Earth news stories

Norway funds satellite map of world’s tropical forests
22nd October 2020 | | Earth, Humans, Tech

A unique satellite dataset on the world’s tropical forests is now available for all to see and use. It’s a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly.

Tardigrades’ latest superpower: a fluorescent protective shield
15th October 2020 | | Animal Life, Earth

They might be tiny creatures with a comical appearance, but tardigrades are one of life’s great survivors. Now scientists say they have found a new species boasting an unexpected piece of armour: a protective fluorescent shield.

How rodents the size of bears arrived in the Caribbean
15th October 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The islands of the Caribbean used to be home to a huge array of unusual animals, including a group of rodents that weighed up to 200 kilograms.

Megafauna struggled in the rainforest
8th October 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

In today’s human-dominated world, rampant deforestation is driving many of Southeast Asia’s species towards extinction. But according to research published in the journal Nature, the opposite once occurred – as rainforests replaced grasslands thousands of years ago, megafauna and ancient humans vanished.

40,000 years of adapting to sea-level change on Alor Island
5th October 2020 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Early people were rapidly adapting to climate change as they made their way towards Australia tens of thousands of years ago, new research shows.

Manatees Lived in Texas During the Last Ice Age
5th October 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Research led by The University of Texas at Austin has found fossil evidence for manatees along the Texas coast dating back to the most recent ice age. The discovery raises questions about whether manatees have been making the visit for thousands of years, or if an ancient population of ice age manatees once called Texas home somewhere between 11,000 and 240,000 years ago.

40% of world’s plant species at risk of extinction
2nd October 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Two in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of the natural world, according to an international report. Plants and fungi underpin life on Earth, but the scientists said they were now in a race against time to find and identify species before they were lost.

We couldn’t have figs without wasps. Here’s how mutualism works.
28th September 2020 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A form of symbiosis, mutualism is an interaction between two individuals that benefits both—and it’s widespread across the animal kingdom.

Image from Alvesgaspar (Wiki Commons)

Could the Sahara ever be green again?
28th September 2020 | | Ancient, Earth

Sometime between 11,000 and 5,000 years ago, after the last ice age ended, the Sahara Desert transformed.

We may finally know what life on Earth breathed before there was oxygen
28th September 2020 | | Ancient, Earth

Billions of years ago, long before oxygen was readily available, the notorious poison arsenic could have been the compound that breathed new life into our planet.

Animals’ magnetic ‘sixth’ sense may come from bacteria, new paper suggests
15th September 2020 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A University of Central Florida researcher is co-author of a new paper that may help answer why some animals have a magnetic ‘sixth’ sense, such as sea turtles’ ability to return to the beach where they were born.

We now know the average global temperature during the last ice age
7th September 2020 | Ancient, Earth

The temperature of the planet during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), has been ‘nailed down’ thanks to ancient plankton fossils.

Meteorite crater discovered while drilling for gold in outback WA estimated to be 100 million years old
3rd September 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Geologists say they have discovered a large meteorite crater in outback Western Australia, which could be up to five times bigger than the famous Wolfe Creek Crater in the state’s remote north.

Evidence of hibernation-like state in Antarctic animal
27th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Researchers discover Fossil evidence of ‘hibernation-like’ state in tusks of 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal.

Millenary geoglyph destroyed by Amazon farming
27th August 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

For decades, researchers have been uncovering archaeological treasures that disprove any suggestion that complex civilizations did not exist in the Brazilian Amazon before colonialism.

How cold was the ice age? Researchers now know
26th August 2020 | Ancient, Earth, Tech

A University of Arizona-led team has nailed down the temperature of the last ice age—the Last Glacial Maximum of 20,000 years ago—to about 46 degrees Fahrenheit (7.8 C).

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