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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
Historic legacies affect climate change survival in Caribbean
In a new paper published this week, Dr Sealey-Huggins finds that discussion of climate change has failed to pay enough attention to the social, political and historic factors which increase the vulnerability of Caribbean societies, and calls for a new app
2017-09-12 00:00:00
Rapid climate changes across northern hemisphere in the earliest Middle Pleistocene
By studying climate changes that took place thousands of years ago, we can better understand the global climate system and predict the Earth's future climate. A multi-organization research team led by Professor Hyodo Masayuki (Research Center for Inland S
2017-09-12 00:00:00
Elizabeth Kolbert: An Honest Conversation About Climate Change Is Needed in Wake of Irma & Harve
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2017-09-11 20:40:14
If Humanity Doesn't Turn Back from Climate Abyss, Says Pope, 'We Will Go Down'
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2017-09-11 14:55:53
Rising CO2 leading to changes in land plant photosynthesis
Researchers led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have determined that major changes in plant behavior have occurred over the past 40 years, using measurements of subtle changes in the carbon dioxide (CO2) cu
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Urban climate change
Southern cities such as Houston and Tampa -- which faced the wrath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively -- may not be the only urban environments vulnerable to extreme weather. Northern cities also face the potential for flooding as global temperat
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Biodiversity just as powerful as climate change for healthy ecosystems
Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity's best defenses against extreme weather. In past experiments, diversity has fostered healthier, more productive ecosystems, like shoreline vegetation that guards against hurricanes. However, many experts doubt
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Cold region 'tipping point' now inevitable
The decline of cold regions called periglacial zones is now inevitable due to climate change, researchers say.
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Desert locusts: New risks in the light of climate change
The desert locust is an invasive species that is both well known and feared because of the large-scale agricultural damage it can cause. It is particularly closely monitored, to prevent the risks of outbreaks and invasions. Climate change could modify its
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Ancient wetlands offer window into climate change
Environmental researchers have uncovered a wealth of information about a unique part of Australia that offers never-before-seen insights into climate change since the last ice age.
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Hints from hemoglobin lead to better carbon monoxide storage
Highly porous metal-organic frameworks have proved ideal for storing many chemicals, from carbon dioxide and hydrogen to water. A new tweak to MOFs has now produced a highly selective material for adsorbing carbon monoxide, which is used in many industria
2017-09-11 00:00:00
Study on climate change shows how cities can prioritize public health
Involving health experts in planning can have profound consequences.
2017-09-08 00:00:00
'Unprecedented' Lofoten Declaration Demands Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Industry
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2017-09-07 15:40:09
Birds are on the move in the face of climate change
Research on birds in northern Europe reveals that there is an ongoing considerable species turnover due to climate change and due to land use and other direct human influences.
2017-09-07 00:00:00
Extreme weather has limited effect on attitudes toward climate policies
People who recently experienced severe weather events such as floods, storms and drought are more likely to support policies to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new study co-authored by an Indiana University researcher.
2017-09-07 00:00:00
Climate change for aliens
For more than 50 years, the Kardashev scale has been the gold standard for classifying hypothetical 'exo-civilizations' by their ability to harness energy. A team of researchers led by Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank have devised a new system that tak
2017-09-07 00:00:00
New research disputes claims that climate change helped spark the Syrian civil war
A new study shows that there is no sound evidence that global climate change was a factor in causing the Syrian civil war.
2017-09-07 00:00:00
Chablis wine crop hit by changes to French climate
A wine producer in the Burgundy region of France blames climate change for this year's low yield.
2017-09-06 23:59:23
Caribbean Islands Pleaded for Climate Action. Hurricane Irma Shows Why.
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2017-09-06 21:22:24
Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
Researchers have found evidence that near-ground biogenic emissions of organics suppress cloud formation in cool-temperate forests in autumn, providing clues to how global warming will affect cloud formation and the overall climate.
2017-09-06 00:00:00
Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change
When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pastu
2017-09-05 00:00:00
Look Around: The Costs of Not Acting on Climate Are Adding Up Fast
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2017-09-04 18:53:37
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
A new study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica reveals there will be more 'losers' than 'winners' over the next century as the Antarctic seafloor warms. The results are published in the journal Nature Climate Change this wee
2017-09-04 00:00:00
Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate changes
New findings published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America by Desert Research Institute Professor Joseph R. McConnell, Ph.D., and colleagues document a 192-year series of volcanic eruptions in Antar
2017-09-04 00:00:00
Analysis: Harvey Triggered Release of Nearly a Million Pounds of Toxic Air Pollutants
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2017-09-01 18:32:32
Can corals survive climate change?
A group of international scientists, including scientists from Australia, have issued advice that more research is urgently required to determine whether corals can acclimate and adapt to the rapid pace of climate change.
2017-09-01 00:00:00
Researchers find microbes key to reef survival
A global consortium of marine biologists collaborates to help coral reef ecosystems adapt to climate change.
2017-09-01 00:00:00
Nobel Prize Winners Name Trump and His 'Ignorance' as Top Threats to World Population
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2017-08-31 15:44:39
Coming soon to Montreal: The infrastructure cost of climate change
The climate of the city is changing and will continue to do so at a rapidly increasing rate and with much more spatial variability in the future.That's according to new research from Concordia's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
2017-08-31 00:00:00
NASA scientists seek to improve sea ice predictions
Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is in a downward spiral, with summer minimum extents about 40 percent smaller than in the 1980s. But predicting how the sea ice is going to behave in a particular year is tricky: There are still many unknowns about the conditio
2017-08-31 00:00:00
Aerospace test at Sandia goes green with alternative to explosives
Sandia National Laboratories has successfully demonstrated a new, more environmentally friendly method to test a rocket part to ensure its avionics can withstand the shock from stage separation during flight.
2017-08-31 00:00:00
A new method used to generate ensemble initial perturbations
In the past two decades, ensemble forecasting has been developed substantially to become a powerful approach that improves numerical weather prediction. Recently, data assimilation schemes were combined with the dynamical methods to better sample the anal
2017-08-31 00:00:00
Volcanic carbon dioxide drove ancient global warming event
An extreme global warming event 56 million years ago was driven by massive carbon dioxide emissions from volcanoes, suggests a new study led by the University of Southampton.
2017-08-31 00:00:00
Climate change may be linked to spike in US road deaths in 2015
Climate change may be linked to the spike in US road deaths in 2015, which abruptly reversed the trend of the previous 35 years, concludes a study published online in the journal Injury Prevention.
2017-08-31 00:00:00
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
A group of ecologists has started creating a periodic table of ecological niches similar to chemistry's periodic table. It will be a critical resource for scientists seeking to understand how a warming climate may be spurring changes in species around the
2017-08-30 00:00:00
Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
An international research team co-led by a Monash biologist has shown that methane-oxidising bacteria -- key organisms responsible for greenhouse gas mitigation -- are more flexible and resilient than previously thought.
2017-08-30 00:00:00
Volcanic eruptions drove ancient global warming event
A natural global warming event that took place 56 million years ago was triggered almost entirely by volcanic eruptions that occurred as Greenland separated from Europe during the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean, according to an international team of
2017-08-30 00:00:00
American pika disappears from large area of California's Sierra Nevada mountains
The American pika, a small mammal adapted to high altitudes and cold temperatures, has died out from a 165-square-mile span of habitat in California's northern Sierra Nevada mountains, and the cause appears to be climate change. Researchers surveyed pika
2017-08-30 00:00:00
Bahamian songbirds disappeared during last glacial-interglacial transition
Two species of songbirds that once made a home in the Bahamas likely became extinct on the islands because of rising sea levels and a warmer, wetter climate, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the Univer
2017-08-29 00:00:00
Caspian Sea evaporating as temperatures rise, study finds
Earth's largest inland body of water has been slowly evaporating for the past two decades due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, a new study finds. Water levels in the Caspian Sea dropped nearly 7 centimeters (3 inches) per year from 1
2017-08-29 00:00:00
In the face of climate change can our engineers keep the trains running on time?
An unprecedented study titled, 'Lifecycle Assessments of Railway Bridge Transitions Exposed to Extreme Events,' published in Frontiers in Built Environment, benchmarks the costs and carbon emissions for the life cycle of eight mitigation measures for main
2017-08-29 00:00:00
Extreme Storms Like Harvey and Climate Change: 'This Is the New Reality'
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2017-08-28 20:34:05
Algae fortifies coral reefs in past and present
The Great Barrier Reef, and most other large reefs around the world, owe their bulk in large part to a type of red algae that grows on corals and strengthens them. New research led by Anna Weiss, a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin Jack
2017-08-28 00:00:00
Oil and gas wells as a strong source of greenhouse gases
Boreholes in the North Sea could constitute a significantly more important source of methane, a strong greenhouse gas, than previously thought. This is shown by a new study of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel recently published in the i
2017-08-28 00:00:00
Climate may quickly drive forest-eating beetles north, says study
Over the next few decades, global warming-related rises in winter temperatures could significantly extend the range of the southern pine beetle, one of the world's most aggressive tree-killing insects, through much of the northern United States and southe
2017-08-28 00:00:00
Electricity consumption in Europe will shift under climate change
Rising temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions will fundamentally change electricity consumption patterns in Europe. A team of scientists from Germany and the United States now analyzed what unchecked future warming means for Europe's electricity dem
2017-08-28 00:00:00
Bernie Sanders, Nation's Highest Profile Socialist, Once Again Voted Most Popular
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2017-08-25 16:19:16
Alps melting?
A huge rockfall in Val Bondasca raises questions about how climate change is affecting the Alps.
2017-08-25 11:53:42
Man-made fossil methane emission levels larger than previously believed
A team of researchers led by Vasilii Petrenko, an assistant professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester, spent seven weeks in Antarctica collecting and studying 2,000-pound samples of glacial ice cores that date back nearl
2017-08-24 00:00:00
Fossils reveal how bizarre mammal beat extinction
Animals that live on islands are among the most at risk from extinction. A remarkable eighty percent of extinctions occurring since 1500AD have been on islands, with inhabitants facing dangers from climate change, sea level rise, invasive species, and hum
2017-08-24 00:00:00
Harvard Study Confirms: #ExxonKnew and Misled Public About Climate Threat for Decades
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2017-08-23 15:54:09
Amid environmental change, lakes surprisingly static
In recent decades, change has defined our environment in the United States. Agriculture intensified. Urban areas sprawled. The climate warmed. Intense rainstorms became more common. But, says a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study, while those kinds
2017-08-23 00:00:00
Climate game changer
New research from University of Alberta and University of Vienna microbiologists provides unparalleled insight into the Earth's nitrogen cycle, identifying and characterizing the ammonia-oxidizing microbe, Nitrospira inopinata.
2017-08-23 00:00:00
Climate change is luring Kodiak bears away from their iconic salmon streams
Kodiak brown bears are abandoning salmon-their iconic prey-due to climate change, according to a new study.
2017-08-23 00:00:00
Peas that like it hot
As the global climate changes and temperatures continue to rise, heat stress is becoming a major limiting factor for pea cultivation. A new study indicates that pea plants with some specific traits -- such as longer flowering time and higher pod numbers -
2017-08-23 00:00:00
Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel (video)
Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and use some microorganisms to convert your urine and exhaled carbon dioxide into chemicals to make a new tool. That's
2017-08-22 00:00:00
Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air
Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change.
2017-08-21 00:00:00
Polarization for controversial scientific issues increases with more education
A commonly proposed solution to help diffuse the political and religious polarization surrounding controversial scientific issues like evolution or climate change is education.However, Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that the opposite is true
2017-08-21 00:00:00
The winners and losers of Mexico's wind power boom
In 'windy' La Ventosa, a village 700km from Mexico City, residents are renting out their land for wind farms.
2017-08-20 10:23:01
Wood frogs research clarifies risks posed to animals by warming climate
As conditions warm, fish and wildlife living at the southern edge of their species' ranges are most at risk, according to Penn State researchers who led a major collaborative study of how wood frogs are being affected by climate change.
2017-08-19 00:00:00
Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature
Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature, indicates a study in the journal Global Change Biology led by the University of California, Davis. In other words, the more things change, the more they are th
2017-08-18 00:00:00
Drilling begins at Preston New Road
Friends of the Earth and community campaigners are calling on Greg Clark MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, not to give final consent to allow fracking to go ahead in Lancashire, as drilling is reported at Preston New
2017-08-17 17:15:45
Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene
As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced 'wonder' material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind, the research group of SungWoo Nam, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at Il
2017-08-16 00:00:00
Boron nitride foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Rice University researchers create a reusable hexagonal-boron nitride foam that soaks up more than three times its weight in carbon dioxide.
2017-08-16 00:00:00
How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer
The next major volcanic eruption could kick-start chemical reactions that would seriously damage the planet's already besieged ozone layer. The extent of damage to the ozone layer that results from a large, explosive eruption depends on complex atmospheri
2017-08-16 00:00:00
Going 'green' with plant-based resins
Airplanes, electronics and solar cells are all in demand, but the materials holding these items together -- epoxy thermosets -- are not environmentally friendly. Now, a group reports in ACS' journal Macromolecules that they have created a plant-based ther
2017-08-16 00:00:00
'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum
Campaigners plan to plant enough trees to counteract the climate impact of the US President.
2017-08-15 10:57:59
Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide
An early look at ongoing work by a University of Kansas researcher examines alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change.
2017-08-15 00:00:00
Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters
Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change, according to a team of researchers led by a Tufts University scientist.
2017-08-15 00:00:00
Russian scientists deny climate model of IPCC
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University revealed new data on accelerating permafrost degradation in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, which really threatens by huge emissions of bubble methane into the atmosphere and breaks the climate model of the Int
2017-08-15 00:00:00
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change -- but the recovery timescales are significant.
2017-08-15 00:00:00
Ozone treaty taking a bite out of US greenhouse gas emissions
The Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted to restore Earth's protective ozone layer in 1989, has significantly reduced emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals from the United States. In a twist, a new study shows the 30-year old treaty has ha
2017-08-14 00:00:00
Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims
Scientists respond furiously to claims about climate change made in a BBC radio interview.
2017-08-11 10:55:09
Global warming will leave different fingerprints on global subtropical anticyclones
To assess the possible responses of the subtropical anticyclones to greenhouse gases (GHG) forcing, scientists adopted multiple metrics and obtained robust results. Coupled models under GHG forcing show that the subtropical anticyclones over North Pacific
2017-08-11 00:00:00
Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods
In different parts of Europe, rivers are flooding earlier or later because of rising temperatures, say scientists.
2017-08-10 22:58:52
US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record
Long-term global warming and a strong El NiƱo effect combined to set a new record for the planet.
2017-08-10 22:11:34
Al Gore on the Paris agreement, Trump and climate change
The former US vice president says the US will meet its targets "in spite of Donald Trump."
2017-08-10 12:01:43
Human-caused warming likely led to recent streak of record-breaking temperatures
It is 'extremely unlikely' 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.
2017-08-10 00:00:00
Climate change shifts timing of European floods
A linkage between climate change and floods has been identified using a river flow dataset of unparalleled scale and diversity. This is the first time this link has been demonstrated at a continental scale using observational data.
2017-08-10 00:00:00
Climate change means earlier spring flooding for parts of Europe
An analysis of five decades' worth of data finds that climate change is altering the timing of river flooding across Europe.
2017-08-10 00:00:00
UF scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline's sea level rise hot spots
A new study, published online today, shows that seas rose in the southeastern US between 2011 and 2015 by more than six times the global average sea level rise that is already happening due to human-induced global warming. The combined effects of El Ni&#
2017-08-09 00:00:00
FSU research: Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning
A 94-million-year-old climate change event that severely imperiled marine organisms may provide some unnerving insights into long-term trends in our modern oceans, according to a Florida State University researcher.
2017-08-09 00:00:00
Fearing Trump Censorship, Govt. Scientists Leak Alarming Climate Report
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2017-08-08 15:17:13
Not all glaciers in Antarctica have been affected by climate change
A new study by scientists at Portland State University and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that the effects of climate change, which are apparent in other parts of the Antarctic continent, are
2017-08-08 00:00:00
Extreme heat linked to climate change may adversely affect pregnancy
A systematic review links extreme heat exposure to changes in gestation length, birth weight, stillbirth and neonatal stress.
2017-08-08 00:00:00
New scanning process allows unprecedented look inside live insects
Conventional insect scanning usually requires killing the insect. A new collaborative process developed at Western University in London, Canada, shows live insects can be scanned if they're anesthetized temporarily with carbon dioxide.
2017-08-08 00:00:00
'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord
There are huge uncertainties in greenhouse gas totals due to inaccurate data, the BBC finds.
2017-08-07 23:22:58
Emails Show USDA Staff Told to 'Avoid' Term 'Climate Change' Under Trump
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2017-08-07 21:06:25
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
Tiny dents in the surface of graphene greatly enhances its potential as a supercapacitor. Even better, it can be made from carbon dioxide in a novel approach developed by researchers from Michigan Technological University and Brookhaven National Laborator
2017-08-07 00:00:00
Extreme weather 'could kill up to 100,000 a year' in Europe by 2100
Weather-related deaths will spike by 2100 if nothing is done to curb climate change, scientists say.
2017-08-05 03:48:28
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged in a new report by a Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology researcher at George
2017-08-04 00:00:00
National support for fracking at lowest level yet
National support for fracking at lowest level yet UK support for fracking is at its lowest recorded level according to the latest BEIS Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracker reported released today (3 August). Support for fracking has decrea
2017-08-03 11:15:00
Temperatures rising
The Paris Climate Agreement of 2016, which saw 195 nations come together in the shared goal of ameliorating climate change, set forth an ambitious goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Since then, many have wondered, is
2017-08-03 00:00:00
Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change
Researchers investigating nutrients in runoff from agricultural land warn that phosphorus losses will increase, due to climate change, unless this is mitigated by making major changes to agricultural practices.
2017-08-03 00:00:00
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
A survey of tens of thousands of marine studies from the last decade reveals current threats to our marine environment. These include: the effects of climate change, marine plastic pollution, conservation, as well as social and economic impacts. It is hop
2017-08-03 00:00:00
Warming to boost deadly humidity levels across South Asia
By 2100, millions of people could face a lethal threat from heat and humidity driven by global warming.
2017-08-02 18:01:54
Millions may face protein deficiency as a result of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions
If CO2 levels keep rising as projected, the populations of 47 countries may lose more than 5 percent of their dietary protein by 2050 due to a decline in the nutritional value of rice, wheat, and other staple crops, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School o
2017-08-02 00:00:00
Historical wildlife trends reliable for predicting species at risk
Scientists at the University of York have shown that using historical wildlife data provides a more accurate measure of how vulnerable certain species might be to extinction from climate change.
2017-08-02 00:00:00
Deadly heat waves could hit South Asia this century
In South Asia, new MIT research suggests that by the end of this century climate change could lead to summer heat waves with levels of heat and humidity that exceed what humans can survive without protection
2017-08-02 00:00:00
Risk to Europe's most dangerous pathogens revealed
The impact of climate change on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to new research by the University of Liverpool.
2017-08-02 00:00:00
FSU research: Chemical weathering could alleviate some climate change effects
A team of Florida State University scientists has discovered that chemical weathering, a process in which carbon dioxide breaks down rocks and then gets trapped in sediment, can happen at a much faster rate than scientists previously assumed and could pot
2017-08-01 00:00:00
Nanoparticles for 3-D printing in water open door to advanced biomedical materials
A new type of photoinitiator for (3-D printing in water could further the development of biomedical accessories, bring advances in traditional industries such as plastics, and offer an environmentally friendly approach to additive manufacturing.
2017-08-01 00:00:00
Adorable alpine animal acclimates behavior to a changing climate
As climate change brings new pressures to bear on wildlife, species must 'move, adapt, acclimate, or die.' Erik Beever and colleagues review the literature on acclimation through behavioral flexibility, identifying patterns among invertebrates, amphibians
2017-08-01 00:00:00
Study reinforces the Amazon forest's importance in regulating atmospheric chemistry
Airborne measurements show that the Amazon rainforest emits three times more isoprene than was previously estimated. Isoprene is one of the main precursors of ozone and indirectly influences the balance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Benefits of investments in dikes worldwide known
The economic benefits of building dikes to reduce flood damage far outweigh the costs at the global scale. In many parts of the world, it is even possible to reduce the economic damage from river floods in the future to below today's levels, even when cli
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Loss of Arctic sea ice impacting Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
Arctic sea ice is not merely a passive responder to the climate changes occurring around the world, according to new research. Scientists at Yale University and the University of Southampton say the ongoing Arctic ice loss can play an active role in alter
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Aardvarks' fate points to worrying consequences for wildlife, due to climate change
Aardvarks prove to be highly susceptible to the warmer and drier climates that are predicted for the western parts of southern Africa in the future. During the study of a number of aardvarks by researchers of the Brain Function Research Group at the Unive
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Glaciers may have helped warm Earth
Weathering of Earth by glaciers may have warmed the planet over eons by aiding the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A new study shows the cumulative effect may have created negative feedback that prevented runaway glaciation.
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Successful prediction of multi-year US droughts and wildfire risk
A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America. A new model proves capable of much longer-term forecasts
2017-07-31 00:00:00
Methane-eating bacteria in lake deep beneath Antarctic ice
An interdisciplinary team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has concluded that bacteria in a lake 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may digest methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, preventing its relea
2017-07-31 00:00:00
It's Electric: LA First Major US City to Pledge Full Bus Fleet Conversion
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2017-07-28 20:10:51
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Scientists at Berkeley Lab have developed a 'spongy,' light-activated material that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, which can be used to turn into liquid fuels and other useful products. This is done without generating unwanted by products,
2017-07-28 00:00:00
Circles in the sand reveal boating damage to marine biodiversity
The findings of a study by Swansea and Cardiff University scientists highlights the need for boating activities along the UK's beautiful coastlines to be conducted in a more environmentally friendly manner.
2017-07-27 00:00:00
Utilities Knew, Too: Despite Warning Decades Ago, Industry Lied and Deceived on Climate
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2017-07-26 12:57:39
Research at Lake Baikal -- for the protection of a unique ecosystem
As part of the Helmholtz Russia Research Group LaBeglo, UFZ researchers are studying the impact of climate change and environmental toxins on the lake's fauna. In a recent study, together with researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Res
2017-07-26 00:00:00
Atlantic/Pacific ocean temperature difference fuels US wildfires
A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America.
2017-07-26 00:00:00
World's first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.
Each wind turbine is taller than Big Ben and the farm can power 20,000 homes.
2017-07-25 09:28:03
Scientists find secret to cell size in world's biggest food producer
A gene controlling cell size has been identified in a microalgal group which underpins a fifth of the world's food chains.Scientists at The University of East Anglia (UEA) have discovered a gene which regulates the size of diatoms, which contribute 20 per
2017-07-25 00:00:00
'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood
Using a publicly available climate model, Berkeley Lab researchers 'hindcast' the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than wo
2017-07-24 00:00:00
Could 'cocktail geoengineering' save the climate?
Geoengineering is a catch-all term that refers to various theoretical ideas for altering Earth's energy balance to combat climate change. New research from an international team of atmospheric scientists published by Geophysical Research Letters investiga
2017-07-24 00:00:00
World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland
The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.
2017-07-23 19:31:12
Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars
Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary published today in Environmental Communication.
2017-07-23 00:00:00
Trump Furthers War on Science With 'Illegal' Nomination of Climate Denier for Top USDA Sci
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2017-07-21 18:08:28
Watch Live: Bernie Sanders and Al Gore
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2017-07-20 13:33:19
Ancient Italian fossils reveal risk of parasitic infections due to climate change
In 2014, a team of researchers led by a paleobiologist from the University of Missouri found that clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700 years ago) contained clues about how sea level rise due to climate change could foreshadow a rise in parasit
2017-07-20 00:00:00
Study Calls for Rapid "Negative Emissions" as Scientist Warns "Shit's Hitting th
<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
2017-07-19 16:38:34
Aging power plants provide Trump administration with risks and opportunities
When it comes to the current plans to retire US power plants, Carnegie Mellon University researchers believe we are 'running towards a cliff with no fence.'They found that power plant retirement trends will complicate achieving long-term carbon dioxide em
2017-07-19 00:00:00
Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs?
Climate change may be harming the future of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) by impacting the survival rates of pups, according to one of the first studies on how shifting temperatures are impacting tropical species. Led by scientists from ZSL (Zoologica
2017-07-19 00:00:00
Helping EU cities and regions cut carbon emissions
A series of first-ever maps shows regional-scale differences in carbon footprints in the EU. The maps can help guide local and regional policies designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
2017-07-18 00:00:00
Record-breaking marine heatwave powered by climate change cooks Tasmania's fisheries
Climate change has warmed the waters east of Tasmania at four times the speed of the global average. But the heatwave of the southern summer of 2015/2016 was something exceptional, damaging fisheries and bringing new species to the island. It's a sign of
2017-07-17 00:00:00
New model projects an increase in dust storms in the US
A new statistical model developed by researchers at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that climate change will amplify dust activity in parts of the U.S. in the latter half of the 21st century, wh
2017-07-17 00:00:00
Jerry Brown's Climate Plan Just Another 'Handout to Big Oil,' Green Groups Say
<div class="field field--name-field-hp-author field--type-text field--label-hidden"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item even">Jake Johnson, staff writer</div></div></div><d
2017-07-14 17:48:46
Climate change: Biodiversity rescues biodiversity in a warmer world
Climate change leads to loss of biodiversity worldwide. However, ecosystems with a higher biodiversity in the first place might be less affected a new study in Science Advances reports. An international research team found that when they experimentally wa
2017-07-14 00:00:00
Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia: Report
Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian
2017-07-14 00:00:00
When life gives you lemons, make bioplastics!
Chemists at ICIQ in Tarragona developed an environmentally friendly method to produce BPA-free polycarbonate from limonene and CO2.
2017-07-14 00:00:00

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