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How life on Earth almost ended once

Life on Earth has never been so close to an end as during the environmental catastrophe that marked the Permian-Triassic boundary - 252 million years ago. Scientists have long speculated what could have triggered the sudden disappearance of so many organism groups - more than... click to read more

  • Hana Jurikova | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 21, 2021
Message in a frozen bubble: Antarctic ice reveals abrupt rises in atmospheric CO2 in the ancient past

Today's atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are higher than ever during at least the last 800'000 years. More importantly, the atmospheric levels of this greenhouse gas continue rising at a speed that is unparalleled in our planet's recent geological history. Intensifying extreme weather events and... click to read more

  • Christoph Nehrbass-Ahles | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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Reading time 4.5 min
published on Jun 9, 2021
How rain sculpts mountains

The shape of Earth's surface can tell us a lot about what kinds of natural events have happened in a region and when. Heavy rainfall, for instance, causes rivers to swell, which can force a river to erode faster into its bed. This connection between... click to read more

  • Byron A. Adams | Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at School of Earth Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
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Reading time 4.5 min
published on May 27, 2021
‘Rivers in the sky’ carrying warm air destroy precious Antarctic sea ice

Looking at satellite images or Google Earth, you often find continent-long elongated clouds covering our planet, which may look like "rivers" running through the sky. These rivers are narrow belts of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere. Atmospheric rivers extend from the tropics (where water tends... click to read more

  • Diana Francis | Senior Scientist at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reading time 3 min
published on May 6, 2021
More than money: what do we need to adapt to climate change?

Climate change is already threatening the daily lives of people across the globe. In response, considerable investments are being made by governments, non-governmental organizations, and development agencies to help communities build their capacity to adapt. For example, one such initiative (The Adaptation Fund) has alone... click to read more

  • Michele L. Barnes | Senior Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia
  • Jacqueline Lau | Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 22, 2021