Undersea Earthquakes Shake Up Climate Science

Despite climate change being most obvious to people as unseasonably warm winter days or melting glaciers, as much as 95 percent of the extra heat trapped on Earth by greenhouse gases is held in the world’s oceans. For that reason, monitoring the temperature of ocean waters has been a priority for climate scientists, and now […]

Sea-Level Rise Could Make Rivers More Likely to Jump Course

Sea-level rise due to climate change is poised to shift the way that rivers naturally chart their path to the shoreline. The nature of that change will depend on both the rate of sea-level rise and the sediment load carried by the river, according to new models by Caltech researchers and their colleagues. Periodically, a […]

Scientists Solve Mystery of Spontaneous Smog Formation

One of the peculiarities of air pollution in the world’s urban areas is that it is not always predictable. It is not uncommon for a major city, such as Beijing, to have clear skies one day, and be shrouded with thick smog the very next. The cause of this spontaneous generation of pollution particles has […]