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Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power
Fusion power has the potential to provide clean and safe energy that is free from carbon dioxide emissions. However, imitating the solar energy process is a difficult task to achieve. Two young plasma physicists at Chalmers University of Technology have n
2017-06-21 00:00:00
Warming temperatures threaten sea turtles
This research suggests that that warmer temperatures associated with climate change may lead to higher numbers of female sea turtles and increased nest failure.
2017-06-21 00:00:00
Accelerating rate of temperature rise in the Pyrenees
The Iberian Peninsula is undergoing climate change, with temperatures on the rise, and mountain ranges are not exempt from this trend. A team of scientists has analysed regional climate series from the Central Pyrenees for 1910 to 2013 (the most extensive
2017-06-21 00:00:00
Climate change label leads to climate science acceptance
A new Cornell University study finds that labels matter when it comes to acceptance of climate science.The US public doubts the existence of 'global warming' more than it doubts 'climate change' -
2017-06-21 00:00:00
New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel
Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy.
2017-06-21 00:00:00
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
A recent discovery by Stanford University scientists could lead to a new, more sustainable way to make ethanol without corn or other crops. This promising technology has three basic components: water, carbon dioxide and electricity delivered through a cop
2017-06-19 00:00:00
Deadly heatwaves will continue to rise, according to study
Seventy-four percent of the world's population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves by 2100 if carbon gas emissions continue to rise at current rates, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Even if emissions are aggressively reduced, the
2017-06-19 00:00:00
Optimizing feeding is necessary to maintain milk production in organic herds
Currently, agriculture accounts for approximately 9% of total US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By varying diet formulation and the associated crop production to supply the diet, farmers can affect the quantity of GHG emissions of various feeding systems
2017-06-15 00:00:00
Earning a living in a changing climate -- the plant perspective
Some of the world's plants are using 'last-stand' strategies to survive rather than thrive as global climate change gathers apace. Ecologists assessed plant strategies in less suitable climates by tapping into big data collated from 16 different countries
2017-06-14 00:00:00
Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil, following research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University o
2017-06-13 00:00:00
Climate change risk for animals living in prime conditions
The study examined whether birds might be able to evolve to adapt to changes to the natural environment within their range -- the geographical area where the birds nest, feed, migrate and hibernate over the course of their lifetimes.
2017-06-13 00:00:00
Understanding multi-decadal global warming rate changes
The multi-decadal global warming rate changes are primarily attributed to multiple ocean surface temperature changes, according to research by CAS Institute of Atmospheric Physics and Australian Bureau of Meteorology and it is the net impact of multiple o
2017-06-13 00:00:00
Evaluating greenhouse gas emissions in an irrigated cropping system
New, enhanced-efficiency fertilizer can reduce N2O emissions from irrigated cropping systems.
2017-06-12 00:00:00
Researchers find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment
When a carbon dioxide experiment didn't match with what theorists predicted, researchers went back to the drawing board and discovered something new.
2017-06-12 00:00:00
Iqaluit could start running out of fresh water by 2024
Without action, the supply of fresh water in Iqaluit will begin to dwindle by 2024 due to climate change and increased demand, research led by York University has found.
2017-06-12 00:00:00
Researchers find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment
An X-ray technique, coupled with theoretical work, revealed how oxygen atoms embedded very near the surface of a copper sample had a more dramatic effect on the early stages of the reaction with carbon dioxide (CO2) than earlier theories could account for
2017-06-12 00:00:00
Detailed new genome for maize shows the plant has deep resources for continued adaptation
A much more detailed reference genome for maize is published in Nature today. The sequence of DNA letters in the plant's 10 chromosomes reveals how how incredibly flexible it is, a characteristic that directly follows from the way its genome is organized.
2017-06-12 00:00:00
Will Theresa May allow “climate pariah” DUP to weaken action on climate?
Will Theresa May allow “climate pariah” DUP to weaken action on climate? Responding to today’s news of a hung UK parliament and that the Conservative Party may govern with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), James Orr, Friends of
2017-06-09 14:30:00
Where climate change is most likely to induce food violence
While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests that the strength of a country's government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings.
2017-06-08 00:00:00
Nanotechnology reveals hidden depths of bacterial 'machines'
New research from the University of Liverpool, published in the journal Nanoscale, has probed the structure and material properties of protein machines in bacteria, which have the capacity to convert carbon dioxide into sugar through photosynthesis.
2017-06-08 00:00:00
Finding new homes won't help Emperor penguins cope with climate change
Unlike other species that migrate successfully to escape the wrath of climate change, a new study shows that dispersal may help sustain global Emperor penguin populations for a limited time, but, as sea ice conditions continue to deteriorate, the 54 colon
2017-06-07 00:00:00
Climate change misconceptions common among teachers, study finds
A new study by Mizzou education researchers shows that many secondary school science teachers possess climate change misconceptions similar to average Americans.
2017-06-07 00:00:00
Data from satellite imagery useful for malaria early warning systems
Researchers in Sweden have developed a model that uses seasonal weather data from satellite images to accurately predict outbreak of malaria with a one-month lead time. With the model, a host of weather information gathered from satellite images can be us
2017-06-07 00:00:00
Fungi awake bacteria from their slumber
When a soil dries out, this has a negative impact on the activity of soil bacteria. Using an innovative combination of state-of-the-art analysis and imaging techniques, UFZ-researchers have now discovered that fungi increase the activity of bacteria in dr
2017-06-07 00:00:00
Bolivian President Warns Trump's America 'Main Threat to Mother Earth and Life Itself'
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2017-06-06 18:36:30
El Niño and global warming combine to cause record-breaking heat in Southeast Asia
Scientists at The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) have found that a devastating combination of global warming and El Niño is responsible for causing extreme temperatures in April 2016 in Southeast Asia.
2017-06-06 00:00:00
John Oliver: Trump Climate Decision Is Behavior of Destructive 'Egomaniac'
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2017-06-05 13:20:58
Decomposing leaves are surprising source of greenhouse gases
Scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that's more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves in soil. The new discovery, led by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers and funded by th
2017-06-05 00:00:00
Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production
Researchers at the University of Illinois are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from rec
2017-06-05 00:00:00
PET/MR shows arterial CO2 as potent vasodilator for cardiac stress testing
Using PET/MR imaging, a new international study featured in the June issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine demonstrates that increases in partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide (PaCO2) can safely and efficiently widen blood vessels of the heart du
2017-06-05 00:00:00
Breeding pairs of birds cooperate to resist climate change
Most bird chicks need parental care to survive. In biparental species the chicks have greater chances of success if both parents participate in this task, especially under hostile situations. An international team of scientists has revealed that when temp
2017-06-05 00:00:00
Earliest human impact on geological processes took place 11,500 years ago
A new Tel Aviv University study has uncovered the earliest known geological indications of manmade climate change from 11,500 years ago.
2017-06-05 00:00:00
International science team: Marine reserves can help mitigate climate change
An international team of scientists has concluded that 'highly protected' marine reserves can help mitigate the effects of climate change and suggests that these areas be expanded and better managed throughout the world.
2017-06-05 00:00:00
The first low-cost system for splitting carbon dioxide
EPFL scientists have built the first Earth-abundant and low-cost catalytic system for splitting CO2 into CO and oxygen, an important step towards achieving the conversion of renewable energy into hydrocarbon fuels.
2017-06-05 00:00:00
Decomposing leaves are a surprising source of greenhouse gases
Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that's more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit?Tiny bits of decomposing leaves in soil.
2017-06-05 00:00:00
Trump 'does believe in climate change', as US ambassador to UN
The US president accepts human activity is partly to blame for global warming., says a top official.
2017-06-04 02:18:34
Trump climate deal: Modi vows to go beyond Paris accord
The Indian and French leaders pledge to fight climate change together and "protect Mother Earth".
2017-06-03 14:34:59
Exxon and Tillerson Accused of Defrauding Investors Over Climate Risks
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2017-06-02 17:37:52
Sydney Harbor emissions equivalent to 200 cars on the roads
The first footprint of Sydney Harbor's carbon emissions has found it is roughly equivalent to similar natural 'drowned river' estuaries in the US but significantly less than polluted water sources straddling build-up areas in Europe and Asia. The footprin
2017-06-02 00:00:00
Trump pulls out of Paris: Friends of the Earth promises to oppose any trade deal with the US
Trump pulls out of Paris: Friends of the Earth promises to oppose any trade deal with the US Donald Trump has officially pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In response to the news, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO said: “Clim
2017-06-01 21:15:00
'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobiles
A technology developed by Purdue researchers could provide an 'instantly rechargeable' method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a quick and easy process similar to refueling
2017-06-01 00:00:00
Public confused by climate change messages
Experts, charities, the media and government confuse the public by speaking 'different languages' on climate change, a new study says. The research team focused on Colombia and likened climate change communication to a 'broken phone'.
2017-06-01 00:00:00
Exxon shareholders back 'historic' vote on climate
For the first time, Exxon Mobil will have to consider the impact of climate change on its business.
2017-05-31 17:26:43
Friends of the Earth will oppose any trade deal with the US if Trump pulls out of Paris
Friends of the Earth will oppose any trade deal with the US if Trump pulls out of Paris Reacting to reports today (31 May) that Donald Trump will pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO said: "Fri
2017-05-31 14:30:45
Spotted owls benefit from forest fire mosaic
Fire is a crucial part of the forest ecosystem on which threatened spotted owls rely, but climate change and decades of fire suppression are changing the dynamics of these forests. A new study examines California spotted owl habitat use and shows that whi
2017-05-31 00:00:00
Support for tidal energy is high among Washington residents
A new University of Washington study found that people who believe climate change is a problem and see economic, environmental and/or social benefits to using tidal energy are more likely to support such projects. This is the first US study to look broadl
2017-05-31 00:00:00
Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
Researchers from Concordia's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering (BCEE) in collaboration with Bio-Terre Systems Inc. are taking the fight against global warming to colder climes.
2017-05-31 00:00:00
High release of strong greenhouse gas nitrous oxide found from northern peatlands at permafrost thaw
A recent study led by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland reveals that permafrost thaw may greatly increase emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) from northern permafrost peatlands. Nitrous oxide is a strong greenhouse gas: 300 times more powerf
2017-05-31 00:00:00
Drone vs. truck deliveries: Which create less carbon pollution?
A new study finds that drone deliveries emit less climate-warming carbon dioxide pollution than truck deliveries in some -- but not all -- scenarios.
2017-05-30 00:00:00
'Heat island' effect could double climate change costs for world's cities
Overheated cities face climate change costs at least twice as big as the rest of the world because of the 'urban heat island' effect, new research shows.
2017-05-29 00:00:00
Climate change: Trump keeps world waiting on Paris deal
The US president says he will announce this week if he will pull out of the Paris agreement.
2017-05-28 03:47:19
Other G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Throws 'Tantrum' Over Climate Accord
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2017-05-27 15:19:19
Beyond Trump, Campaigners Demand G7 Leaders Commit to Climate Action
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2017-05-26 17:27:14
A 3-D look at the 2015 El Niño
El Niño is a recurring climate pattern characterized by warmer than usual ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Two back-to-back 3-D visualizations track the changes in ocean temperatures and currents, respectively, throughout the life cycle
2017-05-26 00:00:00
New photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
A new oxygen-deficient titanium dioxide prepared with Mg reduction method drastically improves the carbon dioxide conversion efficiency up to three times the efficiency of existing photocatalyst. It is expected to be applied for carbon dioxide resources a
2017-05-26 00:00:00
Losing sleep over climate change
UC San Diego study of US data suggests a sleep-deprived planet by century's end. Researchers show that unusually warm nights can harm human sleep and that the poor and elderly are most affected. Rising temperatures will make sleep loss more severe.
2017-05-26 00:00:00
8 in 10 People Worldwide Fear 'Catastrophic' Climate Change: Poll
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2017-05-25 14:24:29
Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage
New research from a multi-university team of biologists shows what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events.
2017-05-25 00:00:00
New approach predicts threats to rainforests
A new study by scientists from the universities of Oxford, Montana, and the US Forest Service highlights novel approaches to tackling deforestation. The team focused their research on Borneo, an island that has lost a staggering 30 percent of its forest s
2017-05-25 00:00:00
Are wolverines in the Arctic in the climate change crosshairs?
Will reductions in Arctic snow cover make tundra-dwelling wolverines more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought? That's a question scientists hope an innovative method described in a new study co-authored by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Soci
2017-05-24 00:00:00
Pope's encyclical boosted his credibility on climate change, especially among liberals
The Pope's 2015 encyclical on climate change did not directly influence people's beliefs about the seriousness of climate change or its effect on the poor, a study in Cognition has found. The papal message did, however, indirectly influence people's belie
2017-05-23 00:00:00
Weather patterns' influence on frost timing
The frost-free season in North America is approximately 10 days longer now than it was a century ago. In a new study, published today in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Utah and the US Geological Survey parse the factors contribu
2017-05-23 00:00:00
Research suggests eating beans instead of beef would sharply reduce greenhouse gasses
If Americans would eat beans instead of beef, the United States would immediately realize approximately 50 to 75 percent of its GHG reduction targets for the year 2020.
2017-05-22 00:00:00
Addition of in-home noninvasive ventilation to oxygen therapy improves outcomes following COPD exace
Among patients with an excess of carbon dioxide in their blood (persistent hypercapnia) following a flare-up (acute exacerbation) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in-home use of a mask and machine to support breathing in addition to home o
2017-05-21 00:00:00
Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change
Measures are announced after water enters a frozen facility guarding the world's key crop seeds.
2017-05-20 15:20:22
Trump Administration Lobbied to Ditch Climate Language from Arctic Declaration
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2017-05-19 18:22:18
UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats
Shutting down wind farms when birds pass over is one of the methods being tested to save migrating species.
2017-05-19 10:25:09
Sequestering blue carbon through better management of coastal ecosystems
Focusing on the management of carbon stores within vegetated coastal habitats provides an opportunity to mitigate some aspects of global warming.
2017-05-19 00:00:00
Trump 'can't escape climate change' impacts says Fiji PM
Whether or not the US is involved in global talks, the US will also feel the impacts of climate change.
2017-05-18 15:17:06
Conservative manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction
Conservative manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction Commenting on the content of the Conservative Party Manifesto launched today (18 May), Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “The mantra of 'take back control' will ri
2017-05-18 15:00:30
Predators are real lowlifes
By deploying green clay caterpillar models across six continents, researchers unmasked an important global pattern. Their discovery that predation is most intense near sea level in the tropics provides a foundation for understanding biological processes f
2017-05-18 00:00:00
GIS -- a powerful tool to be used with caution
A recent study, published in Open Archaeology, provides a new perspective on the severe impacts of escalating climate change on the heritage resources of Canadian Arctic. Referring to the application of Geographic Information System analytical methods in
2017-05-18 00:00:00
Antarctica 'greening' due to climate change
Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change, scientists have found.
2017-05-18 00:00:00
Paris climate deal is 'lifeline' for world's poorest countries
The countries most vulnerable to climate change say the rapid implementation of the accord is key to their survival.
2017-05-17 20:39:17
Lib Dem manifesto: zero waste, clean air and climate action
Lib Dem manifesto: zero waste, clean air and climate action Commenting on the content of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto launched today (17 May), Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “These are welcome and ambitious measures to end th
2017-05-17 14:30:00
Climate change refuge for corals discovered (and how we can protect it right now)
WCS scientists have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change.
2017-05-17 00:00:00
Scientists begin to unlock secrets of deep ocean color from organic matter
About half of atmospheric carbon dioxide is fixed by ocean's phytoplankton through a process called photosynthesis. A large portion of biologically fixed carbon is formed by picocyanobacteria at the sea surface and then transported to the deep ocean. But
2017-05-17 00:00:00
Researchers find conflicting effects of climate, vector behavior on spread of plant disease
To better understand the effects of climate change on agroecosystems, researchers Daugherty, Zeilinger, and Almeida conducted one of the first transdisciplinary studies on the effects of temperature change, leafhopper vector behavior, and the spread of Pi
2017-05-16 00:00:00
Varied increases in extreme rainfall with global warming
A new study by researchers from MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich shows that the most extreme rain events in most regions of the world will increase in intensity by 3 to 15 percent, depending on region, for every degree Celsius t
2017-05-15 00:00:00
Heat on for Australia's Great Barrier Reef when global temperatures hit 1.5C
Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science have modelled how extremes in precipitation, drought, extreme heat and ocean temperatures will change in Australia at global temperatures 1.5°C and 2°C above pre-industrial
2017-05-15 00:00:00
Invention produces cleaner water with less energy and no filter
Researchers at Princeton University have found a way to clean particles from water by mixing in carbon dioxide. The gas changes the water's chemistry, which causes particles to move to one side of the water depending on their chemical charge. By taking ad
2017-05-15 00:00:00
Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring
New research shows climate change is altering the delicate seasonal clock that North American migratory songbirds rely on to successfully mate and raise healthy offspring, setting in motion a domino effect that could threaten the survival of many familiar
2017-05-15 00:00:00
Arctic summit: Trump to make 'right decision for the US' on climate
President Trump will make "the right decision for the US" as he reviews the climate change policy.
2017-05-12 00:44:50
Researchers create anticancer nanomaterials by simulating underwater volcanic conditions
Researchers at Aalto University, Finland, have developed anticancer nanomaterials by simulating the volcano-induced dynamic chemistry of the deep ocean. The novel method enables making nanoclusters of zinc peroxide in an environmentally friendly manner, w
2017-05-12 00:00:00
Glacier-Less National Park? Climate Change Melting Iconic Formations
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2017-05-11 18:54:17
Migratory seabird deaths linked to hurricanes
Stronger and more frequent hurricanes may pose a new threat to the sooty tern, a species of migratory seabird found throughout the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic, a new Duke-led study reveals. The study is the first to map the birds' annual migratory path and
2017-05-11 00:00:00
Can crab shells provide a 'green' solution to malaria?
A non-toxic mixture of chitin-rich crab shell powder and nanosized silver particles could be an environmentally friendly way of curbing the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes, and malaria in particular. This is according to a series of experiments led
2017-05-11 00:00:00
Measuring the impact of a changing climate on threatened Yellowstone grizzly bears
A new analysis of Yellowstone grizzly bear diets reveals that grizzlies in the region continue to feed upon the products of an endangered tree species currently declining at the hands of climate change. Such changes are forcing some bears to look for more
2017-05-11 00:00:00
Climate change could increase ER visits for allergy-related asthma
More children could wind up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from allergy-induced asthma if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and cause longer oak pollen seasons, according to a new study.
2017-05-10 00:00:00
Shelf sediments reveal climate shifts through the eons
Climate change around Antarctica can severely affect Australia's rainfall and even influence the distribution of wet and dry zones across southeast Asia, an international study has revealed.Chelsea Korpanty of The University of Queensland's School of Biol
2017-05-10 00:00:00

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