Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

Feb 23, 2017

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

High-rise wooden buildings, led by The Tree, a 52.8-meter (173-foot) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel. New, ultra-strong wood materials are creating a small but fast-growing market for ...

Feb 22, 2017

Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study

Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In experiments designed to simulate moderate future warming, scientists in Britain found that such ponds — 1 metre across — ...

Feb 18, 2017

Climate change adds to pressures on endangered penguins

Climate change and overfishing have left already endangered young penguins in Africa confused about where to find food, and they are dying in high numbers as a result, researchers said earlier this month. The report in the journal Current Biology describes a dire predicament ...

Oceans have lost 2% of oxygen since 1960, study says

Feb 16, 2017

Oceans have lost 2% of oxygen since 1960, study says

The world’s oceans have lost more than 2 percent of their oxygen since 1960, with potentially devastating consequences for sea plants and animals, marine scientists said Wednesday. In those 5½ decades, parts of the oceans devoid of oxygen, called anoxic waters, have quadrupled, said ...