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A new permafrost gas mysterium
Permafrost thaw allows biological activity in previously frozen ground, leading to a potential release of climate-relevant gases. We have heard about carbon dioxide and the potential 'methane bomb', but what about other gases? A new study from University
2018-08-24 00:00:00
Scientists elaborated upon carbon sink/source patterns of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea
The sinks/sources of carbon in the Yellow Sea and East China Sea exert great influences on coastal ecosystem dynamics and regional climate change process. Scientist from IOCAS have elaborated upon the variation and key controlling factors of carbon sink/s
2018-08-24 00:00:00
Aeolus: How a satellite will measure wind across Earth
Meteorologists are hopeful Aeolus will have a big impact on the quality of medium-range weather forecasts.
2018-08-23 05:02:26
UBC researchers unlock secrets of plant development
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered an internal messaging system that plants use to manage the growth and division of their cells. Understanding this negative-feedback loop that helps plants survive under harsh conditions could enab
2018-08-23 00:00:00
Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism
With Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, as a hub, the world's first global research network into climate change denial has now been established. Building on a brand-new research publication showing the links between conservatism, xenophobia and cl
2018-08-22 00:00:00
As Trump Drags US Backwards, China's Massive Spending on Clean Energy Delivers Reduction Targets 12
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2018-08-21 16:29:34
Species-rich forests better compensate environmental impacts
To offset CO2 emissions, China is reforesting. If a mixture of tree species instead of monocultures were planted, much more carbon could be stored. An international team including UZH researchers has shown that species-rich forest ecosystems take up more
2018-08-21 00:00:00
These Giant Portraits Will Stand in the Path of Trans Mountain Pipeline to Make 'Powerful Statement
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2018-08-20 20:36:23
Supercomputing simulations and machine learning help improve power plants
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart are exploring how supercritical carbon dioxide could serve as a cleaner, safer, and more flexible working fluid in power plants than supercritical water by using supercomputing resources and machine learning.
2018-08-20 00:00:00
What's behind the retreating kelps and expanding corals?
Climate change and other external forces are causing rapid marine community shifts in Japan's coastal ecosystems. Better understanding of species distribution dynamics, as driven by these factors, can improve conservation efforts and climate change manage
2018-08-20 00:00:00
New study identifies strategies in US climate litigation
Researchers at the George Washington University have published a study in Nature Climate Change that for the first time analyzes all US climate change lawsuits over a 26-year period.
2018-08-20 00:00:00
Watch What Bill McKibben Calls 'One of the Best and Most Straightforward Videos about Climate Change
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2018-08-17 16:38:56
Unexpected future boost of methane possible from Arctic permafrost
New NASA-funded research has discovered that Arctic permafrost's expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere may actually be sped up by instances of a relatively little known process called abrupt thawing. Abr
2018-08-17 00:00:00
Ants, acorns and climate change
The relatively swift adaptability of tiny, acorn-dwelling ants to warmer environments could help scientists predict how other species might evolve in the crucible of global climate change, according to Case Western Reserve biologists.
2018-08-17 00:00:00
'Abrupt thaw' of permafrost beneath lakes could significantly affect climate change models
Methane released by thawing permafrost from some Arctic lakes could significantly accelerate climate change, according to a new University of Alaska Fairbanks-led study.
2018-08-16 00:00:00
Volcano eruptions at different latitudes impact sea surface temperature differently
Scientists investigate the different impacts of northern, tropical and southern volcanic eruptions on the tropical Pacific Sea Surface Temperature(SST). The results are useful for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change after volcanic eruptions an
2018-08-16 00:00:00
China & UK scientists find coarse resolution models underestimate future Mei-yu rainfall
China and UK scientists investigated the effect of model resolution on the mei-yu rainfall projection using the Hadley Centre's latest climate model, HadGEM3-GC2. The investigation highlights the need of high resolution models in future climate change pro
2018-08-16 00:00:00
Frequent fires make droughts harder for young trees, even in wet eastern forests
Forests in the eastern United States may have had it easy compared to their western counterparts, with the intense, prolonged droughts and wildfires that have become typical out west in recent years. But as the climate changes over time, eastern forests a
2018-08-15 00:00:00
Diving robots find Antarctic seas exhale surprising amounts of carbon dioxide in winter
The open water nearest the sea ice surrounding Antarctica releases significantly more carbon dioxide in winter than previously believed, a new study has found. Researchers conducting the study used data gathered over several winters by an array of robotic
2018-08-15 00:00:00
Scientists found that wheat growing season lengths change significant due to crop management measure
An examination of changes in crop phenology is critical for guiding regional agricultural activities in attempts to adapt to climate change. A recent research discloses the spatiotemporal differentiation of changes in wheat phenology and attribution analy
2018-08-15 00:00:00
Climate change sea level rises could increase risk for more devastating tsunamis worldwide
The threat of rising sea levels to coastal cities and communities throughout the world is well known, but new findings show the likely increase of flooding farther inland from tsunamis following earthquakes.
2018-08-15 00:00:00
New research reveals corals could be trained to survive environmental stress
Scientists have discovered the first molecular evidence that when exposed to environmental stress corals and anemones can optimize their gene expression enabling them to acclimatize to extreme conditions such as those experienced during climate change.
2018-08-15 00:00:00
Arctic seabird populations respond to climate change
Seabirds such as gulls can be key indicators of environmental change as their populations respond to shifts in their ocean habitat over time. A new study from The Auk: Ornithological Advances investigates how several species have responded to changing env
2018-08-15 00:00:00
'No, Secretary Zinke. Record-Breaking Wildfires in California Have Everything to Do with Climate Cha
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2018-08-14 13:17:51
California water managers vary in use of climate science
Lack of climate change adaptation among water utilities can put water supplies and the people dependent on them at risk, especially in marginalized communities, a new University of California, Davis, paper suggests.
2018-08-14 00:00:00
Diving robots find Antarctic winter seas exhale surprising amounts of carbon dioxide
A new study led by the University of Washington uses data gathered by floating drones in the Southern Ocean over past winters to learn how much carbon dioxide is transferred by the surrounding seas. Results show that in winter the open water nearest the s
2018-08-14 00:00:00
OU study shows effects of climate warming in tallgrass prairie ecosystem
A University of Oklahoma professor, Jizhong Zhou, and his team have completed a new study on the effects of climate warming on soil microbes in a long-term climate change experiment at a tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The new study shows that climate warmin
2018-08-14 00:00:00
Warmer ocean, warmer winter Eurasian climate
Studies on the contribution of global oceanic warming to winter Eurasian climate change show that there are warmer winters in Europe and the northern part of East Asia.
2018-08-14 00:00:00
Trees and climate change: Faster growth, lighter wood
Trees are growing more rapidly due to climate change. This sounds like good news. After all, this means that trees are storing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in their wood and hence taking away the key ingredient in global warming. But is it that
2018-08-14 00:00:00
2018-2022 expected to be abnormally hot years
This summer's worldwide heatwave makes 2018 a particularly hot year. As will be the next few years, according to a study led by Florian Sévellec, researcher at CNRS and at the University of Southampton, and published in the Aug. 14, 2018, edition of
2018-08-14 00:00:00
Scientists find way to make mineral which can remove CO2 from atmosphere
Scientists have developed an accelerated way to produce magnesite at room temperature, a mineral which can capture the greenhouse gas CO2 from the atmosphere. Removing CO2 from the atmosphere will slow global warming. This work takes a different approach
2018-08-14 00:00:00
Converting carbon dioxide into methane or ethane selectively
Korean researchers developed high-efficiency photocatalysts that convert carbon dioxide into methane or ethane with graphene-covered reduced titanium dioxide. The finding is expected to be utilized in the carbon dioxide reduction and recycling industries.
2018-08-13 00:00:00
New study reveals evidence of how Neolithic people adapted to climate change
Research led by the University of Bristol has uncovered evidence that early farmers were adapting to climate change 8,200 years ago.
2018-08-13 00:00:00
NASA satellites assist states in estimating abundance of key wildlife species
Climate and land-use change are shrinking natural wildlife habitats around the world. Yet despite their importance to rural economies and natural ecosystems, remarkably little is known about the geographic distribution of most wild species -- especially t
2018-08-09 00:00:00
Back to the future of climate change
Researchers at Syracuse University are looking to the geologic past to make future projections about climate change. Their research focuses on the ancient Tethys Ocean (site of the present-day Mediterranean Sea) and provides a benchmark for present and fu
2018-08-09 00:00:00
Satellite measurements of the Earth's magnetosphere promise better space weather forecasts
A Japan-based research team led by Kanazawa University equipped the Arase satellite with sensors to study the convoluted interactions between high-energy particles in the inner magnetosphere and the Earth's electric and magnetic field. They have collected
2018-08-09 00:00:00
Reef corals have endured since 'age of dinosaurs' and may survive global warming
The relationship between corals and the micro-algae that enable them to build reefs is considerably older and more diverse than previously assumed, according to an international team of scientists.
2018-08-09 00:00:00
Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since 'age of dinosaurs'
Coral-algal partnerships have endured numerous climate change events in their long history, and at least some are likely to survive modern-day global warming as well, suggests an international team of scientists.
2018-08-09 00:00:00
Corncob ethanol may help cut China's greenhouse gas emissions
A new Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining study has found that using ethanol from corncobs for energy production may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China, if used instead of starch-based ethanol.
2018-08-08 00:00:00
Blocking sunlight to cool Earth won't reduce crop damage from global warming
Proposals to inject sulfate aerosols into the upper atmosphere to block and scatter sunlight and reduce global temperatures could, some say, also increase crop yields because of reduced heat stress on plants. A UC Berkeley study shows that other effects c
2018-08-08 00:00:00
There and back again: Mantle xenon has a story to tell
Volatiles -- such as water, carbon dioxide and the noble gases -- come out of the earth's interior through volcanism and may be injected into the mantle from the atmosphere, a pair of processes called mantle degassing and regassing. The exchange controls
2018-08-08 00:00:00
Carbon dioxide levels on flight deck affect airline pilot performance
Commercial airline pilots were significantly better at performing advanced maneuvers in a flight simulator when carbon dioxide levels on the flight deck were 700 ppm and 1500 ppm than when they were 2,500 ppm, according to new research led by Harvard T.H.
2018-08-08 00:00:00
Study finds managed waterways are not isolated from effects of climate change
A study led by researchers at Indiana University has found that human changes to rivers and streams in the United States and Canada do not isolate these natural resources from the effects of climate change.
2018-08-07 00:00:00
Mojave Desert birds crashed over the last century due to climate change
More than 100 years ago, UC Berkeley biologists conducted a thorough survey of birds in the Mojave Desert. A recent resurvey shows that the species richness of the desert habitat has dropped by 43 percent over the past century, on average, at the sites re
2018-08-07 00:00:00
Forests crucial for limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees
Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) could instead increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, scientists say.
2018-08-07 00:00:00
Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed
Researchers warn that even limited climate warming could trigger conditions not seen in a million years.
2018-08-06 19:07:38
Children are highly vulnerable to health risks of a changing climate
Children and adolescents are more vulnerable to climate-related disasters because of their anatomic, cognitive, immunologic, and psychologic differences compared to adults. Researchers set out some specific challenges associated with the impacts of climat
2018-08-06 00:00:00
Study finds possible connection between US tornado activity, Arctic sea ice
The effects of global climate change taking place in the Arctic may influence weather much closer to home for millions of Americans, researchers report.
2018-08-06 00:00:00
Could climate change affect the development of Turkic Khaganate?
The most important economic and political events in the history of the Turkic Kaganate (VI-VIII centuries AD) were affected by climatic disasters. Such conclusions were made by the assistant professor of the Department Russian History of Russia, Ural Fede
2018-08-06 00:00:00
Rain-on-snow flood risk to increase in many mountain regions of the western US, Canada
Flooding caused by rain falling on snowpack could more than double by the end of this century in some areas of the western US and Canada due to climate change.
2018-08-06 00:00:00
Wetter soil is leading to reduced methane gas absorption
A new paper from researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York finds that the existing effects of global warming are decreasing the soil's ability to absorb methane gas. The paper deta
2018-08-06 00:00:00
Thanks to climate change and wetter weather, forest soils are absorbing less methane
Increasing precipitation -- a symptom of climate change -- is making it harder for forest soils to trap greenhouse gases, creating a feedback loop that exacerbates global warming. So reports a new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National
2018-08-06 00:00:00
Trump's SEC Closes Probe of Exxon's Knowledge of Climate Crisis in Latest 'Gift for the Fossil Fuel
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2018-08-03 20:35:40
Earth's Carbon Concentrations Have Soared to Levels Not Seen in 800,000 Years
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2018-08-03 16:11:14
Radar better than weather balloon for measuring boundary layer
Improving forecasting for a host of severe weather events may be possible thanks to a more comprehensive method for measuring the Earth's boundary layer depth, developed by Penn State researchers.
2018-08-02 00:00:00
Mapping blue carbon in mangroves worldwide
Mangroves are tropical forests that thrive in salt water and found in a variety of coastal settings worldwide. Mangroves store greater amounts of carbon than any other terrestrial ecosystem, which helps reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases in the at
2018-08-02 00:00:00
New study shows some corals might adapt to climate changes
New research shows that not all corals respond the same to changes in climate. The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science-led study looked at the sensitivity of two types of corals found in Florida and the Caribbean a
2018-08-02 00:00:00
Measuring climate impact of forests management -- a groundbreaking approach
A group of forestry research experts led by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, has developed a rigorous new fact-based carbon accounting system that reflects how forest management practices can help mitigat
2018-08-02 00:00:00
Heatwave and climate change having negative impact on our soil say experts
The recent heatwave and drought could be having a deeper, more negative effect on soil than we first realised say scientists. That's because organisms in soil are highly diverse and are responsible not only for producing the soil we need to grow crops, bu
2018-08-02 00:00:00
Harmful dyes in lakes, rivers can become colorless with new, sponge-like material
A team led by the University of Washington has created an environmentally friendly way to remove color from dyes in water in a matter of seconds.
2018-08-01 00:00:00
Scientists draw new connections between climate change and warming oceans
Earth scientists exploring how ocean chemistry has evolved found similarities between an event 55 million years ago and current predicted trajectories of planet temperatures, with regards to inputs of CO2 into the atmosphere and oxygen levels in the ocean
2018-08-01 00:00:00
Arctic cyclone limits the time-scale of precise sea-ice prediction in Northern Sea Route?
Climate change has accelerated sea-ice retreat in the Arctic Ocean, leading to new opportunities for summer commercial maritime navigation along the Northern Sea Route. International researchers led by Japan's National Institute of Polar Research demonstr
2018-08-01 00:00:00
Degrading plastics revealed as source of greenhouse gases
Researchers from the University of Hawai'i at M&#257;noa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) discovered that several greenhouse gases are emitted as common plastics degrade in the environment.
2018-08-01 00:00:00
As temperatures rise, Earth's soil is 'breathing' more heavily
The vast reservoir of carbon stored beneath our feet is entering Earth's atmosphere at an increasing rate, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Blame microbes: When they chew on decaying leaves and dead plants, they convert a storehouse of carb
2018-08-01 00:00:00
'Climate Change...In Real Time': California's Frightening Fires Are the Nightmare Scientists Long Pr
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2018-07-31 19:08:17
Energy-intensive Bitcoin transactions pose a growing environmental threat
A study published in Energy Research & Social Science warns that failure to lower the energy use by Bitcoin and similar Blockchain designs may prevent nations from reaching their climate change mitigation obligations under the Paris Agreement.
2018-07-31 00:00:00
China could face deadly heat waves due to climate change
The North China Plain, a region that holds one of the biggest concentrations of people on Earth, could be pushing against the boundaries of habitability by the latter part of this century due to global warming, an MIT study shows.
2018-07-31 00:00:00
Solar flares disrupted radio communications during September 2017 Atlantic hurricanes
An unlucky coincidence of space and Earth weather in early September 2017 caused radio blackouts for hours during critical hurricane emergency response efforts, according to a new study in Space Weather, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The ne
2018-07-30 00:00:00
Mars terraforming not possible using present-day technology
Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories. Scientists themselves have proposed terraforming to enable the long-term colonization of Mars. A s
2018-07-30 00:00:00
Climate taxes on agriculture could lead to more food insecurity than climate change itself
New IIASA-led research has found that a single climate mitigation scheme applied to all sectors, such as a global carbon tax, could have a serious impact on agriculture and result in far more widespread hunger and food insecurity than the direct impacts o
2018-07-30 00:00:00
Carbon 'leak' may have warmed the planet for 11,000 years, encouraging human civilization
The oceans lock away atmospheric carbon dioxide, but a 'leak' in the Southern Ocean brings the greenhouse gas back into the atmosphere. An international research team looked at minute nitrogen concentrations embedded in diatoms, forams and corals to ident
2018-07-30 00:00:00
Ever-increasing CO2 levels could take us back to the tropical climate of Paleogene period
A new study led by scientists at the University of Bristol has warned that unless we mitigate current levels of carbon dioxide emissions, Western Europe and New Zealand could revert to the hot tropical climate of the early Paleogene period -- 56-48 millio
2018-07-30 00:00:00
Platinum is key in ancient volcanic related climate change, says UC Nature publication
UC interdisciplinary research team looks at platinum for clues to stay ahead of future high magnitude volcanic related climate change.
2018-07-30 00:00:00
Hottest Four Years Ever? 2015. 2016. 2017. 2018?
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2018-07-28 18:19:20
'Unprecedented' Heat Wave Fueling Arctic Fires Made More Than Twice as Likely by Climate Change: Ana
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2018-07-27 13:20:00
Climate change driven by humans made heatwave 'twice as likely'
The Europe-wide heatwave is an unambiguous signal of climate change, say researchers.
2018-07-27 11:05:37
Cost of flood losses in Maritimes could increase by up to 300 per cent
The financial costs of flooding in Canada's maritime region could spike by 300 per cent by the end of the century if steps are not taken to address the impacts of climate change.
2018-07-27 00:00:00
Deglacial changes in western Atlantic Ocean circulation
A new study carried out by an international team of researchers, using the chemistry of ocean sediments has highlighted a widespread picture of Atlantic circulation changes associated with rapid climate change in the past.
2018-07-27 00:00:00
Study shows ocean acidification is having major impact on marine life
Carbon dioxide emissions are killing off coral reefs and kelp forests as heat waves and ocean acidification damage marine ecosystems, scientists have warned.
2018-07-27 00:00:00
ASU study finds animals can use muscle as an internal water source
A new Arizona State University study shows for the first time that animals may be able to use their own muscles to get water when it's not available. As our climate changes, the availability of water is also changing, leaving animals with limited or unrel
2018-07-26 00:00:00
Glaciers in East Antarctica also 'imperiled' by climate change, UCI researchers find
A team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine has found evidence of significant mass loss in East Antarctica's Totten and Moscow University glaciers, which, if they fully collapsed, could add 5 meters (16.4 feet) to the global sea level.
2018-07-26 00:00:00
IIASA researchers help EU states assess forestry's role in achieving climate commitments
IIASA researchers have led the development of new guidance for EU member states estimating greenhouse gas emissions and removals from their forests and developing plans to show how they will account for these emissions and removals in the future.
2018-07-26 00:00:00
Reducing the uncertainty of climate projections
Errors in climate models due to inadequate calculations of radiative forcing undermine researchers' ability to address important climate-related questions, including how much the atmosphere will warm as more and more carbon dioxide (CO2) is released.
2018-07-26 00:00:00
To keep more carbon on the ground, halting farmland expansion is key
The conversion of forests to farmland is recognized as a major contributor to rising levels of greenhouse gases. And yet it hasn't been clear how to best minimize the loss of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere. Researchers reporting in Current Biology
2018-07-26 00:00:00
Tropical forests may soon hinder, not help, climate change effort
Forests in tropical regions could soon become a source of greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming and hampering efforts to meet the main goal in the Paris Agreement of 2015.
2018-07-25 00:00:00
New Study Reveals Climate Change Could Prompt Tens of Thousands Additional Suicides in U.S. and Mexi
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2018-07-24 13:15:19
Research shows how the Little Ice Age affected South American climate
For the first time, scientists reconstruct the rainfall distribution in Brazil during the climate changes that marked the Middle Ages using isotopic records from caves.
2018-07-24 00:00:00
Recycling provides manufacturers with real competitive and economic advantages, study says
In addition to being environmentally friendly, recycling can help manufacturers develop new, strategic sources of raw materials -- particularly rare and precious metals -- giving them a competitive advantage, according to research co-authored by an Indian
2018-07-24 00:00:00
Research shows climate change affects recreational behavior
Research at the University of New Hampshire shows that as unfavorable water quality conditions in lakes continue to rise, anglers, boaters and beach goers are using various coping mechanisms that can alter their behavior, from switching to a different loc
2018-07-24 00:00:00
Coldwater streams may provide refuge against changing climate
Coldwater stream habitats are vulnerable to effects of climate change, particularly to changes in precipitation and air temperatures that alter their hydrology. Some streams are more likely to act as coldwater refugia -- areas buffered from climate change
2018-07-24 00:00:00
Rice with fewer stomata requires less water and is better suited for climate change
Study finds engineered rice lines with low stomatal density used just 60 percent of the normal amount of water and were able to survive drought and high temperatures for longer than unaltered plants.
2018-07-24 00:00:00
Decline in heat-related deaths in Spain despite rising summer temperatures
Contrary to expectations, global warming has not given rise to an increase in heat-related mortality in Spain.
2018-07-24 00:00:00
Cloud formation and distribution follows simple thermodynamic, statistical laws
Clouds are exceptionally complex creatures, and that complexity makes it difficult to predict how and where they'll form. But University of Utah researchers may have found a way to greatly reduce the difficulty of predicting formation of clouds. The resul
2018-07-23 00:00:00
A warmer Midwest could lead to a common bird being less common over the next century
Discussion of how climate change might affect wildlife has largely centered on the effects of change on habitat, but a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that predicting how climate will affect wildlife demands an understa
2018-07-23 00:00:00
Increases in westerly winds weaken the Southern Ocean carbon sink
A new study of lake sediments from the sub-Antarctic reveals for the first time that increases in westerly winds are likely to reduce the ability of the Southern Ocean to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The results are significant as the Southe
2018-07-23 00:00:00
Ocean acidification a challenge for science, governments & communities
A new IMAS-led paper published in the science journal Nature Climate Change has highlighted the challenges faced by scientists, governments and communities as rising levels of CO2 are absorbed by the world's oceans.Researchers have found that in recent ce
2018-07-23 00:00:00
'This Is Zero Hour': Youth-Led Marches Across the Globe Demand Immediate and Ambitious Climate Actio
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2018-07-21 13:26:12
On 'Front Lines of Climate Change,' Baltimore Lawsuit Aims to Hold 26 Fossil Fuel Companies Accounta
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2018-07-20 19:29:06
Is UK barbecue charcoal fuelling global deforestation?
A growing taste for al fresco dining is driving record charcoal sales in the UK but is it also fuelling global deforestation and climate change?
2018-07-20 06:42:56
From cradle to grave: Model identifies factors that shaped evolution
This study brings us closer to knowing the complex interactions between topography and climate change, and how these factors influence the evolutionary histories and biodiversity of species in natural ecosystems.
2018-07-19 00:00:00
A 'fingerprint' for anthropogenic climate change in a new place
Adding to evidence attributing observed atmospheric changes to manmade influences, climate scientists leveraging satellite data from recent decades have identified a human 'fingerprint' on Earth's atmosphere in a new place: the troposphere, or, the lowest
2018-07-19 00:00:00
Emissions Impossible: How Big Meat and Dairy Are Heating Up the Planet
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2018-07-18 18:46:22
Cities as study proxies for climate change
Cities can serve as useful proxies to study and predict the effects of climate change, according to a North Carolina State University research review that tracks urbanization's effects on plant and insect species.
2018-07-18 00:00:00
Warming rivers make marked contribution to global greenhouse gas levels
Warming streams and rivers could be disproportionately contributing to the amount of planet-warming greenhouse gases, according to a new study.
2018-07-18 00:00:00
Scientists lack vital knowledge on rapid Arctic climate change
Arctic climate change research relies on field measurements and samples that are too scarce, and patchy at best, according to a comprehensive review study from Lund University in Sweden. The researchers looked at thousands of scientific studies, and found
2018-07-18 00:00:00
Splitting water: Nanoscale imaging yields key insights
In the quest to realize artificial photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into fuel -- just as plants do -- researchers need to not only identify materials to efficiently perform photoelectrochemical water splitting, but also to und
2018-07-18 00:00:00
What psychological science can offer to reducing climate change
The consequences of climate change are immense, and believed by many experts to be largely irreversible (and exponential), causing threats coming from heat waves, flooding, declines in agriculture, and decreasing biodiversity, to name a few. Given that cl
2018-07-17 00:00:00
A scientist's final paper looks toward earth's future climate
A NASA scientist's final scientific paper, published posthumously this month, reveals new insights into one of the most complex challenges of Earth's climate: understanding and predicting future atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and the role of the o
2018-07-16 00:00:00
Getting to know the microbes that drive climate change
A new understanding of the microbes and viruses in the thawing permafrost in Sweden may help scientists better predict the pace of climate change.
2018-07-16 00:00:00
Protecting tropical forest carbon stocks may not prevent large-scale species loss
As the world seeks to curb human-induced climate change, will protecting the carbon of tropical forests also ensure the survival of their species?A study published today in the leading journal Nature Climate Change suggests the answer to this question is
2018-07-16 00:00:00
Thawing permafrost microbiomes fuel climate change
A University of Queensland-led international study could lead to more accurate predictions or the rate of global warming from greenhouse gas emissions produced by thawing permafrost in the next 100 years.The study of the microorganisms involved in permafr
2018-07-16 00:00:00
Kelp's record journey exposes Antarctic ecosystems to change
A 20,000 km journey by kelp through what were thought to be impassable barriers created by polar winds and currents has significant implications for how Antarctic ecosystems will change with global warming.
2018-07-16 00:00:00
New research calculates capacity of North American forests to sequester carbon
Researchers have calculated the capacity of North American forests to sequester carbon in a detailed analysis that for the first time integrates natural processes and climate changes that are likely to alter growth over the next 60 years.
2018-07-13 00:00:00
Climate change-induced march of treelines halted by unsuitable soils: study
University of Guelph researchers have discovered unsuitable soil at higher altitudes may be halting the advancement of treelines. This finding dispells the commonly held assumption that climate change is enabling trees to move farther uphill and northward
2018-07-12 00:00:00
Mapping species range shifts under recent climatic changes
The inclusion of taxon-specific sensitivity to a shifting climate helps us understand species distributional responses to changes in climate.
2018-07-12 00:00:00
Geological records reveal sea-level rise threatens UK salt marshes, study says
Sea-level rise will endanger valuable salt marshes across the United Kingdom by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, according to an international study co-authored by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, salt marshes in
2018-07-12 00:00:00
How gold nanoparticles could improve solar energy storage
Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more efficiently than other methods - opening the door to improved storage of solar energy and other advances that could boost renewable energy us
2018-07-12 00:00:00
University of Montana ecology professor helps map climate corridors
The corridors of land vital for many wildlife species in the face of climate change often are unprotected. Now, a recently published study from a University of Montana ecology professor and other researchers has tracked these shifting North American habit
2018-07-11 00:00:00
Tiny fern holds big environmental promise
A tiny fern -- with each leaf the size of a gnat -- may provide global impact for sinking atmospheric carbon dioxide, fixing nitrogen in agriculture and shooing pesky insects from crops. The fern's full genome has been sequenced by a Cornell University an
2018-07-11 00:00:00
Rising carbon dioxide levels pose a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies
A new study conducted at the University of Michigan reveals a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies: Mounting levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide reduce the medicinal properties of milkweed plants that protect the iconic insects from dise
2018-07-10 00:00:00
California's cap-and-trade air quality benefits mostly go out of state
California has one of the world's most progressive cap-and-trade designed to reduce greenhouse gases. Yet in disadvantaged communities, emissions of those pollutants has actually gone up.
2018-07-10 00:00:00
Game changing game changes
Using stochastic games to analyze evolution of cooperation, leads to a surprising discovery. The tragedy of the commons is resolved if the environment deteriorates in response to defection. The new approach offers invaluable insight into how cooperation p
2018-07-10 00:00:00
As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project
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2018-07-09 16:44:49
Stormwater ponds not a major source of greenhouse gas emissions
Stormwater retention ponds, a ubiquitous feature in urban landscapes, are not a significant source of climate-warming nitrous oxide emissions, a new Duke-led study finds. Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and dest
2018-07-09 00:00:00
What natural greenhouse gases from wetlands and permafrosts mean for Paris Agreement goals
Global fossil fuel emissions would have to be reduced by as much as 20 percent more than previous estimates to achieve the Paris Agreement targets, because of natural greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands and permafrost, new research has found. The addit
2018-07-09 00:00:00
Charcoal: Major missing piece in the global carbon cycle
Most of the carbon resulting from wildfires and fossil fuel combustion is rapidly released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown that the leftover residue, so-called black carbon, can age for millenn
2018-07-09 00:00:00
Expansion of agricultural land reduces CO2 absorption
Plants absorb some of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. But increasing deforestation and other changes in land use will reduce the CO2 absorption capacity of these areas in the future. This is what a study by c
2018-07-05 00:00:00
What does global climate have to do with erosion rates?
Geoscientists have been intrigued by a potential link between erosion rates at the Earth's surface and changes in global climate. A new study now calls into question this link. A team of researchers re-examined 30 locations with reported accelerated erosi
2018-07-05 00:00:00
Watch: Woman Confronts Pruitt at DC Restaurant, Demands He Resign for What He's "Doing to
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2018-07-03 12:34:57
TV coverage of cycling races can help document the effects of climate change
Analysing nearly four decades of archive footage from the Tour of Flanders, researchers from Ghent University have been able to detect climate change impacts on trees. Their findings were published today in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
2018-07-03 00:00:00
Southeast Asian forest loss greater than expected, with negative climate implications
Researchers using satellite imaging have found much greater than expected deforestation since 2000 in the highlands of Southeast Asia, a critically important world ecosystem. The findings are important because they raise questions about key assumptions ma
2018-07-03 00:00:00
High performance nitride semiconductor for environmentally friendly photovoltaics
A Tokyo Institute of Technology research team has shown copper nitride acts as an n-type semiconductor, with p-type conduction provided by fluorine doping, utilizing a unique nitriding technique applicable for mass production and a computational search fo
2018-07-03 00:00:00
In a warming world, could air conditioning make things worse?
As climate change continues to push summer temperatures ever higher, the increased use of air conditioning in buildings could add to the problems of a warming world by further degrading air quality and compounding the toll of air pollution on human health
2018-07-03 00:00:00
Material could help windows both power your home and control its temperature
Environmentally friendly building trends have boosted the popularity of window coatings that keep heating and cooling costs down by blocking out unneeded parts of sunlight. They have also inspired scientists and engineers to create thin, see-through solar
2018-07-03 00:00:00
Climate change and health: A special issue in PLOS Medicine
This week, we see the first papers in PLOS Medicine's Special Issue on Climate Change and Health being published, advised by Guest Editors Jonathan Patz of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the John P. Holton Chair in
2018-07-03 00:00:00
'Watershed Moment for Climate Liability' as Rhode Island Files Historic Lawsuit Against 21
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2018-07-02 19:34:44
How mangroves help keep the planet cool
In a new global framework, scientists have developed a more accurate assessment of how mangroves store carbon in their soil. The researchers found that previous studies have underestimated the blue carbon levels in mangroves by up to 50 percent in some re
2018-07-02 00:00:00
Climate change is making night-shining clouds more visible
Increased water vapor in Earth's atmosphere due to human activities is making shimmering high-altitude clouds more visible, a new study finds. The results suggest these strange but increasingly common clouds seen only on summer nights are an indicator of
2018-07-02 00:00:00
UM study: Forests may lose ability to protect against extremes of climate change
A recent University of Montana study suggests that a warming climate in the Pacific Northwest would lessen the capacity of many forest microclimates to moderate climate extremes in the future.
2018-06-29 00:00:00
Climate predictions should include impacts of CO2 on life
Climate change predictions are not taking account of the full range of possible effects of rising carbon dioxide levels, researchers say.
2018-06-29 00:00:00
Young will pick up climate change bill, advisers warn
Without action on climate change, the coming generation will pay much more to curb emissions, a UK report says.
2018-06-28 00:02:52
Climate change linked to potential population decline in bees
A new study from Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden has found that climate change may drive local extinction of mason bees in Arizona and other naturally warm climates.
2018-06-28 00:00:00
Carbon dioxide-to-methanol process improved by catalyst
Dramatic improvements have been made to the process of converting carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to methanol, a fuel and building block for a wide range of everyday materials, according to Penn State researchers.
2018-06-28 00:00:00
Smartphones used to track migrations caused by climate change
Spanish researchers have developed a system that tracks human displacement caused by climate change using the tracks of mobile phones. With this model, which was tested during a severe drought in Colombia in 2014, it was determined that the portion of the
2018-06-28 00:00:00
Will global warming change the summer rainfall patterns over Eastern China?
Researchers from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the UK Met Office Hadley Centre find big difference in the responses of rainfall modes to increased CO2 forcing at different timescales.
2018-06-28 00:00:00
Path to zero emissions starts out easy, but gets steep
Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities must approach zero within several decades to avoid risking grave damage from the effects of climate change. This will require creativity and innovation, because some types of industrial sources of atmospheri
2018-06-28 00:00:00
Terrifying Trends Collide as Surging Deforestation 'Making World a Hotter, Drier Place'
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2018-06-27 15:21:02
California Cities Wanted Big Oil to Pay Up for Climate Damage But Federal Judge Just Said 'No&#
<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
2018-06-26 15:36:16
Scientists use hydrophone to listen in on methane seeps in ocean
A research team has successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor off the Oregon coast, opening the door to using acoustics to identify -- and perhaps quantify -- this important greenhouse gas in the ocean.
2018-06-26 00:00:00
Lessons about a future warmer world using data from the past
Selected intervals in the past that were as warm or warmer than today can help us understand what the Earth may be like under future global warming.
2018-06-25 00:00:00
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