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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
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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
The 100th meridian, where the Great Plains begin, may be shifting
Nearly a century and a half after explorer John Wesley Powell zeroed in on the 100th meridian west as the dividing line between the humid east and arid west of the United States, researchers say he was right -- but that climate change is now moving the li
2018-04-11 00:00:00
Swansea scientists discover greener way of making plastics
A new catalyst that allows for the conversion of the green house gas carbon dioxide to an industrial precursor for many plastics has been developed by scientists in the Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University as an alternative to using petr
2018-04-11 00:00:00
Droughts mean fewer flowers for bees
Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows.
2018-04-11 00:00:00
BBC climate change interview breached broadcasting standards
The media watchdog says the ex-chancellor was "not sufficiently challenged" during a radio interview.
2018-04-09 12:29:22
Geoengineering risks losers as well as winners for climate and wildfire risks
Artificially altering the climate system to limit global warming to 1.5C could increase the risks of wildfires in some areas, new research suggests.
2018-04-09 00:00:00
Study Details How IEA's Rosy Outlook for Fossil Fuels Is Driving World Towards Climate Disaster
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2018-04-05 16:22:04
Experts propose method to monitor ocean health
It's important to closely monitor how climate change and our increasing use of the oceans are affecting important marine resources and ecosystems.
2018-04-05 00:00:00
Carbon taxes can be both fair and effective, study shows
Study shows a tax on carbon-based fuels would go a long way toward curbing global climate change, and could be designed so that it doesn't hurt the poorest households.
2018-04-05 00:00:00
A vaccine for edible plants? A new plant protection method on the horizon
Novel technologies are being sought to replace the traditional pesticides used to protect plants, particularly edible plants such as cereals. A new collaborative project between the University of Helsinki and the French National Centre for Scientific Rese
2018-04-05 00:00:00
Double perovskites in environmentally friendly solar cells
A further step has been taken along the road to manufacturing solar cells from lead-free perovskites. High quality films based on double perovskites, which show promising photovoltaic properties, have been developed in collaboration between Linköping
2018-04-05 00:00:00
Climate change is wreaking havoc on delicate relationship between orchids and bees
Rising temperatures have wrecked a relationship, which relies on precision timing to succeed, between a rare orchid species and the Buffish Mining-bee which pollinates it.
2018-04-05 00:00:00
Study: Climate change could impact critical food supplies for migratory birds
Climate change could disrupt a critical fueling-up stage for migratory birds just as they're preparing to depart on their autumn journeys to Central America, according to research published in the journal Ecology Letters.
2018-04-04 00:00:00
The great acceleration reaches new heights
An international team of researchers, including researchers at Edysan laboratorie (CNRS / Université de Picardie Jules Verne) has observed an acceleration in the increase of biodiversity on mountain peaks in Europe. This is a new indicator of the 'gr
2018-04-04 00:00:00
Increase of plant species on mountain tops is accelerating with global warming
Over the past 10 years, the number of plant species on European mountain tops has increased by five-times more than during the period 1957-66. Data on 302 European peaks covering 145 years shows that the acceleration in the number of mountain-top species
2018-04-04 00:00:00
Captain Scott's Discovery expedition offers climate change insight 100 years on
Samples collected during Captain Scott's famous 1901-1904 Discovery expedition to Antarctica, the oldest of their kind, have recently undergone new analysis using modern techniques providing scientists with exciting new data, over 100 years after the voya
2018-04-04 00:00:00
It's an ecological trap
LSU researchers have discovered a new relationship between climate change, monarch butterflies and milkweed plants. It turns out that warming temperatures don't just affect the monarch, Danaus plexippus, directly, but also affect this butterfly by potenti
2018-04-03 00:00:00
Connection of sea level and groundwater missing link in climate response
About 250 million years ago, when the Earth had no ice caps and the water around the equator was too hot for reptiles, sea level still rose and fell over time. Now, an international team of researchers has developed a way to track sea-level rise and fall
2018-04-03 00:00:00
Showing Paris Not Enough, Studies Find 2°C Target Won't Stop 'Destructive and Deadly'
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2018-04-02 15:55:36
First direct observations of methane's increasing greenhouse effect at the Earth's surface
Scientists have directly measured the increasing greenhouse effect of methane at the Earth's surface for the first time. A research team from the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) tracked a rise in the warming
2018-04-02 00:00:00
Study suggests estuaries may experience accelerated impacts of human-caused CO2
Rising anthropogenic, or human-caused, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may have up to twice the impact on coastal estuaries as it does in the oceans because the human-caused CO2 lowers the ecosystem's ability to absorb natural fluctuations of the greenho
2018-04-02 00:00:00
Climate change could raise food insecurity risk
Weather extremes caused by climate change could raise the risk of food shortages in many countries, new research suggests.
2018-04-01 00:00:00
'Among Stupidest Policies Yet Proposed,' Trump EPA to Lower Car Emissions Standards
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2018-03-30 15:37:55
More accurate estimates of methane emissions from dairy cattle developed
Leading the worldwide effort to get a better handle on methane emissions from animals, an international consortium of researchers devised more accurate models to estimate the amount of the potent greenhouse gas produced by dairy cattle.
2018-03-29 00:00:00
Once we can capture CO2 emissions, here's what we could do with it
The carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from power plants each year doesn't have to go into the atmosphere. Researchers are optimistic that within the next decade we will be able to affordably capture CO2 waste and convert it into useful molecules for feedstock,
2018-03-29 00:00:00
Draining peatlands gives global rise to greenhouse laughing-gas emissions
Drained fertile peatlands around the globe are hotspots for the atmospheric emission of laughing-gas - a powerful greenhouse gas called nitrous oxide, which is partly responsible for global warming and destruction of the ozone layer, a new study shows.
2018-03-28 00:00:00
Fifth International Symposium on Arctic Research
The Fifth International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR-5) was held in Tokyo from Jan. 15-18, 2018, the largest of Asia's non-Arctic nations. The participants included 344 persons from 18 countries and regions, with 100 young researchers as well. Resea
2018-03-28 00:00:00
Fleet of automated electric taxis could deliver environmental and energy benefits
It may be only a matter of time before urban dwellers can hail a self-driving taxi, so researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley decided to analyze the cost, energy, and environmental implications of a fleet of self-driving elec
2018-03-28 00:00:00
Automated electric taxis could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and costs
Word on the street is that self-driving cars are the next big thing. But current vehicles emit a lot of greenhouse gases, and self-driving cars will initially come with a steep purchase price. Now, one group reports in ACS' Environmental Science & Tec
2018-03-28 00:00:00
New report recommends a nationwide effort to better estimate methane emissions
The US should take bold steps to improve measurement, monitoring, and inventories of methane emissions caused by human activities, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Better data on methane -- a greenhous
2018-03-27 00:00:00
Untangling the role of climate on sediment and reef evolution over millennial timescales
Climatic variability like precipitation changes or increase in extreme events such as storms and tropical cyclones is known to significantly modify the Earth's surface. Yet, our understanding of how sediment dynamics and reef evolution might respond to th
2018-03-27 00:00:00
Norfolk's iconic swallowtail butterfly at risk from climate change
New research reveals that Norfolk's butterflies, bees, bugs, birds, trees and mammals are at major risk from climate change as temperatures rise. Researchers carried out the first in-depth audit of its kind for a region in the UK to see how biodiversity
2018-03-27 00:00:00
New research shows fertilization drives global lake emissions of greenhouse gases
A paper published this week in the journal Limnology and Oceanography Letters is the first to show that lake size and nutrients drive how much greenhouse gases are emitted globally from lakes into the atmosphere.
2018-03-26 00:00:00
Study links climate policy, carbon emissions from permafrost
Controlling greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades could substantially reduce the consequences of carbon releases from thawing permafrost during the next 300 years, according to a new paper published this week in the Proceedings of National Academ
2018-03-26 00:00:00
Alberta's boreal forest could be dramatically altered by 2100 due to climate change, study says
Half of Alberta's upland boreal forest is likely to disappear over the next century due to climate change, a new study shows. The upland forest will be replaced after wildfire by open woodland or grassland, according to research from University of Alberta
2018-03-26 00:00:00
Edges and corners increase efficiency of catalytic converters
Catalytic converters for cleaning exhaust emissions are more efficient when they use nanoparticles with many edges. This is the result of a study carried out at DESY's X-ray source PETRA III. A team of scientists from the DESY NanoLab watched live as carb
2018-03-26 00:00:00
Worsening worldwide land degradation now 'critical,' undermining well-being of 3.2 billion people
The dangers of worsening land degradation, causing the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, are detailed for policymakers, together with a catalogue of corrective options, in the three-year assessment report by more than 100 leading experts from 4
2018-03-26 00:00:00
Reconciling Paris Agreement goals for temperature, emissions
As society faces the challenge of limiting warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, new research finds an apparent contradiction: Achieving that goal doesn't necessarily require cutting greenhouse gas emissions to zero, as called for in the Paris Agreem
2018-03-26 00:00:00
'Dangerous' Decline in Biodiversity Threatening Humanity's Wellbeing Worldwide
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2018-03-23 16:23:56
Monitor climate change, not predators, to protect lake diversity: Study
Climate change and other environmental factors are more threatening to fish diversity than predators, according to new research from the University of Guelph.It is a surprising and important finding, as humans rely upon freshwater lakes for more than one-
2018-03-23 00:00:00
Deep impact: Deep-sea wildlife more vulnerable to extinction than first thought
The existence of the unusual yeti crabs (Kiwaidae) -- a family of crab-like animals whose hairy claws and bodies are reminiscent of the abominable snowman -- since 2005, but already their future survival could be at risk.New Oxford University research sug
2018-03-22 00:00:00
Bacteria eats greenhouse gas with a side of protein
With the ability to leech heavy metals from the environment and digest a potent greenhouse gas, methanotrophic bacteria pull double duty when it comes to cleaning up the environment. But before researchers can explore potential conservation applications,
2018-03-22 00:00:00
The explosive consequences of cow burps (video)
Cows burp up more gas than you might think possible when they're digesting grass. Most of that gas is methane, a potent greenhouse gas, which is bad news for the planet. This video from Reactions explains why the chemistry of cow guts is such a busy area
2018-03-22 00:00:00
UNH researchers find landscape ridges may hold clues about ice age and climate change
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say the landscape may also hold answers to how glaciers helped form the current terrain and provide insight into the progression of climate change.
2018-03-22 00:00:00
Hunting squid slowed by rising carbon levels
James Cook University scientists in Australia have found high carbon dioxide levels cause squid to bungle attacks on their prey.
2018-03-21 00:00:00
Drought-induced changes in forest composition amplify effects of climate change
The face of American forests is changing, thanks to climate change-induced shifts in rainfall and temperature that are causing shifts in the abundance of numerous tree species, according to a new paper by University of Florida researchers.
2018-03-21 00:00:00
New interactive map shows climate change everywhere in world
University of Cincinnati geography professor Tomasz Stepinski created a new interactive map that allows students or researchers to compare the climates of places anywhere in the world. The map draws on five decades of public meteorological data recorded f
2018-03-21 00:00:00
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions would help spare cities worldwide from rising seas
Coastal cities worldwide would face a reduced threat from sea level rise if society reduced greenhouse gas emissions, with especially significant benefits for New York and other US East Coast cities, new research indicates.
2018-03-21 00:00:00
New data confirm increased frequency of extreme weather events
New data confirm increased frequency of extreme weather events, European national science academies urge further action on climate change adaptation. Man-made climate change has been proven to have increased recent extreme rainfall and associated floods;
2018-03-21 00:00:00
A method for predicting the impact of global warming on disease
Scientists have devised a new method that can be used to better understand the likely impact of global warming on diseases mediated by parasites, such as malaria. The method uses the metabolic theory of ecology to understand how temperature affects the ho
2018-03-20 00:00:00
Achieving healthy, climate-friendly, affordable diets in India
New research led by IIASA researcher Narasimha Rao has shown how it might be possible to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in India in an affordable way whilst also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
2018-03-20 00:00:00
Study of climate change could lead to understanding future of infectious disease
Over the past 34 years, rainfall in Uganda has decreased by about 12 percent even though many of the global climate models predict an increase in rainfall for the area, according to an international team of researchers. Rainfall levels in Uganda impact ag
2018-03-20 00:00:00
Historians to climate researchers: Let's talk
Ours is not the first society to be confronted by massive environmental change. Over the course of history, some societies have been destroyed by natural disasters, like Pompeii, while others have learned how to accommodate floods, droughts, volcanic erup
2018-03-19 00:00:00
Amazon deforestation is close to tipping point
Scientists considered climate change and indiscriminate use of fire to calculate that deforestation rates ranging from 20 percent to 25 percent could turn Amazon's hydrological cycle unable to support its ecosystem.
2018-03-19 00:00:00
Environmentally friendly cattle production (really)
When cattle congregate, they're often cast as the poster animals for overgrazing, water pollution and an unsustainable industry. While some of the criticism is warranted, cattle production -- even allowing herds to roam through grasslands and orchards --
2018-03-19 00:00:00
Ocean acidification: Herring could benefit from an altered food chain
Many studies have shown that larvae of various fish species can be negatively affected by ocean acidification. Acidification is caused by large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) entering the seawater from the atmosphere. But CO2 can also influence the food
2018-03-19 00:00:00
Climate change threatens world's largest seagrass carbon stores
Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona researchers. The loss of seagrass would have released up to nine million metric
2018-03-19 00:00:00
Glacier mass loss: Past the point of no return
Researchers from the Universities of Bremen and Innsbruck show in a recent study that the further melting of glaciers cannot be prevented in the current century -- even if all emissions were stopped now. However, due to the slow reaction of glaciers to cl
2018-03-19 00:00:00
Thawing permafrost produces more methane than expected
In a seven-year laboratory study, Dr. Christian Knoblauch from Universität Hamburg's Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) and an international team have shown, for the first time, that significantly more methane is produced by th
2018-03-19 00:00:00
Human influence on climate change will fuel more extreme heat waves in US
Human-caused climate change will drive more extreme summer heat waves in the western US, including in California and the Southwest as early as 2020, new research shows.
2018-03-19 00:00:00
Despite Unprecedented Year of Extreme Weather, FEMA Ditches Every Single Mention of 'Climate�
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2018-03-16 12:56:19
Wandering greenhouse gas
On the seafloor of the shallow coastal regions north of Siberia, microorganisms produce methane when they break down plant remains. If this greenhouse gas finds its way into the water, it can also become trapped in the sea ice that forms in these coastal
2018-03-16 00:00:00
Climate change promotes the spread of mosquito and tick-borne viruses
Scientists at the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, find that global warming has allowed disease-bearing insects to proliferate, increasing exposure to viral infections.
2018-03-16 00:00:00
Reefs help protect vulnerable Caribbean fish from climate change
New research from UBC's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries suggests that larger reef areas may help protect the Caribbean's coral reef fish communities from the impacts of ocean warming.
2018-03-16 00:00:00
Changing environment influenced human evolution
New evidence from Kenya suggests that local climate change drove early human innovation.
2018-03-15 18:11:39
Land under water: Estimating hydropower's land use impacts
One of the key ways to combat global climate change is to boost the world's use of renewable energy. But even green energy has its environmental costs. A new approach describes just how hydropower measures up when it comes to land use effects.
2018-03-15 00:00:00
Half a degree more global warming could flood out 5 million more people
A new study finds that by 2150, the seemingly small difference between a global temperature increase of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius would mean the permanent inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people, including 60,000 who live on small i
2018-03-15 00:00:00
Ultrashort laser pulses make greenhouse gas reactive
It is a long-cherished dream: Removing the inert greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and using it as a basic material for the chemical industry. This could address two major problems at once by containing climate change and at the same time
2018-03-15 00:00:00
Rising carbon dioxide levels impair coral growth
A new study shows that the atmospheric carbon levels projected by 2060 will affect coral reefs.
2018-03-14 18:02:51
Global warming increases the risk of avalanches
The impacts of global warming are felt especially in mountainous regions, where the rise in temperatures is above average. The repercussions of these changes are manifold and varied, from retreating glaciers to an increase in the frequency and intensity o
2018-03-14 00:00:00
Humans flourished through super volcano 74,000 years ago, study finds
Humans not only survived a massive volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago, they flourished during the resulting climate change that occurred, a new study by UNLV geoscientist Eugene Smith and colleagues found.
2018-03-14 00:00:00
Researchers tap problematic e-waste surplus to recover high-quality polymers
Mixed-plastic electronics waste could be a valuable source of reusable polymers, a new study led by Illinois Sustainability Technology Center scientists suggests. The team has developed the first energy-efficient and environmentally friendly process that
2018-03-14 00:00:00
Eastern Mediterranean summer will be two months longer by end of 21st century
The eastern Mediterranean is experiencing monumental climate changes poised to significantly affect regional ecosystems and human health. According to a new Tel Aviv University study, these changes will drastically alter the duration of summer and winter
2018-03-14 00:00:00
Key biological mechanism is disrupted by ocean acidification
A team led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has demonstrated that the excess carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere through the combustion of fossil f
2018-03-14 00:00:00
Coral reef experiment shows: Acidification from carbon dioxide slows growth
Ocean acidification will severely impair coral reef growth before the end of the century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unchecked. The paper represents the first ocean acidification experiment in which seawater was made artificially acidic by the ad
2018-03-14 00:00:00
Extreme Winter Weather Across US and Europe Linked to Unusually Warm Arctic Temperatures
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2018-03-13 19:27:04
A starfish cold case reopens, climate change remains suspect
As ocean temperatures rise and oceanic diseases proliferate, species like sea stars struggle to survive, and scientists are looking for underlying causes. To bring clarity to the sea star disease problem, the scientists propose a new, broad nomenclature i
2018-03-13 00:00:00
Warm summers could weaken ocean circulation
Deep convection in the North Atlantic is one of the key components of the large-scale ocean circulation. Based on long-term observations, scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have now demonstrated the influence of increase
2018-03-13 00:00:00
Climate change risk for half of plant and animal species in biodiversity hotspots
Up to half of plant and animal species in the world's most naturally rich areas, such as the Amazon and the Galapagos, could face local extinction by the turn of the century due to climate change if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked. Even if the
2018-03-13 00:00:00
National Academies review of the draft Fourth National Climate Assessment
The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review the draft Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) -- a congressionally mandated report that evaluates the state of climate scien
2018-03-12 00:00:00
The Alps are home to more than 3,000 lichens
Widely used as biomonitors of air quality, forest health and climate change, lichens play a vital role. However, no overview of their diversity across the emblematic Alps had been provided up until recently, when an international team of lichenologists co
2018-03-12 00:00:00
Eyelash-sized plants reveal climate change -- and citizen scientists help identify them
A motley band of citizen scientists -- including a high school student and a retired businesswoman -- teamed up with a botanist to build a tool that lets the public participate in a research project about eyelash-sized plants that reveal climate change.
2018-03-09 00:00:00
Climate change 'impacts women more than men'
Women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of changing weather patterns, studies show.
2018-03-08 02:15:41
Manure could heat your home
Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
2018-03-08 00:00:00
Study predicts wildlife of Africa's Albertine Rift will be threatened by climate change
A new study by scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups predicts that the effects of climate change will severely impact the Albertine Rift, one of Africa's most biodiverse regions and a place not normally associated with globa
2018-03-08 00:00:00
Desertification and monsoon climate change linked to shifts in ice volume and sea level
The East Asian summer monsoon and desertification in Eurasia is driven by fluctuating Northern Hemisphere ice volume and global sea level during the Ice Age, as shown in a study published in Nature Communications. Today, two thirds of the world's populati
2018-03-07 00:00:00
Current deforestation pace will intensify global warming, study alerts
In a Nature Communications article, international group of scientists affirms the prolongation of an annual deforestation of 7,000 square km can nullify the efforts for reducing GHG emissions. The study brings a new assessment on the importance of tropica
2018-03-06 00:00:00
Enhanced weathering of rocks can help to suck CO2 out of the air -- a little
Weathering of huge amounts of tiny rocks could be a means to reduce the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. While this is normally a slow natural process during which minerals chemically bind CO2, technological upscaling could make this relevant for so-ca
2018-03-06 00:00:00
Greenhouse gas emissions of hydropower in the Mekong River Basin can exceed fossil fuel sources
Hydropower is commonly considered as a clean energy source to fuel Southeast Asian economic growth. Recent study published in Environmental Research Letters finds that hydropower in the Mekong River Basin, largest river in Southeast Asia, might not always
2018-03-05 00:00:00
UMBC physicists show interactions between smoke and clouds have unexpected cooling effect
Atomspheric physicists have found that the way wildfire smoke from Africa interacts with clouds over the Atlantic Ocean results in a net cooling effect, which is contrary to previous understanding and has implications for global climate models. The smoke
2018-03-05 00:00:00
No laughing matter, yet humor inspires climate change activism
Melting icecaps, mass flooding, megadroughts and erratic weather are no laughing matter. However, a new study shows that humor can be an effective means to inspire young people to pursue climate change activism. At the same time, fear proves to be an equa
2018-03-01 00:00:00
Food abundance driving conflict in Africa, not food scarcity
In Africa, food abundance may be driving violent conflict rather than food scarcity, according to a study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, a publication of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. The study refutes
2018-03-01 00:00:00
Converting CO2 into usable energy
Scientists show that single nickel atoms are an efficient, cost-effective catalyst for converting carbon dioxide into useful chemicals.
2018-03-01 00:00:00
Heart attacks often follow dramatic changes in outdoor temperature
Large day-to-day swings in temperature were associated with significantly more heart attacks in a study being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session. Given that some climate models link extreme weather events with
2018-03-01 00:00:00
Soil cannot halt climate change
Unique soils data from long-term experiments, stretching back to the middle of the nineteenth century, confirm the practical implausibility of burying carbon in the ground to halt climate change. The idea of using crops to collect more atmospheric carbon
2018-02-28 00:00:00
Aqueous storage device needs only 20 seconds to go
A KAIST research team developed a new hybrid energy storage device that can be charged in less than half a minute. It employs aqueous electrolytes instead of flammable organic solvents, so it is both environmentally friendly and safe. It also facilitates
2018-02-28 00:00:00
To build up mussels, you need to know your fish
Times are tough for 31 of Michigan's 45 varieties of freshwater mussels. Sporting evocative names like wavy-rayed lampmussel and round pigtoe, these residents of the state's rivers are imperiled by habitat disruption and pollution and are also threatened
2018-02-27 00:00:00
Challenging statistics of weather extremes
More accurate statistical modeling of extreme weather will improve forecasting and disaster mitigation.
2018-02-27 00:00:00
King penguins face warming challenge
Climate change could drive most of the birds' global population from their current nesting islands.
2018-02-26 19:32:40
How biofuels from plant fibers could combat global warming
A study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America.
2018-02-26 00:00:00
King penguins may be on the move very soon
More than 70 percent of the global King penguin population, currently forming colonies in Crozet, Kerguelen and Marion sub-Antarctic islands, may be nothing more than a memory in a matter of decades, as global warming will soon force the birds to move sou
2018-02-26 00:00:00
Global fossil fuel emissions of hydrocarbons are underestimated
Global levels of ethane and propane in the atmosphere have been underestimated by more than 50 percent, new research involving scientists at the University of York has revealed.These hydrocarbons are particularly harmful in large cities where, through che
2018-02-26 00:00:00
Scientists examine link between surface-water salinity, climate change
A Syracuse University researcher explores the impact of de-icing salt from roads and highways on a local watershed. She says their findings make her 'cautiously optimistic' about the watershed's future surface-water chloride concentrations.
2018-02-23 00:00:00
Genetics makes Asians and Europeans susceptible to severe dengue
As globalization and climate change spread tropical infectious diseases around the globe, not all populations have the same degree of susceptibility. Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, CNRS and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health-Unive
2018-02-23 00:00:00
Weather should remain predictable despite climate change
New research from the University of Missouri suggests that even as rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere drive the climate toward warmer temperatures, the weather will remain predictable.
2018-02-22 00:00:00
Moths in mud can uncover prehistoric secrets
A groundbreaking new technique for examining moth scales in forest lake sediments allows prehistoric outbreaks of these insects to be identified. The technique -- which could prove as revolutionary as fossil pollen and charcoal markers -- can provide info
2018-02-22 00:00:00
Tropical trees use unique method to resist drought
Tropical trees in the Amazon Rainforest may be more drought resistant than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside.That's good news, since the Amazon stores about 20 percent of all carbon in t
2018-02-21 00:00:00
Climate change, evolution, and what happens when researchers are also friends
A new study in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, which addresses how climate change is affecting the evolution of organisms, underscores the need for evolutionary, ecosystem and climate scientists to work together to better understand eco-evolutionary feed
2018-02-20 00:00:00
As climate changes, so could the genes of the Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly
Researchers warn climate change can not only influence the geographic distribution of a species in response to changing conditions -- it could also affect the evolutionary trajectories of interbreeding species.
2018-02-20 00:00:00
'Demographic compensation' may not save plants facing changing climate
A large-scale study shows mixed results for hypothesis on how plants deal with climate change.
2018-02-20 00:00:00
Land use change has warmed the Earth's surface
Recent changes to vegetation cover are causing the Earth's surface to heat up. Activities like cutting down evergreen forests for agricultural expansion in the tropics create energy imbalances that lead to higher local surface temperatures and contribute
2018-02-20 00:00:00
For Failing to Act on Climate Crisis, 13 Young Plaintiffs Just Sued the State of Washington
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Andrea Germanos, staff writer</div></div></div>&l
2018-02-16 21:15:28
Even without the clean power plan, US can achieve Paris Agreement emissions reductions
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have calculated that the US can meet -- or even beat -- the near-term carbon dioxide emission reductions required by the United Nations Paris Agreement, despite the Trump Administration's withdrawal of the Clean Powe
2018-02-16 00:00:00
Hidden talents: Converting heat into electricity with pencil and paper
Thermoelectric materials can use thermal differences to generate electricity. Now there is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of producing them with the simplest of components: a normal pencil, photocopy paper, and conductive paint are suffic
2018-02-16 00:00:00
At last, butterflies get a bigger, better evolutionary tree
Butterflies offer key insights into community ecology, how species originate and evolve, climate change and interactions between plants and insects. But a comprehensive map of how butterflies are related to each other has been lacking -- until now.
2018-02-15 00:00:00
Key to predicting climate change could be blowing in the wind, researchers find
Dust that blew into the North Pacific Ocean could help explain why the Earth's climate cooled 2.7 million years ago, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances.
2018-02-15 00:00:00
Maximizing the environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles
The added weight, electricity demand and aerodynamic drag of the sensors and computers used in autonomous vehicles are significant contributors to their lifetime energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study.
2018-02-15 00:00:00
Research identifies 'evolutionary rescue' areas for animals threatened by climate change
As winters arrive later and snow melts earlier, the worldwide decrease in snow cover already may have dramatic impacts on animals that change coat colors with the seasons. An international scientific team led by University of Montana Professor L. Scott Mi
2018-02-15 00:00:00
Genetics makes Asians, Europeans susceptible to dengue shock syndrome
As globalization and climate change spread tropical diseases around the globe, not all populations are equally susceptible to infection. Gene variants common in people of Asian and European ancestry, for instance, make them more prone than those of Africa
2018-02-15 00:00:00
Threatening the 'Warnings Upon Which the Country Depends,' Trump Budget Would Axe Nearly 2
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Andrea Germanos, staff writer</div></div></div>&l
2018-02-14 20:19:39
How seafloor weathering drives the slow carbon cycle
A previously unknown connection between geological atmospheric carbon dioxide cycles and the fluctuating capacity of the ocean crust to store carbon dioxide has been uncovered by two geoscientists from the University of Sydney. Better understanding of the
2018-02-14 00:00:00
'Game-Changer': Confirming Fears, Satellites Show Fast-Rising Seas
<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
2018-02-13 13:40:34
Polar vortex defies climate change in the Southeast
Overwhelming scientific evidence has demonstrated that our planet is getting warmer due to climate change, yet parts of the eastern US are actually getting cooler. According to a Dartmouth-led study in Geophysical Research Letters, the location of this an
2018-02-13 00:00:00
Intensive agriculture influences US regional summer climate, study finds
Scientists agree that changes in land use such as deforestation, not just emissions of greenhouse gases, can play a significant role altering the world's climate systems. Now, a new study by researchers at MIT and Dartmouth College reveals how another typ
2018-02-13 00:00:00
Pride tops guilt as a motivator for environmental decisions
A lot of pro-environmental messages suggest that people will feel guilty if they don't make an effort to live more sustainably or takes steps to ameliorate climate change. But a recent study from Princeton University finds that highlighting the pride peop
2018-02-13 00:00:00
Powerful LED-based train headlight optimized for energy savings
Researchers have designed a new LED-based train headlight that uses a tenth of the energy required for headlights using conventional light sources. If operated 8 hours every day, the electricity savings of the new design would reduce emissions of the gree
2018-02-13 00:00:00
Plants feel the heat
Sainsbury Laboratory scientists have solved a 79-year-old mystery by discovering how plants vary their response to heat stress depending on the time of day. This understanding could help with breeding commercial crops able to produce higher yields in hott
2018-02-13 00:00:00
Jeremy Corbyn: Nationalize, Democratize Electricity Grid to Avert Climate Crisis
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Andrea Germanos, staff writer</div></div></div>&l
2018-02-12 17:41:03
Bats as barometer of change
Bats spend every night hard at work for local farmers, consuming over half of their own weight in insects, many of which are harmful agricultural pests, such as the noctuid moths, corn earworm and fall armyworm. And now they are arriving earlier in the se
2018-02-12 00:00:00
Why did gas hydrates melt at the end of the last ice age?
Large amounts of the greenhouse gas methane are locked up as solid gas hydrates in the continental slopes of ocean margins. Their stability depends on low temperatures and high pressure. However, other factors that influence gas hydrate stability are not
2018-02-12 00:00:00
Biochar could replace unsustainable peat moss in greenhouse industry
Plant lovers are familiar with peat moss as the major component of potting mix, but harvest of the material is becoming unsustainable. Not only is peat being removed faster than it can re-form, its use in potting mix contributes to the release of carbon d
2018-02-08 00:00:00
Rapid land changes forecast for East African savannahs
A study, presenting a 5000-year environmental history of the popular tourist destination, Amboseli National Park in Kenya, has shown that the impact of climate change on land is more rapid than previously thought.
2018-02-08 00:00:00
Climate change, urbanization driving opossum's northward march
The headline reads like something from the satirical newspaper The Onion: 'Grand Forks opossum slain; body to go to University of Michigan for research.'
2018-02-08 00:00:00
Who's your daddy? Good news for threatened sea turtles
A groundbreaking study of sea turtle nests and hatchlings using paternity tests to uncover 'who are your daddies?' is the first to document multiple paternity in loggerhead sea turtle nests in southwest Florida. What started out as a study on female sea t
2018-02-07 00:00:00
To Help Save Humanity, A Six-Step Guide to Combat Fossil Fuel Industry's Climate Lies
<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
2018-02-06 16:10:39
Iberian Peninsula rodents migrated due to climate change 12 million years ago
Changes in Southwestern Europe's climate which happened between 12 and 5 million years ago had a drastic impact over the rodent communities. These profound changes in environmental conditions led to a separation between species adapted to arid environment
2018-02-06 00:00:00
Reducing the footprint of a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide
USC scientists have unlocked a new, more efficient pathway for converting one of our most potent greenhouse gases directly into basic chemicals for manufacturing plastics, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.
2018-02-05 00:00:00
Effects of climate change can complicate the politics of military bases, study finds
Using an abandoned U.S. military base in Greenland as a case study, new Brown research explores how the impact of climate change on domestic and overseas military bases could cause a host of political and diplomatic problems.
2018-02-05 00:00:00
Climate variability -- past and future
On the basis of a unique global comparison of data from core samples extracted from the ocean floor and the polar ice sheets, AWI researchers have now demonstrated that, though climate changes have indeed decreased around the globe from glacial to intergl
2018-02-05 00:00:00
Ecuador: Deforestation destroys more dry forest than climate change
Tropical forests worldwide are at risk. Two of the main threats are the deforestation for arable land and climate change. Scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Thünen-Institute compared the losses due to deforestation with those th
2018-02-02 00:00:00
'Days Numbered' for Fossil Fuels: Sanders Backs Demand for Rapid Energy Transformation
<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
2018-02-01 13:29:23
Changing landscape means some Arctic ponds may potentially be a significant source of carbon emissio
A new Canadian study has found that carbon released by some ponds in the High Arctic could potentially be a hidden source of greenhouse gas emissions.
2018-02-01 00:00:00
Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change
Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.
2018-02-01 00:00:00
Coastal water absorbing more carbon dioxide
New research by a University of Delaware oceanographer and colleagues at other universities reveals that the water over the continental shelves is shouldering a larger than expected portion of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The findings may have important im
2018-01-31 00:00:00
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