Earth & Climate

Limit the promotion of fossil fuels more strongly

Lignite mining in open-cast mining. (Image: claffra / iStock) In order to meet the 1.5 degree climate target, the promotion of fossil fuels must...

Mega eruption with volcanic aftermath

View of Lake Toba, which fills the volcanic collapse structure that was left after a massive explosion some 74,000 years ago. (Image: Adonara...

Warm water puts whales in danger

Climate change is driving the last northern right whale into dangerous waters. (Image: 6381380 / iStock) The consequences of climate change are so complex:...

Featured picture: Endangered dwarf

This small, stub-tailed chameleon only occurs in the Malawi rainforest and was even considered extinct. Now researchers have discovered a few remains in...

Featured picture: A barrel full of poison

This heavily rotten barrel has been standing on the seabed off the coast of Southern California for around 50 years. It contains highly...

Featured picture: Poison frog with unusual protection

This squeaky yellow frog may look cute, but it's not to be trifled with: just a milligram of its venom is enough to kill...

How the first roots developed

Artistic reconstruction of Asteroxylon mackiei. (Image: Matt Humpage) When the plants conquered the land, they had to develop completely new structures - including the...

The Montreal Protocol doesn’t just protect the ozone layer

The ozone layer protects us and all of nature from excessive UV radiation. (Image: Stiggdriver / iStck) In 1987, the Montreal Protocol banned the...

More and more interrupted river systems

The free flow of water is also to be restricted in the Amazon region. (Image: mantaphoto / iStock) Hydropower at a high price: the...

Featured picture: Fast and economical: the HoreKa supercomputer

These cool blue shining computer towers belong to the HoreKa supercomputer, the new high-performance computer of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). It...

Out and about with a mammoth

Male woolly mammoth in Alaska. (Image: James Havens / University of Alaska Museum of the North) Mammoths are icons of Ice Age fauna, but...

World Climate Report: It’s serious

The earth's climate is changing at an unprecedented rate. (Image: bestdesigns / iStock) It has been around eight years since the Intergovernmental Panel on...

Featured picture: Looked into the hailstone

There is a hailstone behind this colorfully patterned image: its unique internal crystal structure has been made visible using the latest technology. It...

Danger of climatic risk of heated limestone?

Left: Satellite image of Northern Siberia. The two trains of limestone formations in Northern Siberia are marked with broken yellow lines. Top...

More oxygen through slowed earth rotation

A diver visits the microbe mats that cover the rocks in the Middle Island Sinkhole of Lake Huron. (Image: Phil Hartmeyer, NOAA Thunder...

Featured picture: Excavation with a difference

These scientists are not just looking for bones and other tangible evidence of the past. In the Satsurblia Cave in the Caucasus, they...

Earliest animal life 890 million years ago

Location of the fossils. (Image: Elizabeth Turner / Laurentian University) The first animals could possibly have lived 890 million years ago: On reefs in...

Featured picture: The “pillars of creation” with a difference

This image shows the famous "Pillars of Creation" in the Eagle Nebula 7000 light years away. This photo was taken with SuperBIT -...

Even babies pterosaur could fly

Pterosaurs of the species Pterodaustro guinazui. (Image: Mark Witton) At what age could pterosaurs fly? Up to now, this question has been a...

3.42 billion year old microbial fossils discovered

Microscopic image of the fossil microbe filaments. (Image: B. Cavalazzi) Methane-forming microbes - possibly the oldest organisms of this kind - cavorted in hydrothermal...

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