half of life on Earth has vanished since we arrived on the scene</link> Mon, 21 May 2018 20:00:00 +0000 The biomass of living organisms on the planet has halved since human civilisation began, and humans now outweigh all wild mammals tenfold Chinese giant salamanders may already be virtually extinct</link> Mon, 21 May 2018 18:05:00 +0000 Researchers spent four years looking for Chinese giant salamanders and only found 24 – and that’s not even the worst bit of news The volcanic eruption on Hawaii is now making an acidic fog</link> Mon, 21 May 2018 15:35:00 +0000 As lava from Kilauea plunges into the Pacific Ocean, clouds of hot acidic steam are being blasted off – and the eruption shows no signs of slowing down Plastic waste is a problem – but some solutions are even worse</link> Mon, 21 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000 Plastics have done wonders for hygiene and human health. We need to fix the waste problem – but don’t throw out the baby with the bath tub http://mg23831781.900 A third of ‘protected’ nature zones are quietly being ruined</link> Thu, 17 May 2018 19:00:00 +0000 The world’s nations have set up 200,000 protected areas in which nature is supposed to flourish, but in many cases the protection is pretty much theoretical Someone is wrecking the ozone layer again. They must be stopped</link> Thu, 17 May 2018 17:47:00 +0000 For the health of our planet, and ourselves, we must find and foil those who breach crucial environmental treaties, says Lesley Evans Ogden Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought</link> Thu, 17 May 2018 14:45:00 +0000 A possible future that climatologists treat as the worst of the worst, because it would produce huge greenhouse gas emissions, might lead to even more emissions than believed Harsh: Europe’s cannabis died just as the first farmers arrived</link> Thu, 17 May 2018 11:45:00 +0000 Cannabis – the source of the drug marijuana – virtually disappeared from Europe just as farmers arrived, so they didn’t get the chance to grow it for another 4500 years Drones plus AI help to spot sick trees and plants in time</link> Thu, 17 May 2018 11:45:00 +0000 Drones fitted with multispectral cameras are scanning forests for beetle attack, and orchards and vineyards for signs of disease before it’s too late Lizards keep evolving toxic green blood and we don’t know why</link> Wed, 16 May 2018 19:00:00 +0000 All the green-blooded lizards in the world live in New Guinea, but it turns out the trait has evolved there independently at least four times Biodegradable plastic: Waste that eats itself</link> Wed, 16 May 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Plastics that degrade on disposal already exist, and are getting better. But they won’t solve the plastic trash problem on their own – and here’s why Fertiliser feeds us but trashes the climate – now there’s a fix</link> Tue, 15 May 2018 16:00:00 +0000 The way we make ammonia for fertilizer was developed a century ago and produces more than 1 per cent of all carbon emissions. Now we may have a replacement Hawaii’s erupting volcano may blast out ‘10-tonne cannonballs’</link> Tue, 15 May 2018 14:45:00 +0000 As Kilauea continues erupting, lava is mixing with water, creating steam that could trigger massive explosions and throw large rocks up to a kilometre away The tides are getting stronger thanks to the shifting continents</link> Tue, 15 May 2018 12:30:00 +0000 The ocean tides are the strongest they have been for millions of years, and they will get stronger for several million years to come – because of the position of the continents Rich nations restore their own forests but trash those elsewhere</link> Mon, 14 May 2018 19:00:00 +0000 As countries get richer, they start replanting their forests – but this is not a big environmental gain because they “export” the deforestation to poor countries We messed up our figures on how much carbon dioxide is too much</link> Mon, 14 May 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Climatologists have tried to set a “carbon budget” that tells us how much greenhouse gas we can emit and stay below 2°C, but their efforts have only caused confusion It is worth valuing trees, but all deserve our respect</link> Mon, 14 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000 The benefits trees bring to our lives are now being quantified by a band of treeconomists, an approach that could help us give trees the respect they deserve http://mg23831772.000 Towing icebergs to Cape Town is a poor way to halt water crisis</link> Fri, 11 May 2018 18:00:00 +0000 Hauling chunks of polar ice to dry regions to provide fresh water sounds tempting but there are many reasons to reject it, says Olive Heffernan Treeconomics: How to put a fair price tag on urban forests

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