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Earth Just Passed 410 PPM CO2 Levels for the First Time in Human History

Earth just crossed another dangerous threshold in relation to climate change: an atmospheric carbon dioxide reading of 410 ppm. This is just more evidence that a concerted, global effort is needed for the health and survival of our planet.


Scientists Find A Way To Trigger Artificial Photosynthesis: Can It Solve Global Warming?

Scientists discovered an economically viable way to initiate a process similar to photosynthesis. The artificial photosynthesis process could potentially lead to greenhouse gases being reduced and help counter global warming.


Scientists think Earth is spewing up the deepest traces of life ever found

Scientists may have discovered evidence of the deepest microbial life ever found on the planet, detecting the presence of organic matter in rock fragments spewed up by mud volcanoes near the deepest place on Earth, the Mariana Trench.



While researchers are hoping to find signs of alien lifeforms lurking under the surface of Jupiter's moon 

Two Thirds of the Great Barrier Reef Is Now Officially Bleached

For the second time in 12 months, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has experienced a severe coral bleaching event. A recent investigation shows that two-thirds of the reef is now a sickly white hue, and it’s not immediately clear if the iconic ecosystem will ever bounce back to its former glory.


Bizarre, two-legged fish found in New Zealand

A bizarre creature that appears to be a fish with legs has been found in New Zealand.

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Credit: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa/Facebook

The fish, a black, spiny-skinned animal, has two fins on either side of its body. However, rather than being attached close to the abdomen, the fins are turned down and stretched out, looking like two feet that could propel the fish along the sea bed.

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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2015 Minimum Extent, Fourth Lowest on Record

The analysis by NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder showed the annual minimum extent was 1.70 million square miles (4.41 million square kilometers) on Sept. 11. This year’s minimum is 699,000 square miles (1.81 million square kilometers) lower than the 1981-2010 average.


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Image: The 2015 Arctic sea ice summertime minimum is...

Earth's trees number 'three trillion' - BBC News

There are just over three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new assessment.



The figure is eight times as big as the previous best estimate, which counted perhaps 400 billion at most.It has been produced by Thomas Crowther from Yale University, and colleagues, who combined a mass of ground survey data with satellite pictures.


Robotic killer being trialled to rid Great Barrier Reef of crown-of-thorns starfish

An autonomous robot that can administer a lethal injection is set to be the latest weapon in the fight against the invasive crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef. The starfish preys on coral and is responsible for destroying up to 40% of the reef.


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