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It's not too late to conserve water resources in rapidly urbanizing areas
As climate change and population pressure intensify in suburbia, a new study by watershed scientist Timothy Randhir at UMass Amherst suggests that threats such as water shortages and poor quality can be met if managers begin to act now. 'A lot of studies
2017-03-28 00:00:00
Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood
Trees impact climate by regulating the exchange of water and energy between the Earth's surface and the atmosphere, an important influence that should be considered as policymakers contemplate efforts to conserve forested land, said the authors of an inte
2017-03-28 00:00:00
Mustard seeds without mustard flavor: New robust oilseed crop can resist global warming
University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed rape. The breakthrough is so big that it will feature as cover story of
2017-03-28 00:00:00
Farming becoming riskier under climate change
Climate change is predicted to impact agriculture, but a new study puts these changes in terms that are directly applicable to farmers. For Illinois, the corn planting window will be split in two to avoid wet conditions in April and May. Each planting wi
2017-03-27 00:00:00
Unrestricted improvements in fishing technology threaten the future of seafood
A study conducted by ICTA-UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) researcher Eric Galbraith shows that future improvement of fishing technology poses a threat for the global fishery that could be greater than climate change. The results suggest that
2017-03-27 00:00:00
Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa
Africa's energy demand is expected to triple by 2030. A new Berkeley study shows that the continent's energy needs can be met with renewable power from wind and solar in a way that reduces reliance on undependable hydroelectric power and imported fossil f
2017-03-27 00:00:00
Trump Budget Horrifies Majority of Voters, Poll Finds
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2017-03-24 18:41:07
Biodiversity loss shifts flowering phenology at same magnitude as global warming
Researchers have revealed that declining plant diversity -- from habitat loss, human use, and other environmental pressures -- causes plants to flower earlier, and that the effects of diversity loss on the timing of flowering are similar in magnitude to t
2017-03-24 00:00:00
Land-based microbes may be invading and harming coral reefs
A new study suggests that coral reefs -- already under existential threat from global warming -- may be undergoing further damage from invading bacteria and fungi coming from land-based sources, such as outfall from sewage treatment plants and coastal inl
2017-03-24 00:00:00
Beijing severe haze more frequent under global warming
A new study projects a substantial increase in the frequency and persistence of conducive weather conditions to Beijing severe haze in response to climate change.
2017-03-23 00:00:00
Rice U. refines filters for greener natural gas
Rice University scientists map out the best materials for either carbon dioxide capture or balancing carbon capture with methane selectivity.
2017-03-23 00:00:00
Climate change and an 'overlooked' nutrient: Silica
Sugar maples may have far greater silica pumping power than expected, and also may be more profoundly affected by climate change as warmer winters damage their vulnerable roots.
2017-03-23 00:00:00
Corals die as global warming collides with local weather in the South China Sea
In the South China Sea, a 2°C rise in the sea surface temperature in June 2015 was amplified to produce a 6°C rise on Dongsha Atoll, a shallow coral reef ecosystem, killing approximately 40 percent of the resident coral community within weeks, a
2017-03-23 00:00:00
Trump Makes Paris Targets Moot as Scorching Temps Send Planet into 'Uncharted Territory'
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2017-03-21 15:23:44
How can a legally binding agreement on human cloning be established?
Since Dolly the Sheep was cloned, the question of whether human reproductive cloning should be banned or pursued has been the subject of international debate. Adèle Langlois, of the University of Lincoln, UK, argues that a robust global governance fr
2017-03-21 00:00:00
The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests.
2017-03-21 00:00:00
Reconsider the impact of trees on water cycles and climate, scientists ask
Forests and trees play a major role on water cycles and cooler temperatures, contributing to food security and climate change adaptation. In recent decades, the climate change discourse has looked at forests and trees mostly as carbon stocks and carbon si
2017-03-20 00:00:00
US Pressures G20 Into Dropping Climate Reference from Joint Statement
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2017-03-19 13:38:16
Climate change: Biofuels 'could limit jet contrails'
Chase planes flying behind a jet are providing new insights into aircraft pollution.
2017-03-16 14:22:45
How improved valves let grasses 'breathe,' cope with climate change
New work from a joint team of plant biologists and ecologists has uncovered the factor behind an important innovation that makes grasses -- both the kind that make up native prairies and the kind we've domesticated for crops -- among the most-common and w
2017-03-16 00:00:00
The carbon dioxide loop
Marine biologists quantify the carbon consumption of bacterioplankton to better understand the ocean carbon cycle.
2017-03-16 00:00:00
Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'?
Plants possess molecular mechanisms that prevent them from blooming in winter. Once the cold of winter has passed, they are deactivated. However, if it is still too cold in spring, plants adapt their blooming behavior accordingly. Scientists from the Tech
2017-03-16 00:00:00
Stanford scientists reveal how grass developed a better way to breathe
Grasses are better able to withstand drought or high temperatures than many other plants in large part due to changes in their pores, called stomata. Stanford scientists have discovered how grasses produce these altered pores, which could someday lead to
2017-03-16 00:00:00
How to conserve polar bears -- and maintain subsistence harvest -- under climate change
A properly-managed subsistence harvest of polar bears can continue under climate change, according to analysis that combines sea-ice forecasts with a polar bear population model.
2017-03-15 00:00:00
With climate change shrubs and trees expand northwards in the Subarctic
Shrubs expand in the tundra in northern Scandinavia. And it is known that fixation of nitrogen from the air is in the tundra to a high degree performed by cyanobacteria associated with mosses. Also enhanced nitrogen fixation stimulates plant growth. New r
2017-03-15 00:00:00
No publication bias found in climate change research
Rarely do we encounter a scientific fact that stirs public controversy and distrust in science as much as climate change. However, the theory is built on honest reporting of facts. This emerges from a new study from Lund University in Sweden.
2017-03-15 00:00:00
Revealed: Tillerson Used Secret Alias to Talk Climate While CEO of Exxon
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2017-03-14 14:01:40
Increase in extreme sea levels could endanger European coastal communities
Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.
2017-03-14 00:00:00
Cities Worldwide Take on Climate Fight—And See Pushback From National Governments
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2017-03-13 16:07:31
Rapid decline of Arctic sea ice a combination of climate change and natural variability
The dramatic decline of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is caused by a mixture of global warming and a natural, decades-long atmospheric hot spot over Greenland and the Canadian Arctic.
2017-03-13 00:00:00
Democrats and Republicans draw different conclusions when seasons are too hot or too cold
When the weather is unseasonably hot or cold, Americans across the political spectrum have even stronger views about whether climate change caused by human activity is a reality or not. Republicans are then less likely to conform to the scientific consens
2017-03-13 00:00:00
Increased water availability from climate change may release more nutrients into soil in Antarctica
As climate change continues to impact the Antarctic, glacier melt and permafrost thaw are likely to make more liquid water available to soil and aquatic ecosystems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, potentially providing a more nutrient-rich environment for life
2017-03-13 00:00:00
Door and window locks are less carbon-costly and more effective than burglar alarms
A new study, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. This is because they are not only more effective at prevent
2017-03-13 00:00:00
A new study provides a solid evidence for global warming
The new study allows a more accurate assessment of how much heat has accumulated in the ocean (and Earth) system. It will be a valuable resource for future studies of oceanic variability and its climatic impacts on both regional and global scales.
2017-03-13 00:00:00
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers who conducted a study on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land.
2017-03-10 00:00:00
The new theory of economic 'agrowth' contributes to the viability of climate policies
ICTA-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona researcher Jeroen van den Bergh publishes in Nature Climate Change a study in which he proposes a new economic theory compatible with the fight against climate change. The 'agrowth' proposal comes up as an alter
2017-03-10 00:00:00
Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings
With their measurements and samples, nearly 3,500 schoolchildren have assisted a research study on lakes and global warming, now published in the journal Scientific Reports. The results show that water temperatures generally remain low despite the air bec
2017-03-10 00:00:00
Pruitt Promised He'd Tackle CO2 But Now Plays Dumb on Climate Science
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2017-03-09 19:43:51
Investment key in adapting to climate change in West Africa
Climate change will likely have negative impacts on food production in West Africa, but a new study provides insights on how strategic planning by decision makers could ease or exacerbate food security challenges in the region.
2017-03-09 00:00:00
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Increased observation of meteorological conditions in the Arctic's upper atmosphere from land-based weather stations and a sea-going research vessels improves the accuracy of cold wave forecasts for Japan and North America's East Coast.
2017-03-09 00:00:00
First global maps of volcanic emissions use NASA satellite data
A number of volcanoes around the world continuously exhale water vapor laced with heavy metals, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, among many other gases. Of these, sulfur dioxide is the easiest to detect from space.
2017-03-09 00:00:00
Budget: Chancellor silent on UK air pollution scandal - and pledges more climate-wrecking oil and ga
Budget: Chancellor silent on UK air pollution scandal - and pledges more climate-wrecking oil and gas extraction Friends of the Earth has slammed today’s budget after the Chancellor failed to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, which leads to ten
2017-03-08 14:15:30
Diet and global climate change
Eating healthier food could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a new study by environmental scientist David Cleveland.
2017-03-08 00:00:00
Chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
An international research team centered at Indiana University have engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a carbon-neutral fuel source -- more efficiently than any other me
2017-03-08 00:00:00
Climate study: More intense and frequent severe rainstorms likely. No drop off expected.
A University of Connecticut climate scientist confirms that more intense and more frequent severe rainstorms will likely continue as temperatures rise due to global warming, despite some observations that seem to suggest otherwise.
2017-03-07 00:00:00
Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers
A proof-of-concept molecular modeling study from North Carolina State University that analyzes the efficiency of amine solutions in capturing carbon dioxide is the first step toward the design of cheaper, more efficient amine chemicals for capturing carbo
2017-03-07 00:00:00
Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
A new European study has found that soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants. In drier regions, soil carbon loss decreased but in wetter regions soil carbon loss increased. This could result in a positive
2017-03-07 00:00:00
Budget: 45% of people say they would be likely to switch to cleaner vehicle if government provided a
Budget: 45% of motorists&nbsp;say they would be likely to switch to cleaner vehicle if government provided financial incentive Friends of the Earth renewed its call on the Chancellor to introduce a scrappage scheme for the dirtiest diesel cars afte
2017-03-06 08:15:15
Study shows US grasslands affected more by atmospheric dryness than precipitation
According to 33 years of remote sensing data, productivity of US grasslands is more sensitive to dryness of the atmosphere than precipitation, important information for understanding how ecosystems will respond to climate change.
2017-03-06 00:00:00
Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
Detecting and predicting lightning just got a lot easier. The first images from a new instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 satellite are giving NOAA National Weather Service forecasters richer information about lightning that will help them alert the public
2017-03-06 00:00:00
The cold exterminated all of them
Researchers from UNIGE discovered that the extinction from Permian-Triassic took place during a short ice age which preceded the global climate warming. It's the first time that scientists have been able to assess the major role played by volcanic explosi
2017-03-06 00:00:00
Weather supercomputing ‘heads to Italy’
Europe's medium-range weather forecasts will cease to be constructed in the UK from 2020.
2017-03-03 00:26:26
Study reveals the atmospheric footprint of global warming hiatus
LIu and Zhou investigated the atmospheric anomalous features during the global warming hiatus period (1998-2013). They show evidences that the global mean tropospheric temperature also experienced a hiatus or pause.
2017-03-03 00:00:00
Study finds knowledge gaps on protecting cultural sites from climate change
Many cultural sites are vulnerable to climate-related changes such as rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding from stronger storms.
2017-03-02 00:00:00
What global climate change may mean for leaf litter in streams and rivers
Carbon emissions from streams and rivers are expected to increase as warmer water temperatures stimulate faster rates of organic matter breakdown. A new study led by University of Utah researcher Jennifer J. Follstad Shah, with a team of 15 scientists in
2017-03-02 00:00:00
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2017
ORNL's rapid prototyping supports small business manufacturing; ORNL chemists' accelerated membrane-based gas separation method could ultimately separate carbon dioxide from flue gases at power plants; ORNL-developed electron beam melting technique precis
2017-03-02 00:00:00
To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask
Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science. A team of political scientists suggests rather than asking citizens 'What do you want,' questions shoul
2017-03-02 00:00:00
Risky business -- calculating climate change losses in major European coastal cities
A new study that assesses potential future climate damage to major European coastal cities has found that, if, as currently, global carbon emissions continue to track the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's worst emission scenario (RCP8.5), overal
2017-03-01 00:00:00
WMO verifies highest temperatures for Antarctic Region
The World Meteorological Organization announced today new verified record high- temperatures in Antarctica, ranging from the high 60s (in Fahrenheit) to the high teens, depending on the location they were recorded in Antarctica. Knowledge and verification
2017-03-01 00:00:00
Shell Knew, Too: Investigation Reveals Big Oil Co.'s Decades-Long Climate Lies
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2017-02-28 15:32:58
Calculating recharge of groundwater more precisely
An international team of researchers has demonstrated that key processes in models used for the global assessment of water resources for climate change are currently missing. This could mean climate change impact models are wrong in some parts of the wor
2017-02-28 00:00:00
Declining Arctic sea ice influences European weather -- but isn't a cause of colder winters
The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change is unlikely to lead to more severe winter weather across Northern Europe, new research has shown.
2017-02-28 00:00:00
Climate research needs greater focus on human populations
How climate change will affect future populations will depend to a great extent on people's capacity to adapt to changing conditions. Such characteristics can be forecast in the long term, using well-established demographic methods, argue researchers from
2017-02-28 00:00:00
First direct measurements of Pacific seabed sediments reveal strong methane source
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered a major source of an important greenhouse gas in the Tropical Pacific Ocean for the first time.
2017-02-28 00:00:00
Breakthrough research for testing and arranging vertical axis wind turbines
Often grouped in wind farms, horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWTs) provide significant amounts of energy for local communities, but they can take up a lot of space. If placed too close together, one HAWT can make a neighboring HAWT output much less power.
2017-02-28 00:00:00
Transforming the carbon economy
A task force commissioned in 2016 by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has proposed a framework for evaluating R&D on recycling carbon dioxide and removing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. The goal is to produce a global emissions
2017-02-27 00:00:00
International team reports ocean acidification spreading rapidly in Arctic Ocean
Ocean acidification (OA) is spreading rapidly in the western Arctic Ocean in both area and depth, according to new interdisciplinary research reported in Nature Climate Change by a team of international collaborators, including University of Delaware prof
2017-02-27 00:00:00
Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets
Forests are set to play a major role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement -- however, accurately monitoring progress toward the 'below 2°C' target requires a consistent approach to measuring the impact of forests on greenhouse gas
2017-02-27 00:00:00
How to reduce the environmental impact of a loaf of bread?
With an estimated 12 million loaves sold in the UK every year, bread remains a staple of the British diet. In a groundbreaking study researchers from the University of Sheffield have now calculated the environmental impact of a loaf of bread and which par
2017-02-27 00:00:00
Public may be more accepting of advocacy by climate scientists than previously thought
Research published today in Environmental Communication suggests that scientists may have more freedom than previously thought to engage in certain forms of climate change advocacy without risking harm to their credibility.
2017-02-26 00:00:00
Scientists Report Escalating Attacks Under Trump, But Vow to Fight On
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2017-02-23 15:43:43
Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change
A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.
2017-02-23 09:47:43
'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion
A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say.
2017-02-23 00:15:14
Melting polar ice, rising sea levels not only climate change dangers
'Discussions of climate change usually are focused on changes occurring in polar and temperate zones, but tropical regions also are expected to experience changes in regional precipitation,' said Dr. Kirk Winemiller, AgriLife Research fisheries scientist
2017-02-23 00:00:00
Light-driven reaction converts carbon dioxide into fuel
Duke University researchers have developed tiny nanoparticles that help convert carbon dioxide into methane using only ultraviolet light as an energy source. Having found a catalyst that can do this important chemistry using ultraviolet light, the team no
2017-02-23 00:00:00
Hot spots of marine biodiversity most severely impacted by global warming
A new study aimed at identifying areas of highest conservation priority in the world's oceans found six 'hot spots of marine biodiversity' that are severely impacted by climate change and fishing pressures.
2017-02-22 00:00:00
Scientists discover how essential methane catalyst is made
New ways to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane gas for energy use are a step closer after scientists discovered how bacteria make a component that facilitates the process. Recycling CO2 into energy has immense potential for making these emissions u
2017-02-22 00:00:00
Without One Mention of Climate Change, Scott Pruitt Greets EPA Employees
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2017-02-21 21:17:15
Revealed: Cuadrilla planning to start drilling without completing groundwater monitoring as required
A Friends of the Earth investigation has revealed that fracking company Cuadrilla are planning to start drilling in Lancashire in the next few weeks before completing the 12 months of groundwater monitoring required by law. The Environment Agency have
2017-02-21 12:30:00
Over time, nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events
Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding.
2017-02-21 00:00:00
Colorado River flows will keep shrinking as climate warms
Warming in the 21st century reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet, about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, according to new research. Climate change models project increasing temperatures, but future preci
2017-02-21 00:00:00
Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed
Warming seawaters, caused by climate change and extreme climatic events, threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support.
2017-02-20 00:00:00
Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This w
2017-02-20 00:00:00
Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows.
2017-02-20 00:00:00
Smart reforms key to global fish recovery, even with climate change
New research finds that climate change will cause dramatic impacts in the world's fisheries, but with effective management most fisheries could yield more fish and more prosperity, even with a changing climate. Relative to today, this preliminary research
2017-02-18 00:00:00
Invitation: Global warming to cause dramatic changes in fisheries
New research from scientists and economists at the University of California Santa Barbara, Oregon State University and Environmental Defense Fund identifies the dramatic future impacts of climate change on the world's fisheries and how fishing reforms are
2017-02-18 00:00:00
It's more than just climate change
Accurately modeling climate change and interactive human factors -- including inequality, consumption, and population -- is essential for the effective science-based policies and measures needed to benefit and sustain current and future generations. A rec
2017-02-17 00:00:00
How much biomass grows in the savannah?
The ability of the savannahs to store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is ultimately determined by the amount of aboveground woody biomass. So far, though, it has been difficult to measure this important indicator, with current climate models relying on
2017-02-16 00:00:00
Climigration? UNH expert explores threat of climate change on populations
Climigration refers to migration caused by climate change. The term was coined to describe the predicament of northern Alaska populations who live on the "front line of climate change," facing immediate threats from erosion and flooding. Is clim
2017-02-15 00:00:00
How temperature guides where species live and where they'll go
A Princeton University-based study could prove significant in answering among the most enduring questions for ecologists: Why do species live where they do, and what are the factors that keep them there? The ranges of animals in the world's temperate moun
2017-02-15 00:00:00
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