Hundreds of methane plumes have been found along the East Coast

Hundreds of methane plumes have been found along the East Coast

During a sweeping survey of the United States Atlantic Coast, it was discovered that hundreds of gas plumes are currently bubbling up from the sea floor. While ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, according to research report that was published yesterday. "We don't know of any explanation that fits as well as methane," said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University. Between Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and Georges Bank in Massachusetts, around 570 methane … [Read More...]

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The Alps: The heart of European Romanticism

The Alps: The heart of European Romanticism

The Alps are one of the most gorgeous landscapes that Europe has to offer. Be it in winter, spring, summer, or especially autumn, the Alps are beautiful in a way that is almost impossible to describe with words. The glorious views can be enjoyed in any of the numerous small towns that dot the … [Read More...]

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Cities continue to get hotter, and it’s starting to affect health

Cities continue to get hotter, and it’s starting to affect health

Cities are almost always hotter than the rural areas that surround them, but global warming is taking that extra heat and making a hell of a lot hotter. In the near future, this combination of urbanization and climate change could bring urban temperatures to such high levels that it could threaten … [Read More...]

Cities are causing spiders to grow bigger and breed faster

Cities are causing spiders to grow bigger and breed faster

Spiders are starting to become bigger and reproduce faster thanks to the numerous amenities that are provided for them by cities. Things such as artificial lighting, lawns, urban heat islands, and many other features that are present in all cities have combined to create a new generation of super … [Read More...]

Researchers have developed a sweat-powered “biobattery”

Researchers have developed a sweat-powered “biobattery”

Ever wondered what the world would be like if you could harness your own sweat to charge your mobile devices? Probably not, but nevertheless, researchers at the University of California at San Diego have designed a device which does exactly that. Unveiled at the annual meeting of the American … [Read More...]

Poaching is wiping African elephants off the planet

Poaching is wiping African elephants off the planet

While it’s no secret to anyone that illegal wildlife hunting, also known as poaching, threatens the existence of many species of animal, the danger that it poses to individual species, such as the iconic African elephant, remains largely unknown due to the covert nature of poaching. However, a … [Read More...]

North Texans just adopted 2,200 pets in a single day

North Texans just adopted 2,200 pets in a single day

This weekend, more than thirty animal shelters across North Texas participated in “Empty the Shelter Day”, an animal adoption drive that sought to get as many animals out of shelters and into homes by waiving the fee that traditionally comes with adopting an animal. The drive ended up being a … [Read More...]

California cemeteries are doing their part to fight the drought

California cemeteries are doing their part to fight the drought

  As California’s historic drought continues to suck the state dry, residents and businesses from across the state are looking for ways to minimize their water intake. Even cemeteries are joining in the effort, with several of them experimenting with a variety of methods to keep their … [Read More...]

Feds are sterilizing endangered tortoises in order to save them

Feds are sterilizing endangered tortoises in order to save them

The federal government is taking a new, and rather unusual, step to help save the endangered desert tortoises of the American Southwest. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has decided to begin sterilizing the species it’s trying to save in an effort to curb the growing population of … [Read More...]

SeaWorld is upgrading its orca habitats following “Blackfish” controversy

SeaWorld is upgrading its orca habitats following “Blackfish” controversy

After having sustained heavy damage from the controversy surrounding the captivity of killer whales, SeaWorld has announced a massive expansion that will see the size of its orca environment double. The company also plans to contribute an additional $10 million to research on the species and … [Read More...]

Energy companies have been illegally using diesel fuel for fracking

Energy companies have been illegally using diesel fuel for fracking

A new report, published earlier this week by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), alleges that several oil and gas companies have been illegally using diesel fuel in their hydraulic fracturing operations, and then falsifying the records to hide the fact that they’re violating the federal … [Read More...]

Three years later and the effects of Fukushima can still be felt

Three years later and the effects of Fukushima can still be felt

It was more than three years ago – on March 11, 2011 – that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan experienced a catastrophic failure which resulted in the meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors. This disaster was caused by a massive tsunami that hit the area, which itself … [Read More...]