A new study indicates that man-made ocean acidification is already eating away at animals in the Southern Ocean. "This is actually happening now," said study author Geraint Tarling of the British Antarctic Survey.
Researchers collected sea snails from the Southern Ocean in 2008, and subsequent analysis has shown that the creatures' shells are actively being corroded by falling pH, which is dropping faster than at any time in the last 300 million years. The acidification is the result of incre... Read More
Norwegian ski racer Aksel Lund Svindal has completed a perfect weekend at the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup, winning the downhill and super-G races and topping the leaderboard after four events. “Most racers, including myself, you don’t have the chance to win World Cups every day and when you feel you have a chance, you have to get after it,” Svindal said on Sunday. “Yesterday and today, I felt ‘This is a race I can win,’ and you’ve got to try and ... Read More
It's Sandy Island on Google Maps and Sable Island on others. But, in fact, the 60-square-mile island in the South Pacific, nestled between New Caledonia and Australia, doesn't exist at all. "We saw this mysterious island on all of the scientific maps and weather maps but not on this one navigational chart that was on our ship," Ph.D. student Sabin Zahirovic told CNN. "So we decided to go see if it was actually there." Zahirovic and the others on the research team aboard the RV Southern Surveyo... Read More
In the suburban town of Brookline, Massachusetts (pop. 58,732), residents are getting fed up with aggressive turkeys. Karen Halvorson, who lives in the Aspinwall Hill neighborhood, is so frustrated that she's now working with town leaders to organize meetings with locals so that they can vent and brainstorm an action plan. "I can't believe we're living this way," she told a local CBS affiliate after turkeys attacked her truck, her front door, and her person. Halvorson was on one of her routine... Read More
Even though it erupted for the first time in more than a century on August 6, shooting boulders up to one-meter-wide into the air, Mount Tongariro, which sits on New Zealand's North Island, is perhaps best known as the neighbor of Mount Ngauruhoe, the stand-in for the fictional Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tongariro came to life again earlier this week when a five-minute eruption shot ash, smoke, and gas 4km into the sky. The eruption, which was follow... Read More