On a sprawling central Washington wheat farm, state and federal officials signed a landmark agreement to create a "safe harbor" for reintroduction of the tiny Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, whose impending return has raised concerns among are
The electronics industry has become pretty trashy business. The EPA cites estimates that 130 million cell phones are thrown out in the US each year and 250 million computers will be out-of-date in less than 5 years. These figures aren't surpris
The average global temperature at Earth's surface has risen by about 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1880. Some scientists debate whether the increase is part of a natural climate cycle or the result of greenhouse gases produced by cars and industrial
Despite the long term warming trend seen around the globe, the oceans have cooled in the last 3 years. The temperature drop, a small fraction of the total warming seen in the last 48 years, suggests that global warming trends can sometimes take littl
Trees in a rare cloud forest in the desert regions of Oman water themselves with seasonal fog. Researchers studied this unusual watering process in a forest located in the Dhofar Mountains in the south of the Middle Eastern country.
Many people know that on the equinox, every location on Earth is supposed to get 12 hours of daylight. In fact, the term "equinox" means "equal night," signifying that the period of night should equal the period of daytime, and si
California sued six of the world's largest automakers over global warming, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have caused billions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit is the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable
A spoof or real warning? It's so hard to tell these days. Oh my, we are all going to die!
The extent of "perennial" ice - thick ice which remains all year round - declined by 14%, losing an area the size of Pakistan or Turkey.
A new bird species has been found in India, the first time such a discovery has been made here in more than 50 years, an astronomer and keen bird watcher said. The multicolored bird,
It's 3 feet long, pinkish in color, smells like a lily and must be saved from extinction, conservationists said in asking the federal government to protect the Giant Palouse Earthworm under the Endangered Species Act.
Greenland's glaciers have been shrinking for the past century, according to a Danish study, suggesting that the ice melt is not a recent phenomenon caused by global warming.
As the United States bakes in one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, drought from the Dakotas to Arizona through Alabama has sharpened the focus of farmers on their lifeline: water.
A fierce group of raccoons has killed 10 cats, attacked a small dog and bitten at least one pet owner who had to get rabies shots, residents of Olympia say. Some have taken to carrying pepper spray to ward off the masked marauders and the woman who w
The increase in the intensity and duration of Atlantic hurricanes in recent decades is due to temperature increases in the atmosphere caused by global warming, and not by natural variations in ocean temperature, according to a new study.
Volcanologists have warned that Mount Mayon in the Philippines could explode at any time but that the gravitational pull of a full moon could provide the final push.
A drought-hit Australian town could not swallow the idea of drinking recycled sewage water and rejected the water-saving option. Toowoomba would have become the nation's first town to supplement drinking water with recycled waste water, a practic
The tiny, airborne particles Cliff gathers at an air monitoring station just north of San Francisco drifted over the ocean from coal-fired power plants, smelters, dust storms and diesel trucks in China and other Asian countries.
Swarms of lowly thumb-sized ocean creatures that often resemble chains of transparent Gummy Bears play a critical role in transporting a greenhouse gas deep into the deep sea, scientists report. The semi-transparent barrel-shaped creatures, called
Trees could be growing in the Antarctic within a century because of global warming, an international scientific conference heard. The icy continent could revert to how it looked about 40 million years ago, said Professor Robert Dunbar of Stanford Uni
Nature abhors a vacuum. Wipe out one creature, and another will move in. Mammals leveraged this principle when the reign of dinosaurs ended. Now in a smaller way, jellyfish are taking over. In a region off the west coast of Africa in the Atlant
Corals and other marine creatures are threatened by chemical changes in the ocean caused by the carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels. Much of this added carbon dioxide is dissolving in the oceans, making them more acid.
Despite Antarctica's inhospitable environment, non-native species introuduced by tourists, scientists and explorers are gaining a foothold. Species can hitch a ride on ships and planes carrying visitors and supplies
The Earth is running a slight fever from greenhouse gases, after enjoying relatively stable temperatures for 2,000 years. The data are "additional supporting evidence … that human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming."
This Speech/Report has useful graphs that track temperature and it's relationship to the climate of the Sun itself.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the manatee as a threatened species rather than endangered. It also voted to remove the bald eagle from its list of threatened species. State officials said the
President Bush’s new nominee for Treasury Secretary, Goldman Sachs Chairman Henry Paulson, not only endorses the Kyoto Protocol to limit greenhouse emissions, but argues that the US’ failure to enact Kyoto undermines the competitiveness of US compani