In recent decades, the Baltic Sea has begun to recover, but still contains unfavourable phenomena. Anaerobic deserts are growing, cyanobacterial blooms are intensifying, and underwater engineering works raise toxins from the bottom, which eventually end up in the food chain, says Dr. Lech Kotwicki from the Polish Academy of Sciences.
According to estimates, world consumption is equivalent to 1.7 of the planet's resources. August 2 is Earth Overshoot Day (also known as Ecological Debt Day), which 30 years ago fell on December 19. We throw away food, waste water and energy. And we should: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot, appeals the Institute of Environmental Protection.
There are more than 30 places on Earth where you can hear 'singing' dunes. This phenomenon also occurs in the Słowiński National Park, but here the chances of hearing the sound are close to zero, says Dr. Szymon Ostrowski from the Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute.
The continents are still growing, moving and changing their shapes. Geologists from the AGH University of Science and Technology and the University of Wrocław study the mechanisms of their growth. Ancient islands are still waiting to be discovered. Scientists are tracking the traces of subduction - a process that occurs at the junction of lithospheric plates.
The analysis of the content of 10 different organic compounds belonging to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in soils taken from protected areas (landscape parks in the Małopolska region) revealed that in a quarter of the tested samples the permissible levels were exceeded, causing a risk of particular importance for the protection of the soil surface.
Working on a lunar meteorite is a real scientific treat, says Professor Monika A. Kusiak, a geochemist and mineralogist from the Department of Polar and Marine Research of the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is studying a meteorite found in Antarctica with a team of scientists from NASA and Korea.
Equatorial tropical waves contributed to the formation of cyclone Seroja, which hit Indonesia in 2021. A cyclone in this area, close to land, is a rare phenomenon; it may be related to climate change, says Beata Latos, the first author of the publication in Nature Communications.