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'This. Is. Big.': After Years of Pressure, World Bank to Drastically Curb Funding of Fossi
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2017-12-12 16:34:30
'Face of climate change'?
Images of a starving Canadian bear go viral - but all may not be as it appears.
2017-12-12 16:34:21
Climate change: Trump will bring US back into Paris deal - Macron
But the French leader says he will not agree to a demand that America's terms should be negotiated.
2017-12-12 10:35:44
Golden eagle migration out of sync with climate change
Adult golden eagles are unable to shift the timing of their migration, a North American study shows
2017-12-12 01:56:32
Forest resilience declines in face of wildfires, climate change
The forests you see today are not what you will see in the future. That's the overarching finding from a new study on the resilience of Rocky Mountain forests.
2017-12-12 00:00:00
Meat Tax Crucial, Says Analysis, to Combat Climate Crisis and Global Health Threats
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2017-12-11 20:01:42
How much can 252-million-year-old ecosystems tell us about modern Earth? A lot.
New paleontological research shows that during the late Permian, the equator was dry and desert-like, yet surprisingly a hotspot for biodiversity. Similarly to modern rainforests, equator ecosystems were home a unique diversity of species, including those
2017-12-11 00:00:00
Rice University advances asphalt-based filter to sequester greenhouse gas at wellhead
Rice University scientists discovered that adding a bit of water to asphalt-derived porous carbon greatly improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, at natural gas wellheads. The filter is highly selective for carbon dioxide while
2017-12-11 00:00:00
As World Warms, Heart-Breaking Video Shows What It Looks Like When a Polar Bear Starves
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2017-12-08 18:00:31
Surrey scientists create cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells
Scientists from the University of Surrey have produced non-metal electro-catalysts for fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation.
2017-12-08 00:00:00
Most Dire Climate Change Predictions, Warns New Study, Are Also the Most Accurate
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2017-12-07 21:57:26
'Hot New World': Raging California Wildfires Expose Reality of Climate Threat
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2017-12-07 14:13:17
Arctic influences Eurasian weather and climate
Over the past decades the Arctic has lost 65% of its sea ice volume. The atmosphere above the Arctic has been rapidly warming and moistening at the same time. The Arctic might be perceived as a remote and sparsely populated area, the changes there may be
2017-12-07 00:00:00
New guidelines to tackle China's severe air pollution problem
More must be done to tackle air pollution in China, according to a leading climate change expert in a new study published today in the journal Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters.
2017-12-07 00:00:00
Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model
Researchers from Princeton University and NOAA report in the journal Nature Climate Change that extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency. Their model
2017-12-06 00:00:00
Researchers model optimal amount of rainfall for plants
Researchers have determined what could be considered a 'Goldilocks' climate for rainfall use by plants: not too wet and not too dry. But those landscapes are likely to shrink and become less productive in the future through climate change.
2017-12-06 00:00:00
Quantifying the greenhouse gas footprint of crop cultivation
The GHG footprint is an index used to indicate the climate change impact potential exerted by crop production. However, severe problems or drawbacks in the quantification of GHG footprints still exist, which has limited the applicability of the GHG footpr
2017-12-06 00:00:00
The human race has peaked
Newly emerging trends in data suggests humans may have reached their maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance. These biological limitations may be affected by anthropogenic impacts on the environment -- including climate change -- whic
2017-12-06 00:00:00
More-severe climate model predictions could be the most accurate
The climate models that project greater amounts of warming this century are the ones that best align with observations of the current climate, according to a new paper from Carnegie's Patrick Brown and Ken Caldeira published by Nature. Their findings sug
2017-12-06 00:00:00
Trump Disbands Panel That Helped Cities Respond to Climate Threat
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2017-12-05 13:38:36
Catalyzing carbon dioxide
Scientists at the Rowland Institute at Harvard have developed a system that uses renewable electricity to electrochemically transform carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a key commodity used in any number of industrial processes.
2017-12-05 00:00:00
Seaweed could hold key to environmentally friendly sunscreen
A compound found in seaweed could protect human skin from the damaging impact of the sun without causing harm to marine ecosystems.
2017-12-05 00:00:00
Despite city tree benefits, California urban canopy cover per capita lowest in US
Trees in California communities are working overtime. From removing carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air, intercepting rainfall and increasing property values, California's 173.2 million city trees provide ecosystem services valued at $8.3 billion a
2017-12-04 00:00:00
Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) havedeveloped a new low-cost, environmentally friendly photon upconversion platform thatachieves high thermal stability using deep eutectic solvents. Deep eutectic solvents are anemerging class of s
2017-12-03 00:00:00
To drop CO2 emissions, look to local transportation and housing
Local efforts in the transportation and residential-housing sectors could help the United States meet the greenhouse gas reduction commitment it made as a Paris Climate Accord signatory, according to research from John Landis and Erick Guerra of the Unive
2017-12-01 00:00:00
Highly efficient photocatalyst capable of carbon dioxide recycling
A research team from Korea has developed titanium dioxide-based photocatalyst with the highest efficiency in the world that converts carbon dioxide into methane.The result is expected to be applied to technologies to reduce and reuse carbon dioxide.
2017-12-01 00:00:00
Debate over doubt
New research shows more varied opinions about climate change among Republicans than political leaders suggest.
2017-11-29 00:00:00
Science community considers approaches to climate disinformation
Although human-caused global warming is accepted by leading scientific organization around the world, public opinion about humanity's role fails to keep pace with consensus views. Numerous Internet blogs have contributed to this 'consensus gap' by misrepr
2017-11-29 00:00:00
Getting a better handle on methane emissions from livestock
Cattle, swine and poultry contribute a hefty portion to the average American's diet, but raising all this livestock comes at a cost to the environment: The industry produces a lot of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Just how much gas the animals release,
2017-11-29 00:00:00
Not all Republicans are climate change doubters
The idea that all Republicans think climate change isn't happening is a myth. A new study published in Springer's journal Climatic Change finds substantial differences in the climate change views of both Republicans and Democrats across different states a
2017-11-29 00:00:00
Polar bear blogs reveal dangerous gap between climate-change facts and opinions
Climate-change discussions on social media are very influential. A new study in BioScience shows that when it comes to iconic topics such as polar bears and retreating sea ice, climate blogs fall into two distinct camps. With little or no overlap between
2017-11-29 00:00:00
Brazilian ethanol can replace 13.7 percent of world's crude oil consumption
Expansion of sugarcane cultivation for biofuel in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could also reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 5.6%, according to a study by researchers in Brazil, the US and Europe
2017-11-28 00:00:00
Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change
In a paper, recently published in the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Dan M. Frangopol and You Dong propose a framework to aid the optimal adaptation of residential buildings considering climate change effects in a life-cycle contex
2017-11-27 00:00:00
Turning emissions into fuel
Turning pollution into fuel: A new MIT method could be used to transform greenhouse gases into useful fuels and chemicals, right at the power plant.
2017-11-27 00:00:00
As climate warms, mice morph
New research by McGill University biologists shows that milder winters have led to physical alterations in two species of mice in southern Quebec in the past 50 years -- providing a textbook example of the consequences of climate change for small mammals.
2017-11-27 00:00:00
NUS scientists develop artificial photosynthesis device for greener ethylene production
A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a prototype device that mimics natural photosynthesis to produce ethylene gas using only sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The novel method, which produces ethylene at ro
2017-11-27 00:00:00
Meadows beat out shrubs when it comes to storing carbon
While the world focuses on controlling global warming caused by CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, less attention has been paid to the capacity of vegetation and soils to take up and store carbon. A remote field site in the Norwegian mountains is improving
2017-11-23 00:00:00
Ocean floor mud reveals secrets of past European climate
Samples of sediment taken from the ocean floor of the North Atlantic Ocean have given researchers an unprecedented insight into the reasons why Europe's climate has changed over the past 3,000 years.
2017-11-23 00:00:00
Blocked From Discussing Climate Change, Valve-Turner Faces 10 Years in Prison After Felony Convictio
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2017-11-22 22:05:08
Naomi Klein: Trump's Treatment of Haitians Portends Brutal Future for World's Climate Refu
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2017-11-22 20:25:46
Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change
Natural habitats play a vital role in helping other plants and animals resist heat stresses ramping up with climate change -- at least until the species they depend on to form those habitats become imperiled.
2017-11-22 00:00:00
Opening windows and doors may improve sleep
A recent Indoor Air study found that opening windows or doors before going to bed can reduce carbon dioxide levels in bedrooms and improve sleep quality.
2017-11-22 00:00:00
Worldwide increase in methane bubbles due to climate change
Due to climate change, including rising temperatures, more and more methane is bubbling up from lakes, ponds, rivers and wetlands throughout the world. The release of methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- leads to a further increase in temperature, thus c
2017-11-22 00:00:00
Bridging the gap
Researchers develop a potentially low-cost, low-emissions technology that can convert methane without forming carbon dioxide.
2017-11-21 00:00:00
The latest poop from the turkey coop
Treated excrement from turkeys, chickens and other poultry, when converted to combustible solid biomass fuel, could replace approximately 10 percent of coal used in electricity generation, reducing greenhouse gases and providing an alternative energy sour
2017-11-20 00:00:00
Slight climate shifts can affect optimum water use in plant communities
A new discovery is providing scientists a better understanding of how rainfall is shared beneficially by the plant community and the human population, in addition to the effects of climate change. 'It's going to be a wet gets wetter, dry gets drier wo
2017-11-20 00:00:00
UTSA researcher studies evolution of climate change activism
Climate change is a topic that is debated, doubted and covered by news outlets across the world. Luis Hestres, in the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), is researching the evolution of climate change activism and
2017-11-20 00:00:00
Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas
Researchers have discovered the first known methane-producing microbe that is active in an oxygen-rich environment -- a finding that suggests today's global climate models may be misjudging the amount of methane being released into the atmosphere.
2017-11-20 00:00:00
New research indicates likely hydrological implications of rapid global warming
Researchers studying a rapid global warming event, around 56 million years ago, have shown evidence of major changes in the intensity of rainfall and flood events. The findings indicate some of the likely implications should current trends of rising carbo
2017-11-20 00:00:00
Added Arctic data shows global warming didn't pause
Missing Arctic temperature data, not Mother Nature, created the seeming slowdown of global warming from 1998 to 2012, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change.
2017-11-20 00:00:00
How worried should we be about melting ice caps?
As the UN climate change conference ends, BBC Science's David Shukman takes a look at melting ice caps.
2017-11-18 01:02:19
The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change
Leipzig. Forests fulfil numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they are rich in different species of trees. In addition, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one function, such as wood production or nature
2017-11-17 00:00:00
Evaluation of novel hybrid membranes for carbon capture
Hybrid materials known as mixed matrix membranes are considered a promising approach to capture carbon dioxide and mitigate against global warming. These materials are derived from a polymer combined with porous nanoparticles. We show that materials prepa
2017-11-17 00:00:00
Surrey develops new 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane
The University of Surrey has developed a new and cost-effective catalyst to recycle two of the main causes behind climate change -- carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).
2017-11-17 00:00:00
Warmer water signals change for Scotland's shags
An increasingly catholic diet among European shags at one of Scotland's best-studied breeding colonies has been linked to long-term climate change and may have important implications for Scotland's seabirds.
2017-11-17 00:00:00
For Damage Done and Transition Needed, 50+ Groups Demand Global Fossil Fuel Tax
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2017-11-16 15:36:34
Hot and bothered
Environmental economists predict climate change will bring big manufacturing losses to China by mid-21st century.
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide
Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Groundwater recharge in the American west under climate change
Groundwater recharge in the Western US will change as the climate warms -- the dry southern regions will have less and the northern regions will have more, according to new research. The new study covers the entire US West, from the High Plains states to
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Species in the north are more vulnerable to climate change
For the first time, researchers have proposed the hypothesis that animals that live in climate zones at a safe distance from both the poles as well as the tropics have the most to gain from acclimating to changes in climate. The findings contradict previo
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Climate change impacts already locked in -- but the worst can still be avoided
Some impacts of global warming -- such as sea level rise and coastal flooding -- are already locked in and unavoidable, according to a major research project.
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air
Can technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere really help prevent dangerous climate change?
2017-11-15 01:02:44
'Climate change is bad...it affects everything'
People in Vunidogoloa had to move 2km (1.24m) inland, and say climate change is to blame.
2017-11-15 00:11:11
Pacific Island countries could lose 50 -- 80% of fish in local waters under climate change
Many Pacific Island nations will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species in their waters by the end of the 21st century if climate change continues unchecked, finds a new Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program study published in Marine Policy. This area of the
2017-11-15 00:00:00
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Deforested areas of the Amazon Basin have a limited ability to grow new trees because of changes in climate, according to a study.
2017-11-15 00:00:00
Scientists team up on study to save endangered African penguins
A first-of-its-kind study on prognostic health indicators in the endangered African penguin provides invaluable information to preserve and rehabilitate this seabird. Competition with fisheries, oil spills, climate change, diseases and predators are all c
2017-11-15 00:00:00
Study settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide & global warming
Fossil leaves from Africa resolve a prehistoric climate puzzle and confirm the link between carbon dioxide and global warming. Research previously found conflicting data on high carbon levels and its link to climate change about 22 million years ago. But
2017-11-14 00:00:00
US 'Spits in the Face' of World by Promoting Fossil Fuels at UN Climate Summit
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2017-11-13 17:05:33
How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory.
A survivor's guide to why forests around the world are being impacted by invasive pests and what can be done about it in an era of overwhelming human activity and climate change.
2017-11-13 00:00:00
Texas' odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century
An MIT study finds Texas' risk of Harvey-scale rainfall will increase by the end of this century. By 2100, the annual probability of Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall returning to Texas will rise to 18 percent, if the growth of greenhouse gas emissions c
2017-11-13 00:00:00
Record high CO2 emissions delay global peak
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels have risen again after a three year hiatus, according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project (GCP).
2017-11-13 00:00:00
Green rooves to reduce the effects of climate change
it would be necessary to have between 207 and 740 hectares of green rooves in a city like Seville (Spain), depending on the scenario that is contemplated, to reduce the effects of climate change in relation to the maximum temperature rises of between 1.5
2017-11-10 00:00:00
Changing climate to bring more landslides on logged land, say WSU researchers
Washington State University researchers say landslides on logged forests will be more widespread as the Northwest climate changes. In a study modelled on clear-cut lands on the Olympic Peninsula, they anticipate the climate of 2045 and conclude that there
2017-11-09 00:00:00
Breeding highly productive corn has reduced its ability to adapt
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wanted to know whether the last 100 years of selecting for corn that is acclimated to particular locations has changed its ability to adapt to new or stressful environments. By measuring populations of co
2017-11-09 00:00:00
How science has shaped the international response to climate change
The Royal Meteorological Society is publishing a special issue in Weather focused on the science of climatic change.
2017-11-08 00:00:00
Climate-influenced changes in flowering, fruiting also affect bird abundance, activities
A new study has documented shifts in Hawaiian bird abundance, breeding and molting based on climate-related changes to native vegetation. Researchers with the US Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station recently reviewed extensive climate, vege
2017-11-08 00:00:00
Cool textiles to beat the heat
Air-conditioned buildings bring welcome relief to people coming in from the heat. But creating that comfort comes with a cost to our wallets and the environment in the form of increased energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Now researchers report in
2017-11-08 00:00:00
Fully integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric
Researchers have successfully incorporated washable, stretchable and breathable electronic circuits into fabric, opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable electronics. The circuits were made with cheap, safe and environmentally friendly
2017-11-08 00:00:00
Climate change, sparse policies endanger right whale population
North Atlantic right whales -- a highly endangered species making modest population gains in the past decade - may be imperiled by warming waters and insufficient international protection, according to a new Cornell University analysis published in Global
2017-11-07 00:00:00
How climate change may reshape subalpine wildflower communities
An unseasonably warm, dry summer in 2015 on Washington state's Mount Rainier caused subalpine wildflowers to change their bloom times and form 'reassembled' communities, with unknown consequences for species interactions among wildflowers, pollinators and
2017-11-07 00:00:00
Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders
Greenhouse gas emissions caused by urban households' purchases of goods and services from beyond city limits are much bigger than previously thought. These upstream emissions may occur anywhere in the world and are roughly equal in size to the total emiss
2017-11-07 00:00:00
Biological consequences of climate change on epidemics may be scale-dependent
A recent study led by Prof. ZHANG Zhibin from the Chinese Academy of Science and Prof. Nils Chr. Stenseth from University of Oslo indicated that the impacts of climate change on prevalence of epidemics were scale-dependent.
2017-11-07 00:00:00
NASA's GPM radar spots tornado spawning thunderstorms in Ohio Valley
Severe weather that rolled through the Ohio Valley on Nov. 5 was analyzed by NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite. GPM provided forecasters at the National Weather Service with rain rates and cloud heights that showed where str
2017-11-06 00:00:00
Mandatory state policies work best to curb power plant emissions, study finds
"Based on the results of our study, we recommend that states adopt a policy of mandatory greenhouse gas emissions registry and reporting by power plants," says Eri Saikawa, an assistant professor in Emory's Department of Environmental Sciences.
2017-11-06 00:00:00
Climate change likely to be more deadly in poor African settlements
Conditions in crowded urban settlements in Africa make the effects of climate change worse, pushing temperatures to levels dangerous for children and the elderly in those areas.
2017-11-06 00:00:00
Anger over Trump support for coal at UN climate talks
US plans to promote coal as a solution to climate change at a key UN meeting rile environmentalists.
2017-11-05 08:26:15
Périgord black truffle cultivated in the UK for the first time
The Mediterranean black truffle, one of the world's most expensive ingredients, has been successfully cultivated in the UK, as climate change threatens its native habitat.
2017-11-05 00:00:00
Climate change: US report at odds with some in Trump team
A spokesman says climate is "always changing" after a report ties global warming to human activity.
2017-11-04 08:59:28
Australian tourism policies fail to address climate change
Despite evidence that tourism contributes to climate change, Australia's Federal and State governments are failing to produce effective long-term tourism policy to address climate change, according to the findings of new QUT-led research.
2017-11-02 00:00:00
Could the Neolithic Revolution offer evidence of best ways to adapt to climate change?
The behavior of the human population during the last intense period of global warming might offer an insight into how best to adapt to the current challenges posed by climate change, a study led by the University of Plymouth suggests.
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Wind farms along mountain ridges may negatively affect bats
By attaching miniaturized Global Positioning System tags to cave bats near a mountain ridge in Thailand, researchers have shown that bats repeatedly use mountain slopes to ascend to altitudes of more than 550 m above the ground.
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Climate change could decrease Sun's ability to disinfect lakes
Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports.
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Hacking evolution, screening technique may improve most widespread enzyme
Plants evolved over millions of years into an environment that has dramatically changed in the last 150 years since the Industrial Revolution began: carbon dioxide levels have increased 50 percent, and the average global temperature has increased by nearl
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Zebra 'poo science' improves conservation efforts
How can Zebra poo tell us what an animal's response to climate change and habitat destruction will be? That is what scientists from The University of Manchester and Chester Zoo have been investigating in South Africa. Together the team have been using 'p
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Feral animals pose major threat to Outback, climate change study finds
A study of changing rainfall and wildfire patterns over 22 years in Australia's Simpson Desert has found - in addition to a likely climate-induced decrease in cover of the dominant plant spinifex - introduced cats and foxes pose a major threat to seed-eat
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Lancet Study Warns of Global Health Crisis and 1 Billion Climate Refugees by 2050
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2017-10-31 16:42:56
Cod and haddock 'may vanish' from Scotland's west coast
Herring and haddock could also disappear by the turn of the century due to global warming, warn scientists.
2017-10-31 16:25:32
Future climate change may not adversely affect seafood quality
Future ocean acidification and warming may not have a marked effect on the taste of oysters grown in the UK, according to new research by the University of Plymouth published in Frontiers in Marine Science.
2017-10-31 00:00:00
A special issue to commemorate the centenary of Duzheng Ye's birth
The special issue consists of four reviews and five original articles, each focusing on an aspect of Ye's achievements and the latest developments based on or inspired by his theories, including establishing Tibetan Plateau meteorology; developing the the
2017-10-31 00:00:00
CCNY study reveals power supply might not be as vulnerable to climate change as we thought
Here's a bit of surprising news. A closer look at how climate change could impact our power supply shows that America's infrastructure might be more adaptable than scientists anticipated.
2017-10-30 00:00:00
The advent of 'green' cattle
Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, reveals a study based on a new method of carbon footprinting for pasture-based cattle production systems that can assess the impacts of individual animals.
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Study suggests the US' power supply has capacity to adapt to climate change
A new paper written by City University of New York (CUNY) scientists -- 'Climate and Water Resource Change Impacts and Adaptation Potential for U.S. Power Supply,' published in Nature Climate Change -- has found that climate change ultimately will have a
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Are the grandkids worth it? Climate change policy depends on how we value human population
Protecting future generations from environmental destruction depends on how society values human population. Looking at two ethical approaches, a research team finds a smaller population could save tens of billions of dollars or more annually on climate c
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Tropical forest reserves slow down global warming
National parks and nature reserves in South America, Africa and Asia, created to protect wildlife, heritage sites and the territory of indigenous people, are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and so are slowing the rate of
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Peat bogs defy the laws of biodiversity
EPFL scientists working with a team of researchers from across Europe have found that peat bogs, despite their low biodiversity, can effectively withstand both moderate and glacial climates. That finding stands to change the way we look at biodiversity.
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Peatland plants adapting well to climate change, suggests study
They account for just three per cent of the Earth's surface but play a major role in offsetting carbon dioxide emissions -- and now a team of scientists led by the universities of Southampton and Utrecht has discovered that the plants that make up peat bo
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Winter temperatures on the Red Planet sublimate carbon dioxide from a gas to a solid. These solid carbon dioxide blocks are then thought responsible for making gullies and furrows on Mars' landscape based on innovative lab experiments.
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Samantha Bee Skewers Trump's EPA Chief in Segment Titled "Scott Pruitt vs. The World"
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2017-10-26 17:01:10
Study: How cities can best fight climate change
A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation -- and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, n
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Late Tiassic terrestrial ecosystem changes
The Norian Chinle Formation in the Southwestern United States provides a snapshot into an ancient terrestrial ecosystem with its famous petrified tree trunks and various plant and vertebrate remains. The fossil plant assemblages, including spores and poll
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Bat Poop: A Reliable Source of Climate Change
Isotopes found in bat guano over the last 1,200 years provide scientists with information on how the climate was and is changing.
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Climate Threat Erased, Big Oil Bonanza Embraced in Leaked Draft of Interior Dept. 5-Year Plan
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2017-10-25 16:01:10
A drier south: Europe's drought trends match climate change projections
Researchers published new findings that suggest European drought trends are lining up with climate change projections, pointing to decreases in drought frequency in the north and increases in drought frequency in the south.
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Can open and honest scientists win public trust?
With the increased politicization of science, more and more people continue to be skeptical of research, especially when it comes to hot-button topics such as climate change and vaccines. Michigan State University researchers wondered whether it would be
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Special issue of Journal of Nursing Scholarship confronts climate change and health
A special issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship explores climate change, global health, and the role of nursing in addressing environmental changes and protecting vulnerable people and populations.
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Chiding Trump for Inaction, GAO Report Shows Climate to Cost US Taxpayers Trillions
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2017-10-24 14:53:47
Rising sea levels creating first Native American climate refugees
Rising sea levels and human activities are fast creating a 'worst case scenario' for Native Americans of the Mississippi Delta who stand to lose not just their homes, but their irreplaceable heritage, to climate change.
2017-10-23 00:00:00
Because Paris Deal Not Nearly Enough, European Climate Kids File Suit
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Julia Conley, staff writer</div></div></div><d
2017-10-20 18:42:58
US ocean observation critical to understanding climate change, but lacks long-term national planning
Ocean observing systems are important as they provide information essential for monitoring and forecasting changes in Earth's climate on timescales ranging from days to centuries. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medic
2017-10-20 00:00:00
Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row
The annual assessment of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) confirms that CO2 emissions have stalled for the third year in a row.
2017-10-20 00:00:00
Tropical beetles face extinction threat
Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists.
2017-10-17 00:00:00
For Abandoning Climate Accord, Pope Swipes Trump on World Food Day
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Jessica Corbett, staff writer</div></div></div>&l
2017-10-16 19:21:26
Baltic clams and worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows
Scientists have shown that ocean clams and worms are releasing a significant amount of potentially harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
2017-10-13 00:00:00
With No End In Sight, California's Deadly Flames Called Climate Change 'Fire Alarm'
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Julia Conley, staff writer</div></div></div><d
2017-10-12 16:36:04
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the developme
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Is it gonna blow? Measuring volcanic emissions from space
Carbon dioxide measured by a NASA satellite pinpoints sources of the gas from human and volcanic activities, which may help monitor greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss
Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane mod
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Watching plant photosynthesis...from space
University of Sydney and NASA have developed a revolutionary technique to image plant photosynthesis using satellite-based remote-sensing, with potential applications in climate change monitoring. The uptake of carbon dioxide by leaves and its conversion
2017-10-12 00:00:00
CU Anschutz researchers say climate change may accelerate infectious disease outbreaks
Aside from inflicting devastating natural disasters on often vulnerable communities, climate change can also spur outbreaks of infectious diseases like Zika , malaria and dengue fever, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Rainfall trends in arid regions buck commonly held climate change theories
To explore the links between climatic warming and rainfall in drylands, scientists from the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol analysed more than 50 years of detailed rainfall data (measured every minute) from a semi-arid drainage basin in south east Ari
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Global Change Center researchers to forecast water quality with NSF support
The team -- which includes ecologists, social scientists, geologists and engineers -- was awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities grant to develop a system that can create a real-time water forecast -- similar to a
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Carbon dioxide levels lower than thought during super greenhouse period
Research from Dartmouth College adds to the understanding of Earth's historic hyperthermal events to help explain the planet's current warming trend.
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published in Marine Geology sho
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Satellites map photosynthesis at high resolution
Life on Earth is impossible without photosynthesis. It provides food and oxygen to all higher life forms and plays an important role in the climate system, since this process regulates the uptake of carbon dioxide from the Earth's atmosphere and its fixat
2017-10-12 00:00:00
'Great News for the Climate' as Banking Giant Ditches Tar Sands, Arctic Drilling
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Andrea Germanos, staff writer</div></div></div>&l
2017-10-11 20:42:13
Cities taking narrow approach to start adapting to climate change see benefits
A new study led by a University of Kansas urban planning researcher sheds light on tradeoffs between taking a narrow approach focused on connections between climate change adaptation and reducing risks from hazards like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria,
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Wither heavy storms
A rainstorm generator developed by UCSB hydrologists assesses watershed rainfall under climate change simulations.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Beyond EPA's Clean Power decision: Climate action window could close as early as 2023
As the Trump administration repeals the US Clean Power Plan, a new study from the University of Michigan underscores the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions -- from both environmental and economic perspectives.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Climate change predicted to reduce size, stature of dominant Midwest plant, study finds
Kansas State University researchers are involved in a study that found climate change may reduce the growth and stature of big bluestem -- a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
The costs of transporting petroleum products by pipelines and rail
While the policy debate surrounding crude oil transportation costs has emphasized accidents and spills, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers indicates the debate is overlooking a far more serious external cost
2017-10-10 00:00:00
How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon
Previous researchers had concluded that global warming was simply delaying the North American monsoon, which brings summer rains to the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. But a new, high-resolution climate model that corrects for persistent sea sur
2017-10-09 00:00:00
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. This presents an enticing opportunity for generating renewable e
2017-10-09 00:00:00
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst produc
2017-10-06 00:00:00
Huge 'People Over Pipeline' Victory as TransCanada Forced to Kill Energy East
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Jake Johnson, staff writer</div></div></div><d
2017-10-05 15:28:53
Climate solution in soil?
The land under our feet and the plant matter it contains could offset a significant amount of carbon emissions if managed properly. More research is needed to unlock soil's potential to mitigate global warming, improve crop yields and increase resilience
2017-10-05 00:00:00
Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios -- an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world's growing population.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
Study: Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
A new study published this week in Nature Communications outlines the mechanisms and points to the importance of both sunlight and the right microbial community as keys to converting permafrost carbon to CO2.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
A new hybrid nanomaterial harvests solar energy and uses it to extract hydrogen from seawater, cheaply and efficiently. Future commercialization could mean a new source of environmentally friendly fuel and less dependence on fossil fuels.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
Flights worldwide face increased risk of severe turbulence due to climate change
Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
New report gives the lay of the land on grazing livestock's climate impact
An international research collaboration has shed light on the impact that grass-fed animals have on climate change. Its new study adds clarity to the debate around livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption.The newly
2017-10-03 00:00:00

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