If nations fail to rein in their greenhouse gas emissions, nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on the planet — from forests to grasslands to marshland —will undergo ‘major transformations’ that will completely change the world’s biomes, warn a team of 42 scientists from around the globe in the journal Science.
The world is at risk of entering ‘hothouse’ conditions where global average temperatures will be 4-5°C higher even if emissions reduction targets under a global climate deal are met, scientists said in a new study.
Researchers from Washington State University have determined that the Pacific Northwest was home to one of the Earth's largest known volcanic eruptions, a millennia-long spewing of sulfuric gas that blocked out the Sun and cooled the planet.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s next Mars mission known as InSight, which is on track for a 2018 liftoff, will focus on examining the deep interior of Mars, the agency announced.
Mid-sized objects known as brown dwarfs are said to be the missing link between planets and stars, being too large to be considered a planet, but not massive enough to sustain hydrogen fusion at the core.