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The winners and losers of Mexico's wind power boom
In 'windy' La Ventosa, a village 700km from Mexico City, residents are renting out their land for wind farms.
2017-08-20 10:23:01
Wood frogs research clarifies risks posed to animals by warming climate
As conditions warm, fish and wildlife living at the southern edge of their species' ranges are most at risk, according to Penn State researchers who led a major collaborative study of how wood frogs are being affected by climate change.
2017-08-19 00:00:00
Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature
Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature, indicates a study in the journal Global Change Biology led by the University of California, Davis. In other words, the more things change, the more they are th
2017-08-18 00:00:00
Drilling begins at Preston New Road
Friends of the Earth and community campaigners are calling on Greg Clark MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, not to give final consent to allow fracking to go ahead in Lancashire, as drilling is reported at Preston New
2017-08-17 17:15:45
Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene
As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced 'wonder' material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind, the research group of SungWoo Nam, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at Il
2017-08-16 00:00:00
Boron nitride foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Rice University researchers create a reusable hexagonal-boron nitride foam that soaks up more than three times its weight in carbon dioxide.
2017-08-16 00:00:00
How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer
The next major volcanic eruption could kick-start chemical reactions that would seriously damage the planet's already besieged ozone layer. The extent of damage to the ozone layer that results from a large, explosive eruption depends on complex atmospheri
2017-08-16 00:00:00
Going 'green' with plant-based resins
Airplanes, electronics and solar cells are all in demand, but the materials holding these items together -- epoxy thermosets -- are not environmentally friendly. Now, a group reports in ACS' journal Macromolecules that they have created a plant-based ther
2017-08-16 00:00:00
'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum
Campaigners plan to plant enough trees to counteract the climate impact of the US President.
2017-08-15 10:57:59
Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide
An early look at ongoing work by a University of Kansas researcher examines alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change.
2017-08-15 00:00:00
Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters
Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change, according to a team of researchers led by a Tufts University scientist.
2017-08-15 00:00:00
Russian scientists deny climate model of IPCC
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University revealed new data on accelerating permafrost degradation in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, which really threatens by huge emissions of bubble methane into the atmosphere and breaks the climate model of the Int
2017-08-15 00:00:00
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change -- but the recovery timescales are significant.
2017-08-15 00:00:00
Ozone treaty taking a bite out of US greenhouse gas emissions
The Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted to restore Earth's protective ozone layer in 1989, has significantly reduced emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals from the United States. In a twist, a new study shows the 30-year old treaty has ha
2017-08-14 00:00:00
Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims
Scientists respond furiously to claims about climate change made in a BBC radio interview.
2017-08-11 10:55:09
Global warming will leave different fingerprints on global subtropical anticyclones
To assess the possible responses of the subtropical anticyclones to greenhouse gases (GHG) forcing, scientists adopted multiple metrics and obtained robust results. Coupled models under GHG forcing show that the subtropical anticyclones over North Pacific
2017-08-11 00:00:00
Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods
In different parts of Europe, rivers are flooding earlier or later because of rising temperatures, say scientists.
2017-08-10 22:58:52
US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record
Long-term global warming and a strong El Niño effect combined to set a new record for the planet.
2017-08-10 22:11:34
Al Gore on the Paris agreement, Trump and climate change
The former US vice president says the US will meet its targets "in spite of Donald Trump."
2017-08-10 12:01:43
Human-caused warming likely led to recent streak of record-breaking temperatures
It is 'extremely unlikely' 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.
2017-08-10 00:00:00
Climate change shifts timing of European floods
A linkage between climate change and floods has been identified using a river flow dataset of unparalleled scale and diversity. This is the first time this link has been demonstrated at a continental scale using observational data.
2017-08-10 00:00:00
Climate change means earlier spring flooding for parts of Europe
An analysis of five decades' worth of data finds that climate change is altering the timing of river flooding across Europe.
2017-08-10 00:00:00
UF scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline's sea level rise hot spots
A new study, published online today, shows that seas rose in the southeastern US between 2011 and 2015 by more than six times the global average sea level rise that is already happening due to human-induced global warming. The combined effects of El Ni&#
2017-08-09 00:00:00
FSU research: Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning
A 94-million-year-old climate change event that severely imperiled marine organisms may provide some unnerving insights into long-term trends in our modern oceans, according to a Florida State University researcher.
2017-08-09 00:00:00
Fearing Trump Censorship, Govt. Scientists Leak Alarming Climate Report
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2017-08-08 15:17:13
Not all glaciers in Antarctica have been affected by climate change
A new study by scientists at Portland State University and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that the effects of climate change, which are apparent in other parts of the Antarctic continent, are
2017-08-08 00:00:00
Extreme heat linked to climate change may adversely affect pregnancy
A systematic review links extreme heat exposure to changes in gestation length, birth weight, stillbirth and neonatal stress.
2017-08-08 00:00:00
New scanning process allows unprecedented look inside live insects
Conventional insect scanning usually requires killing the insect. A new collaborative process developed at Western University in London, Canada, shows live insects can be scanned if they're anesthetized temporarily with carbon dioxide.
2017-08-08 00:00:00
'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord
There are huge uncertainties in greenhouse gas totals due to inaccurate data, the BBC finds.
2017-08-07 23:22:58
Emails Show USDA Staff Told to 'Avoid' Term 'Climate Change' Under Trump
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2017-08-07 21:06:25
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
Tiny dents in the surface of graphene greatly enhances its potential as a supercapacitor. Even better, it can be made from carbon dioxide in a novel approach developed by researchers from Michigan Technological University and Brookhaven National Laborator
2017-08-07 00:00:00
Extreme weather 'could kill up to 100,000 a year' in Europe by 2100
Weather-related deaths will spike by 2100 if nothing is done to curb climate change, scientists say.
2017-08-05 03:48:28
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged in a new report by a Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology researcher at George
2017-08-04 00:00:00
National support for fracking at lowest level yet
National support for fracking at lowest level yet UK support for fracking is at its lowest recorded level according to the latest BEIS Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracker reported released today (3 August). Support for fracking has decrea
2017-08-03 11:15:00
Temperatures rising
The Paris Climate Agreement of 2016, which saw 195 nations come together in the shared goal of ameliorating climate change, set forth an ambitious goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Since then, many have wondered, is
2017-08-03 00:00:00
Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change
Researchers investigating nutrients in runoff from agricultural land warn that phosphorus losses will increase, due to climate change, unless this is mitigated by making major changes to agricultural practices.
2017-08-03 00:00:00
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
A survey of tens of thousands of marine studies from the last decade reveals current threats to our marine environment. These include: the effects of climate change, marine plastic pollution, conservation, as well as social and economic impacts. It is hop
2017-08-03 00:00:00
Warming to boost deadly humidity levels across South Asia
By 2100, millions of people could face a lethal threat from heat and humidity driven by global warming.
2017-08-02 18:01:54
Millions may face protein deficiency as a result of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions
If CO2 levels keep rising as projected, the populations of 47 countries may lose more than 5 percent of their dietary protein by 2050 due to a decline in the nutritional value of rice, wheat, and other staple crops, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School o
2017-08-02 00:00:00
Historical wildlife trends reliable for predicting species at risk
Scientists at the University of York have shown that using historical wildlife data provides a more accurate measure of how vulnerable certain species might be to extinction from climate change.
2017-08-02 00:00:00
Deadly heat waves could hit South Asia this century
In South Asia, new MIT research suggests that by the end of this century climate change could lead to summer heat waves with levels of heat and humidity that exceed what humans can survive without protection
2017-08-02 00:00:00
Risk to Europe's most dangerous pathogens revealed
The impact of climate change on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to new research by the University of Liverpool.
2017-08-02 00:00:00
FSU research: Chemical weathering could alleviate some climate change effects
A team of Florida State University scientists has discovered that chemical weathering, a process in which carbon dioxide breaks down rocks and then gets trapped in sediment, can happen at a much faster rate than scientists previously assumed and could pot
2017-08-01 00:00:00
Nanoparticles for 3-D printing in water open door to advanced biomedical materials
A new type of photoinitiator for (3-D printing in water could further the development of biomedical accessories, bring advances in traditional industries such as plastics, and offer an environmentally friendly approach to additive manufacturing.
2017-08-01 00:00:00
Adorable alpine animal acclimates behavior to a changing climate
As climate change brings new pressures to bear on wildlife, species must 'move, adapt, acclimate, or die.' Erik Beever and colleagues review the literature on acclimation through behavioral flexibility, identifying patterns among invertebrates, amphibians
2017-08-01 00:00:00
Study reinforces the Amazon forest's importance in regulating atmospheric chemistry
Airborne measurements show that the Amazon rainforest emits three times more isoprene than was previously estimated. Isoprene is one of the main precursors of ozone and indirectly influences the balance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Benefits of investments in dikes worldwide known
The economic benefits of building dikes to reduce flood damage far outweigh the costs at the global scale. In many parts of the world, it is even possible to reduce the economic damage from river floods in the future to below today's levels, even when cli
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Loss of Arctic sea ice impacting Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
Arctic sea ice is not merely a passive responder to the climate changes occurring around the world, according to new research. Scientists at Yale University and the University of Southampton say the ongoing Arctic ice loss can play an active role in alter
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Aardvarks' fate points to worrying consequences for wildlife, due to climate change
Aardvarks prove to be highly susceptible to the warmer and drier climates that are predicted for the western parts of southern Africa in the future. During the study of a number of aardvarks by researchers of the Brain Function Research Group at the Unive
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Glaciers may have helped warm Earth
Weathering of Earth by glaciers may have warmed the planet over eons by aiding the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A new study shows the cumulative effect may have created negative feedback that prevented runaway glaciation.
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Successful prediction of multi-year US droughts and wildfire risk
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. A new model proves capable of much longer-term forecasts
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Methane-eating bacteria in lake deep beneath Antarctic ice
An interdisciplinary team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has concluded that bacteria in a lake 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may digest methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, preventing its relea
2017-07-31 00:00:00
It's Electric: LA First Major US City to Pledge Full Bus Fleet Conversion
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2017-07-28 20:10:51
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Scientists at Berkeley Lab have developed a 'spongy,' light-activated material that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, which can be used to turn into liquid fuels and other useful products. This is done without generating unwanted by products,
2017-07-28 00:00:00
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

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