• ethane
    Global Ethane Emissions Up After Long-Term Decline

    Ethane, a potent greenhouse gas, was in decline globally after a peak in 1970 due to improved emission controls on automobiles as well as oil and gas production, storage and distribution. A study from the University of...

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    Soil Erosion Model Tackles Missing Carbon Sink

    Predicting climate change effects is only possible with an accurate understanding of the world’s carbon budget. Scientists at Georgia Tech show in a recent study that a missing sink in estimates of the world carbon budget might...

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    Biosphere 2 To Host Large-Scale Weather Experiment

    This summer, a first of its kind experiment seeks to shed light on chemical weathering, according to a New Scientist article. Biosphere 2, an artificial ecosystem in the Arizona desert, will host a large-scale study to increase...

  • Urban Heat Island
    Parks Can Reduce Urban Heat Island

    Using the densest urban temperature sensor network in the world, University of Wisconsin - Madison researchers investigate effects of urban heat island.

  • carbon dioxide
    Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide To Stone

    A new method puts carbon dioxide on lockdown, according to a recent article by Live Science. In Iceland, researchers took carbon dioxide spewed from a geothermal power plant and treated it to a sped-up version of rock...

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    Improvements In Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy: Better Gas Detection

    Cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) hasn’t been widely used in environmental monitoring applications because of its susceptibility to vibrations, which can greatly reduce its sensitivity. While a lab environment may be vibration-free, it’s unlikely in the field where...

  • sulfur dioxide
    Satellite Images Reveal 39 Unreported Sulfur Dioxide Sources

    NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada and collaborating scientific universities found 2005-2014 satellite images were capable of showing 39 sulfur dioxide sources that were previously unreported. The unreported sources were largely from the Middle East, Mexico and...

  • secondary organic aerosols
    Oil Sands Largest Producer Of Secondary Organic Aerosols In North America

    Secondary organic aerosols are a type of anthropogenic emission known to cause great harm to people and climate. The aerosol particles of this type of pollutant are 2.5 microns or less in diameter, a breathable size that...

  • grasslands
    More Grasslands Burning Could Preserve Kansas’ Flint Hills Ecosystems

    In order to preserve delicate ecosystems, a new study advocates for increased cullings of grasslands, according to a Kansas State University release. University researchers say planned burning of the Flint Hills grasslands should be more regular than...

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    For Some Bees, Climate Change Could Be Good

    The latest scientific buzz is that climate change could be good for certain bees, according to a press release from Pensoft Publishers. Australian small carpenter bees’ numbers seemed to have increased exponentially after the previous Ice Age.The...

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    Aerial Data Improve Hurricane Intensity Predictions Up To 15 Percent

    Penn State researchers have utilized a large amount of hurricane hunter data in statistical and dynamical models and used it in efforts to improve hurricane intensity predictions. While predictions of a hurricane’s path have become much improved...

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    Europe Lags Behind U.S. In Cutting Air Pollution

    European countries are lagging behind the United States when it comes to cutting air pollution, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). To make the determination, the organization compiled air quality data from...

  • black carbon
    Smaller Grids Improve Black Carbon Aerosol Estimates In Arctic

    Black carbon aerosol particulates produced by incomplete burning of biomass, fossil fuels and agricultural waste can influence the Arctic climate by absorbing sunlight and causing atmospheric warming. They can also darken the snow, reducing reflectance and warming...

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    Phreatic Eruptions Follow Changes In Gas Composition

    Scientists measure gas emissions from crater lake at Poas Volcano in Costa Rica to determine precursors to phreatic eruptions.

  • methane emissions
    California, Colorado Lead In Controlling Methane Emissions

    California and Colorado are leading other U.S. states when it comes to acting to reduce methane emissions, according to a report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Governments of the two states have moved quicker in...