Lara Vimercati examines a nieves penitentes structure on Volcán Llullaillaco in Chile

Even in jagged volcanic ice spires, life finds a way

July 8, 2019

High in the Andes Mountains, dagger-shaped ice spires house thriving microbial communities and an oasis for life in one of Earth’s harshest environments.

sweat on human skin

How sweat leaves your skin and builds up on your wall

May 3, 2019

A CIRES study reveals the fate of indoor chemical emissions, including the unexpected buildup of lactic acid from human sweat.

Two Gouldian finches rest on a branch

Birds break evolutionary rules when it comes to feather color

April 23, 2019

A species of rainbow-colored finch from Australia seems to break all of the rules of avian evolution, scientists say.

women farmers in tanzania

When more women are decision-makers, the environment wins

March 21, 2019

When more women are involved in group decisions about how to manage land, the group conserves more—particularly when offered financial incentives, new research shows.

An alpine landscape in Colorado.

Alpine tundra releases long-frozen CO2

March 21, 2019

Thawing permafrost in high-altitude mountain ecosystems may be a stealthy, underexplored contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions.

pteropod

Marine organisms face fatal horizon in Southern Ocean

March 11, 2019

Marine microorganisms in the Southern Ocean may find themselves in a deadly vise grip by century’s end as ocean acidification creates a shallower horizon for life.

An artist's imagining of a small mammal from the Late Cretaceous

Ancient ‘night mouse’ faced four months of winter darkness

Feb. 18, 2019

Paleontologists working on a steep river bank in Alaska have discovered fossil evidence of the northernmost marsupial known to science.

Baffin Island glaciers

A landscape unseen in over 40,000 years

Jan. 25, 2019

Glacial retreat in the Canadian Arctic has uncovered landscapes that haven’t been ice-free in more than 40,000 years, and the region may be experiencing its warmest century in 115,000 years.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Longer growing seasons complicate outlook for coniferous forests

Dec. 19, 2018

Will a longer, climate-induced growing season ultimately help coniferous forests to grow or hurt them?

Antarctic Ice Sheet

Less ozone means more snow for Antarctica

Dec. 10, 2018

Ozone layer depletion has increased snowfall over Antarctica in recent decades, partially mitigating the ongoing loss of the continent’s ice sheet mass.

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