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Meadows beat out shrubs when it comes to storing carbon
While the world focuses on controlling global warming caused by CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, less attention has been paid to the capacity of vegetation and soils to take up and store carbon. A remote field site in the Norwegian mountains is improving
2017-11-23 00:00:00
Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change
Natural habitats play a vital role in helping other plants and animals resist heat stresses ramping up with climate change -- at least until the species they depend on to form those habitats become imperiled.
2017-11-22 00:00:00
Opening windows and doors may improve sleep
A recent Indoor Air study found that opening windows or doors before going to bed can reduce carbon dioxide levels in bedrooms and improve sleep quality.
2017-11-22 00:00:00
Worldwide increase in methane bubbles due to climate change
Due to climate change, including rising temperatures, more and more methane is bubbling up from lakes, ponds, rivers and wetlands throughout the world. The release of methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- leads to a further increase in temperature, thus c
2017-11-22 00:00:00
Bridging the gap
Researchers develop a potentially low-cost, low-emissions technology that can convert methane without forming carbon dioxide.
2017-11-21 00:00:00
The latest poop from the turkey coop
Treated excrement from turkeys, chickens and other poultry, when converted to combustible solid biomass fuel, could replace approximately 10 percent of coal used in electricity generation, reducing greenhouse gases and providing an alternative energy sour
2017-11-20 00:00:00
Slight climate shifts can affect optimum water use in plant communities
A new discovery is providing scientists a better understanding of how rainfall is shared beneficially by the plant community and the human population, in addition to the effects of climate change. 'It's going to be a wet gets wetter, dry gets drier wo
2017-11-20 00:00:00
UTSA researcher studies evolution of climate change activism
Climate change is a topic that is debated, doubted and covered by news outlets across the world. Luis Hestres, in the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), is researching the evolution of climate change activism and
2017-11-20 00:00:00
Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas
Researchers have discovered the first known methane-producing microbe that is active in an oxygen-rich environment -- a finding that suggests today's global climate models may be misjudging the amount of methane being released into the atmosphere.
2017-11-20 00:00:00
New research indicates likely hydrological implications of rapid global warming
Researchers studying a rapid global warming event, around 56 million years ago, have shown evidence of major changes in the intensity of rainfall and flood events. The findings indicate some of the likely implications should current trends of rising carbo
2017-11-20 00:00:00
Added Arctic data shows global warming didn't pause
Missing Arctic temperature data, not Mother Nature, created the seeming slowdown of global warming from 1998 to 2012, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change.
2017-11-20 00:00:00
How worried should we be about melting ice caps?
As the UN climate change conference ends, BBC Science's David Shukman takes a look at melting ice caps.
2017-11-18 01:02:19
The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change
Leipzig. Forests fulfil numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they are rich in different species of trees. In addition, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one function, such as wood production or nature
2017-11-17 00:00:00
Evaluation of novel hybrid membranes for carbon capture
Hybrid materials known as mixed matrix membranes are considered a promising approach to capture carbon dioxide and mitigate against global warming. These materials are derived from a polymer combined with porous nanoparticles. We show that materials prepa
2017-11-17 00:00:00
Surrey develops new 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane
The University of Surrey has developed a new and cost-effective catalyst to recycle two of the main causes behind climate change -- carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).
2017-11-17 00:00:00
Warmer water signals change for Scotland's shags
An increasingly catholic diet among European shags at one of Scotland's best-studied breeding colonies has been linked to long-term climate change and may have important implications for Scotland's seabirds.
2017-11-17 00:00:00
For Damage Done and Transition Needed, 50+ Groups Demand Global Fossil Fuel Tax
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2017-11-16 15:36:34
Hot and bothered
Environmental economists predict climate change will bring big manufacturing losses to China by mid-21st century.
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide
Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Groundwater recharge in the American west under climate change
Groundwater recharge in the Western US will change as the climate warms -- the dry southern regions will have less and the northern regions will have more, according to new research. The new study covers the entire US West, from the High Plains states to
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Species in the north are more vulnerable to climate change
For the first time, researchers have proposed the hypothesis that animals that live in climate zones at a safe distance from both the poles as well as the tropics have the most to gain from acclimating to changes in climate. The findings contradict previo
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Climate change impacts already locked in -- but the worst can still be avoided
Some impacts of global warming -- such as sea level rise and coastal flooding -- are already locked in and unavoidable, according to a major research project.
2017-11-16 00:00:00
Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air
Can technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere really help prevent dangerous climate change?
2017-11-15 01:02:44
'Climate change is bad...it affects everything'
People in Vunidogoloa had to move 2km (1.24m) inland, and say climate change is to blame.
2017-11-15 00:11:11
Pacific Island countries could lose 50 -- 80% of fish in local waters under climate change
Many Pacific Island nations will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species in their waters by the end of the 21st century if climate change continues unchecked, finds a new Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program study published in Marine Policy. This area of the
2017-11-15 00:00:00
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Deforested areas of the Amazon Basin have a limited ability to grow new trees because of changes in climate, according to a study.
2017-11-15 00:00:00
Scientists team up on study to save endangered African penguins
A first-of-its-kind study on prognostic health indicators in the endangered African penguin provides invaluable information to preserve and rehabilitate this seabird. Competition with fisheries, oil spills, climate change, diseases and predators are all c
2017-11-15 00:00:00
Study settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide & global warming
Fossil leaves from Africa resolve a prehistoric climate puzzle and confirm the link between carbon dioxide and global warming. Research previously found conflicting data on high carbon levels and its link to climate change about 22 million years ago. But
2017-11-14 00:00:00
US 'Spits in the Face' of World by Promoting Fossil Fuels at UN Climate Summit
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2017-11-13 17:05:33
How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory.
A survivor's guide to why forests around the world are being impacted by invasive pests and what can be done about it in an era of overwhelming human activity and climate change.
2017-11-13 00:00:00
Texas' odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century
An MIT study finds Texas' risk of Harvey-scale rainfall will increase by the end of this century. By 2100, the annual probability of Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall returning to Texas will rise to 18 percent, if the growth of greenhouse gas emissions c
2017-11-13 00:00:00
Record high CO2 emissions delay global peak
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels have risen again after a three year hiatus, according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project (GCP).
2017-11-13 00:00:00
Green rooves to reduce the effects of climate change
it would be necessary to have between 207 and 740 hectares of green rooves in a city like Seville (Spain), depending on the scenario that is contemplated, to reduce the effects of climate change in relation to the maximum temperature rises of between 1.5
2017-11-10 00:00:00
Changing climate to bring more landslides on logged land, say WSU researchers
Washington State University researchers say landslides on logged forests will be more widespread as the Northwest climate changes. In a study modelled on clear-cut lands on the Olympic Peninsula, they anticipate the climate of 2045 and conclude that there
2017-11-09 00:00:00
Breeding highly productive corn has reduced its ability to adapt
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wanted to know whether the last 100 years of selecting for corn that is acclimated to particular locations has changed its ability to adapt to new or stressful environments. By measuring populations of co
2017-11-09 00:00:00
How science has shaped the international response to climate change
The Royal Meteorological Society is publishing a special issue in Weather focused on the science of climatic change.
2017-11-08 00:00:00
Climate-influenced changes in flowering, fruiting also affect bird abundance, activities
A new study has documented shifts in Hawaiian bird abundance, breeding and molting based on climate-related changes to native vegetation. Researchers with the US Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station recently reviewed extensive climate, vege
2017-11-08 00:00:00
Cool textiles to beat the heat
Air-conditioned buildings bring welcome relief to people coming in from the heat. But creating that comfort comes with a cost to our wallets and the environment in the form of increased energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Now researchers report in
2017-11-08 00:00:00
Fully integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric
Researchers have successfully incorporated washable, stretchable and breathable electronic circuits into fabric, opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable electronics. The circuits were made with cheap, safe and environmentally friendly
2017-11-08 00:00:00
Climate change, sparse policies endanger right whale population
North Atlantic right whales -- a highly endangered species making modest population gains in the past decade - may be imperiled by warming waters and insufficient international protection, according to a new Cornell University analysis published in Global
2017-11-07 00:00:00
How climate change may reshape subalpine wildflower communities
An unseasonably warm, dry summer in 2015 on Washington state's Mount Rainier caused subalpine wildflowers to change their bloom times and form 'reassembled' communities, with unknown consequences for species interactions among wildflowers, pollinators and
2017-11-07 00:00:00
Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders
Greenhouse gas emissions caused by urban households' purchases of goods and services from beyond city limits are much bigger than previously thought. These upstream emissions may occur anywhere in the world and are roughly equal in size to the total emiss
2017-11-07 00:00:00
Biological consequences of climate change on epidemics may be scale-dependent
A recent study led by Prof. ZHANG Zhibin from the Chinese Academy of Science and Prof. Nils Chr. Stenseth from University of Oslo indicated that the impacts of climate change on prevalence of epidemics were scale-dependent.
2017-11-07 00:00:00
NASA's GPM radar spots tornado spawning thunderstorms in Ohio Valley
Severe weather that rolled through the Ohio Valley on Nov. 5 was analyzed by NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite. GPM provided forecasters at the National Weather Service with rain rates and cloud heights that showed where str
2017-11-06 00:00:00
Mandatory state policies work best to curb power plant emissions, study finds
"Based on the results of our study, we recommend that states adopt a policy of mandatory greenhouse gas emissions registry and reporting by power plants," says Eri Saikawa, an assistant professor in Emory's Department of Environmental Sciences.
2017-11-06 00:00:00
Climate change likely to be more deadly in poor African settlements
Conditions in crowded urban settlements in Africa make the effects of climate change worse, pushing temperatures to levels dangerous for children and the elderly in those areas.
2017-11-06 00:00:00
Anger over Trump support for coal at UN climate talks
US plans to promote coal as a solution to climate change at a key UN meeting rile environmentalists.
2017-11-05 08:26:15
Périgord black truffle cultivated in the UK for the first time
The Mediterranean black truffle, one of the world's most expensive ingredients, has been successfully cultivated in the UK, as climate change threatens its native habitat.
2017-11-05 00:00:00
Climate change: US report at odds with some in Trump team
A spokesman says climate is "always changing" after a report ties global warming to human activity.
2017-11-04 08:59:28
Australian tourism policies fail to address climate change
Despite evidence that tourism contributes to climate change, Australia's Federal and State governments are failing to produce effective long-term tourism policy to address climate change, according to the findings of new QUT-led research.
2017-11-02 00:00:00
Could the Neolithic Revolution offer evidence of best ways to adapt to climate change?
The behavior of the human population during the last intense period of global warming might offer an insight into how best to adapt to the current challenges posed by climate change, a study led by the University of Plymouth suggests.
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Wind farms along mountain ridges may negatively affect bats
By attaching miniaturized Global Positioning System tags to cave bats near a mountain ridge in Thailand, researchers have shown that bats repeatedly use mountain slopes to ascend to altitudes of more than 550 m above the ground.
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Climate change could decrease Sun's ability to disinfect lakes
Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports.
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Hacking evolution, screening technique may improve most widespread enzyme
Plants evolved over millions of years into an environment that has dramatically changed in the last 150 years since the Industrial Revolution began: carbon dioxide levels have increased 50 percent, and the average global temperature has increased by nearl
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Zebra 'poo science' improves conservation efforts
How can Zebra poo tell us what an animal's response to climate change and habitat destruction will be? That is what scientists from The University of Manchester and Chester Zoo have been investigating in South Africa. Together the team have been using 'p
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Feral animals pose major threat to Outback, climate change study finds
A study of changing rainfall and wildfire patterns over 22 years in Australia's Simpson Desert has found - in addition to a likely climate-induced decrease in cover of the dominant plant spinifex - introduced cats and foxes pose a major threat to seed-eat
2017-11-01 00:00:00
Lancet Study Warns of Global Health Crisis and 1 Billion Climate Refugees by 2050
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2017-10-31 16:42:56
Cod and haddock 'may vanish' from Scotland's west coast
Herring and haddock could also disappear by the turn of the century due to global warming, warn scientists.
2017-10-31 16:25:32
Future climate change may not adversely affect seafood quality
Future ocean acidification and warming may not have a marked effect on the taste of oysters grown in the UK, according to new research by the University of Plymouth published in Frontiers in Marine Science.
2017-10-31 00:00:00
A special issue to commemorate the centenary of Duzheng Ye's birth
The special issue consists of four reviews and five original articles, each focusing on an aspect of Ye's achievements and the latest developments based on or inspired by his theories, including establishing Tibetan Plateau meteorology; developing the the
2017-10-31 00:00:00
CCNY study reveals power supply might not be as vulnerable to climate change as we thought
Here's a bit of surprising news. A closer look at how climate change could impact our power supply shows that America's infrastructure might be more adaptable than scientists anticipated.
2017-10-30 00:00:00
The advent of 'green' cattle
Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, reveals a study based on a new method of carbon footprinting for pasture-based cattle production systems that can assess the impacts of individual animals.
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Study suggests the US' power supply has capacity to adapt to climate change
A new paper written by City University of New York (CUNY) scientists -- 'Climate and Water Resource Change Impacts and Adaptation Potential for U.S. Power Supply,' published in Nature Climate Change -- has found that climate change ultimately will have a
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Are the grandkids worth it? Climate change policy depends on how we value human population
Protecting future generations from environmental destruction depends on how society values human population. Looking at two ethical approaches, a research team finds a smaller population could save tens of billions of dollars or more annually on climate c
2017-10-30 00:00:00
Tropical forest reserves slow down global warming
National parks and nature reserves in South America, Africa and Asia, created to protect wildlife, heritage sites and the territory of indigenous people, are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and so are slowing the rate of
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Peat bogs defy the laws of biodiversity
EPFL scientists working with a team of researchers from across Europe have found that peat bogs, despite their low biodiversity, can effectively withstand both moderate and glacial climates. That finding stands to change the way we look at biodiversity.
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Peatland plants adapting well to climate change, suggests study
They account for just three per cent of the Earth's surface but play a major role in offsetting carbon dioxide emissions -- and now a team of scientists led by the universities of Southampton and Utrecht has discovered that the plants that make up peat bo
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Winter temperatures on the Red Planet sublimate carbon dioxide from a gas to a solid. These solid carbon dioxide blocks are then thought responsible for making gullies and furrows on Mars' landscape based on innovative lab experiments.
2017-10-27 00:00:00
Samantha Bee Skewers Trump's EPA Chief in Segment Titled "Scott Pruitt vs. The World"
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2017-10-26 17:01:10
Study: How cities can best fight climate change
A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation -- and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, n
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Late Tiassic terrestrial ecosystem changes
The Norian Chinle Formation in the Southwestern United States provides a snapshot into an ancient terrestrial ecosystem with its famous petrified tree trunks and various plant and vertebrate remains. The fossil plant assemblages, including spores and poll
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Bat Poop: A Reliable Source of Climate Change
Isotopes found in bat guano over the last 1,200 years provide scientists with information on how the climate was and is changing.
2017-10-26 00:00:00
Climate Threat Erased, Big Oil Bonanza Embraced in Leaked Draft of Interior Dept. 5-Year Plan
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2017-10-25 16:01:10
A drier south: Europe's drought trends match climate change projections
Researchers published new findings that suggest European drought trends are lining up with climate change projections, pointing to decreases in drought frequency in the north and increases in drought frequency in the south.
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Can open and honest scientists win public trust?
With the increased politicization of science, more and more people continue to be skeptical of research, especially when it comes to hot-button topics such as climate change and vaccines. Michigan State University researchers wondered whether it would be
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Special issue of Journal of Nursing Scholarship confronts climate change and health
A special issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship explores climate change, global health, and the role of nursing in addressing environmental changes and protecting vulnerable people and populations.
2017-10-25 00:00:00
Chiding Trump for Inaction, GAO Report Shows Climate to Cost US Taxpayers Trillions
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2017-10-24 14:53:47
Rising sea levels creating first Native American climate refugees
Rising sea levels and human activities are fast creating a 'worst case scenario' for Native Americans of the Mississippi Delta who stand to lose not just their homes, but their irreplaceable heritage, to climate change.
2017-10-23 00:00:00
Because Paris Deal Not Nearly Enough, European Climate Kids File Suit
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2017-10-20 18:42:58
US ocean observation critical to understanding climate change, but lacks long-term national planning
Ocean observing systems are important as they provide information essential for monitoring and forecasting changes in Earth's climate on timescales ranging from days to centuries. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medic
2017-10-20 00:00:00
Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row
The annual assessment of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) confirms that CO2 emissions have stalled for the third year in a row.
2017-10-20 00:00:00
Tropical beetles face extinction threat
Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists.
2017-10-17 00:00:00
For Abandoning Climate Accord, Pope Swipes Trump on World Food Day
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2017-10-16 19:21:26
Baltic clams and worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows
Scientists have shown that ocean clams and worms are releasing a significant amount of potentially harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
2017-10-13 00:00:00
With No End In Sight, California's Deadly Flames Called Climate Change 'Fire Alarm'
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2017-10-12 16:36:04
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the developme
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Is it gonna blow? Measuring volcanic emissions from space
Carbon dioxide measured by a NASA satellite pinpoints sources of the gas from human and volcanic activities, which may help monitor greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss
Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane mod
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Watching plant photosynthesis...from space
University of Sydney and NASA have developed a revolutionary technique to image plant photosynthesis using satellite-based remote-sensing, with potential applications in climate change monitoring. The uptake of carbon dioxide by leaves and its conversion
2017-10-12 00:00:00
CU Anschutz researchers say climate change may accelerate infectious disease outbreaks
Aside from inflicting devastating natural disasters on often vulnerable communities, climate change can also spur outbreaks of infectious diseases like Zika , malaria and dengue fever, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Rainfall trends in arid regions buck commonly held climate change theories
To explore the links between climatic warming and rainfall in drylands, scientists from the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol analysed more than 50 years of detailed rainfall data (measured every minute) from a semi-arid drainage basin in south east Ari
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Global Change Center researchers to forecast water quality with NSF support
The team -- which includes ecologists, social scientists, geologists and engineers -- was awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities grant to develop a system that can create a real-time water forecast -- similar to a
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Carbon dioxide levels lower than thought during super greenhouse period
Research from Dartmouth College adds to the understanding of Earth's historic hyperthermal events to help explain the planet's current warming trend.
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published in Marine Geology sho
2017-10-12 00:00:00
Satellites map photosynthesis at high resolution
Life on Earth is impossible without photosynthesis. It provides food and oxygen to all higher life forms and plays an important role in the climate system, since this process regulates the uptake of carbon dioxide from the Earth's atmosphere and its fixat
2017-10-12 00:00:00
'Great News for the Climate' as Banking Giant Ditches Tar Sands, Arctic Drilling
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2017-10-11 20:42:13
Cities taking narrow approach to start adapting to climate change see benefits
A new study led by a University of Kansas urban planning researcher sheds light on tradeoffs between taking a narrow approach focused on connections between climate change adaptation and reducing risks from hazards like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria,
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Wither heavy storms
A rainstorm generator developed by UCSB hydrologists assesses watershed rainfall under climate change simulations.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Beyond EPA's Clean Power decision: Climate action window could close as early as 2023
As the Trump administration repeals the US Clean Power Plan, a new study from the University of Michigan underscores the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions -- from both environmental and economic perspectives.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
Climate change predicted to reduce size, stature of dominant Midwest plant, study finds
Kansas State University researchers are involved in a study that found climate change may reduce the growth and stature of big bluestem -- a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle.
2017-10-11 00:00:00
The costs of transporting petroleum products by pipelines and rail
While the policy debate surrounding crude oil transportation costs has emphasized accidents and spills, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers indicates the debate is overlooking a far more serious external cost
2017-10-10 00:00:00
How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon
Previous researchers had concluded that global warming was simply delaying the North American monsoon, which brings summer rains to the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. But a new, high-resolution climate model that corrects for persistent sea sur
2017-10-09 00:00:00
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. This presents an enticing opportunity for generating renewable e
2017-10-09 00:00:00
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst produc
2017-10-06 00:00:00
Huge 'People Over Pipeline' Victory as TransCanada Forced to Kill Energy East
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2017-10-05 15:28:53
Climate solution in soil?
The land under our feet and the plant matter it contains could offset a significant amount of carbon emissions if managed properly. More research is needed to unlock soil's potential to mitigate global warming, improve crop yields and increase resilience
2017-10-05 00:00:00
Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios -- an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world's growing population.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
Study: Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
A new study published this week in Nature Communications outlines the mechanisms and points to the importance of both sunlight and the right microbial community as keys to converting permafrost carbon to CO2.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
A new hybrid nanomaterial harvests solar energy and uses it to extract hydrogen from seawater, cheaply and efficiently. Future commercialization could mean a new source of environmentally friendly fuel and less dependence on fossil fuels.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
Flights worldwide face increased risk of severe turbulence due to climate change
Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.
2017-10-04 00:00:00
New report gives the lay of the land on grazing livestock's climate impact
An international research collaboration has shed light on the impact that grass-fed animals have on climate change. Its new study adds clarity to the debate around livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption.The newly
2017-10-03 00:00:00
Warming unlikely to have major impact on animal agriculture in Northeast
Climate change will not significantly impair animal agriculture in the Northeast region of the United States, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who point out there are many variables in the future scenario they envision.
2017-10-03 00:00:00
Researchers identify free-flowing aerosol particles using holograms, lasers
Holographic images of free-flowing air particles may help climate change and biological weapons watchdogs better monitor the atmosphere, according to a recent Kansas State University study published in Nature's Scientific Reports. The images are made by t
2017-10-03 00:00:00
UTA study sheds new light on evolution
Research from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology suggests that hydrogen, oxygen, water and carbon dioxide are being generated in the earth's mantle hundreds of kilometers below the Earth's surface.
2017-10-03 00:00:00
Humans Have Messed With Earth So Much, Formal 'Anthropocene' Classification Needed: Scient
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2017-10-02 20:47:05
Most Americans want the government to combat climate change, some willing to pay a high amount
Sixty-one percent of Americans think climate change is a problem that the government needs to address, including 43 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats, according to a new survey from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago
2017-10-02 00:00:00
Win-win strategies for climate and food security
Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and forestry sectors could lead to increased food prices -- but new research identifies strategies that could help mitigate climate change while avoiding steep hikes in food prices.
2017-10-01 00:00:00
A stinging report: FSU reserach shows climate change a major threat to bumble bees
New research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide.
2017-09-29 00:00:00
Climate's effects on flowers critical for bumble bees
In a study that shows the importance of climate change on critical pollinators, North Carolina State University researchers found that earlier and longer flowering seasons can have poor effects on the bumble bees that rely on these flowers to live and thr
2017-09-29 00:00:00
Resolving the mysterious carbon contribution of the tropics
Tropical forests release more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than they remove from it, according to a new study, finding that most of the release is due to deforestation and degradation.
2017-09-28 00:00:00
New measurements show widespread forest loss has reversed the role of tropics as a carbon sink
Peer reviewed report provides the most comprehensive picture of deforestation's toll on critical climate change safeguard; reveals hard-to-measure forest degradation is responsible for nearly 70 percent of emissions from tropical forests.
2017-09-28 00:00:00
Occupying McConnell's Office, 'Climate Champions' Demand Action Over Denial
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2017-09-27 18:32:56
Climate change: Ministers should be 'sued' over targets
The ex-chief scientist says the government should be made to enshrine a zero-emissions target in law.
2017-09-27 05:58:26
The economic case for climate action in the United States
Economic losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and 76 wildfires in nine Western states, intensified by human-induced climate change, will be the most costly combined weather events in US history.When the final accounting is completed, the economic
2017-09-27 00:00:00
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to nearby ecosystems. Now in a study appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemi
2017-09-27 00:00:00
Some marine species more vulnerable to climate change than others
Certain marine species will fare much worse than others as they become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new UBC study has found.
2017-09-26 00:00:00
Improving weather forecasting with a new IASI channel selection method
With the advent of satellite observation techniques and improvements in data assimilation schemes, the initial state in an NWP (numerical weather prediction) model has become more realistic, which is fast becoming the most vital part in the process. Furth
2017-09-26 00:00:00
How has society adapted to hurricanes? A look at New Orleans over 300 years
In the midst of an intense hurricane season, a historical perspective published in WIREs Climate Change looks at adaptation to hurricanes in New Orleans over nearly three centuries, from its foundation in 1718 to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
2017-09-26 00:00:00
Climate insurance is rarely well thought out in agriculture
Internationally subsidised agricultural insurance is intended to protect farmers in developing countries from the effects of climate change. However, it can also lead to undesirable ecological and social side effects, as UFZ researchers and their colleagu
2017-09-25 00:00:00
Clarifying perspectives to promote action on loss and damage from climate change
The hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria highlight the potential for the climate system to cause loss and damage. 'Loss and damage' is a phrase used in different ways by people who work on climate policy, negotiation and adaptation/resilience. A new study cl
2017-09-25 00:00:00
Getting the measure of mud
For the first time, researchers have been able to use mud deposited on the depths of the ocean floor to measure changes in the speed of deep-sea currents. Using mud as a current meter could help scientists to identify fluctuating patterns in ocean current
2017-09-25 00:00:00
Climate change can goad volcanoes into life
Geologists from UNIGE, working with the University of Orléans, University Pierre and Marie Curie and the ICTJA-CSIC Institute analyzed volcanic data from the Messinian salinity crisis in the Mediterranean Sea, when the Strait of Gibraltar was blocked
2017-09-25 00:00:00
Understanding the dance to save the dance
Plant-pollinator relationships are vital to our natural and agricultural ecosystems, with an incredible amount of food crops worldwide dependent on plant-pollinator interaction success. But the advancement of climate change is disrupting plant-pollinator
2017-09-21 00:00:00
We must accelerate transitions for sustainability and climate change, experts say
We must move faster towards a low-carbon world if we are to limit global warming to 2 degrees C this century, experts have warned.
2017-09-21 00:00:00
Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project
A test that inexpensively monitors the safe storage of industrial carbon dioxide gas emissions in carbon capture and storage technology is to be used at a $5 million test site in Canada.
2017-09-20 00:00:00
Paris climate aim 'still achievable'
The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.
2017-09-19 10:55:17
CUHK sets out to reveal impact of Arctic amplification on East Asian winter climate
An ongoing research project aims to identify and explain teleconnections and future changes in the East Asian Winter Monsoon under Arctic Amplification. This integral study would be beneficial for policymakers in evaluating the risk of cold extremes in Ea
2017-09-19 00:00:00
Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion
Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling t
2017-09-18 00:00:00
Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene
Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of f
2017-09-18 00:00:00
To predict how climate change will affect disease, researchers must fuse climate science and biology
To predict how climate change will affect disease, researchers must fuse climate science and biology, according to a Princeton University review.
2017-09-18 00:00:00
Changes in nonextreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences
Major floods and droughts receive a lot of attention in the context of climate change, but University of Illinois researchers analyzed over five decades of precipitation data from North America to find that changes in nonextreme precipitation are more sig
2017-09-18 00:00:00
As World Moves Forward with Paris Accord, U.S. Observes From Sidelines
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2017-09-17 15:03:11
Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord
Reports say the US will no longer withdraw from the Paris deal or will change its approach.
2017-09-17 07:14:38
Conflicts and Climate Change Fueling Rise in World Hunger
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2017-09-15 20:53:27
New climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories 'catastrophic' and 'unknown' to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply exis
2017-09-14 00:00:00
Cost of not adapting to climate change would be at least five times higher
A study on damage to coastal considered only real estate loss. If nothing is done, researchers say, losses might be up to ten times higher if the predicament includes the spreading of flood- and global warming -related diseases.
2017-09-14 00:00:00
#ClimateSilence: Corporate Media Called Out for Whiffing on 'Most Important Story in the World&
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2017-09-13 20:12:09
Climate change challenges the survival of fish across the world
University of Washington researchers have published the first analysis looking at how vulnerable the world's freshwater and marine fishes are to climate change. Their paper, appearing online Sept. 11 in Nature Climate Change, used physiological data to pr
2017-09-13 00:00:00
Earth's oldest trees in climate-induced race up the tree line
Bristlecone pine and limber pine trees in the Great Basin region of the western United States are like two very gnarled, old men in a slow-motion race up the mountaintop, and climate change is the starting gun, according to a study from the University of
2017-09-13 00:00:00
New method for identifying carbon compounds derived from fossil fuels
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laboratory instrument that will greatly reduce the cost of analyzing carbon isotopes. Among other things, this will allow scientists to measure how much of the carbon
2017-09-13 00:00:00

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