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A new way to use herbicides: To sterilize, not kill weeds
Using herbicides to sterilize rather than to kill weedy grasses might be a more economical and environmentally sound weed-control strategy, according to a study by Agricultural Research Service scientists and a cooperator. (2010-05-05)
Sea ice plays a pivotal role in the Arctic methane cycle
The ice-covered Arctic Ocean is a more important factor concerning the concentration of the greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere than previously assumed. (2015-11-13)
Nitrous oxide: definitely no laughing matter
Farmers, food suppliers, policy-makers, business leaders and environmentalists are joining forces to confront the threat of the (2008-02-18)
UC Berkeley chemists installing first carbon dioxide sensor network in Oakland
Using inexpensive detectors that fit inside a shoebox, UC Berkeley chemists are installing a network of sensors -- the nation's first -- in Oakland, Calif., to allow neighborhood-by-neighborhood, real-time monitoring of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. (2012-06-27)
UM researchers: Leafcutter ants emit as much N2O as wastewater treatment tanks
Tropical forests are one of the largest natural sources of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), and a tiny insect may play a big role in how those emissions are spread out across the landscape. (2019-01-08)
New method for extracting radioactive elements from air and water
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have successfully tested a material that can extract atoms of rare or dangerous elements such as radon from the air. (2014-07-20)
Palau's coral reefs show differential habitat recovery following the 1998 bleaching event
Coral reef bleaching, believed to be one of the detrimental effects of climate change, may receive a welcomed (2007-05-15)
Warming North Atlantic water tied to heating Arctic, according to new study
The temperatures of North Atlantic Ocean water flowing north into the Arctic Ocean adjacent to Greenland -- the warmest water in at least 2,000 years -- are likely related to the amplification of global warming in the Arctic, says a new international study involving the University of Colorado Boulder. (2011-01-27)
USDA announces $21 million available for bioeconomy research and development
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $21 million to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training for the next generation of scientists that will expand availability of renewable, sustainable goods and energy. (2016-05-18)
Study finds that plant growth responses to high carbon dioxide depend on symbiotic fungi
Research by an international team of environmental scientists from the United Kingdom, Belgium and United States, including Indiana University, has found that plants that associate with one type of symbiotic fungi grow bigger in response to high levels of carbon dioxide, or CO2, in the atmosphere, but plants that associate with the other major type of symbiotic fungi do not. (2016-06-30)
Pitt researchers developing sponge-like material to more efficiently store natural gas
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering are utilizing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to develop a new type of storage system that would adsorb natural gas like a sponge and allow for more energy-efficient storage and use. (2016-01-20)
15-year study: When it comes to creating wetlands, Mother Nature is in charge
Fifteen years of studying two experimental wetlands has convinced Bill Mitsch that turning the reins over to Mother Nature makes the most sense when it comes to this area of ecological restoration. (2012-03-07)
A closer look at the flawed studies behind policies used to promote 'low-carbon' biofuels
Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a University of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades. (2015-02-05)
Wind energy provides 8 percent of Europe's electricity
EU's grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8 percent of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland. (2015-07-24)
Methane-eating microbes may reduce release of gases as Antarctic ice sheets melt
A new paper co-author by a University of Florida researcher reveals that a lake beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet contains large amounts of methane and describes how methane-eating microbes may keep the climate-warming gas from entering the atmosphere. (2017-07-31)
Biochar may boost carbon storage, but benefits to germination and growth appear scant
Biochar may not be the miracle soil additive that many farmers and researchers hoped it to be, according to a new University of Illinois study. (2019-06-19)
Cosmic rays are not the cause of climate change, scientists say
Eleven Earth and space scientists say that a recent paper attributing most climate change on Earth to cosmic rays is incorrect and based on questionable methodology. (2004-01-22)
Woods Hole Research Center scientist furthering discussion of soil carbon decomposition
Global warming may stimulate decomposition of soil organic matter, releasing heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas to the atmosphere, possibly causing global warming to increase further. (2006-03-08)
How to tell when a sewage pipe needs repair -- before it bursts
The nation's sewer system is a topic most people would prefer to avoid, but its aging infrastructure is wearing out, and broken pipes leaking raw sewage into streets and living rooms are forcing the issue. (2014-06-04)
Jupiter's Largest Moon Has Thin Oxygen Atmosphere
A Johns Hopkins-led team using the Hubble Space Telescope has found evidence of a thin oxygen atmosphere on Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon. (1996-10-23)
New evidence that global warming fuels stronger Atlantic hurricanes
Atmospheric scientists have uncovered fresh evidence to support the hotly debated theory that global warming has contributed to the emergence of stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. (2007-02-28)
Technotes -- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's summer news tipsheet
Research highlights from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (1999-07-01)
NASA finds 2004 fourth warmest in over a century
Last year was the fourth warmest year on average for our planet since the late 1800s, according to NASA scientists. (2005-02-09)
Researchers identify process for improving durability of glass
Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris have identified a method for manufacturing longer-lasting and stronger forms of glass. (2015-03-10)
Quantum trimer -- from a distance
Some years ago, Rudolf Grimm's team of quantum physicists in Innsbruck provided experimental proof of Efimov states -- a phenomenon that until then had been known only in theory. (2014-05-13)
Researchers discover how soils control atmospheric hydrogen
Researchers at New Zealand's University of Otago are helping to clear up an enduring mystery regarding the composition of the Earth's atmosphere. (2014-03-03)
More than 90% of glacier volume in the Alps could be lost by 2100
New research on how glaciers in the European Alps will fare under a warming climate has come up with concerning results. (2019-04-09)
Electron tomography with 3,487 images in 3.5 seconds
Scientists from the Ernst Ruska-Centre used a transmission electron microscope to record almost 3,500 images in 3.5 seconds for the reconstruction of a 3-D electron tomogram. (2015-10-05)
When the Arctic coast retreats, life in the shallow water areas drastically changes
The thawing and erosion of Arctic permafrost coasts has dramatically increased in the past years and the sea is now consuming more than 20 meters of land per year at some locations. (2017-01-04)
Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert US to 100 percent renewable energy
Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy. (2015-06-08)
Electronic nose could spell the end of landfill pongs
Scientists at the University of Manchester have invented a new device which remotely monitors bad odours and methane gases at waste landfill and water treatment sites. (2006-01-05)
Toward reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the Internet and telecommunications
Amid growing concern over the surprisingly large amount of greenhouse gas produced by the Internet and other telecommunications activities, researchers are reporting new models of emissions and energy consumption that could help reduce their carbon footprint. (2013-01-02)
Stronger coastal winds due to climate change may have far-reaching effects
Future increases in wind strength along the California coast may have far-reaching effects, including more intense upwelling of cold water along the coast early in the season and increased fire danger in Southern California, according to researchers at the Climate Change and Impacts Laboratory at UC Santa Cruz. (2008-12-19)
Forget about leprechauns, engineers are catching rainbows
University at Buffalo engineers have created a more efficient way to catch rainbows, an advancement in photonics that could lead to technological breakthroughs in solar energy, stealth technology and other areas of research. (2013-02-15)
Miscanthus has a fighting chance against weeds
University of Illinois research reports that several herbicides used on corn also have good selectivity to Miscanthus x giganteus (Giant Miscanthus), a potential bioenergy feedstock. (2011-01-10)
Nitrogen management studied in greenhouse pepper production
Bell pepper was used in a study designed to reduce environmental pollution by increasing nitrogen use efficiency. (2014-01-31)
Tropical cyclones on track to grow more intense as temperatures rise
Powerful tropical cyclones like the super typhoon that lashed Taiwan with 150-mile-per-hour winds last week and then flooded parts of China are expected to become even stronger as the planet warms. (2016-07-14)
Algae could fuel cars and jobs
The production of biodiesel from algae could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help to address future fuel shortages and create jobs in rural Australia. (2009-03-04)
Scientists drilling first deep ice core at the South Pole
The 40,000-year record will be the first deep core from this part of Antarctica, and the first record longer than 3,000 years collected south of 82 degrees latitude. (2015-01-20)
Scientists predict gradual, prolonged permafrost greenhouse gas emissions
A new scientific synthesis suggests a gradual, prolonged release of greenhouse gases from permafrost soils in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, which may afford society more time to adapt to environmental changes, say scientists in an April 9 paper published in Nature. (2015-04-08)
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