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California bans plastic bags
Score one for the environment: California has banned single-use bags, the kind given out in grocery stores. Read more...

Global warming hits Australia
Climate detectives reveal handprint of human-caused climate change. Read more...

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Jaggermeryx
New anthracothere commemorates a rock star's lips. Read more...

Another sign of global warming
Late-summer water temperatures near the Florida Keys were warmer by nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last several decades compared to a century earlier, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more…

The Great Hurricane of 1900
Sept. 8: The anniversary of the greatest natural disaster in American history. Read more…

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Largest bird that ever flew?
Paleontologists have identified the fossilized remains of what could be the biggest flying bird ever found. Read more...

Uncorking East Antarctica: Unstoppable sea-level rise
According to a new study, the melting of a rather small ice volume on East Antarctica's shore would trigger a persistent ice discharge into the ocean, resulting in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years to come. Full article >>

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Palau's reefs: Resistant to acid water
Marine scientists working on the coral reefs of Palau have made two unexpected discoveries that could provide insight into corals' resistance and resilience to ocean acidification. Full article >>

Humpback whales: Overlapping with humans
Tracking study charts humpback whale movements and identifies overlap with offshore ocean industries. Full article >>

Saber-toothed tiger trap: Spanish cave rich in carnivores
Scientists are scratching their heads over why thousands of carnivores died trapped in a cave near Madrid. Full article >>

Global cooling? Recent trend reversal
Scientists say 2,000 years of global cooling came to an end in the late 19th century. Full article >>

Charcoal from forest fires: Big factor in carbon cycle
New research shows that charcoal from forest fires is being dumped in vast quantities into the world's oceans. Full article >>

Herpetocetus: Dwarf whale survived well into Ice Age
Herpetocetus, a baleen whale that was thought to have gone extinct 3,000,000 years ago, actually survived into the Pleistocene. Full article >>

Liaoconodon hui: New transitional mammal found in China
Liaoconodon hui, a newly described fossil mammal, has middle ear anatomy intermediate between that of reptiles and mammals. Full article >>

Belief in global warming: Changing with the weather
A new study says Americans' willingness to believe in long-term global warming depends on short-term weather events that manage to make the news. Full article >>

Mercury pollution: Counting the cost
Mercury pollution has long been widespread in fish and has massive human costs.
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More Current Events in Earth Science

(older articles):
LED lights: Winning the race to save the environment
New super-efficient power system
Chesapeake Bay: Coming back to life
Harvesting solar energy efficiently
Eruptions in Iceland
Giant dust storms in the Southwest
Glaciers: Quick response to temperature change
Antarctic ice sheet: Warming fast
Greenhouse gas emissions: Mapped to street level
Eocypselus rowei: News from an old bird
Liaoconodon hui: New transitional mammal found in China
Herpetocetus: Dwarf whale survived well into Ice Age
Belief in global warming: Changing with the weather
Mercury pollution: Counting the cost
Green batteries from a plant: Madder yields natural cathode
Brown tree snake: Good for spiders, bad for birds
Pyrgodesmidae
Fuxianhuia protensa: A complex brain a long time ago
Early modern human skull found in Laos


Earth Science Current Events for Kids:

MPAs: Keeping turtles safe
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are providing sea turtles with an ideal habitat for foraging and may be keeping them safe from the threats of fishing. Full article >>

Earth's heat
More than half of the Earth's heat comes from the radioactive decay of materials within it, says a recent international study.
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Whale shark conservation: Help from holiday photos
Researchers are forwarding whale shark conservation by using photos vacationers snapped on holiday. Full article >>

Diplodocus: Diet of a Jurassic age dinosaur Researchers have discovered the eating habits of Diplodocus using a giant, herbivorous sauropod dinosaur from the Jurassic period. Full article >>

Earth facts
Some remarkable facts about the Earth. Full article >>

How will climate change impact leaf fall?
USGS scientists are studying how autumn leaf fall may be impacted by climate change. Full article >>

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Lake Agassiz
Not that long ago there was a lake in northern North America that was larger than all the freshwater lakes of the world combined. Full article >>

William Smith One of the most famous geologists who ever lived. Full article >>

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