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Biochar could replace unsustainable peat moss in greenhouse industry
Plant lovers are familiar with peat moss as the major component of potting mix, but harvest of the material is becoming unsustainable. Not only is peat being removed faster than it can re-form, its use in potting mix contributes to the release of carbon d
2018-02-08 00:00:00
Rapid land changes forecast for East African savannahs
A study, presenting a 5000-year environmental history of the popular tourist destination, Amboseli National Park in Kenya, has shown that the impact of climate change on land is more rapid than previously thought.
2018-02-08 00:00:00
Climate change, urbanization driving opossum's northward march
The headline reads like something from the satirical newspaper The Onion: 'Grand Forks opossum slain; body to go to University of Michigan for research.'
2018-02-08 00:00:00
Who's your daddy? Good news for threatened sea turtles
A groundbreaking study of sea turtle nests and hatchlings using paternity tests to uncover 'who are your daddies?' is the first to document multiple paternity in loggerhead sea turtle nests in southwest Florida. What started out as a study on female sea t
2018-02-07 00:00:00
To Help Save Humanity, A Six-Step Guide to Combat Fossil Fuel Industry's Climate Lies
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2018-02-06 16:10:39
Iberian Peninsula rodents migrated due to climate change 12 million years ago
Changes in Southwestern Europe's climate which happened between 12 and 5 million years ago had a drastic impact over the rodent communities. These profound changes in environmental conditions led to a separation between species adapted to arid environment
2018-02-06 00:00:00
Reducing the footprint of a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide
USC scientists have unlocked a new, more efficient pathway for converting one of our most potent greenhouse gases directly into basic chemicals for manufacturing plastics, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.
2018-02-05 00:00:00
Effects of climate change can complicate the politics of military bases, study finds
Using an abandoned U.S. military base in Greenland as a case study, new Brown research explores how the impact of climate change on domestic and overseas military bases could cause a host of political and diplomatic problems.
2018-02-05 00:00:00
Climate variability -- past and future
On the basis of a unique global comparison of data from core samples extracted from the ocean floor and the polar ice sheets, AWI researchers have now demonstrated that, though climate changes have indeed decreased around the globe from glacial to intergl
2018-02-05 00:00:00
Ecuador: Deforestation destroys more dry forest than climate change
Tropical forests worldwide are at risk. Two of the main threats are the deforestation for arable land and climate change. Scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Thünen-Institute compared the losses due to deforestation with those th
2018-02-02 00:00:00
'Days Numbered' for Fossil Fuels: Sanders Backs Demand for Rapid Energy Transformation
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2018-02-01 13:29:23
Changing landscape means some Arctic ponds may potentially be a significant source of carbon emissio
A new Canadian study has found that carbon released by some ponds in the High Arctic could potentially be a hidden source of greenhouse gas emissions.
2018-02-01 00:00:00
Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change
Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.
2018-02-01 00:00:00
Coastal water absorbing more carbon dioxide
New research by a University of Delaware oceanographer and colleagues at other universities reveals that the water over the continental shelves is shouldering a larger than expected portion of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The findings may have important im
2018-01-31 00:00:00
NETs will not compensate for inadequate climate change mitigation efforts: EASAC report
A new report confirms that negative emission technologies (NETs) offer only 'limited realistic potential' to remove large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and not at the scale envisaged in some climate scenarios.
2018-01-31 00:00:00
Getting ready for the summer sun with 'green' sunscreens
Although it's been a tough winter for many people in the US, summer is coming. And that means backyard barbecues, fun on the beach and, of course, slathering on sunscreen. But one particular environmentally friendly sunscreen ingredient has been difficult
2018-01-31 00:00:00
Proving Pruitt 'Capable of Telling the Truth,' Leaked Audio Reveals EPA Chief Once Called
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2018-01-30 20:12:33
An outdoor cat can damage your sustainability cred
If you install solar panels on your roof and avoid dousing your lawn with chemicals and pesticides, your online peers may consider you to be environmentally friendly. But this street cred can all be erased if you let your cat roam around outdoors.
2018-01-30 00:00:00
UK regional weather forecasts could be improved using jet stream data
Weather forecasters could be able to better predict regional rainfall and temperatures by using North Atlantic jet stream data, according to new research. Climate scientists examined the relationship between changes in North Atlantic atmospheric circulat
2018-01-30 00:00:00
Coral reefs are in trouble -- how can people adapt?
An international team of scientists has developed a strategy to boost people's ability to adapt to climate change.
2018-01-30 00:00:00
Running away from carbon dioxide: The terminal connection
Like us, fish need oxygen, and swimming through a patch of carbon dioxide turns out not to be a pleasant experience. Instead, they prefer to avoid carbon dioxide altogether. In experiments published in Cell Reports on Jan. 30, researchers at the RIKEN Bra
2018-01-30 00:00:00
Warming climate shrinks British Columbia beetles
Some of B.C.'s beetles are shrinking as their habitats get warmer, according to new UBC research. The study provides evidence that climate change is affecting the size of organisms.
2018-01-30 00:00:00
Trump Proves Record-Level Ignorance Regarding Ice Caps, Climate Crisis
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2018-01-29 12:40:24
CRAG and UB researchers find basic mechanisms for root growth and cell replenishment
Interdisciplinary collaboration between physics and molecular biology enabled researchers to solve fundamental doubts on plant root growth.These findings provide opportunities to create more drought-resistant plants, which is one of the most important pro
2018-01-29 00:00:00
How to reduce heat extremes by 2-3 degrees C
New research published in Nature Geoscience shows how simple, proven geo-engineering measures can reduce the hottest days by 2-3 degrees C. Lightening buildings, roads and infrastructure in densely populated areas and changing crop types and using no till
2018-01-29 00:00:00
Mammals and birds could have best shot at surviving climate change 
New research that analyzed more than 270 million years of data on animals shows that mammals and birds -- both warm-blooded animals -- may have a better chance of evolving and adapting to the Earth's rapidly changing climate than their cold-blooded peers,
2018-01-29 00:00:00
These carbon dioxide-sensing neurons wake up mice
Stimulating a population of neurons in the midbrain with carbon dioxide (CO2) awakens adult male mice without enhancing breathing, finds a study published in JNeurosci. These findings are relevant to understanding disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea
2018-01-29 00:00:00
Nearly half of California's vegetation at risk from climate stress
Current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are putting nearly half of California's natural vegetation at risk from climate stress. However, cutting emissions so that global temperatures increase by no more than 2 degrees Celsius could reduc
2018-01-25 00:00:00
A 'marine motorhome for microbes': Oceanic plastic trash conveys disease to coral reefs
For coral reefs, the threat of climate change and bleaching are bad enough. An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash -- ubiquitous throughout the world's oceans -- intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef
2018-01-25 00:00:00
Warming temperatures may cause birds to shrink
Biologists have known for a long time that animals living in colder climates tend to have larger bodies, supposedly as an adaptation to reduce heat loss. However, a new study of European House Sparrows in Australia and New Zealand shows that this trend in
2018-01-24 00:00:00
Record jump in 2014-2016 global temperatures largest since 1900
Global surface temperatures surged by a record amount from 2014 to 2016, boosting the total amount of warming since the start of the last century by more than 25 percent in just three years, according to a new University of Arizona-led paper. The research
2018-01-24 00:00:00
Is your sandwich bad for the environment?
The carbon footprint of your sandwich could be having a major impact on greenhouse gas emissions according to new research.Researchers at the University of Manchester have carried out the first ever study looking at the carbon footprint of 40 sandwich var
2018-01-24 00:00:00
How wind turbines annoy residents and how to reduce it
When falling asleep, relaxing or undertaking recreational activities, nearly a third of residents living near a wind farm are not at all annoyed or only slightly annoyed by the noise of wind turbines. One in ten people experience symptoms of stress. Howev
2018-01-24 00:00:00
Optimizing recycling of scrap car parts yields big savings
Detailed sorting of scrap car parts could boost recycling rates to over 97 percent, saving billions and slashing greenhouse gas emissions.
2018-01-24 00:00:00
How climate change weakens coral 'immune systems'
Researchers at The Ohio State University and their colleagues have demonstrated how two separate effects of climate change combine to destabilize different populations of coral microbes -- that is, unbalance the natural coral 'microbiome.'
2018-01-22 00:00:00
Climate change linked to more flowery forests, FSU study shows
New research from a Florida State University scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest.
2018-01-19 00:00:00
Climate change affects fish reproductive phenology in plateau area: Study
The Research Group of Biological Invasion and Adaptive Evolution (BIAE; PI: CHEN Yifeng) at Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently answered how reproductive phenology of Gymnocypris selincuoensis, an endemic fish in La
2018-01-19 00:00:00
Bio-renewable process could help 'green' plastic
Plastics are often derived from petroleum, contributing to reliance on fossil fuels and driving harmful greenhouse gas emissions. To change that, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) scientists are trying to take the pliable nature of plastic in
2018-01-19 00:00:00
Using data mining to make sense of climate change
Georgia Techhas developed a new way of mining data from climate data sets that is more self-contained than traditional tools. The methodology brings out commonalities of data sets without as much expertise from the user, allowing scientists to trust the d
2018-01-18 00:00:00
Recent advances in understanding coral resilience are essential to safeguard coral reefs
The most urgent course of action to safeguard coral reefs is to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, but concurrently there is also a need to consider novel management techniques and previously over-looked reef areas for protective actions under predic
2018-01-18 00:00:00
Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told
Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet climate change targets, ministers are told.
2018-01-17 03:05:11
Timing of spring birdsong provides climate insights
Climate change has scientists worried that birds' annual migration and reproduction will be thrown out of sync with the seasons. Because birds' songs are correlated with their breeding behavior and are easily identifiable to species, monitoring birdsong c
2018-01-17 00:00:00
Researchers explore psychological effects of climate change
While some people have little anxiety about the Earth's changing climate, others are experiencing high levels of stress, and even depression, based on their perception of the threat of global climate change, researchers found. Psychological responses to c
2018-01-17 00:00:00
Release of ancient methane due to changing climate kept in check by ocean waters
Ocean sediments are a massive storehouse for the potent greenhouse gas methane. But methane only acts as a greenhouse gas if and when it reaches the atmosphere. Environmental scientists at the University of Rochester and their collaborators recently set o
2018-01-17 00:00:00
Coping with climate stress in Antarctica
Some Antarctic fish living in the planet's coldest waters are able to cope with the stress of rising carbon dioxide levels the ocean. They can even tolerate slightly warmer waters. But they can't deal with both climate change stressors at the same time, a
2018-01-17 00:00:00
First surface-based estimation of the aerosol indirect effect over China
Aerosol indirect effect (AIE) can significantly affect climate change and is one of the largest uncertainties in climate change studies. To date, only a few AIE studies using satellite measurements have been carried out in China, and no such study has bee
2018-01-17 00:00:00
Future climate change revealed by current climate variations
Uncertainty surrounding the extent of future climate change could be dramatically reduced by studying year-on-year global temperature fluctuations, new research has shown.
2018-01-17 00:00:00
New catalyst for hydrogen production is a step toward clean fuel
A nanostructured composite material developed at UC Santa Cruz has shown impressive performance as a catalyst for the electrochemical splitting of water to produce hydrogen. An efficient, low-cost catalyst is essential for realizing the promise of hydroge
2018-01-16 00:00:00
Unexpected environmental source of methane discovered
Roughly 10 percent of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms contain the genetic code for manufacturing a back-up enzyme, called iron iron-only nitrogenase, to do their job. New research reveals that this enzyme allows these microorganisms to convert nitrogen ga
2018-01-15 00:00:00
Hot topic
Can a series of scorching summers be blamed on climate change, and what do they tell us?
2018-01-13 16:28:15
How climate change alters plant growth
Global warming affects more than just plant biodiversity -- it even alters the way plants grow. A team of researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) joined forces with the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) to discover whic
2018-01-12 00:00:00
The negative impact of climate change on freshwater bodies
A lot of research is being conducted into the acidification of the world's oceans. A recent study has proved that freshwater bodies are likewise affected. Rising carbon dioxide levels could upset the balance of species.
2018-01-12 00:00:00
Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest
Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists from the universities of Stockholm, Marseille and Helsinki have unraveled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest.
2018-01-11 00:00:00
California's water saving brings bonus effects
Water-saving measures in California have also led to substantial reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and electricity consumption in the state.That is the conclusion of new research from the University of California, Davis, published today in the
2018-01-11 00:00:00
Spotty coverage: Climate models underestimate cooling effect of daily cloud cycle
Princeton University researchers have found that the climate models scientists use to project future conditions on our planet underestimate the cooling effect that clouds have on a daily basis, which results in warmer, drier conditions than might actually
2018-01-09 00:00:00
Soil freeze-thaw stimulates nitrous oxide emissions from alpine meadows
Soil freeze-thaw is a common natural phenomenon in Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, which can not only change the water and heat conditions, and the physical and chemical properties of soil, but also influence greatly the biosphere-atmosphere exchanges of greenho
2018-01-09 00:00:00
Climate change drives collapse in marine food webs
A new study has found that levels of commercial fish stocks could be harmed as rising sea temperatures affect their source of food.
2018-01-09 00:00:00
As Climate Crisis Intensifies, $300+ Billion in Damages Makes 2017 Costliest Year Ever
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2018-01-08 20:31:07
Methane hydrate dissociation off Spitsbergen not caused by climate change
For years, methane emissions from the seabed have been observed in the Arctic Ocean off Spitsbergen. The assumption that the warming of seawater by climate change is responsible for the release of methane, has not been confirmed. Research from an internat
2018-01-08 00:00:00
A biological solution to carbon capture and recycling?
Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that E. coli bacteria could hold the key to an efficient method of capturing and storing or recycling carbon dioxide. Professor Frank Sargent and colleagues at the University of Dundee's School of Lif
2018-01-08 00:00:00
In Antarctic dry valleys, early signs of climate change-induced shifts in soil
In a study spanning two decades, a team of researchers found declining numbers of soil fauna, nematodes and other animal species in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, one of the world's driest and coldest deserts.
2018-01-05 00:00:00
A thermometer for the oceans
The average sea temperature is an essential parameter of the global climate - but it is very difficult to measure. At least until now, because an international team of researchers including Empa scientists have now developed a novel method using the conce
2018-01-04 00:00:00
New principles to guide corporate investment towards climate goals
A new set of principles are needed to address the moral challenge of climate change. These principles, developed by a team of researchers at the Oxford Martin School, and published this week in Nature Climate Change, are a set of scientifically-grounded t
2018-01-04 00:00:00
How genes will save or fail birds in the face of climate change
A new study analyzing the genomes of yellow warblers in North America reveals how some subpopulations are more 'genetically vulnerable' to changes associated with climate change; furthermore, it finds that genes linked to exploratory and migratory behavio
2018-01-04 00:00:00
The ocean is losing its breath. Here's the global scope
In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has risen more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside th
2018-01-04 00:00:00
Environmentally safe red glare rocket changes fireworks, soldier technology
Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, have developed an environmentally friendly red light flare popular in fireworks displays and among Soldiers who use them in training and battlefield op
2018-01-03 00:00:00
Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic
Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade.
2018-01-03 00:00:00
Predicting the effect of climate change on crop yields
Scientists now have a new tool to predict the future effects of climate change on crop yields. Researchers from University of Illinois are attempting to bridge two types of computational crop models to become more reliable predictors of crop production in
2018-01-03 00:00:00
A fossil fuel technology that doesn't pollute
Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
2018-01-02 00:00:00
A changing climate, changing wine
A new Harvard study suggests that, though vineyards might be able to counteract some of the effects of climate change by planting lesser-known grape varieties, scientists and vintners need to better understand the wide diversity of grapes and their adapti
2018-01-02 00:00:00
Curbing climate change
Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they may also be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it, according to a new study that for the first time builds a novel model to measure the effects of behavior on climate.
2018-01-01 00:00:00
Study predicts a significantly drier world at 2ºC
New research predicts a significantly drier world if global warming reaches 2ºC.Over a quarter of the world's land could become significantly drier and the change would cause an increased threat of drought and wildfires. Limiting warming to under 1.5
2018-01-01 00:00:00
Busy year for storms
Was the remarkable 2017 hurricane season the worst ever? And did climate change play any part?
2017-12-30 00:30:27
'The Ignorance Is Astounding': Citing Cold Weather, Trump Says US 'Could Use a Little
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2017-12-29 10:47:28
Exploring environmental and technological effects on culture evolution at different spatial scales
The trajectory and dynamics of ancient social evolution in human history is a widely concerned issue. Based on the comprehensive analysis of case studies on the rise and fall of ancient civilizations in relation to climate change and technological innovat
2017-12-29 00:00:00
Prince Charles: 'Technology won't solve climate change'
The Prince of Wales says we need to deal with the symptoms of climate change.
2017-12-27 12:20:57
Cutting-edge statistics yield new insight into attributing, projecting climate change
Projecting the future of extreme weather events across the globe remains a complex task in climate research--and one in which statisticians are increasingly playing key roles. The December issue of CHANCE examines complexities of intense, massive data col
2017-12-21 00:00:00
Climate change: Soil animals cannot explain self-reinforcing effect
Leipzig. When the soil warms up, it releases more carbon dioxide (CO2) -- an effect that further fuels climate change. Until now, it had been assumed that the reason for this was mainly due to the presence of small soil animals and microorganisms that wou
2017-12-21 00:00:00
The heat is on: Asylum-seeking into the EU will increase with climate change
Weather shocks in countries around the world have increased applications by asylum seekers hoping to enter the European Union -- a trend that could dramatically increase in the future because of climate change, a new study suggests.
2017-12-21 00:00:00
Expanding solar energy without encroaching on potential farmland and conservation areas
As the world tries to combat climate change, sustainable forms of energy are on the rise. Solar energy is of particular interest, but arrays of photovoltaic panels take up a lot of space and can compete for prime food-producing land. Now researchers, repo
2017-12-19 00:00:00
Climate change may favor large plant eaters over small competitors
In the drive to survive changing climates, larger herbivores may fare slightly better than their smaller competitors, according to new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the Yale School of Forestry and Envir
2017-12-19 00:00:00
Life on the edge prepares plants for climate change
Genetic variability supports plant survival during droughts.
2017-12-19 00:00:00
New approach promises early warnings of soggy summers
Researchers develop a new technique to give a more accurate advance forecast for summer weather.
2017-12-18 22:17:17
Ignoring Public Opinion and Pentagon, Trump Denies Climate Change Is Threat to National Security
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2017-12-18 22:06:38
Ofcom to investigate BBC climate change interview
It's the regulator's first investigation since taking over responsibility for BBC standards.
2017-12-18 18:20:20
Warmer, wetter climate could mean stronger, more intense storms
How would today's weather patterns look in a warmer, wetter atmosphere -- an expected shift portended by climate change?In a new paper, Colorado State University researcher Kristen Rasmussen offers new insight into this question -- specifically, how thund
2017-12-18 00:00:00
The shrinking moose of Isle Royale
Climate change and predator-prey dynamics with wolves make for smaller moose. Ecologists compare skull measurements spanning four decades gathered at Isle Royale National Park. For the booming moose population of Isle Royale, a key species in the world's
2017-12-18 00:00:00
'No More Climate Tweets': Zinke Scolds Head of National Park for Tweeting About Scientific
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2017-12-15 16:46:44
New technique could make captured carbon more valuable
Carbon capture could help coal plants reduce emissions if economic challenges can be overcome. Turning captured carbon into a useable product is one solution. Scientists have developed an efficient process for turning captured carbon dioxide into syngas t
2017-12-15 00:00:00
How much can late Permian 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 to a unique diversity of species, including th
2017-12-15 00:00:00
Northeast farmers weigh warming climate, drenched fields
Farmers in the Northeast are adapting to longer growing seasons and warming climate conditions -- but they may face spring-planting whiplash as they confront fields increasingly saturated with rain, according to a research paper published in the journal C
2017-12-14 00:00:00
UNH researchers find effects of climate change could accelerate by mid-century
Environmental models are showing that the effects of climate change could be much stronger by the middle of the 21st century, and a number of ecosystem and weather conditions could consistently decline even more in the future.
2017-12-14 00:00:00
Climate change made Harvey rainfall 15 percent more intense
Scientists from World Weather Attribution and Rice University have found that human-caused climate change made the record rainfall that fell over Houston during Hurricane Harvey roughly three times more likely and 15 percent more intense.
2017-12-14 00:00:00
Study: Forest resilience declines in face of wildfires, climate change
The research team said that with a warming climate, forests are losing their resilience to wildfires.
2017-12-14 00:00:00
AGU Fall Meeting: Human-caused warming likely intensified Hurricane Harvey's rains
New research shows human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented rainfall. The new findings are being published in two separate studies and being presented in a press conference today at the 2017 Ameri
2017-12-13 00:00:00
UVB radiation influences behavior of sticklebacks
Fish cannot see ultraviolet B rays but still change their behavior when they grow up under increased UVB intensity. According to studies by biologists at the University of Bonn on three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus), increased UVB leads to
2017-12-13 00:00:00
North Sea water and recycled metal combined to help reduce global warming
Scientists at the University of York have used sea water collected from Whitby in North Yorkshire, and scrap metal to develop a technology that could help capture more than 850 million tonnes of unwanted carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
2017-12-13 00:00:00
Sea-level rise projections made hazy by Antarctic instability
It may take until the 2060s to know how much the sea level will rise by the end of this century, according to a new Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led analysis. The study is the first to link global and local sea-level rise projections with simulations
2017-12-13 00:00:00
'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
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