Earth Science News

Goodbye, snows of Kilimanjaro

The most recent survey among the ice fields atop Mount Kilimanjaro found that the ice atop Africa's most famous mountain could be gone in twenty years—and maybe even sooner. Published…

Record global ocean temperature in July

The world's ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for July, breaking the previous record set in 1998, reports NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. At 62.56°F (16.99°C), ocean temperatures…

Large Trees Declining in Yosemite

A recent study by the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) indicates a substantial decline in the number of large-diameter trees in Yellowstone National Park. Between the 1930s and the 1990s there…

Imbalance in Earth’s Biogeochemical Cycles

Scientists are currently meeting at the 94th annual Ecological Society of America (ESA) symposium in New Mexico to discuss, among other topics, the massive upset of the natural biogeochemical cycles…

Is El Niño back?

A return of El Niño could boost average global temperatures: the two warmest years on record — 1998 and 2005 — have occurred during ENSO events. Ocean temperatures in the…