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Sumatran rhinoceros have been endangered for centuries: Research

Sumatran rhinoceros have been endangered for centuries: Research

Sumatran rhinoceros have ‘critically endangered’ status but a new research suggests that the species has been endangered for nearly 10,000 years. Sumatran rhinoceros are less than 100 across the world at the moment. The study led by genetics professor Herman Mays Jr. at Marshall University suggests that change in living conditions during Ice Age badly impacted population of Sumatran rhinoceros and it hasn’t been able to recover from that major shock.

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range registered 24 mm rise during drought years

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range registered 24 mm rise during drought years

Sierra Nevada mountain range in California witnessed a rise by 24 millimeters (one inch approximately) during the drought years in the state. A research conducted recently has noticed that the rise was witnessed between October 2011 and October 2015. The study conducted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists added that the natural phenomenon occurred due to loss of water from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The study team evaluated data from 1,300 sensors placed at different locations in the mountain range in California, Oregon and Washington.

Ozone Holes Shrinks to its Lowest Level Since 1988

Ozone Holes Shrinks to its Lowest Level Since 1988

Ozone hole has reduced to its lowest size since year 1988, as per a new review published by NASA. The ozone layer above Antarctica was badly impacted due to environmental changes and the recent shrinkage has been attributed to warmer-than-usual weather conditions. NASA report informed that during the latest review, ozone hole reduced 1.3 million square miles compared to last year.

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Massive wildfire blazing in Greenland

Massive wildfire blazing in Greenland

Scientists have spotted a massive wildfire raging across western Greenland, a region better known for thick ice and snow, NASA’s Earth Observatory confirmed.

Using satellite images, scientists spotted a “sizable fire” raging nearly 90 miles or 150 km northeast of the town of Sisimiut. It was first spotted on 31st of July.

Massive Iceberg breaks loose in Antarctic region

Massive Iceberg breaks loose in Antarctic region

After several months of widening of the rift, one of the largest ever recorded icebergs has finally broken away from Antarctica, scientists announced on Wednesday.

Scientists who have been monitoring the widening rift in the West Antarctic ice shelf for the last many years said that the calving of the 5,800 sq. km. iceberg has left the Larsen C Ice Shelf with 12 percent decline in area.

The iceberg in question is one of the largest recorded and its progress in the near future remains difficult to predict.

Norway to boost fortification of Global Seed Vault

Norway to boost fortification of Global Seed Vault

Norway is preparing to boost the flood defense of its Global Seed Vault, the seed bank designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants in the case of a global disaster, after water seeped into the storage facility last year.

The Global Seed Vault is situated deep inside a mountain on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Last year, high temperatures caused the permafrost to melt, which sent water into the facility’s access tunnel.

Eastern U.S. trees moving to North, West regions due to Climate Change

Eastern U.S. trees moving to North, West regions due to Climate Change

Tree populations in the eastern parts of the United States are shifting north and even west due to man-made climate change, according to a new study.

Man-made climate change has been resulting in warmer temperatures and drastic deviations in patterns of rainfall, which is making eastern U.S. tree populations to shift north and west.

Antarctica turning green owing to global warming

Antarctica turning green owing to global warming

The frozen continent of Antarctic is increasingly turning green as soaring temperatures are having a “dramatic effect” on the growth of moss, according to a new study.

Since 1950s, the average temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula has been jumping by around half a degree Celsius each decade, significantly faster than the global average.

Scientists spot new crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

Scientists spot new crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

After recently spotting a new crack in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists have warned that it is only a matter of time before an enormous chunk containing up to two thousand square miles of ice breaks away.

Scientists involved in the Project Midas, an Antarctic research project based at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University, spotted the new crack in satellite images on 1st of May.
The new spotted crack is the second branch in the already large rift, which is advancing in the direction of the ice front.

California coast sea level could rise 10 feet by 2100

California sea levels could rise 10 feet by 2100

Climate change could cause sea water levels off the coast of California to increase far higher than formerly anticipated, a state government council has warned.

Issuing the warning, the California Ocean Protection Council’s advisory team has predicted that sea-levels would likely increase by as much as ten feet by the end of this century.

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