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Light pollution a reason for insect decline
Climate change, pesticides and land use changes alone cannot fully explain the decline in insect populations in Germany. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) have now discovered that regions that have expe
2018-06-19 00:00:00
Responses of the tropical atmospheric circulation to climate change
An international team describes the climate change-induced responses of the tropical atmospheric circulation and their impacts on the hydrological cycle. It also depicts the theoretically predicted changes and diagnose physical mechanisms for observationa
2018-06-19 00:00:00
Climate change to overtake land use as major threat to global biodiversity
Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and reptiles being significantly more affected than birds and mammals, a new report by UCL finds.
2018-06-19 00:00:00
New method makes weather forecasts right as rain
Meteorologists have known for some time that rainfall forecasts have flaws, as failure to take into account factors such as evaporation can affect their accuracy. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have developed a system that improves the p
2018-06-15 00:00:00
Land-based portion of massive East Antarctic ice sheet retreated little during past 8 million years
Large parts of the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet did not retreat significantly during a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were similar to today's levels, according to a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NS
2018-06-15 00:00:00
Better be safe than sorry: Economic optimization risks tipping of Earth system elements
# While the concept of profit maximization can be successful in bringing down costs of greenhouse gas reductions...# ... it does not suffice to avoid the tipping of critical elements in the Earth system.# Scientists used mathematical experiments to analys
2018-06-15 00:00:00
Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up
The world's system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and social scientists, and lawyers.
2018-06-14 00:00:00
When the river runs high
A massive world-wide study of dry riverbeds has found they're contributing more carbon emissions than previously thought, and this could help scientists better understand how to fight climate change.
2018-06-14 00:00:00
ISB develops stress test to predict how diatoms will react to ocean acidification
Researchers at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) have shown that diatoms can withstand population collapse in an acidified environment by conserving valuable energy normally used for carbon dioxide consumption.
2018-06-13 00:00:00
Climate change accelerating rise in sea levels
A new study from the University of Waterloo discovered that rising sea levels could be accelerated by vulnerable ice shelves in the Antarctic.
2018-06-13 00:00:00
Antarctica ramps up sea level rise
Ice losses from Antarctica have increased global sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992, with two fifths of this rise (3.0 mm) coming in the last five years alone. The findings are from a major climate assessment known as the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-compari
2018-06-13 00:00:00
More of the Chinese population will be exposed to heat waves
One of the major concerns in climate change studies is how the thermal conditions for the living environment of human beings will change in the future. Scientists found that a general increase in effective temperature in the future leads to a large increa
2018-06-12 00:00:00
Volcanic activity, declining ocean oxygen triggered mass extinction of ancient organisms
Researchers from Florida State University have found the first conclusive evidence that millions of years ago, powerful volcanoes pumped Earth's atmosphere full of carbon dioxide, draining the oceans of oxygen and driving a mass extinction of marine organ
2018-06-11 00:00:00
Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy
Francis tells oil executives the world must convert to clean fuel in an unprecedented conference.
2018-06-09 11:18:02
Carbon dioxide reduces belly fat
The first randomized, controlled trial testing carbon dioxide gas injections (carboxytherapy) to reduce belly fat found the new technique eliminates fat around the stomach. However, the changes were modest and did not result in long-term fat reduction.
2018-06-08 00:00:00
Coral tricks for adapting to ocean acidification
A molecular process that signals distress could also help corals adapt to climate change.
2018-06-08 00:00:00
Study: Populations of widely spread tree species respond differently to climate change
A new Portland State University study shows that not all populations of a single, widely spread tree species respond the same to climate change, something scientists will need to consider when making climate change projections.
2018-06-08 00:00:00
Consumer food choices can help reduce greenhouse emissions contributing to climate change
Changes in diet have been proposed as a way to reduce carbon emissions from the food system. A new study provides the latest and most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions generated by US consumer food purchases, and assesses how those choice
2018-06-07 00:00:00
Salt Lake's light rail trains are air quality sleuths
The TRAX project is the only known transit-based mobile air quality network in North America. Some results are unsurprising, such as spikes of carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, byproducts of gasoline combustion, at street intersections. But the sensors
2018-06-06 00:00:00
World's most efficient production of succinate from carbon dioxide
Succinate is widely used as a raw ingredient for petrochemicals, and there is high demand for a way of producing succinate that is renewable and environmentally benign. A Japanese researcher has discovered that succinate production levels increase when cy
2018-06-06 00:00:00
Fed Up With Big Banks That Fund Climate Crisis and Oppression, Community Coalition Demands Public Ba
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2018-06-05 21:02:48
UNH researchers shine a light on more accurate way to estimate climate change
By using satellite data from different major land-based ecosystems around the globe, researchers have found that the photosynthesis glow is the same across all vegetation, no matter the location. This first-of-its-kind global analysis could have significa
2018-06-05 00:00:00
More detailed data on thermal conditions of Arctic ground
Understanding the thermal conditions of the ground in the Arctic is of utmost importance in order to assess the effects of climate change on the occurrence of permafrost, on the ecosystems and societies of the Arctic, and the global climate system.
2018-06-05 00:00:00
Large igneous provinces contribute to ups and downs in atmospheric carbon dioxide
Modelling the location of large igneous provinces for the past 400 million years shows that their eruptions and subsequent weathering modulate global climate.
2018-06-05 00:00:00
Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?
Does the universe contain planets with truly sustainable civilizations? Or does every civilization that may have arisen in the cosmos last only a few centuries before it falls to the climate change it triggers? Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank and his
2018-06-04 00:00:00
Storm's coming: New technique for simulation of extreme weather events
A Japanese researcher at Kanazawa University developed a new method for generating data for ensemble simulation of extreme weather phenomena. He tested the method in simulation of a typhoon and a global warming simulation, and successfully created the nec
2018-06-04 00:00:00
Margaret Atwood: 'If the ocean dies, so do we'
Speaking at a climate change conference in London, author Margaret Atwood supported a ban on single use plastic.
2018-06-03 20:29:09
Economic models significantly underestimate climate change risks
Policymakers are being misinformed by the results of economic models that underestimate the future risks of climate change impacts, according to a new journal paper by authors in the United States and the United Kingdom, which is published June 4, 2018.
2018-06-03 00:00:00
UAV aircrafts provide new insights into the formation of the smallest particles in Arctic
Investigations of the atmosphere by means of unmanned mini-airplanes can contribute significantly to the investigation of the causes of Arctic climate change, as they provide an insight into ground-level air layers that are not monitored by other measurin
2018-06-01 00:00:00
Climate change increasing risks of lightning-ignited fires, study finds
Fires ignited by lightning have and will likely continue to increase across the Mediterranean and temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere under a warmer climate, according to a new study co-led by a Portland State University researcher.
2018-05-31 00:00:00
New study estimates the carbon footprints of 13,000 cities
Many see cities as the new front lines of the climate change fight. Identifying the mayors and city councils in cities with the biggest carbon footprints, and the most power to make big changes, could mobilize a wave of reinforcements.
2018-05-31 00:00:00
Massive analysis reveals ways to make food earth-friendly again
A novel and potentially unrivalled meta-analysis of global food production cycles and their environmental impacts around the world may serve as a critical resource for policymakers, food producers and consumers alike, helping reveal data-supported opportu
2018-05-31 00:00:00
Magic in metal could help put excess carbon dioxide to good use
A University of Delaware researcher has identified a kind of magic in a metal that may be just what the doctor ordered for Planet Earth. He says the colorful metal, known as bismuth, could help reduce rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and pro
2018-05-30 00:00:00
Climate change forced zombie ant fungi to adapt
Zombie ants clamp on to aerial vegetation and hang for months spewing the spores of their parasitic fungi, but researchers noticed that they do not always clamp on to the same part of the plant. Now the researchers know that the choice of leaves or twigs
2018-05-29 00:00:00
Invisible barrier on ocean surface can reduce carbon uptake
An invisible layer of biological compounds on the sea surface reduces the rate at which carbon dioxide gas moves between the atmosphere and the oceans, scientists have reported.
2018-05-29 00:00:00
China floods to hit US economy: Climate effects through trade chains
Fluvial floods will increase due to human-made climate change, in particular in China. This might raise direct and indirect economic losses along the global supply and trade chains. The US is susceptible to indirect climate-related economic losses due to
2018-05-28 00:00:00
Limiting global warming could avoid millions of dengue fever cases
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C could avoid around 3.3 million cases of dengue fever per year in Latin America and the Caribbean alone -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).A new report published today in the Proceedi
2018-05-28 00:00:00
Climate Change Could Supercharge Threat of Antibiotic Resistance: Study
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2018-05-25 16:51:03
Phosphorus nutrition can hasten plant and microbe growth in arid, high elevation sites
Glacial retreat in cold, high-altitude ecosystems exposes environments that are extremely sensitive to phosphorus input, new University of Colorado Boulder-led research shows. The finding upends previous ecological assumptions, helps scientists understand
2018-05-25 00:00:00
Why bioelectrodes for energy conversion are not stable
Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have discovered why bioelectrodes containing the photosynthesis protein complex photosystem I are not stable in the long term. Such electrodes could be useful for converting light energy into chemical energy
2018-05-25 00:00:00
Some like it hot!
Ecologists have no doubt that climate change will affect the earth's animals and plants. But how exactly? This is often hard to predict. There are already indications that some species are shifting their distribution range. But it is much less clear how i
2018-05-24 00:00:00
New theory finds 'traffic jams' in jet stream cause abnormal weather patterns
A study published in Science offers an explanation for a mysterious and sometimes deadly weather pattern in which the jet stream, the global air currents that circle the Earth, stalls out over a region. Much like highways, the jet stream has a capacity, r
2018-05-24 00:00:00
Streams may emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer climate
Streams and rivers could pump carbon dioxide into the air at increasing rates if they continue to warm, potentially compounding the effects of global warming, a new worldwide analysis has shown.
2018-05-23 00:00:00
Long-term study shows crop rotation decreases greenhouse gas emissions
Many farmers grow corn and soybean in rotation to avoid the continuous corn yield penalty, but now there's another reason to rotate. Scientists at the University of Illinois have provided further evidence that rotating crops increases yield and lowers gre
2018-05-23 00:00:00
Study highlights environmental cost of tearing down Vancouver's single-family homes
Rising property values in Vancouver have resulted in the demolition of an unprecedented number of single-family homes in recent years, many of which were replaced with the same type of structure. Despite the better energy performance of the new homes, thi
2018-05-23 00:00:00
Excess nutrients, coupled with climate change, damage the most highly resilient corals
Experimentalists conducted a simulation of future conditions in the Red Sea caused by global warming and acidification, while simultaneously increasing levels of nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate. They found that when nitrate and phosphate were add
2018-05-23 00:00:00
Leopoldina-Experts call for stricter approval procedures for plant protection products
A number of chemical plant protection products, also known as pesticides, show harmful effects on ecosystems and biodiversity in their current use. Besides climate change, changes in global nutrient cycles and habitat destruction through altered land-use,
2018-05-23 00:00:00
Earth's climate to increase by 4 degrees by 2084
A new study shows the Earth's climate would increase by 4 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels, before the end of 21st century. The study also projects precipitation changes in association with a 4 degrees Celsius global warming above the pr
2018-05-23 00:00:00
Floridians could face far more frequent, intense heatwaves
By the late 21st century, if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reach worst-case projections, Floridians could experience summer heatwaves three times more frequently, and each heatwave could last six times longer and be much hotter than at present
2018-05-23 00:00:00
Technique doubles conversion of CO2 to plastic component
Fossil fuels have long been the precursor to plastic, but new research has detailed a technique for doubling the amount of carbon dioxide that gets converted to ethylene -- an essential component of the world's most common plastic.
2018-05-22 00:00:00
How Australia got planted
A new study has uncovered when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent. The research should help researchers better predict the likely impact of climate change and rising carbon dioxide leve
2018-05-22 00:00:00
Scientists find inconsistencies and biases in weather forecasting system
The tiniest of natural phenomena can have a big impact on our weather, but an international team of researchers have found that the most widely used system to model meteorological conditions doesn't account for environmental microphysics well at all scale
2018-05-22 00:00:00
Scientists have deciphered the chemical reaction mechanism critical for cleaner combustion
Scientists have deciphered the mechanism of a chemical reaction critical for the development of environmentally friendly combustion technologies
2018-05-21 00:00:00
Hurricanes: A bit stronger, a bit slower, and a lot wetter in a warmer climate
Scientists have published a detailed analysis of how 22 recent hurricanes would change if they instead formed near the end of this century. While each storm's transformation would be unique, on balance, the hurricanes would become a little stronger, a lit
2018-05-21 00:00:00
Pump it down
A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground.
2018-05-17 23:14:29
Pump it down
A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground.
2018-05-17 23:14:29
Climate-threatened animals unable to relocate
Many of the European mammals whose habitat is being destroyed by climate change are not able to find new places to live elsewhere.
2018-05-17 00:00:00
Marine animals have been following their preferred climate for millions of years
Current global warming has far-reaching ecological consequences, also for the Earth's oceans. Many marine organisms are reacting by migrating towards the poles. Researchers at Geozentrum Nordbayern at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nür
2018-05-17 00:00:00
Functional films made of environmentally friendly clay minerals and dyes
Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University and Shimane University have created a transparent hybrid film that combines natural clay minerals and dyes into a material that changes color in response to environmental humidity. The color change does not i
2018-05-17 00:00:00
Climate change broadens threat of emerald ash borer
More Canadian cities will experience damage from the emerald ash borer than previously thought. As a result of climate change and fewer days of extreme cold, the beetle may eat its way further north than originally estimated.
2018-05-17 00:00:00
A classifier of frog calls for fighting against climate change
The sounds of amphibians are altered by the increase in ambient temperature, a phenomenon that, in addition to interfering with reproductive behaviour, serves as an indicator of global warming. Researchers at the University of Seville have resorted to art
2018-05-17 00:00:00
The survival of sea birds affected by ocean cycles
In a general context of climate change, researchers at the Centre d'écologie fonctionnelle et évolutive (CNRS/Université de Montpellier/Université Paul Valery/EPHE-PSL) and their international partners revealed the impact of ocean cycl
2018-05-17 00:00:00
New study could improve monitoring of tropical trees in face of climate change
Experts have challenged the principle that tropical ecosystems are aseasonal -- after discovering regular cycles in fruiting, flowering and leafing in such climates.
2018-05-17 00:00:00
High stakes for biodiversity, depending on which climate change target we reach
A new assessment finds that, by 2100, the number of plant and vertebrate species losing more than half of their natural ranges will double if global warming is limited to 2°Celsius (C), rather than 1.5°C; insects are projected to be impacted the
2018-05-17 00:00:00
Critically endangered South American forests were man made
Critically endangered South American forests thought to be the result of climate change were actually spread by ancient communities, archaeologists have found.
2018-05-17 00:00:00
Climate change in Quebec equals a much greater diversity of species???
A team of researchers believe that, paradoxically, climate change may result in Quebec's national and provincial parks becoming biodiversity refuges of continental importance as the variety of species present there increases. They calculated potential cha
2018-05-16 00:00:00
Climate change impacts fragile river ecosystems
Research undertaken in South Africa's Kruger National Park (KNP) has shown that some of the world's most sensitive and valuable riverine habitats are being destroyed due to an increasing frequency of cyclone-driven extreme floods.
2018-05-16 00:00:00
Satellite study finds major shifts in global freshwater
A new global, satellite-based study of Earth's freshwater found that Earth's wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier. The data suggest this pattern is due to many factors, including human water management practices, human-caused cl
2018-05-16 00:00:00
Climate change should help Midwest corn production through 2050
Contrary to previous analyses, research published by Michigan State University shows that projected changes in temperature and humidity will not lead to greater water use in corn. This means that while changes in temperatures and humidity trend as they ha
2018-05-16 00:00:00
Pay-backs to Africa from the Paris Agreement's temperature targets
Scientsits investigate potential benefits to Africa of limiting global warming to 1.5°C instead of 2°C. The study suggests that continued efforts to limit warming to 0.5 °C lower than 2°C offer substantial paybacks in terms of reducing
2018-05-16 00:00:00
Global 2 degrees C rise doubles population exposed to multiple climate risks compared to 1.5 degrees
New research identifying climate vulnerability hotspots has found that the number of people affected by multiple climate change risks could double if the global temperature rises by 2 degrees C, compared to a rise of 1.5 degrees C.
2018-05-16 00:00:00
Waterloo study says insurance industry dangerously unprepared for extreme weather
As historic flooding caused by climate change devastates communities in New Brunswick and British Columbia, new research from the University of Waterloo reveals the insurance industry hasn't considered a changing climate in their practices, putting homeow
2018-05-15 00:00:00
Traditional knowledge sheds light on changing East Greenland climate and polar bear hunt
Inuit polar bear hunters in East Greenland report changes to their subsistence hunting patterns as well as polar bear distribution and behavior due to decreasing sea ice and the introduction of hunting quotas in 2006. The study is the first in nearly 20 y
2018-05-15 00:00:00
New approach to global-warming projections could make regional estimates more precise
A new method for projecting how the temperature will respond to human impacts supports the outlook for substantial global warming throughout this century -- but also indicates that, in many regions, warming patterns are likely to vary significantly from t
2018-05-15 00:00:00
Antarctic seals can help predict ice sheet melt
Two species of seal found in Antarctic seas are helping scientists collect data about the temperature and salinity of waters around vulnerable ice sheets in West Antarctica. Understanding more about how this water gets towards the ice shelves by measuring
2018-05-15 00:00:00
How far to go for satellite cloud image forecasting into operation
Simulated satellite cloud images not only have the visualization of cloud imagery, but also can reflect more information about the model. Using the atmospheric radiation transfer model and high-resolution numerical weather forecast results, researchers fr
2018-05-15 00:00:00
What financial markets, cancer cells, and global warming have in common
A team of biophysicists from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) presents a mathematically concise method for comparing different pricing models in their latest publication in Nature Communications. This enables researchers t
2018-05-14 00:00:00
Uncertainty in long-run economic growth likely points toward greater emissions, climate change costs
A challenge in estimating the extent and cost of damages from climate change over the next 100 years is developing forecasts of long-run economic growth. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers from the
2018-05-14 00:00:00
As CO2 Levels Soar Past 'Troubling' 410 ppm Threshold, Trump Kills NASA Carbon Monitoring
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2018-05-11 16:08:38
Projecting climate change along the Millennium Silk Road in a warmer world
Scientists projected both mean and extreme climate changes using the ensemble mean of CMIP5 models over western China and central Asia. The comparison of mean and extreme climate changes under 1.5°C and 2°C global warming scenarios highlights th
2018-05-11 00:00:00
Trump White House axes Nasa research into greenhouse gas cuts
Cutting Nasa's research jeopardises the ability to measure climate change progress, a journal reveals.
2018-05-10 20:32:46
Cassava breeding hasn't improved photosynthesis or yield potential
University of Illinois researchers analyzed four African cultivars to find out how breeding has impacted photosynthesis -- the process that transforms light energy and carbon dioxide into yield. They found that unimproved landraces of cassava - cultivars
2018-05-10 00:00:00
Big mamma fish give proportionally bigger reproductive outputs
Even accounting for their proportionate size, bigger female fish produce many more offspring than smaller fish, a new study reveals. The results hold implications for fisheries managers, since climate change is expected to reduce the size of fish (and thu
2018-05-10 00:00:00
Climate geoengineering research should include developing countries
An appeal on projects that could mask global warming is published in Nature by scientists from 12 countries, including Brazilian Paulo Artaxo.
2018-05-09 00:00:00
Climate change may even threaten one of the world's most resilient lizards
Bahamian anole lizards are popular exotic pets and are found throughout the Western Hemisphere, suggesting that they are extremely adaptable creatures. A new study suggests that their adaptability may not extend to the temperature changes predicted by cli
2018-05-09 00:00:00
An innovation that opens horizons for greenhouse gases' remote monitoring
Brazilian researchers combine chip technology with laser calibration to enhance an infrared spectrometer which could be integrated to drones, smartphones and other portable devices.
2018-05-08 00:00:00
Carbon satellite to serve as an important tool for politicians and climate change experts
A new satellite that measures and provides detailed carbon balance information is one of the most important new tools in carbon measurement since infrared light, believe researchers from the University of Copenhagen. The researchers expect the satellite t
2018-05-08 00:00:00
'Mind-Boggling': Paid Actors Flooded City Council Meetings to Win Approval of Fossil Fuel
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2018-05-07 17:22:56
Geoscientists suggest 'snowball Earth' resulted from plate tectonics
About 700 million years ago, the Earth experienced unusual episodes of global cooling that geologists refer to as 'Snowball Earth.' In a new study published in the April issue of the journal Terra Nova, two geologists at The University of Texas at Dallas
2018-05-07 00:00:00
New research suggests that dawn of plate tectonics could have turned Earth into snowball
A research duo from The University of Texas at Austin and UT Dallas have put forward a hypothesis that links the dawn of plate tectonics with 'snowball Earth' -- a period of climate change that sent the planet into a deep freeze that lasted millions of ye
2018-05-07 00:00:00
If El Niños happen twice as often in the future, what happens to seabirds?
Doubling the frequency of El Niños unexpectedly resulted in higher population numbers and a lower chance of extinction for Brandt's cormorants, a recent UC Davis study found. Does that mean climate change could actually be good for seabirds
2018-05-07 00:00:00
Impacts of windfarm construction on harbor porpoises
Scientists from Germany, Denmark and the UK have built a model tool to predict what happens to marine animals when exposed to noise from the construction and operation of wind farms at sea.
2018-05-07 00:00:00
Global tourism carbon footprint quantified in world first
The world's tourism footprint has been quantified across the supply chain, with the carbon-intensive industry revealed as a significant and growing contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Small islands attract a disproportionate share of GHG emissi
2018-05-07 00:00:00
Vulnerable communities may be adversely affected by the transition to cleaner energy
Indiana University researchers have developed a method for identifying communities that may be negatively affected by clean energy policies that hasten the move from fossil fuels to more environmentally friendly solutions.
2018-05-07 00:00:00
New study finds climate change threatens Marine Protected Areas
New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators found that most marine life in Marine Protected Areas will not be able to tolerate warming ocean temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The study found that with
2018-05-07 00:00:00
CO2 Levels Hit Record, April Temp Hits Record, and 'We Keep Burning Fossil Fuels'
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2018-05-05 19:01:01
Greenhouse gas 'feedback loop' discovered in freshwater lakes
Latest research finds plant debris in lake sediment affects methane emissions. The flourishing reed beds created by changing climates could threaten to double the already significant methane production of the world's northern lakes.
2018-05-04 00:00:00
Odd microbial partnerships via electrically conductive particles
Human activities have contributed to global warming subsequently leading to increasing erosion of land. This results in conductive minerals being washed increasingly into water streams. The inflow of conductive particles can enable unusual electric partne
2018-05-03 00:00:00
Novel approach for photosynthetic production of carbon neutral biofuel from green algae
Reducing carbon emissions in order to prevent climate change requires developing new technologies for sustainable and renewable biofuel production. Molecular hydrogen is regarded as one of the most promising energy carriers due to its high energy density
2018-05-03 00:00:00
Temperature swings to hit poor countries hardest
Temperature fluctuations that are amplified by climate change will hit the world's poorest countries hardest, new research suggests.
2018-05-03 00:00:00
On Sweltering Planet, Hottest April Temperature Ever Recorded on Earth Hits Pakistan
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2018-05-02 16:15:31
Are emperor penguins eating enough?
For emperor penguins waddling around a warming Antarctic, diminishing sea ice means less fish to eat. How the diets of these tuxedoed birds will hold up in the face of climate change is a big question scientists are grappling with.
2018-05-02 00:00:00
Climate change to cause dramatic drop in Persian Gulf biodiversity and fisheries potential
The Persian Gulf, also known as the Arabian Gulf, may lose up to 12 per cent of its marine biodiversity in some areas before the end of the century if countries in the region do not take measures to address climate change. A business-as-usual climate scen
2018-05-02 00:00:00
Climate change will boost global lake evaporation -- with 'extreme' consequences
Global lake evaporation will increase 16 percent by the end of the century, triggering, among other outcomes, stronger precipitation events, according to a new Yale-led study. But the specific mechanisms that will drive that phenomenon are not quite what
2018-05-02 00:00:00
Global warming of 1.5°C or 2°C: The lower limit would reduce flood hazards
A research group led by Goethe University Frankfurt has simulated the scenarios of limiting global warming to 2°C versus 1.5°C with global hydrological models. An important result: High flows and flood hazards will increase significantly over a
2018-05-02 00:00:00
Novel reaction could spark alternate approach to ammonia production
The search for a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly method of ammonia production for fertilizer has led to the discovery of a new type of catalytic reaction.
2018-05-02 00:00:00
Weather forecast model predicts complex patterns of volcanic ash dispersal
New research, led by the University of Bristol, has provided fresh insight into how huge volcanic ash plumes, which can critically disrupt aviation and cause major impact on the ground, are transported in the atmosphere.
2018-05-02 00:00:00
'Project Trumpmore' Raising Funds to Carve US President's Face on Melting Iceberg
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2018-05-01 16:07:30
American pikas tolerate climate change better than expected
The American pika, a relative of rabbits, occupies rocky environments in the mountains of western Northern America. It has been widely thought that pikas could not survive extremes of temperature and thus were at risk of running out of space at the tops o
2018-05-01 00:00:00
La Niña-like ocean cooling patterns intensify northwestern Pacific tropical cyclones
Atmospheric researchers at the University of Hawaii at M&#257;noa (UH M&#257;noa) International Pacific Research Center have recently published a study in Scientific Reports that demonstrates a strong connection between sea surface temperature pat
2018-04-30 00:00:00
Study finds very few pages devoted to climate change in introductory science textbooks
In new research published in the journal Environmental Communication, Rachel Yoho and co-author Bruce Rittmann examined more than the 15,000 combined pages from current editions of 16 of the leading physics, biology and chemistry undergraduate textbooks p
2018-04-30 00:00:00
Climate change study finds New Hampshire's warmer weather will bring warmer streams
Air temperature increases from climate change will make New Hampshire's streams warmer, according to Dartmouth-led research published in 'Freshwater Biology.' The study examined the extent to which stream waters are warming, which has implications for fre
2018-04-30 00:00:00
Study: Warming future means more fire, fewer trees in western biodiversity hotspot
Increasing fires and summer droughts caused by global warming are drastically changing a globally unique bio-region of northern California and southwestern Oregon, according to new research funded by the National Science Foundation and published today in
2018-04-30 00:00:00
Scientists project a drier Amazon and wetter Indonesia in the future
Climate models predict that an increase in greenhouse gases will dry out the Amazon rainforest in the future while causing wetter conditions in the woodlands of Africa and Indonesia. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and other instituti
2018-04-27 00:00:00
New catalyst turns ammonia into an innovative clean fuel
Ammonia (NH3) has attracted attention in recent years as a carbon-free fuel that does not emit carbon dioxide. For use as a fuel, it should have a lower combustion temperature and produce only nitrogen (N2) and water. Now, Japanese researchers have succee
2018-04-27 00:00:00
Bleaching of coral reefs reduced where daily temperature changes are large
Coral reef bleaching is stark evidence of the damage being inflicted by global climate change on marine ecosystems, but a research team led by scientists at the University of California, Irvine has found some cause for hope. While many corals are dying, o
2018-04-26 00:00:00
NUS geography researchers determine benefits of Singapore's mangroves
A three-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore has identified that apart from cultural benefits, mangroves act as nursery habitat for fish and as coastal defence, as well as storing carbon that could help offset some
2018-04-26 00:00:00
New study addresses the role of health in climate lawsuits
Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) are at the forefront of analyzing how climate lawsuits shape the nation's response to climate change. A new analysis investigates the role of health concerns in climate litigation since 1990 and finds
2018-04-26 00:00:00
Macron to US Congress: 'There is no Planet B'
The French president received more than one standing ovation in his remarks to Congress on climate change.
2018-04-25 16:03:31
Molecular evolution: How the building blocks of life may form in space
In an experiment that mimics astrophysical conditions, with cryogenic temperatures in an ultrahigh vacuum, scientists used an electron gun to irradiate thin sheets of ice covered in basic molecules of methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide, the building bloc
2018-04-25 00:00:00
No future for egoists -- that's what their brain says!
Some people are worried about the consequences of climate change, while others consider them too remote to have an impact on their well-being. UNIGE Researchers examined how these differences are reflected in our brains. With the help of neuro-imaging, th
2018-04-25 00:00:00
Blinded by the light: Climate change, the sun, and Lake Superior
Lakes tend to emit carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere, making them important players in the planet's natural regulation of its climate. However, the direction of the flow of CO2 between lakes and the atmosphere can be influenced by humans or by natura
2018-04-24 00:00:00
New model could help build communities of climate change-defying trees
Researchers in Australia have developed a model to help build plant communities that are more resilient to climate change.
2018-04-24 00:00:00
Land use and pollution shift female-to-male ratios in snapping turtles
Current research shows that increasing global temperatures as a result of climate change are expected to produce more female turtles since their offspring are influenced by the nest's temperature. But now, a team of Virginia Tech biologists has found that
2018-04-24 00:00:00
Climate change not the key driver of human conflict and displacement in East Africa
Over the last 50 years climate change has not been the key driver of the human displacement or conflict in East Africa, rather it is politics and poverty, according to new research by UCL.
2018-04-24 00:00:00
Climate change: Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m for Paris deal
New York City's ex-mayor pledges $4.5m to help cover the lapsed US contribution to the Paris accord.
2018-04-23 06:27:19
New control strategy helps reap maximum power from wind farms
Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas developed a way to extract more power from the wind. The researchers used supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to filter out the effects of turbulence and apply control algorithms that ca
2018-04-23 00:00:00
Hungry birds as climate change drives food 'mismatch'
Warmer springs create a 'mismatch' where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows.
2018-04-23 00:00:00
Grassland plants react unexpectedly to high levels of carbon dioxide
Plants are responding in unexpected ways to increased carbon dioxide in the air, according to a 20-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota.
2018-04-20 00:00:00
'Beyond Comprehension': In Just Two Years, Half of All Corals in 'Forever Damaged
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2018-04-19 12:38:09
Trump's Corporate-Friendly NAFTA 2.0 Would Be Total Climate Disaster, Report Warns
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2018-04-18 20:46:37
Facing Fires and Floods, Colorado Communities Launch Landmark Suit Against Fossil Fuel Companies
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2018-04-18 12:33:37
Green digitization: Botanical collections data answer real-world questions
Scientists are digitizing the wealth of data attached to herbarium specimens and using those data to address questions ranging from species identification to global climate change. This special issue explores methods, challenges, and applications of these
2018-04-18 00:00:00
Republicans more persuasive than scientists on climate change
Regardless of political affiliation, people are more likely to believe facts about climate change when they come from Republicans speaking against what has become a partisan interest in this country, says a new UConn study.
2018-04-18 00:00:00
Global warming is transforming the Great Barrier Reef
A new study published online today in Nature shows that corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016.
2018-04-18 00:00:00
Carbon dioxide as a raw material
Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have found a way to turn climate-damaging CO2 into an alcohol that could serve as a raw material for the chemical industry - without producing large amounts of salt waste that usually arise. The reaction mec
2018-04-17 00:00:00
Competition between males improves resilience against climate change
Animal species with males who compete intensively for mates might be more resilient to the effects of climate change, according to research by Queen Mary University of London.
2018-04-17 00:00:00
For Intentionally Acting to 'Exacerbate Climate Crisis,' Youth Filed Suit Against GOP-Led
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2018-04-16 16:58:30
Surviving climate change, then and now
An archeological dig in Italy reveals that prehistoric humans made it through a major natural disaster by cooperating with each other -- and that's a lesson for our future.
2018-04-16 00:00:00
General aviation pilots struggle to interpret weather forecast and observation displays
When tested on their knowledge of 23 types of weather information, from icing forecasts and turbulence reports to radar, 204 general aviation (GA) pilots surveyed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University researchers were stumped by about 42 percent of the
2018-04-16 00:00:00
Effects of climate change on communally managed water systems softened by shared effort
Shared fates and experiences in a community can help it withstand changes to water availability due to climate change, a recent study by Sandia National Laboratories researchers found. The work, recently published in a special socio-hydrology issue of Wat
2018-04-16 00:00:00
Climate change mitigation project threatens local ecosystem resilience in Ethiopia
To increase forest cover in the Global South in order to mitigate climate change does not always have positive effects, as shown in a new study undertaken by Stockholm University in southern Ethiopia. It can also threaten biodiversity and the survival of
2018-04-16 00:00:00
In Hopes That Death 'Might Serve Others,' Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate David Buckel D
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2018-04-15 15:45:02
Australia to join global health and climate change initiative
Australia is set to join a global initiative tracking progress on health and climate change, say University of Sydney and Macquarie University authors of a Perspective in today's Medical Journal of Australia.
2018-04-15 00:00:00
Algae-forestry, bioenergy mix could help make CO2 vanish from thin air
An unconventional mélange of algae, eucalyptus and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage appears to be a quirky ecological recipe. But, scientists from Cornell University, Duke University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo have an idea that co
2018-04-12 00:00:00
Mountain erosion may add CO2 to the atmosphere
Scientists have long known that steep mountain ranges can draw carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere -- as erosion exposes new rock, it also starts a chemical reaction between minerals on hill slopes and CO2 in the air, 'weathering' the rock and usin
2018-04-12 00:00:00
Concerns of 'Catastrophic Collapse' Grow as Gulf Stream Weaker Than It's Been in 1,60
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Jessica Corbett, staff writer</div></div></div>&l
2018-04-11 20:39:27
Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system
An Atlantic Ocean circulation system that warms Europe's climate is weaker today than it has been in 1,000 years, say scientists.
2018-04-11 17:01:22
Reconstruction of major North Atlantic circulation system shows weakening
Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have affected one of the global ocean's major circulation systems, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), slowing the redistribution of heat in the North Atlantic Ocean. The resulting chan
2018-04-11 00:00:00
Biologically inspired membrane purges coal-fired smoke of greenhouse gases
A series of nanoscopic membranes made of water saturated by an enzyme naturally developed over millions of years to clear CO2 empties coal smoke of the greenhouse gas more cheaply and efficiently than any known.
2018-04-11 00:00:00
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