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Research suggests eating beans instead of beef would sharply reduce greenhouse gasses
If Americans would eat beans instead of beef, the United States would immediately realize approximately 50 to 75 percent of its GHG reduction targets for the year 2020.
2017-05-22 00:00:00
Addition of in-home noninvasive ventilation to oxygen therapy improves outcomes following COPD exace
Among patients with an excess of carbon dioxide in their blood (persistent hypercapnia) following a flare-up (acute exacerbation) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in-home use of a mask and machine to support breathing in addition to home o
2017-05-21 00:00:00
Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change
Measures are announced after water enters a frozen facility guarding the world's key crop seeds.
2017-05-20 15:20:22
Trump Administration Lobbied to Ditch Climate Language from Arctic Declaration
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2017-05-19 18:22:18
UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats
Shutting down wind farms when birds pass over is one of the methods being tested to save migrating species.
2017-05-19 10:25:09
Sequestering blue carbon through better management of coastal ecosystems
Focusing on the management of carbon stores within vegetated coastal habitats provides an opportunity to mitigate some aspects of global warming.
2017-05-19 00:00:00
Trump 'can't escape climate change' impacts says Fiji PM
Whether or not the US is involved in global talks, the US will also feel the impacts of climate change.
2017-05-18 15:17:06
Conservative manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction
Conservative manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction Commenting on the content of the Conservative Party Manifesto launched today (18 May), Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “The mantra of 'take back control' will ri
2017-05-18 15:00:30
Predators are real lowlifes
By deploying green clay caterpillar models across six continents, researchers unmasked an important global pattern. Their discovery that predation is most intense near sea level in the tropics provides a foundation for understanding biological processes f
2017-05-18 00:00:00
GIS -- a powerful tool to be used with caution
A recent study, published in Open Archaeology, provides a new perspective on the severe impacts of escalating climate change on the heritage resources of Canadian Arctic. Referring to the application of Geographic Information System analytical methods in
2017-05-18 00:00:00
Antarctica 'greening' due to climate change
Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change, scientists have found.
2017-05-18 00:00:00
Paris climate deal is 'lifeline' for world's poorest countries
The countries most vulnerable to climate change say the rapid implementation of the accord is key to their survival.
2017-05-17 20:39:17
Lib Dem manifesto: zero waste, clean air and climate action
Lib Dem manifesto: zero waste, clean air and climate action Commenting on the content of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto launched today (17 May), Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “These are welcome and ambitious measures to end th
2017-05-17 14:30:00
Climate change refuge for corals discovered (and how we can protect it right now)
WCS scientists have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change.
2017-05-17 00:00:00
Scientists begin to unlock secrets of deep ocean color from organic matter
About half of atmospheric carbon dioxide is fixed by ocean's phytoplankton through a process called photosynthesis. A large portion of biologically fixed carbon is formed by picocyanobacteria at the sea surface and then transported to the deep ocean. But
2017-05-17 00:00:00
Researchers find conflicting effects of climate, vector behavior on spread of plant disease
To better understand the effects of climate change on agroecosystems, researchers Daugherty, Zeilinger, and Almeida conducted one of the first transdisciplinary studies on the effects of temperature change, leafhopper vector behavior, and the spread of Pi
2017-05-16 00:00:00
Varied increases in extreme rainfall with global warming
A new study by researchers from MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich shows that the most extreme rain events in most regions of the world will increase in intensity by 3 to 15 percent, depending on region, for every degree Celsius t
2017-05-15 00:00:00
Heat on for Australia's Great Barrier Reef when global temperatures hit 1.5C
Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science have modelled how extremes in precipitation, drought, extreme heat and ocean temperatures will change in Australia at global temperatures 1.5°C and 2°C above pre-industrial
2017-05-15 00:00:00
Invention produces cleaner water with less energy and no filter
Researchers at Princeton University have found a way to clean particles from water by mixing in carbon dioxide. The gas changes the water's chemistry, which causes particles to move to one side of the water depending on their chemical charge. By taking ad
2017-05-15 00:00:00
Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring
New research shows climate change is altering the delicate seasonal clock that North American migratory songbirds rely on to successfully mate and raise healthy offspring, setting in motion a domino effect that could threaten the survival of many familiar
2017-05-15 00:00:00
Arctic summit: Trump to make 'right decision for the US' on climate
President Trump will make "the right decision for the US" as he reviews the climate change policy.
2017-05-12 00:44:50
Researchers create anticancer nanomaterials by simulating underwater volcanic conditions
Researchers at Aalto University, Finland, have developed anticancer nanomaterials by simulating the volcano-induced dynamic chemistry of the deep ocean. The novel method enables making nanoclusters of zinc peroxide in an environmentally friendly manner, w
2017-05-12 00:00:00
Glacier-Less National Park? Climate Change Melting Iconic Formations
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2017-05-11 18:54:17
Migratory seabird deaths linked to hurricanes
Stronger and more frequent hurricanes may pose a new threat to the sooty tern, a species of migratory seabird found throughout the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic, a new Duke-led study reveals. The study is the first to map the birds' annual migratory path and
2017-05-11 00:00:00
Can crab shells provide a 'green' solution to malaria?
A non-toxic mixture of chitin-rich crab shell powder and nanosized silver particles could be an environmentally friendly way of curbing the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes, and malaria in particular. This is according to a series of experiments led
2017-05-11 00:00:00
Measuring the impact of a changing climate on threatened Yellowstone grizzly bears
A new analysis of Yellowstone grizzly bear diets reveals that grizzlies in the region continue to feed upon the products of an endangered tree species currently declining at the hands of climate change. Such changes are forcing some bears to look for more
2017-05-11 00:00:00
Climate change could increase ER visits for allergy-related asthma
More children could wind up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from allergy-induced asthma if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and cause longer oak pollen seasons, according to a new study.
2017-05-10 00:00:00
Shelf sediments reveal climate shifts through the eons
Climate change around Antarctica can severely affect Australia's rainfall and even influence the distribution of wet and dry zones across southeast Asia, an international study has revealed.Chelsea Korpanty of The University of Queensland's School of Biol
2017-05-10 00:00:00
Assessment concludes urban forests in Chicago region face a warmer, wetter future
A first-ever assessment of urban forest vulnerability to climate change in the Chicago region suggests that native tree species in a 7-million-acre area may decline while invasive species may thrive with shifts in habitat suitability.
2017-05-09 00:00:00
Right R&D investments are 'good bets' for both climate and economies, say researchers
As the threats of climate change and economic instability loom large, public energy investment can seem like roll of the dice. Now, new research has analyzed scientific publications to identify the 'good bets' for governments committed to reducing greenho
2017-05-09 00:00:00
In measuring gas exchange between water and air, size matters
A new study finds that the variability in gas exchange rates in small ponds increases with lake size -- an important finding since gas exchange variability is not well accounted for in global models of greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters.
2017-05-08 00:00:00
Paris 1.5°C target may be smashed by 2026
What appears to be a recent change to a positive phase of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation is likely to accelerate global warming, breaking through the agreed Paris target of 1.5°C by as early as 2026.
2017-05-08 00:00:00
New research could transform how we filter water
A new process for water filtration using carbon dioxide consumes one thousand times less energy than conventional methods, scientific research published recently has shown.
2017-05-08 00:00:00
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
A new study is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be impacted by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland. The new research offers insight into previously unknown habits of harbo
2017-05-05 00:00:00
Scientists reveal new and improved genome sequence of Daphnia pulex
By understanding how they respond to toxic elements, scientists can look at how environmental changes caused by agriculture and road runoff or warming temperatures and climate change could impact populations in lakes, rivers and standing bodies of water.
2017-05-05 00:00:00
Warwick Research: Believe you can stop climate change and you will
If we believe that we can personally help stop climate change with individual actions -- such as turning the thermostat down -- then we are more likely to make a difference, according to research from the University of Warwick.
2017-05-04 00:00:00
Climate change, tornadoes and mobile homes: A dangerous mix
Tornadoes and mobile homes don't mix to begin with, but throw in the volatility of climate change and the potential for massive property damage and deaths is even higher in coming decades, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers.
2017-05-04 00:00:00
Edible insects could play key role in cutting harmful emissions
Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change by reducing harmful emissions linked to livestock production, research suggests.
2017-05-04 00:00:00
Policies to curb short-lived climate pollutants could yield major health benefits
A commitment to reducing global emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane and black carbon could slow global warming while boosting public health and agricultural yields, aligning the Paris Climate Agreement with global sustainab
2017-05-04 00:00:00
Current climate change measurements mask trade-offs necessary for policy debates
Scientists and policymakers use measurements like global warming potential to compare how varying greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, contribute to climate change. Yet, despite its widespread use, this measurement fails to provide an accura
2017-05-04 00:00:00
Tighter building controls needed to achieve government global warming targets
Thousands of new homes, schools and offices may be using much more energy than they should, and the reason is rather unexpected, according to the authors of a new study published by the University of Bath.
2017-05-03 00:00:00
Study measures air pollution increase attributable to air conditioning
A new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows that the electricity production associated with air conditioning causes emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide to increase by hundreds to thousands of metric tons, or 3 to 4 percen
2017-05-03 00:00:00
NASA to measure greenhouse gases over the mid-Atlantic region in may
In May, a team of Goddard scientists will begin measuring greenhouse gases over the Mid-Atlantic region -- an area chosen in part because it encompasses a range of vegetation, climate and soil types that would influence the exchange of carbon dioxide and
2017-05-02 00:00:00
Domino effect in pharmaceutical synthesis
Chemists at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) headed by Prof. Dr. Svetlana B. Tsogoeva at the Chair of Organic Chemistry I have made research into pharmaceutical ingredient synthesis more efficient, more sustainable and mor
2017-05-02 00:00:00
When bridges collapse: Stanford researchers study whether we're underestimating risk
Studying how and why bridges have collapsed in the past identifies the limitation of current risk assessment approach and demonstrates the value of new perspectives on climate change impact.
2017-04-28 00:00:00
Modern metabolic science yields better way to calculate indoor CO2
The air we breathe out can help us improve the quality of the air we breathe in. But to do so, one needs a reliable way to calculate the concentration of carbon dioxide we produce indoors. Researchers at NIST and George Mason University have developed a n
2017-04-28 00:00:00
Ocean warming to cancel increased CO2-driven productivity
University of Adelaide researchers have constructed a marine food web to show how climate change could affect our future fish supplies and marine biodiversity.
2017-04-27 00:00:00
Rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidity may change crucial marine process
Climate change may be putting cyanobacteria that are crucial to the functioning of the ocean at risk as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases and the acidity of ocean water changes.
2017-04-27 00:00:00
Feeling the heat
How has thermal comfort changed in recent decades over China against the background of the global warming? Scientists carried out an investigation over the Chinese mainland using the index of effective temperature (ET), which combines the effects of tempe
2017-04-27 00:00:00
Scientists examine impact of high-severity fires on conifer forests
The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Harvard Forest found in a new study publis
2017-04-27 00:00:00
Winemakers lose billions of dollars every year due to natural disasters
Every year, worldwide wine industry suffers losses of more than ten billion US dollars from damaged assets, production losses, and lost profits due to extreme weather events and natural disasters. A multidisciplinary European-Australian team of researcher
2017-04-27 00:00:00
Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on Earth
A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal blooms, and early life forms.
2017-04-27 00:00:00
Ocean acidification could impair the nitrogen-fixing ability of marine bacteria
While increased carbon dioxide levels theoretically boost the productivity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the world's oceans, because of its 'fertilizing' effect, a new study reveals how increasingly acidic seawater featuring higher levels of this gas can
2017-04-27 00:00:00
Several EPA programs face possible elimination under Trump proposal
The Trump administration's proposed plan for the US Environmental Protection Agency includes completely defunding several programs related to climate change, public health and pollution, according to an internal agency memo that was leaked to the media la
2017-04-26 00:00:00
Global warming accounts for tripling of extreme West African Sahel storms, study shows
UK-based Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has led an international team of scientists who reveal global warming is responsible for a tripling in the frequency of extreme West African Sahel storms observed in just the last 35 years.Professor Christ
2017-04-26 00:00:00
Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air
A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same time. The process has great potential for creating a techn
2017-04-25 00:00:00
Predicting the movement and impacts of microplastic pollution
Microplastics, which are particles measuring less than 5 mm, are of increasing concern. They not only become more relevant as other plastic marine litter breaks down into tiny particles, they also interact with species in a range of marine habitats. A stu
2017-04-25 00:00:00
Save the Data: Is EPA Citizen-Science Portal in Danger Under Trump?
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2017-04-24 14:44:59
University of Montana researcher: Heavy precipitation speeds carbon exchange in tropics
New research by the University of Montana and its partner institutions gives insight into how forests globally will respond to long-term climate change.
2017-04-24 00:00:00
Climate change predicted to increase Nile flow variability
The unpredictable annual flow of the Nile River is legendary, as evidenced by the story of Joseph and the Pharaoh, whose dream foretold seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine in a land whose agriculture was, and still is, utterly depen
2017-04-24 00:00:00
Climate change clues revealed by ice sheet collapse
The rapid decline of ancient ice sheets could help scientists predict the impact of modern-day climate and sea-level change, according to research by the universities of Stirling in Scotland and Tromsø in Norway.
2017-04-24 00:00:00
Interdisciplinary studies reveal relationship between solar activity and climate change
A Chinese Program examined the impacts of astronomy and earth motion factors on climate change. Solar impacts on earth's climate are most sensitive in polar and tropical Pacific regions and the monsoon activity plays a crucial role in the propagation of s
2017-04-24 00:00:00
Application of statistical method shows promise mitigating climate change effects on pine
Confronting evidence that the global climate is changing rapidly relative to historical trends, researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new statistical model that, when applied to the loblolly pine tree populations in the southeast
2017-04-20 00:00:00
Rising water temperatures endanger health of coastal ecosystems, study finds
Marine biologists James Hollibaugh and Sylvia Schaefer found that rising water temperatures could disrupt ocean food webs and lead to the release of more greenhouse gases.
2017-04-20 00:00:00
New research unlocks forests' potential in climate change mitigation
For the first time, scientists have created a global map measuring the cooling effect forests generate by regulating the exchange of water and energy between the Earth's surface and the atmosphere. The information offers a valuable new tool in efforts to
2017-04-20 00:00:00
In new paper, scientists explain climate change using before/after photographic evidence
A group of scientists offers photographic proof of climate change using images of retreating glaciers in a new paper, 'Savor the Cryosphere,' appearing in GSA Today, a peer-reviewed publication of the Geological Society of America. Along with Gregory Bake
2017-04-19 00:00:00
Universities release results on nitrogen footprints
Researchers have developed a large-scale method for calculating the nitrogen footprint of a university in the pursuit of reducing nitrogen pollution, which is linked to a cascade of negative impacts on the environment and human health, such as biodiversit
2017-04-19 00:00:00
Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America's Door
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2017-04-18 17:57:23
Slims River: Climate change causes 'river piracy' in Canada's Yukon
When a team of scientists went to the Yukon to study the Slims River, all they found was a "skinny lake".
2017-04-18 17:48:39
Can barnacle geese predict the climate?
The breeding grounds of Arctic migratory birds such as the barnacle goose are changing rapidly due to accelerated warming in the polar regions. They won't be able to keep up with this climate change unless they can somehow anticipate it. A research team f
2017-04-18 00:00:00
UNH helps lead the way for campuses to measure their nitrogen footprints
Sustainability leadership efforts at the University of New Hampshire have contributed to a groundbreaking initiative to measure and reduce the nitrogen footprint left behind by campus activities like food waste and energy consumption. The new research is
2017-04-18 00:00:00
Study on impact of climate change on snowpack loss in Western US
An international team of scientists, including one from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has found that up to 20 percent loss in the annual maximum amount of water contained in the Western United States' mountain snowpack in the last three decades
2017-04-18 00:00:00
Climate change and risk to fossil fuel industry: Sustainability train has left the station
Two seminal articles by energy experts in the latest issue of MRS Energy and Sustainability (MRS E&S) examine the climate-related risks facing the fossil fuel industry and conclude that the sustainability train has already well and truly left the stat
2017-04-18 00:00:00
Arctic river ice deposits rapidly disappearing
Climate change is causing thick ice deposits that form along Arctic rivers to melt nearly a month earlier than they did 15 years ago, a new study finds.
2017-04-18 00:00:00
Artist Redesigns National Parks Posters for 2050, Showcasing Climate Devastation
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2017-04-17 16:53:39
Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change
Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture.
2017-04-17 00:00:00
Models, observations not so far apart on planet's response to greenhouse gas emissions
Recent observations suggest less long-term warming, or climate sensitivity, than the predicted by climate models. But the mismatch is resolved by factoring in that Earth is still in the early stages of adjusting to greenhouse gases.
2017-04-17 00:00:00
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Since 2007, scientists have been searching to find the cause of a sudden and unexpected global rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, following almost a decade in which concentrations had stayed relatively constant.
2017-04-17 00:00:00
New era of western wildfire demands new ways of protecting people, ecosystems
Current wildfire policy can't adequately protect people, homes and ecosystems from the longer, hotter fire seasons climate change is causing, according to a new paper led by the University of Colorado Boulder.
2017-04-17 00:00:00
Green groups warn of 'race to the bottom'
Environmentalists urge the UK not to water down laws on climate change and wildlife after Brexit.
2017-04-16 07:12:20
"Even for Pruitt, It's Outrageous": EPA Chief Says US Should Exit Paris Deal
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2017-04-13 19:39:46
Easter survey reveals the need for faster action on peat-free gardening
Easter survey reveals the need for faster action on peat-free gardening As the nation’s gardeners prepare for spring, a new survey reveals a lack of real choice for consumers looking for peat-free composts at garden centres and other outlets. It high
2017-04-13 09:45:30
Methane seeps in the Canadian high Arctic
Cretaceous climate warming led to a significant methane release from the seafloor, indicating potential for similar destabilization of gas hydrates under modern global warming. A field campaign on the remote Ellef Ringnes Island, Canadian High Arctic, dis
2017-04-13 00:00:00
New study emphasizes the relative scarcity of lake water
What is the volume of water in lakes on Earth? Using a mathematical analysis, researcher David Seekell, at Umeå University, and his American collaborators now suggest that the mean depth of lakes is 30 percent lower than previously estimated. Shallow
2017-04-13 00:00:00
Next 10 years critical for achieving climate change goals
In order to have a good chance of meeting the limits set by the Paris Agreement, it will be necessary to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving carbon sinks, with net emissions peaking in the next 10 years, according to a new study.
2017-04-13 00:00:00
New night lights maps open up possible real-time applications
New global maps of Earth at night provide the clearest-ever composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. The NASA team is also now automating nighttime imagery processing to make the data available within hours of acquisition -- p
2017-04-12 00:00:00
Researchers find mushrooms may hold clues to effect of carbon dioxide on lawns
Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide concentrations and different climates may alter vegetation
2017-04-12 00:00:00
Climate change scientists' bid to drill Everest glacier
Scientists will use a "car wash-adapted" drill in a world-first bid to cut through the world's highest glacier.
2017-04-11 05:17:07
Scientists to use 'car wash drill' on Khumbu glacier
Climate change scientists aim to become the first team to drill into the world's highest glacier.
2017-04-11 01:58:38
All in one against CO2
A 'self-heating' boron catalyst that makes particularly efficient use of sunlight to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) serves as a light harvester, photothermal converter, hydrogen generator, and catalyst in one. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers in
2017-04-11 00:00:00

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