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Photos capture diversity of life on Earth while inspiring conservation

From a marine iguana foraging for algae to the harsh beauty of dry salt beds in Argentina, the highlights of the 2019 BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition including bizarre and striking images. There’s the male black grouse (above) captured in…

Australian islands home to 414 million pieces of plastic pollution

A survey of plastic pollution on Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands has revealed the territory’s beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic debris. The study estimated beaches on the Indian Ocean islands are littered with 238 tons of plastic, including 977,000 shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes.

Precursors of a catastrophic collapse

(Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)) The flanks of many island volcanoes slide very slowly towards the sea. Whether these landslides are forewarnings of a catastrophic collapse or, on the contrary, even reduce its risk, is not yet understood. Geophysicists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel have now published a study in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, which shows that sporadic, slow landslides on the small volcanic island of Ritter Island in New Guinea preceded a catastrophic collapse.

24% of West Antarctic ice is now unstable

(University of Leeds) In only 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across West Antarctica so rapidly that a quarter of its glacier ice is now affected, according to a new study.

Study finds 24% of West Antarctic ice is now unstable

(American Geophysical Union) In only 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across West Antarctica so rapidly that a quarter of its glacier ice is now affected, according to a new study.

Ocean skeletons reveal historical climate impacts

(Wildlife Conservation Society) Researchers studied skeletal stress bands on corals to reconstruct the history of bleaching on eight reefs in the central equatorial Pacific and use this information to better understand the thermal thresholds of their coral communities.

In the warming Arctic, a promising solution to climate change – Grist

Get your daily dose of good news from Grist Subscribe to The Beacon This article is published in partnership with: In the early hours of a November dawn, Dr. Leslie Field found herself motoring a snowmobile some 300 miles above…