Looking for origins of life in hot springs
Scientists put a hypothesis to the test.
50 years ago, a meteorite landed in Victoria carrying many of the building blocks for life, including amino acids, nu...
Higher rainfall could amplify global warming
Microbes release more CO2 from soil when it’s wet.
Global warming causes multiple feedback loops – including parts of the tropics, it seems. The drainage basin of th...
Understanding moisture and rainfall
Scientists probe the data to try to decode the skies.
The role that atmospheric water vapour plays in weather is complex and not clearly understood. However, US resear...
Snow loss fuelling harmful algal blooms
Unwanted green can be seen from space.
Continued loss of snow over the Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau region is fuelling the rapid expansion of destructive algal...
Global warming affects tropical cyclone patterns
Study confirms shifting geographical trends.
Global warming is shifting patterns in the distribution of tropical cyclones rather than their frequency, according t...
Getting a drink in the Atacama Desert
Cyanobacteria extract water from rocks.
It’s not quite life on Mars, but it may be a pointer. Gypsum rocks in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Credit: Jocelyne Dir...
Smarter irrigation could feed millions more
Modelling shows people and ecosystems will benefit.
US researchers have calculated that accessing untapped freshwater around the world would allow farmers to feed 620 to...
Satellites map melting ice sheets
A new view of Greenland and Antarctica.
Ice sheet losses from Greenland and Antarctica have outpaced snow accumulation and contributed around 14 millimetres ...
Microplastic hotspots on the seafloor
Study shows how ocean currents transport them.
The ocean currents that transport nutrients and oxygen to organisms on the deep-sea floor also carry microplastics th...
Earth ‘wobbled’ before two major earthquakes
It’s not clear, though, whether this will happen again.
The earth “wobbled” before two of the largest earthquakes in recent history, according to a new study, but it’s not c...
Coupling big data and conservation
Scientists highlight opportunities to generate sustainable solutions.
The “big data revolution” offers an unprecedented opportunity to better chart environmental degradation and inform gl...
We keep finding marine plastic
Researchers detect it from the air and in the ice.
There’s mixed news in our fight against plastics that cause chaos in marine environments. We’re finding new ways to f...