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Circles in the sand reveal boating damage to marine biodiversity
The findings of a study by Swansea and Cardiff University scientists highlights the need for boating activities along the UK's beautiful coastlines to be conducted in a more environmentally friendly manner.
2017-07-27 00:00:00
Utilities Knew, Too: Despite Warning Decades Ago, Industry Lied and Deceived on Climate
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2017-07-26 12:57:39
Research at Lake Baikal -- for the protection of a unique ecosystem
As part of the Helmholtz Russia Research Group LaBeglo, UFZ researchers are studying the impact of climate change and environmental toxins on the lake's fauna. In a recent study, together with researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Res
2017-07-26 00:00:00
Atlantic/Pacific ocean temperature difference fuels US wildfires
A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America.
2017-07-26 00:00:00
World's first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.
Each wind turbine is taller than Big Ben and the farm can power 20,000 homes.
2017-07-25 09:28:03
Scientists find secret to cell size in world's biggest food producer
A gene controlling cell size has been identified in a microalgal group which underpins a fifth of the world's food chains.Scientists at The University of East Anglia (UEA) have discovered a gene which regulates the size of diatoms, which contribute 20 per
2017-07-25 00:00:00
'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood
Using a publicly available climate model, Berkeley Lab researchers 'hindcast' the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than wo
2017-07-24 00:00:00
Could 'cocktail geoengineering' save the climate?
Geoengineering is a catch-all term that refers to various theoretical ideas for altering Earth's energy balance to combat climate change. New research from an international team of atmospheric scientists published by Geophysical Research Letters investiga
2017-07-24 00:00:00
World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland
The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.
2017-07-23 19:31:12
Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars
Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary published today in Environmental Communication.
2017-07-23 00:00:00
Trump Furthers War on Science With 'Illegal' Nomination of Climate Denier for Top USDA Sci
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2017-07-21 18:08:28
Watch Live: Bernie Sanders and Al Gore
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2017-07-20 13:33:19
Ancient Italian fossils reveal risk of parasitic infections due to climate change
In 2014, a team of researchers led by a paleobiologist from the University of Missouri found that clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700 years ago) contained clues about how sea level rise due to climate change could foreshadow a rise in parasit
2017-07-20 00:00:00
Study Calls for Rapid "Negative Emissions" as Scientist Warns "Shit's Hitting th
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2017-07-19 16:38:34
Aging power plants provide Trump administration with risks and opportunities
When it comes to the current plans to retire US power plants, Carnegie Mellon University researchers believe we are 'running towards a cliff with no fence.'They found that power plant retirement trends will complicate achieving long-term carbon dioxide em
2017-07-19 00:00:00
Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs?
Climate change may be harming the future of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) by impacting the survival rates of pups, according to one of the first studies on how shifting temperatures are impacting tropical species. Led by scientists from ZSL (Zoologica
2017-07-19 00:00:00
Helping EU cities and regions cut carbon emissions
A series of first-ever maps shows regional-scale differences in carbon footprints in the EU. The maps can help guide local and regional policies designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
2017-07-18 00:00:00
Record-breaking marine heatwave powered by climate change cooks Tasmania's fisheries
Climate change has warmed the waters east of Tasmania at four times the speed of the global average. But the heatwave of the southern summer of 2015/2016 was something exceptional, damaging fisheries and bringing new species to the island. It's a sign of
2017-07-17 00:00:00
New model projects an increase in dust storms in the US
A new statistical model developed by researchers at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that climate change will amplify dust activity in parts of the U.S. in the latter half of the 21st century, wh
2017-07-17 00:00:00
Jerry Brown's Climate Plan Just Another 'Handout to Big Oil,' Green Groups Say
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2017-07-14 17:48:46
Climate change: Biodiversity rescues biodiversity in a warmer world
Climate change leads to loss of biodiversity worldwide. However, ecosystems with a higher biodiversity in the first place might be less affected a new study in Science Advances reports. An international research team found that when they experimentally wa
2017-07-14 00:00:00
Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia: Report
Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian
2017-07-14 00:00:00
When life gives you lemons, make bioplastics!
Chemists at ICIQ in Tarragona developed an environmentally friendly method to produce BPA-free polycarbonate from limonene and CO2.
2017-07-14 00:00:00
The farmer helping to cut cow farts
How reducing the methane from cows is helping to fight climate change
2017-07-13 23:56:16
Climate change could mean more weight restrictions and higher costs for airlines
As air temperatures rise at constant pressure, the density of air declines and this makes it harder for an airplane to take off. Increased air temperatures due to climate change could therefore present a new challenge for the aviation industry. This is ac
2017-07-13 00:00:00
Why a single nuke's impact shouldn't only be measured in megatons
New calculations by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers show that even a limited nuclear strike could cause devastating climate change, resulting in widespread drought and famine that could cost a billion lives.
2017-07-13 00:00:00
Why Japan's coastal zones might be disappearing due to climate change
Climate change can cause a range of effects on coastal environments, such as a decrease in sediment supply, changes in the intensity and frequency of extreme events, and changes in sea levels and wave climate. The estimation of changes due to climate chan
2017-07-13 00:00:00
Surging heat may limit aircraft takeoffs globally
Rising temperatures due to global warming will make it harder for many aircraft around the world to take off in coming decades, says a new study. During the hottest parts of the day, 10 to 30 percent of fully loaded planes may have to remove some fuel, ca
2017-07-13 00:00:00
Seaside sparrows caught between predators and rising seas
Sea-level rise is a problem for saltmarsh birds, but so is predation, and birds sometimes find themselves caught between two threats: They can nest lower in vegetation to avoid predators, putting them at risk of flooding, or move up to keep dry but risk g
2017-07-12 00:00:00
Climate change to deplete some US water basins used for irrigation
A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change's impact on irrigation.
2017-07-12 00:00:00
Making two out of one
In view of climate change it has become important to significantly increase the efficiency of organic solar cells. In a process known as 'singlet fission,' one photon simultaneously excites two electrons. If this effect can be exploited, it may well be po
2017-07-12 00:00:00
Global warming could result in losses for the European wine industry
Slight increases in temperature in Mediterranean regions from global warming could potentially result in labor, productivity and economic losses for the European wine industry, an article in the journal Temperature suggests.
2017-07-12 00:00:00
The most effective individual steps to tackle climate change aren't being discussed
Governments and schools are not communicating the most effective ways for individuals to reduce their carbon footprints, according to new research.Published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the study from Lund University, found that th
2017-07-11 00:00:00
Does the European public understand the impacts of climate change on the ocean?
A new in-depth study of the European public's awareness of the impacts of climate change on the ocean shows that although many are relatively well informed, an alarming number remain either uninformed or misinformed. Many believe that Arctic sea-ice is al
2017-07-11 00:00:00
Amid G20 Talks, Greenpeace Activists Scale Bridge Demanding 'End to Age of Coal'
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2017-07-08 09:45:30
Pop band Ten Millennia support Friends of the Earth with new album - released today&nbsp; Yorkshire pop/soul/funk band, Ten Millennia are generously donating £1 to Friends of the Earth for every CD, download or vinyl album sold via their web
2017-07-07 10:45:00
Merkel’s climate mission at the G20
Germany is battling to stop the US undermining a united front on climate change at the G20 summit.
2017-07-07 09:02:14
Extreme low-oxygen eddies in the Atlantic produce greenhouse gases
In 2014, an international research team led by the Kiel Cluster of Excellence 'The Future Ocean' and the GEOMAR Kiel was able to investigate in detail eddies in the Atlantic Ocean which were characterized by extremely low oxygen concentrations. The interd
2017-07-07 00:00:00
The Ii Hamina cemetery reveals adaptation to the environment
The medieval cemetery in Ii Hamina in northern Finland on the Iijoki river was originally discovered by accident. A recent study examined the isotope compositions of the teeth of the dead. It turned out that the population in the small village survived th
2017-07-07 00:00:00
Recruiting manganese to upgrade carbon dioxide
OIST researchers developed simple catalysts based on Earth-abundant manganese to use carbon dioxide for energy storage or turn it into useful chemicals for the industry.
2017-07-07 00:00:00
Tribute paid to Friends of the Earth Chair, Roger Clarke, who is stepping down after six successful
Tribute paid to Friends of the Earth Chair, Roger Clarke, who is stepping down after six successful years Friends of the Earth Chief Executive Craig Bennett pays tribute to Trust Chair Roger Clarke, who will be stepping down in the autumn after six suc
2017-07-06 10:15:30
Falling sea level caused volcanos to overflow
During the transition to the last ice age approximately 80,000 years ago global temperature declined, while the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere remained relatively stable. An international research team led by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocea
2017-07-06 00:00:00
Climate change threatens domestic bee species
Global warming changes the flowering times of plants and the moment when bees hatch -- sometimes with severe consequences for the bees. This was shown by a new study conducted by ecologists from the University of Würzburg.
2017-07-06 00:00:00
California projected to get wetter through this century
Under business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions, climate models predict California will get warmer during the rest of the century and most also predict the state will get drier. But, new research published in Nature Communications predicts California wil
2017-07-06 00:00:00
Offering Moral Leadership, UCC Urges Clergy to 'Be Bold and Courageous' in Climate Fight
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2017-07-05 19:50:19
Figuring out how fast Greenland is melting
A new analysis of Greenland's past temperatures will help determine how fast the island's vast ice sheet is melting. Other research shows the accelerated melting of Greenland's ice sheet is contributing to sea level rise. The new study provides the most a
2017-07-05 00:00:00
Greener molecular intermediates may aid drug design
Rice University scientists simplify their method to make molecular precursors for biologically active compounds, making it more environmentally friendly in the process. The new technique could be a boon to researchers who synthesize new drugs and other fi
2017-07-05 00:00:00
Reconciling predictions of climate change
Harvard researchers have resolved a major conflict in estimates of how much the Earth will warm in response to a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere -- finding that the lower range of estimates offered by historical observations does not take into account l
2017-07-05 00:00:00
Remote Amazonian cities more vulnerable to climate change
Roadless cities have been found to be more vulnerable to the effects of flooding, because they tend to be less-developed and have inadequate sanitation, exposing inhabitants to environmental pollution and contaminated water.
2017-07-05 00:00:00
Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
As Canada's vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north. New research from UBC's Okanagan Campus suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi
2017-07-05 00:00:00
As Climate Threats Mount, Experts Say No Time Left for Deceitful "Debate"
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2017-07-03 20:28:51
Hawking: Climate change a 'great danger'
After President Trump withdrew from a climate agreement, Prof Hawking warns of the threat from global warming.
2017-07-02 17:00:44
Power to the people
The first rule of advocating for climate change-related legislation is: You do not talk about 'climate change.' The term has become so polarizing that its mere mention can cause reasonable people to draw seemingly immutable lines in the political sand.
2017-06-30 00:00:00
The Black Forest and climate change
Silver and Douglas firs could replace Norway spruce in the long run due to their greater resistance to droughts.
2017-06-30 00:00:00
'Very strong' climate change signal in record June heat
Searing weather across the UK and Europe was made more likely by human-induced climate warming say scientists.
2017-06-29 22:03:45
For some US counties, climate change will be particularly costly
A highly granular assessment of the impacts of climate change on the US economy suggests that each 1°Celsius increase in temperature will cost 1.2 percent of the country's gross domestic product, on average.
2017-06-29 00:00:00
UM tesearch: Slow-growing ponderosas survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks
Slow-growing ponderosa pines may have a better chance of surviving mountain pine beetle outbreaks in western Montana as climate change increases the frequency of drought and insect pests, according to new research published by a team of University of Mont
2017-06-28 00:00:00
Climate change impacts Antarctic biodiversity habitat
Ice-free areas of Antarctica -- home to more than 99 percent of the continent's terrestrial plants and animals -- could expand by more than 17,000 km2 by the end of this century, a study published today in Nature reveals.Led by University of Queensland Sc
2017-06-28 00:00:00
'Scary': CO2 Rates Climb Even as Emissions Stabilize
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2017-06-27 16:12:58
A bioplastic derived from soy protein which can absorb up to 40 times its own weight
This new product, which is organic and biodegradable, is environmentally friendly. For that reason, the experts are exploring its use in the area of horticulture, specifically as a raw material from which to make agricultural nutrient dispensers.
2017-06-27 00:00:00
The beach time capsule
And to think it was all right there in her garage.A load of boxes pulled from biologist Dale Straughan's home yielded a veritable treasure trove for UC Santa Barbara researchers studying the impact of climate change on coastal biodiversity in California.
2017-06-26 00:00:00
Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100
In the year 2100, 2 billion people -- about one-fifth of the world's population -- could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitab
2017-06-26 00:00:00
Panda love spreads to benefit the planet
Loving pandas isn't just a feel-good activity. Recent Michigan State University (MSU) work shows China's decades of defending panda turf have been good not just for the beloved bears, but also protects habitat for other valuable plants and animals, boosts
2017-06-26 00:00:00
How the climate can rapidly change at tipping points
During the last glacial period, within only a few decades the influence of atmospheric CO2 on the North Atlantic circulation resulted in temperature increases of up to 10 degrees Celsius in Greenland -- as indicated by new climate calculations from resear
2017-06-23 00:00:00
Embracing Need for 'WWII Style Mobilization,' California Set to Go Big on Climate
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even" property="schema:author">Jake Johnson, staff writer</d
2017-06-22 14:26:06
Lessons from whale population collapse could help future species at risk
A study of historic whaling records has revealed there were warning signs that populations of commercially harvested whales were heading for global collapse up to 40 years before the event.The research by scientists from IMAS and Switzerland's University
2017-06-22 00:00:00
Biggest Banks Fueling Climate Disaster With Billions Poured Into 'Extreme Fossil Fuels'
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even" property="schema:author">Andrea Germanos, staff writer<
2017-06-21 19:52:37
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

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