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  • Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Researchers reveal why Arctic sea ice began to melt in the middle of winter two years ago -- and that the increased melting of ice in summer is linked to recurring periods of fair weather. […]

  • Scientists home in on a potential Anthropocene 'Golden Spike'
    on January 16, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Scientists are reviewing the potential settings where a global reference section for the Anthropocene might be searched. […]

  • Magnetic liquids improve energy efficiency of buildings
    on January 16, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Climate protection and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions have been on top of global development agendas. Accordingly, research and development projects have been conducted on national and international levels, which aim for the improvement of the CO2-footprint in diverse processes. Apart from particularly energy-intensive sectors of the industry, the building sector in particular is among the biggest CO2-emmitters: from residential homes, manufacturing facilities and storage depots to big commercial buildings, about 40 percent of the energy consumption within the EU are due to the heating, cooling, air conditioning and lighting of buildings. […]

  • Unexpected environmental source of methane discovered
    on January 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Roughly 10 percent of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms contain the genetic code for manufacturing a back-up enzyme, called iron iron-only nitrogenase, to do their job. New research reveals that this enzyme allows these microorganisms to convert nitrogen gas to ammonia and carbon dioxide into methane at the same time. This enzymatic pathway is a previously unknown route for the natural biological production of methane. […]

  • Nature has more than one way to make methane
    on January 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Biochemists report a bacterial, iron-only nitrogenase pathway for methane formation. […]

  • Scientists home in on a potential Anthropocene 'Golden Spike'
    on January 15, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    A new study suggests that key geological markers align towards a start for the Anthropocene somewhere between 1952 to 1955, based on signals from nuclear testing and fossil fuel burning. […]

  • Sanchi oil spill contamination could take three months to reach mainland
    on January 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Water contaminated by the oil currently leaking into the ocean from the Sanchi tanker collision is likely to take at least three months to reach land, and if it does the Korean coast is the most likely location. However, the oil's fate is highly uncertain, as it may burn, evaporate, or mix into the surface ocean and contaminate the environment for an extended duration. […]

  • Thinking outside the box on climate mitigation
    on January 12, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    A new article lays the groundwork for alternative climate mitigation scenarios that place less reliance on unproven negative emissions technologies in the future. […]

  • Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather
    on January 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, wildfires and flooding. The new research is the first reconstruction of historical changes in the North Atlantic jet stream prior to the 20th century. By using tree rings, the researchers developed a historical look at the position of the North Atlantic jet back to 1725. […]

  • Rising CO2 is causing trouble in freshwaters too, study suggests
    on January 11, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere rise, more CO2 gets absorbed into seawater. As a result, the world's oceans have grown more acidic over time, causing a wide range of well-documented problems for marine animals and ecosystems. Now, researchers present some of the first evidence that similar things are happening in freshwaters too. […]

  • Climate impacts of deforestation
    on January 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Deforestation is likely to warm the climate even more than originally thought, scientists warn. Research has found reactive gases emitted by trees and vegetation have an overall cooling effect on our climate, meaning deforestation would lead to higher temperatures than previously anticipated as less of the gases would be created. […]

  • Machine learning predicts new details of geothermal heat flux beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet
    on January 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    A new article uses machine learning for the first time to craft an improved model for understanding geothermal heat flux -- heat emanating from the Earth's interior -- below the Greenland Ice Sheet. […]

  • Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world's largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes. […]

  • As climate is warming up, more bird nests are destroyed in Finnish farmland
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    A new study shows that birds have shifted the time of their breeding much faster than the farmers are anticipating their sowing times in Finnish farmland. This means that more birds are nowadays laying their eggs on fields that are still to be sown, a mismatch in timing that is most likely fatal for the bird nests. […]

  • Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest
    on January 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists have unraveled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest. The findings can help to understand the effect of climate change on forest biodiversity and what we can do to protect it. […]

  • Adaptation now: River flood risks increase around the globe under future warming
    on January 10, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flood risks across the globe. Already today, fluvial floods are among the most common and devastating natural disasters. Scientists have now calculated the required increase in flood protection until the 2040s worldwide, breaking it down to single regions and cities. They find that the need for adaptation is greatest in the US, parts of India and Africa, Indonesia, and in Central Europe including Germany. Inaction would expose many millions of people to severe flooding. […]

  • Body size of marine plankton, currents keys to dispersal in ocean
    on January 10, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    A new international study found that the size of plankton, and the strength and direction of currents, are key to how they are dispersed in the ocean -- much more so than physical conditions including differences in temperature, salinity and nutrient availability. […]

  • Interconnected benefits of urban agriculture
    on January 10, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Researchers have assessed the value of urban agriculture and quantified its benefits at global scale. […]

  • Personal growth often coexists with post-traumatic stress following natural disasters
    on January 10, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    The 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, was one of the most destructive in US history -- killing 161 people, injuring 1,150 and destroying approximately one-third of the city's homes. Researchers have found that survivors of natural disasters have the potential to experience positive changes or growth in addition to the stress they experience. Researchers say this finding can help those working in communities after a disaster. […]

  • Combined effects of climate change and forest fires
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    A new study has tracked the ebb and flow of ecosystem changes over the last 10,000 years, showing patterns that could shed light on current climate change and its role in shaping the world's forests. […]

  • Human-perceived temperature is rising faster than actual air temperature
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Researchers have found the apparent temperature (AP)increased faster than air temperature (AT) over land in the past few decades, especially in the low latitude areas, and the rise is expected to continue in the future. […]

  • Strong support for ocean protection: Study
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection. […]

  • Earthquakes as a driver for the deep-ocean carbon cycle
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Geologists have used novel methods to analyze sediment deposits in the Japan Trench in order to gain new insights into the carbon cycle. […]

  • New tipping point prediction model offers insights to diminishing bee colonies
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    A new method to predict tipping points -- the moment at which sudden change occurs in complex networked systems -- may offer insights that prevent colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon in which the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear, threatening the agricultural economy at a global level. […]

  • Life on land and tropical overheating 250 million years ago
    on January 10, 2018 at 2:49 am

    One of the key effects of the end-Permian mass extinction, 252 million years ago, was rapid heating of tropical waters and atmospheres. How this affected life on land has been uncertain until now. New research shows how early reptiles were expelled from the tropics. […]

  • Parasites and hosts may respond differently to a warmer world
    on January 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Organisms infected by parasites may respond differently to changes in temperature than their uninfected counterparts, according to new research. […]

  • Climate change drives collapse in marine food webs
    on January 9, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    A new study has found that levels of commercial fish stocks could be harmed as rising sea temperatures affect their source of food. […]

  • Grocery store program improves farmers' adoption of environmental practices
    on January 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level. […]

  • Spotty coverage: Climate models underestimate cooling effect of daily cloud cycle
    on January 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Researchers have found that the climate models scientists use to project future conditions on our planet underestimate the cooling effect that clouds have on a daily basis, which results in warmer, drier conditions than might actually occur. The researchers found that inaccuracies in accounting for the daily cloud cycle did not seem to invalidate climate projections, but did increase the margin of error for understanding how climate change will affect us. […]

  • Lake Michigan waterfowl botulism deaths linked to warm waters, algae
    on January 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Volunteers tracked bird deaths along Lake Michigan from 2010 to 2013 to discover what conditions lead to large die-offs. The researchers found that warm waters and algae -- both of which have become more frequent over the years -- tended to precede bird deaths, likely because they promoted the growth of botulism toxin-producing bacteria. […]