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How Governments Resist World Heritage ‘in Danger’ Listings

A study published today found national governments repeatedly resisted the placement of 41 UNESCO World Heritage sites-including the Great Barrier Reef-on the World Heritage in Danger list.

Climate Scientists Increasingly Ignore Ecological Role of Indigenous People

In their zeal to promote the importance of climate change as an ecological driver, climate scientists increasingly are ignoring the profound role that indigenous peoples played in fire and vegetation dynamics, not only in the eastern United States but worldwide, according to a Penn State researcher.

Neanderthals of Western Mediterranean Did Not Become Extinct Because of Changes in Climate

Homo Neanderthaliensis did not become extinct because of changes in climate. At least, this did not happen to the several Neanderthals groups that lived in the western Mediterranean 42,000 years ago.

Alaskan Volcano Linked to Mysterious Period With Extreme Climate in Ancient Rome

The cold, famine and unrest in ancient Rome and Egypt after the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC has long been shrouded in mystery.

Typhoon Changed Earthquake Patterns

The Earth's crust is under constant stress. Every now and then this stress is discharged in heavy earthquakes, mostly caused by the slow movement of Earth's crustal plates.

Paleoclimatology Study Shows Global Warming has Upended 6,500 Years of Cooling

Over the past 150 years, global warming has more than undone the global cooling that occurred over the past six millennia, according to a major study in Nature Research's Scientific Data, "Holocene global mean surface temperature, a multi-method reconstruction approach."

Asteroid Impact, not Volcanoes, Made the Earth Uninhabitable for Dinosaurs

Modelling of the Chicxulub asteroid impact 66 million years ago shows it created a world largely unsuitable for dinosaurs to live in.

Historic Floods Reveal how Salt Marshes Can Save Lives in the Future

Coastal wetlands like salt marshes are increasingly recognized as valuable natural defenses that protect coasts against strong wave attacks.

Volcanic Eruption Caused Social and Political Unrest Leading to Rise of Roman Empire

The assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in 44 BC triggered a 17-year power struggle that ultimately ended the Roman Republic leading to the rise of the Roman Empire.

Coal-burning in Siberia led to climate change 250 million years ago

A team of researchers has provided the first-ever direct evidence that extensive coal burning in Siberia is a cause of the Permo-Triassic Extinction, the Earth's most severe extinction event. 

Study shows today’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels greater than 23 million-year record

A common message in use to convey the seriousness of climate change to the public is: "Carbon dioxide levels are higher today than they have been for the past one million years!"

Higher Sea Level Rise Predicted by Melting Ice Sheets

A new study by the Nanyang Technological University has been studying melting polar ice sheets and predicts that ocean levels will rise by as much as 1.3 metres by 2100.