Global warming is poised to accelerate in 2023 and 2024

Animation showing global average surface temperature departures from average vs. 1951-1980. Image: NASA GISS. Believe it or not, average global surface temperatures have actually been relatively cool over the last three years — but that’s about to change. Why it matters: Temperatures are expected to jump this year — and 2024 could set a new … Read more

2 volcanoes rumble into action in Russia’s far east

MOSCOW (AP) — Towering clouds of ash and glowing lava are spewing from two volcanoes on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and scientists say major eruptions could be on the way. The peninsula, which extends into the Pacific Ocean about 6,600 kilometers (4,000 miles) east of Moscow, is one of the world’s most concentrated areas of geothermal … Read more

Chinese rocket falls from space, plunges into Pacific Ocean

An out-of-control piece of a Chinese rocket booster crash-landed in the Pacific Ocean Friday morning — scattering tons of metal across the water’s surface as the world watched nervously, according to space officials. The 23-ton hunk of space junk re-entered the atmosphere in a south-central section of the ocean just after 6 a.m., United States … Read more

Australian Federal Police gives Solomon Islands police semi-automatic rifles, vehicles

The Australian Federal Police has donated dozens of semi-automatic rifles to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), in what diplomats have called a “landmark” step up in security cooperation. Key points: This week Australia has sent 60 MK18 rifles and 13 new police vehicles to Solomon Islands Australian Federal Police says it is providing local officers with “enhanced capabilities” ahead … Read more

First-ever offshore wind lease sale on West Coast will be offered in December, Biden administration announces

CNN  —  The Department of Interior on Tuesday announced it will hold a lease sale for wind energy off the coast of Central and Northern California, bringing the Biden administration’s dream of a massive West Coast wind farm one step closer to reality. The Pacific has enormous potential to generate wind energy, Biden administration officials … Read more

Scientists Say New Supercontinent “Amasia” Will Form When Pacific Ocean Disappears

The world may have a new supercontinent within 200 million to 300 million years. (Representative Image) Over the next 200 to 300 million years, the Arctic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea will disappear, and Asia will crash into the Americas forming a new supercontinent called Amasia, scientists have said.  Researchers at Curtin University in Australia … Read more

Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs also triggered a global tsunami

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  When a city-size asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, it wiped out the dinosaurs – and sent a monster tsunami rippling around the planet, according to new research. The asteroid, about … Read more

N. Korea sends missile soaring over Japan in escalation

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years, forcing Japan to issue evacuation notices and suspend trains during the flight of the weapon that is capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam. The launch was the most provocative weapons … Read more

New ‘baby’ island appears in Pacific Ocean after Tonga volcano eruption

A new “baby” island has been spotted in the middle of the ocean hours after an underwater volcano erupted not far from Australia. Earlier this month, the underwater Home Reef volcano – found in the Central Tonga Islands – erupted and within hours, the Earth’s newest land mass had formed. Lava from the volcano was … Read more

Baby island, in its infancy, discovered in Pacific Ocean after an underwater volcanic eruption

Earth and its distinct terrains have been formed over the course of millions of years. Sometimes an entire mountain range can be formed due to earthquakes caused by the movement of tectonic plates while at other times, a volcanic eruption can build new islands. While we may have been a few million years late to observe … Read more