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    Green, Cool Roofs May Be Key To Cooling Cities Down

    Urban heat island keeps cities warmer than surrounding land, but research near Chicago finds green or cool roofs have promising impacts on city temperatures.

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    Risk Of Wildfires In Future Largely Depends On Population Changes

    Global warming tends to increase the risk of wildfires by drying the things that fuel them like trees, grasses and other vegetation. The role of carbon dioxide actually helps to decrease that risk, largely because the gas...

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    Saving The Amazon By Selling Tea

    Selling tea could save the Amazon, according to a recent Scientific American article. Runa LLC is partnering with Kichwa villagers to preserve the Ecuadorian Amazon by purchasing guayusa tea leaves. Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie, founders of...

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    Dry, Wet Thawing Permafrost Soils Affect Greenhouse Gas Ratios

    Numerous studies into thawing permafrost soils reveal insights into carbon dioxide and methane ratios impacting the permafrost carbon feedback loop.

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    Precipitation Most Important For Western Snowpack, To A Point

    Scientists at the University of Utah have further pinpointed the dynamics at play in the buildup of snowpack, according to a release. Their research focused on Utah’s Wasatch Mountains as well as other ranges in the West....

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    May 2016 Global Temperatures Hottest Ever Recorded

    A super El Niño event in 2016 combined with anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions has so far created the hottest year in over 136 years, NASA scientists believe. Researchers are troubled by the trend, as 2014 and 2015...

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    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...

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    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.

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...