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'Goldilocks' stars may be 'just right' for finding habitable worlds
A new study finds a particular class of stars called K stars, which are dimmer than the Sun but brighter than the faintest stars, may be particularly promising targets for searching for signs of life. (2019-03-07)
New key players in the methane cycle
Methane is not only a powerful greenhouse gas, but also a source of energy. (2019-03-04)
Montana State team discovers 'incredibly' diverse microbial community high in Yellowstone
Montana State University researchers Dan Colman and Eric Boyd published their findings from a Smoke Jumper Geyser Basin hot spring in the journal Nature Communications earlier this month. (2019-02-27)
Researchers discover a flipping crab feeding on methane seeps
Researchers have documented a group of tanner crabs vigorously feeding at a methane seep on the seafloor off British Columbia -- one of the first times a commercially harvested species has been seen using this energy source. (2019-02-20)
Climate-friendly labriculture depends on an energy revolution, says Oxford study
In a first-of-its-kind study from the Oxford Martin School, the climate-change impact of several production methods for lab-grown and farmed beef was assessed accounting for the differing greenhouse gases produced. (2019-02-19)
Carbon gas storage cavern is the best way to obtain clean energy from a fossil fuel
The Research Center for Gas Innovation is developing technology to separate CO2 and methane in oil and gas exploration and store it in offshore salt caverns. (2019-02-13)
Hubble reveals dynamic atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered another mysterious dark storm on Neptune and provided a fresh look at a long-lived storm circling around the north polar region on Uranus. (2019-02-07)
Diffusing the methane bomb: We can still make a difference
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, causing the carbon containing permafrost that has been frozen for tens or hundreds of thousands of years to thaw and release methane into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to global warming. (2019-02-06)
Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent
A UW-led team has found that early spring rainfall warms up a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes. (2019-02-04)
China's regulations unsuccessful in curbing methane emissions
China, already the world's leading emitter of human-caused greenhouse gases, continues to pump increasing amounts of climate-changing methane into the atmosphere despite tough new regulations on gas releases from its coal mines, a new Johns Hopkins study shows. (2019-01-29)
China not 'walking the walk' on methane emissions
In China, regulations to reduce methane emissions from coal mining took full effect in 2010 and required methane to be captured or to be converted into carbon dioxide. (2019-01-29)
Worms can process rice straw, scientists discover
A team of scientists from I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) discovered that earthworms efficiently process rice straw and enrich the soil with organic matter increasing its fertility and preventing the burning of the straw that takes quite long to naturally decompose. (2019-01-24)
SwRI scientist sheds light on Titan's mysterious atmosphere
A new Southwest Research Institute study tackles one of the greatest mysteries about Titan, one of Saturn's moons: the origin of its thick, nitrogen-rich atmosphere. (2019-01-23)
Researchers find new ways to harness wasted methane
A recent study, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) presented new ways to harness wasted methane. (2019-01-18)
Understanding physics could lead to big gains in shale oil recovery
Oil companies are missing out on vast sums of recoverable oil in unconventional reservoirs, according to Penn State experts. (2019-01-14)
Melting ice sheets release tons of methane into the atmosphere, study finds
The Greenland Ice Sheet emits tons of methane according to a new study, showing that subglacial biological activity impacts the atmosphere far more than previously thought. (2019-01-03)
Huge reserves of iron in Western Siberia might originate from under an ancient sea
World's largest Bakchar iron ore deposit is located at the place of an ancient sea in West Siberia, Russia. (2018-12-21)
New study first to predict which oil and gas wells are leaking methane
A new study in Environmental Geosciences is the first to predict -- with up to 87 percent accuracy -- which oil and natural wells are most likely to be leaking methane. (2018-12-20)
Preventing concrete bridges from falling apart
A new study published in EPJ B examines the adverse effects of the adsorption of natural gas constituents found in our environment -- and mixtures of several such gases -- into one of the materials that make up concrete: cement hydrate. (2018-12-19)
Changes in agriculture could cut sector non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent
The agricultural sector is the world's largest source of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, and IIASA-led research has found that changing agricultural practices and a shift in diet away from meat and dairy products could reduce the sector's emissions by up to 50 percent by 2050 compared to a situation without mitigation efforts. (2018-12-17)
New scientific evidence builds a stronger case for the Endangerment Finding
In the years since the US Environmental Protection Agency's 2009 (EPA) establishment of the 'Endangerment Finding,' a landmark redefinition of harmful greenhouse gasses to pollution, scientific information concerning the impacts and risks of climate change has continued to accumulate. (2018-12-13)
Online game trains players how to sort waste correctly
A simple online game can teach people to more accurately sort waste--with lasting results, a new UBC study has found. (2018-12-11)
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2018
ORNL story tips: ORNL solved methane mystery through tree trunk, soil study; neutrons unlock secrets of corn nanoparticles; lithium-ion battery study could inform safer designs; corrosion tests could advance molten salt reactor designs; thought leaders discuss sea of energy change at maritime risk meeting. (2018-12-04)
Greenhouse gas 'detergent' recycles itself in atmosphere: NASA study
A simple molecule in the atmosphere that acts as a 'detergent' to breakdown methane and other greenhouse gases has been found to recycle itself to maintain a steady global presence in the face of rising emissions, according to new NASA research. (2018-11-30)
Newly discovered deep-sea microbes gobble greenhouse gases and perhaps oil spills, too
Scientists have discovered nearly two dozen new types of microbes, many of which use hydrocarbons such as methane and butane as energy sources--meaning they might be helping to limit the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and might one day be useful for cleaning up oil spills. (2018-11-27)
Urgent need to reduce meat and dairy consumption to meet climate targets, says expert
The livestock sector could use almost half of the 1.5 degree C greenhouse gas emission budget allowed by 2030, so addressing this should be a key part of the strategy to hit climate targets, according to a new study published in Climate Policy. (2018-11-26)
Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers
Large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane are being released from an Icelandic glacier, scientists have discovered. (2018-11-20)
Exoplanet stepping stones
New observations of a young gas giant demonstrate the power of a ground-based method for searching for signatures of life. (2018-11-20)
Ground and stream water clues reveal shale drilling impacts
Chemical clues in waters near Marcellus Shale gas wells in rural Pennsylvania can identify new drilling-related sources of methane contamination, according to scientists. (2018-11-19)
Researchers have assembled Eurasian perch genome
Eurasian perch (Latin name Perca fluviatilis) genome, which is three times smaller than the human genome, yet contains about a billion nucleotides and more than 23,000 genes, discovered Estonian and Finnish scientists. (2018-10-30)
Reducing methane emissions can play a key role in reducing ozone worldwide
A new JRC report points to inexpensive and profitable solutions to reduce methane emissions in the energy, waste, wastewater and agriculture sectors. (2018-10-30)
Finally, a robust fuel cell that runs on methane at practical temperatures
Either exorbitantly expensive fuel or insanely hot temperatures have made fuel cells a boutique proposition, but now there's one that runs on cheap methane and at much lower temperatures. (2018-10-29)
Study reconciles persistent gap in natural gas methane emissions measurements
A new study offers answers to questions that have puzzled policymakers, researchers and regulatory agencies through decades of inquiry and evolving science: How much total methane, a greenhouse gas, is being emitted from natural gas operations across the US? (2018-10-29)
Did eating starchy foods give humans an evolutionary advantage?
Gene AMY1, which kickstarts digestion of starch in the mouth, is associated with blood glucose levels and digestion of carbohydrates, with implications for understanding human evolutionary biology and the gut microbiome. (2018-10-17)
High-performance self-assembled catalyst for SOFC
An international team of researchers , affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has unveiled a novel catalyst that can significantly enhance the performance of perovskite electrodes in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell. (2018-10-12)
Innovative sensing technique could improve greenhouse gas analysis
An international team of researchers has used an unconventional imaging technique known as ghost imaging to make spectroscopic measurements of a gas molecule. (2018-10-10)
New York City area wetlands may be unwitting generator of greenhouse gasses
A new study from researchers at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York suggests that New York City-area wetlands are capable of using CSO inputs in a manner that actually increases greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide and methane. (2018-10-09)
Improving paleotemperature reconstruction: Swiss lakes as a model system
For years, scientists have been trying to determine the climate of the past in order to make better predictions about future climate conditions. (2018-10-08)
Observing the development of a deep-sea greenhouse gas filter
In a long-term study, marine scientists from Bremen for the first time observed the colonization of a deep-sea mud volcano after its eruption. (2018-09-28)
Interpreting new findings of methane on Mars
New data from the Mars Science Laboratory demonstrating the presence of methane presents novel challenges to explain how it was formed and what it suggests about the potential for life to exist or be supported on Mars. (2018-09-26)
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