Oct 10, 2014

Satellite sees hot spot of methane in U.S. Southwest

A surprising hot spot of the potent global warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data. That result hints that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies considerably underestimate leaks of methane, which is also called natural ...

Technology, business rub elbows at STS confab

Oct 5, 2014

Technology, business rub elbows at STS confab

by Eric Johnston

The annual Science and Technology in Society Forum, a three-day international gathering of scientists, engineers, university and government officials and corporate heads, kicked off Sunday with discussions on issues ranging from climate change to energy efficiency. Drawing more than 1,000 participants from 80 countries, ...

Warm El Nino waters bleaching coral in northwest Hawaii

Oct 5, 2014

Warm El Nino waters bleaching coral in northwest Hawaii

Warm ocean temperatures have caused large expanses of coral to bleach in the pristine reefs northwest of Hawaii’s main islands, scientists say. Mass bleaching has occurred at Lisianski atoll, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) northwest of Honolulu, said Courtney Couch, a researcher at the ...

Oct 5, 2014

Nations to assess biodiversity effort

Amid fresh warnings about the depletion of Earth’s treasure trove of species, governments will gather in South Korea this week to try to muster the funds and political will to protect what remains. Just a week after the conservation group WWF said wildlife numbers ...

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Sep 30, 2014

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western U.S. state is battling near-record numbers of blazes. And the normal fire season has only just begun. Nearly 7,500 firefighters are currently struggling to douse the ...