Environment

If you were to travel all the way to the northwest tip of a remote peninsula along the northwest coastline of rural Alaska, you’d find an isolated town sitting around 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.   But Kotzebue (pop. ~3,300) isn’t just remarkable for its faraway vantage point near the top…
February 22, 2018
It’s a place that almost seems too magical to exist: the world’s largest underwater cave, spanning an incredible 347 kilometres (216 miles) of subterranean caverns, discovered in Mexico a month ago.   When archaeologists unveiled this immense, immersed labyrinth, they said it wasn’t just a natural wonder, but an important archaeological find set to reveal…
February 21, 2018
Regular earthquakes are bad enough. Volcanoes too. But an earthquake swarm at a supervolcano? That really sounds like it could be scary, and scientists say they’ve just detected such a phenomenon at the site of Yellowstone caldera.   According to geophysicists with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the past fortnight has seen Yellowstone supervolcano…
February 21, 2018
In a major study released Thursday, a team of government and university scientists say that the nature of air pollution is changing dramatically as cars become cleaner. This is leaving personal-care products, paints, indoor cleaners and other chemical-containing agents as an increasingly dominant source of key emissions.   “Over time, the transportation sector has been…
February 20, 2018
Bornean orangutans, the largest tree-dwellers on the planet, are vanishing. The population of these great apes was halved between 1999 and 2015, per an estimate published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.   A survey of orangutan nests, coupled with a statistical analysis of habitat changes, indicates that more than 100,000 animals were lost in…
February 16, 2018