Ministers back ESA’s bold ambitions for space with a record 17% rise

At the ESA Council at Ministerial level held in Paris on 22 and 23 November, government ministers representing ESA’s Member States, Associate States and Cooperating States resolved to together strengthen Europe’s space ambitions, ensuring a continuous concerted effort to serve European citizens. Ministers confirmed that Europe’s independent access to space is crucial to secure the … Read more

Are we missing a crucial component of sea-level rise?

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Recent efforts using computational modeling to understand how melting ice in Antarctica will impact the planet’s oceans have focused on ice-sheet geometry, fracture, and surface melting—processes that could potentially trigger or accelerate ice-sheet mass loss. Now, researchers from Stanford University have identified an additional process that could have a similarly significant … Read more

Wealth inequality in Australia and the rapid rise in house prices

The research points to the precariousness of life for people on low incomes in Australia. Credit: Shutterstock A report launched today by UNSW Sydney and Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) Poverty and Inequality Partnership confirms that even though Australians are now, on average, the fourth richest people in the world, the distribution of our … Read more

Off-axis high-temperature hydrothermal field discovered at the East Pacific Rise

The research team has instrumented nine high temperature vents with temperature loggers manufactured by EP Oceanographic. The loggers collect data every ten minutes, in order to track changes in vent fluid temperature that can be used to infer changes in permeability of the crust beneath the vent. Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Deep Submergence … Read more

Rural areas will bear the brunt of US sea-level rise

Ghost forests—areas of trees recently killed by rising saltwater—are a clear sign of sea-level rise and marsh migration into rural land. Credit: Dr. Matt Kirwan/VIMS It’s hotly debated whether coastal wetlands can survive sea-level rise by migrating inland. A new analysis using highly detailed elevation maps of the Chesapeake Bay region shows that—contrary to previous … Read more

North Carolina could lose up to 40% of its wetlands to sea level rise by 2070, new study shows

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Sea level rise poses a grave threat to salt marshes and other coastal wetlands along the North Carolina coast, according to a newly published study. North Carolina and Louisiana are the only two states that could lose coastal wetlands under virtually any sea level rise scenario. The study was published in … Read more

For wetland plants, sea-level rise stamps out benefits of higher carbon dioxide

Sunrise at the Global Change Research Wetland, a site of futuristic climate research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. These chambers have been growing plants with extra CO2 since 1987. Credit: Tom Mozdzer Wetlands across the globe are in danger of drowning from rising seas. But for decades, scientists held out hope … Read more

The Higgs boson and the rise of the standard model of particle physics in the 1970s

Paul Musset (center), then representative of the Gargamelle collaboration, standing in the control room of the eponymous bubble chamber in 1974. Gargamelle provided the first direct evidence for the existence of neutral currents in 1973. Credit: CERN At the dawn of the 1970s, the idea of ​​a massive scalar boson as the keystone of an … Read more

Extreme storms could help protect beaches from sea level rise, new study finds

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Images in the wake of violent coastal storms usually focus purely on the extensive damage caused to beaches, dunes, property and surrounding infrastructure. However, a new international study has shown that extreme weather events could help protect beaches from the impact of sea level rise—by bringing in new sand from deeper … Read more

Newly discovered lake may hold secret to Antarctic ice sheet’s rise and fall

The coast of Antarctica’s Princess Elizabeth, near where the ice sheet meets the sea. Newly discovered Lake Snow Eagle lies a few hundred miles inland, under the same ice sheet. Credit: Shuai Yan/UT Jackson School of Geosciences Scientists investigating the underside of the world’s largest ice sheet in East Antarctica have discovered a city-size lake … Read more