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Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
A recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by the US Geological Survey and the University of Rochester sheds light on the interactions of gas hydrates and climate.
2017-02-09 00:00:00
Climate change responsible for the great diversity in horses
Changing environments and ecosystems were driving the evolution of horses over the past 20 million years. This is the main conclusion of a new study published in Science by a team of paleontologists from Spain and Argentina. The team analyzed 140 species
2017-02-09 00:00:00
Climate change and fishing create 'trap' for penguins
Endangered penguins are foraging for food in the wrong places due to fishing and climate change, new research shows.
2017-02-09 00:00:00
Combined count data reveals shifts in hawks' migratory behavior
Bird species' distributions and migratory behavior are shifting in response to changes in climate and land-use, but surveys that focus on a particular season can cause scientists to miss trends in the bigger picture. A new study from The Condor: Ornitholo
2017-02-08 00:00:00
Allen's Hummingbird boom missed by breeding bird surveys
Allen's Hummingbird has been placed on several conservation watchlists, as breeding bird surveys indicating population declines have spurred concerns that climate change may push it out of Southern California. However, local birdwatchers have reported at
2017-02-08 00:00:00
Deep groundwater aquifers respond rapidly to climate variability
Changes in climate can rapidly impact even the deepest freshwater aquifers according to Penn State and Columbia University hydrologists.
2017-02-08 00:00:00
Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem
A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human life.
2017-02-08 00:00:00
Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
Climate change is likely to increase US electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher.
2017-02-07 00:00:00
Persistent tropical foraging in the highlands of terminal Pleistocene/Holocene New Guinea
The terminal Pleistocene/Holocene boundary represented a major ecological threshold for humans, both as a significant climate transition and due to the emergence of agriculture around this time. In the highlands of New Guinea, climatic and environmental c
2017-02-07 00:00:00
House Science Committee Plans to 'Make the EPA Great Again'—By Destroying It
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Nika Knight, staff writer</div></div></div><di
2017-02-06 15:34:49
Everglades restoration report shows success, but climate change remains a challenge
According to a new National Academies report on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the CERP has accomplished positive results -- more water flows through the Everglades system than when the restoration began, and short of extreme condit
2017-02-06 00:00:00
Low-cost imaging system detects natural gas leaks in real time
Researchers have developed an infrared imaging system that could one day offer low-cost, real-time detection of methane gas leaks in pipelines and at oil and gas facilities. Leaks of methane, the primary component of natural gas, can be costly and dangero
2017-02-06 00:00:00
Research predicts extreme fires will increasingly be part of our global landscape
An international team has used satellite technology to review 23 million fire events globally between 2002-2013, honing in on the 478 most extreme wildfires. They have found fire-prone cities must rethink their defenses or face catastrophic consequences i
2017-02-06 00:00:00
Heathrow consultation: Third runway 'will bring more noise, pollution and misery'
Heathrow consultation: Third runway 'will bring more noise, pollution and misery' Commenting on proposals for a third runway at Heathrow published today by the government, Friends of the Earth London campaigner Sophie Neuburg said: “Airp
2017-02-02 13:45:30
Wetlands play vital role in carbon storage, study finds
Human activity and development are correlated with reduced carbon storage in wetland soils, a new study published in Nature Communications shows. The study, the first conducted using soil samples from wetlands on a national scale, sheds light on the impor
2017-02-02 00:00:00
Great Barrier Reef building coral under threat from poisonous seaweed
World-first research on the Great Barrier Reef has shown how 'weed-like' algae will kill vital coral because of increased carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere.
2017-02-02 00:00:00
Coastal wetlands excel at storing carbon
A new analysis co-authored by a University of Maryland scientist suggests that, while coastal wetlands serve as effective 'blue carbon' storage reservoirs for carbon dioxide, other marine ecosystems do not store carbon for long periods of time.
2017-02-01 00:00:00
Top Trump Aide Calls Environmental Movement 'The Greatest Threat to Freedom'
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Nika Knight, staff writer</div></div></div><di
2017-01-31 15:58:29
The making of Antarctica
A group of researchers, led by scientists in McGill University's Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, suggest that the best way to understand the creation of the glaciers in Antarctica is by linking two competing theories about their origins. They argue
2017-01-31 00:00:00
Scat sniffer dogs tell York U researchers a lot about endangered lizards
Dogs can be trained to find almost anything, but one York University researcher had them detect something a little unusual -- the scat of endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizards. The dogs helped find out how important shrubs are in preserving lizard popula
2017-01-31 00:00:00
IUPUI study: Climate change drove population decline in New World before Europeans arrived
IUPUI scientists report on dramatic environmental changes that occurred as Native Americans flourished and then vanished from the Midwestern United States before Europeans arrived. The researchers theorize that catastrophic climate change they observed, w
2017-01-31 00:00:00
Land-use change possibly produces more carbon dioxide than assumed so far
CO2 emissions caused by land use changes may possibly be higher than assumed so far. In their study at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Almut Arneth and her team for the first time considered processes, such as slash-and-burn agriculture or differe
2017-01-31 00:00:00
Climate change scientists should think more about sex
Climate change can have a different impact on male and female fish, shellfish and other marine animals, with widespread implications for the future of marine life and the production of seafood.
2017-01-31 00:00:00
Acid trip makes clumsy cone snails miss their prey
Deadly cone snails are too clumsy to catch their prey when exposed to the levels of ocean acidification expected under predicted climate change, according to new research published in Biology Letters.
2017-01-31 00:00:00
Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated
New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account.
2017-01-30 00:00:00
Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall
2016 marked the third year in a row when global carbon dioxide emissions remained relatively flat, but actual declines won't materialize without advances in carbon capture and storage technology and sustained growth in renewables.
2017-01-30 00:00:00
New mercury threat to oceans from climate change
Rising temperatures could boost mercury levels in fish by up to seven times the current rates, say Swedish researchers.
2017-01-28 05:34:26
Climate changes may lead to more poisonous mercury in plankton
Global warming is expected to increase runoff and input of organic matter to aquatic ecosystems in large regions of the Northern hemisphere including the Baltic Sea. Research performed in Sweden is now indicating a sevenfold increase in poisonous methylme
2017-01-27 00:00:00
Where the wild things are
As climate change and biological invasions continue to impact global biodiversity, scientists at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder suggest that the way organisms move to new areas, called range expansion, can be impacted dir
2017-01-27 00:00:00
Unexpected result: Ocean acidification can also promote shell formation
Fact: more carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air also acidifies the oceans. It seemed to be the logical conclusion that shellfish and corals will suffer, because chalk formation becomes more difficult in more acidic seawater. But now a group of Dutch and Japane
2017-01-27 00:00:00
Nordic countries are bringing about an energy transition worth copying
What can we learn from the Nordic low-carbon energy transition given the new US leadership vacuum on climate change? A new study by Benjamin K. Sovacool offers some important lessons.
2017-01-27 00:00:00
The ancient Indus civilization's adaptation to climate change
A new article explores how an ancient culture dealt with variable environments.
2017-01-27 00:00:00
Toxic mercury in aquatic life could spike with greater land runoff
A highly toxic form of mercury could jump by 300 to 600 percent in zooplankton -- tiny animals at the base of the marine food chain -- if land runoff increases by 15 to 30 percent, according to a new study. And such an increase is possible due to climate
2017-01-27 00:00:00
Climate models may underestimate future warming on tropical mountains
By reconstructing past temperature change on Mount Kenya in East Africa, a new study suggests that future temperature changes on tropical mountains might be underestimated.
2017-01-27 00:00:00
NFU flooding manifesto welcomed - but damaging practices must be reformed
NFU flooding manifesto welcomed -&nbsp;but damaging practices must be reformed Responding to the NFU’s flooding manifesto, which was unveiled today, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: "The NFU is absolutely right
2017-01-26 12:15:15
UK will look 'weak and desperate' if Theresa May fails to challenge Trump on climate chang
UK will look 'weak and desperate' if Theresa May fails to challenge Trump on climate change Theresa May must challenge Donald Trump over climate change when the two leaders meet in Washington this Friday, (27 January), the heads of Friends of
2017-01-26 10:45:30
Study: How climate change threatens mountaintops (and clean water)
A first-of-its kind study, in the journal Nature, explored seven mountain ecosystems around the globe and concludes they all may be threatened by climate change due to the decoupling of key nutrient cycles in mountain soils and plants.
2017-01-26 00:00:00
Antidote for partisanship? In science, curiosity seems to work
Disputes over science-related policy issues such as climate change or fracking often seem as intractable as other politically charged debates. But in science, at least, simple curiosity might help bridge that partisan divide, according to new research.
2017-01-26 00:00:00
Climate change helped kill off super-sized Ice Age animals in Australia
Changes in the diets of the super-sized megafauna that ruled Australia during the last Ice Age indicate that climate change was a major factor in their extinction.
2017-01-26 00:00:00
#Badasslands National Park's Climate Change Tweets Go Viral—and Then Dark
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2017-01-25 16:32:46
Trump's 'control-alt-delete' on climate change policy
Are the Trump team's actions on climate and energy the opening shots in a war on knowledge?
2017-01-25 15:47:34
A crab's eye view of rising tides in a changing world
Coastal ecosystems and aquifers will be greatly affected by climate change, not only from rising temperatures and more volatile weather, including changes in precipitation patterns, but also from sea level rise.
2017-01-25 00:00:00
Study reveals that climate change could dramatically alter fragile mountain habitats
Mountain regions of the world are under direct threat from human-induced climate change which could radically alter these fragile habitats, warn an international team of researchers -- including an expert from The University of Manchester.
2017-01-25 00:00:00
Over 10,000 People Protest Trump's "Swamp Cabinet" at Senate Offices Nationwide
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Nika Knight, staff writer</div></div></div><di
2017-01-24 20:42:03
Pope spurs Republicans to shift climate views
After Pope Francis framed climate change as a moral issue in his second encyclical, conservative Republicans shifted and began to see environmental dilemmas in the same way, according to a new study led by Cornell University communication researchers
2017-01-24 00:00:00
Climate change paper studies carbon uptake in ecosystems
A new paper out Jan. 23 in the journal Nature Climate Change by University of Montana researcher Ashley Ballantyne delves into one of the great uncertainties in predicting future climate.
2017-01-24 00:00:00
Framing by political advocacy groups may jeopardize public understanding of Zika
The public's ability to understand the dangers posed by Zika virus may be jeopardized by advocacy groups linking the virus with culturally charged issues such as illegal immigration and global warming, the authors of a new study warn.
2017-01-24 00:00:00
Climate change altered the natural selection -- large forehead patch no longer a winner
In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have found evidence of that climate change upends selection of face characteristics in the collared flycatcher. During the study the annual fitness selection on forehead patch size switched from positive t
2017-01-24 00:00:00
Researchers report new understanding of global warming
Researchers know that more, and more dangerous, storms have begun to occur as the climate warms. A team of scientists has reported an underlying explanation, using meteorological satellite data gathered over a 35-year period.
2017-01-24 00:00:00
Forests 'held their breath' during global warming hiatus, research shows
Global forest ecosystems, widely considered to act as the lungs of the planet, 'held their breath' during the most recent occurrence of a warming hiatus, new research has shown.The international study examined the full extent to which these vital ecosyste
2017-01-23 00:00:00
Psychological 'vaccine' could help immunize public against 'fake news' on climate change
New research finds that misinformation on climate change can psychologically cancel out the influence of accurate statements. However, if legitimate facts are delivered with an 'inoculation' -- a warning dose of misinformation -- some of the positive infl
2017-01-22 00:00:00
On Day One, Trump's WhiteHouse.gov Scrubs Every Mention of Combating Climate Change
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2017-01-20 20:51:23
Gore 'hoping for best' from Trump over climate
Ex-US Vice President Al Gore, who has made a new climate change film, says he thinks campaigners will "win" the debate.
2017-01-20 13:25:19
Trump won’t ‘Make America Great Again’ by ditching action on climate change, warns Friends of
Trump won’t ‘Make America Great Again’ by ditching action on climate change, warns Friends of the Earth Speaking ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration later today (Friday 20 January 2017), Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and N
2017-01-20 09:30:15
Humans, not climate change, wiped out Australian megafauna
New evidence involving the ancient poop of some of the huge and astonishing creatures that once roamed Australia indicates the primary cause of their extinction around 45,000 years ago was likely a result of humans, not climate change.
2017-01-20 00:00:00
Sanders Skewers Perry for Whitewashing Climate Crisis
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2017-01-19 21:52:53
Caves in central China show history of natural flood patterns
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that major flooding and large amounts of precipitation occur on 500-year cycles in central China. These findings shed light on the forecasting of future floods and improve understanding of climate chan
2017-01-19 00:00:00
Lead on climate change to 'make America great again,' respiratory doctors urge Trump
If the new US president wants to keep his promise to 'make America great again,' then he should follow the example of the late British premier Margaret Thatcher on climate change, say a group of UK and US respiratory doctors, in an editorial published onl
2017-01-19 00:00:00
Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change
Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists now ran an unp
2017-01-19 00:00:00
Hottest year on record a wake up call to incoming US president
Hottest year on record a wake up call to incoming US president Reacting to news that 2016 was the hottest year on record across the world, Friends of the Earth CEO Craig Bennett said:&nbsp; &nbsp; “This is a clear warning that world leaders
2017-01-18 21:45:30
Climate change: Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
2017-01-18 15:39:45
Obama administration gives $500m to UN climate change fund
The payment to the UN Green Climate Fund was announced three days before Donald Trump takes office.
2017-01-18 10:26:13
Aeolus wind mission heads for test and launch
UK engineers finish the assembly of a wind-observing satellite that meteorologists expect to have a major impact on weather forecasts.
2017-01-18 01:44:35
Mitochondrial DNA shows past climate change effects on gulls
To understand the present and future, we have to start with the past. A new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances uses the mitochondrial DNA of Heermann's gulls to draw conclusions about how their population has expanded in the Gulf of California sinc
2017-01-18 00:00:00
Climate change to shift global pattern of mild weather
As scientists work to predict how climate change may affect hurricanes, droughts, floods, blizzards and other severe weather, there's one area that's been overlooked: mild weather. But no more.NOAA and Princeton University scientists have produced the fir
2017-01-18 00:00:00
Researchers discover greenhouse bypass for nitrogen
An international team discovers that production of a potent greenhouse gas can be bypassed as soil nitrogen breaks down into unreactive atmospheric N2.
2017-01-18 00:00:00
New Marcellus development boom will triple greenhouse gas emissions from PA's natural gas
Natural gas production on Pennsylvania's vast black shale deposit known as the Marcellus Shale will nearly double by 2030 to meet growing demand, tripling Pennsylvania's greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas sector relative to 2012 levels, accordi
2017-01-18 00:00:00
Finding ways to fix the climate before it's too late
Scientists and policymakers rely on complex computer simulations called Integrated Assessment Models to figure out how to address climate change. But these models need tinkering to make them more accurate.
2017-01-18 00:00:00
New England's 1816 'Mackerel Year' and climate change today
In the latest issue of Science Advances, Karen Alexander at UMass Amherst and aquatic ecologists, climate scientists and environmental historians in New England recount their many-layered, multidisciplinary investigation into the catastrophic effects of t
2017-01-18 00:00:00
'Actually, There Is Not a Lot of Debate': Sanders Forced to Correct Trump Nominee on Clima
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Jon Queally, staff writer</div></div></div><di
2017-01-17 21:35:56
Obama Sends $500 Million to Green Climate Fund, Signaling End to Era
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2017-01-17 21:00:24
Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels 'Probably in Millenia'
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2017-01-16 21:15:14
Trump team moving away from supporters on climate science
The incoming Trump administration accepts far more of the research on climate change than many of their political supporters, say British scientists.
2017-01-16 17:46:22
Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture
SMAP's first year of observational data has now been analyzed and is providing some significant surprises that will help in the modeling of climate, forecasting of weather, and monitoring of agriculture around the world.
2017-01-16 00:00:00
Genome sequence of polar alga explains evolutionary adaptation to extreme variable climate
An international team of researchers has identified the genetic mutations which allowed microalgae (phytoplankton) from the Southern Ocean to adapt to extreme and highly variable climates -- a step towards understanding how polar organisms are impacted by
2017-01-16 00:00:00
Prince Charles co-authors Ladybird climate change book
Prince Charles co-authors a book for adults in the style of the well-known children's series.
2017-01-15 18:22:26
As storm surge threatens coast, climate risks must be held at bay
As storm surge threatens coast, climate risks must be held at bay With the eastern coast of England braced for flooding from a storm surge, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner&nbsp;Guy Shrubsole said: "The east coast has seen terrible f
2017-01-13 12:30:00
Researchers develop environmentally friendly soy air filter
A new soy-based air filter developed by WSU engineering researchers can capture toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, which often escape other types of filters.
2017-01-13 00:00:00
As Tillerson Dodges, Exxon Ordered to Hand Over Evidence of Climate Cover-Up
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2017-01-12 14:16:04
Ocean acidification to hit West Coast Dungeness crab fishery, new assessment shows
The acidification of the ocean expected as seawater absorbs increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will reverberate through the West Coast's marine food web, but not necessarily in the ways you might expect, new research shows.
2017-01-12 00:00:00
'Shrew'-d study: Arctic shrews, parasites indicate climate change effect on ecosystems
The shrew and its parasites -- even 40-year-old preserved ones -- are the new indicators of environmental change, according a Kansas State University researcher. A study published in NOAA's 2016 Arctic Report Card indicates a changes in shrews' ranges whe
2017-01-12 00:00:00
There's no one-size-fits-all solution to climate change
The world's forests are crucial to slowing climate change, but they're being destroyed to make room for farms, mines, and other economic ventures. One solution might be carbon finance: giving companies and countries monetary incentives to reduce carbon em
2017-01-12 00:00:00
Northeast US temperatures are decades ahead of global average
Results of a new study by researchers at the Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that temperatures across the northeastern United States will increase much faster than the global average, so that the 2 degre
2017-01-11 00:00:00
Report recommends new framework for estimating the social cost of carbon
To estimate the social cost of carbon dioxide for use in regulatory impact analyses, the federal government should use a new framework that would strengthen the scientific basis, provide greater transparency, and improve characterization of the uncertaint
2017-01-11 00:00:00
Eucalypts spotlight biosecurity failures
For more than 100 years, eucalypts -- woody plants that range in size from shrubs to trees -- have been transported from their natural ecosystems in Australia to plantations across the globe. This unique history provides a novel lens for viewing the sprea
2017-01-11 00:00:00
Donald Trump win 'won't sway world on climate'
Targets on CO2 will continue despite a climate change sceptic becoming president, a UK minister says.
2017-01-10 14:22:12
Testing how species respond to climate change
Predicting how species will respond to climate change is a critical part of efforts to prevent widespread climate-driven extinction, or to predict its consequences for ecosystems.
2017-01-10 00:00:00
Insects feel the heat: Scientists reveal rise in temperature affects ability to reproduce
With 2016 set to be the warmest year on record, scientists have discovered insects are already feeling the effects of climate change, as a rise in temperature is shown to damage their ability to reproduce.
2017-01-10 00:00:00
Short-lived greenhouse gases cause centuries of sea-level rise
Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, coastal regions and island nations will continue to experience rising sea levels for centuries afterward, according to a new study by researchers at M
2017-01-09 00:00:00
Crystallization method offers new option for carbon capture from ambient air
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a simple, reliable process to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air, offering a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global warming.
2017-01-09 00:00:00
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