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Greenhouse gases could fall to levels not seen since WWII

Clear skies ahead. These days, you’ll be forgiven for hoping those words refer to the end of a pandemic that has forced millions to hunker down indoors. But in this case, those clear skies are literal. And when we finally…

Fatal eruption triggered a 'volcanic freeze'

On Dec. 22, 2018, the Anak Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia erupted in a violent display of ash and lava. The event was so powerful that it caused an underwater collapse of the southwest portion of the volcano, reducing its height…

Why did Ecuador's largest waterfall disappear?

Earlier this year, the 500-foot-tall San Rafael waterfall in the Ecuadorian Amazon seemed to vanish. The country’s largest waterfall in both height and volume, its disappearance wasn’t caused by a sudden drop in water levels, but instead because the Coca…

8 things to know about the vernal equinox

The vernal equinox, also known as the spring equinox or the March equinox, occurs on March 19 this year, when the Northern Hemisphere says farewell to winter and ushers in spring. It’s one of two days each year (the other…

We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change?

In the first episode of the Invisibilia podcast’s sixth season, host Elise Speigel opens by comparing the heartbeat of a human, a black-capped chickadee and an elephant. “The bigger the animal, the slower the tempo of the heart,” Miller points…

Coronavirus pandemic triggers reduction in global air pollution

[embedded content] As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold and triggers lockdowns in major urban centers, researchers studying air pollution data are recording significant improvements in air quality levels. The shift is so dramatic that some believe these short-term reductions could…

'Blood snow' invades the Antarctic

Aristotle called it “watermelon snow,” and some scientists call it “raspberry snow” but first impressions give way to something more macabre than these innocent nods to summer treats convey. To be clear, the red color you are seeing in the…

Half the world's beaches could be gone by the end of this century

Life under climate change will not be a beach. In fact, future generations aren’t likely to know many sandy beaches at all. By the year 2100, nearly half the world’s sandy beaches are expected to fall victim to rising sea…

Lake Erie winds transform houses into tawny ice palaces

Houses in Hamburg, New York, are covered in ice. (Photo: brittany_dur/Instagram) The residents of Hamburg, New York, know all about winter life near Lake Erie, but 48 hours of gale-force winds is difficult to prepare for, even for them. Houses…

What is thundersnow?

[embedded content] Have you ever heard thunder during a big snowstorm? If so, you’ve experienced an extremely rare weather occurrence. The ingredients necessary for thundersnow are so uncommon that it’s estimated that only .07 percent of snowstorms are associated with…