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A win-win for forests and small-holder dairy farming in East Africa
The native Napier grass could hold the key to improving diets, boosting farming yields and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in East Africa. (2019-10-24)
Atmospheric pressure impacts greenhouse gas emissions from leaky oil and gas wells
Fluctuations in atmospheric pressure can heavily influence how much natural gas leaks from wells below the ground surface at oil and gas sites, according to new University of British Columbia research. (2019-10-18)
Using machine learning to understand climate change
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas added to the atmosphere through both natural and human activities. (2019-10-08)
Ancient Maya canals and fields show early and extensive impacts on tropical forests
New evidence in Belize shows the ancient Maya responded to population and environmental pressures by creating massive agricultural features in wetlands, potentially increasing atmospheric CO2 and methane through burn events and farming, according to geographical research at The University of Texas at Austin published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2019-10-07)
Untapped resource, or greenhouse gas threat, found below rifting axis off Okinawa coast
Using an automated method to create a high-resolution map of the seismic velocity below the seafloor, researchers from Kyushu University found a large-scale gas reservoir in an area where the Earth's upper layers are being separated. (2019-09-20)
Controlling methane is a fast and critical way to slow global warming, say experts
In independent studies, 2 Princeton University research teams recently identified surprisingly large sources of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, being leaked into the atmosphere. (2019-09-20)
'How We Respond' spotlights how US communities are addressing climate change impacts
Communities across the United States are working with scientists to respond to climate change impacts, shows a new report and multimedia resources developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). (2019-09-16)
Geologists found links between deep sea methane emissions and ice ages
Since 2012, researchers at the Division of Bedrock Geology in the Department of Geology of Tallinn University of Technology Aivo Lepland and Tõnu Martma have been engaged in the research of an international research group investigating the factors controlling methane seepages and reconstructing the chronology of past methane emissions in one of the world's most climate-sensitive regions -- the Barents Sea in the Arctic. (2019-09-11)
Nitrogen explosions created craters on Saturn moon Titan
Lakes of liquid methane on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, were likely formed by explosive, pressurized nitrogen just under the moon's surface, according to new research. (2019-09-10)
Microorganisms reduce methane release from the ocean
Bacteria in the Pacific Ocean remove large amounts of the greenhouse gas methane. (2019-09-10)
Promising mobile technologies find methane leaks quickly, Stanford/EDF study finds
Finding natural gas leaks more quickly and at lower cost could reduce methane emissions. (2019-09-10)
Warm on top, cold below: Unexpected greenhouse gas effect in lakes
A research team led by the University of Basel and the University of Montreal examined how the ongoing climate warming affects the 'behavior' of lakes. (2019-09-09)
Methane-producing microorganism makes a meal of iron
A new understanding of how a microorganism produces methane and carbon dioxide could eventually allow researchers to manipulate how much of these important greenhouse gases escape into the atmosphere. (2019-09-04)
Changes in ice volume control seabed methane emissions
New research shows that episodes of methane emission from the seabed off western Svalbard correlate with changing ice volumes in the Arctic. (2019-08-29)
Canadian astronomers determine Earth's fingerprint
Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a 'fingerprint' for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life. (2019-08-28)
Fresh water found in the Norwegian Sea
The discovery was made at 800 meters below the surface in two small canyons on the continental slope outside Lofoten archipelago. (2019-08-28)
Unusual mucous-like substance found buried within seafloor sediment
The location and microbial composition of recently found biofilms are challenging beliefs about methane diffusion. (2019-08-28)
Researchers develop affordable, less intensive methane detection protocol
A new testing protocol that uses existing, affordable water chemistry tests can help scientists and regulators detect sites showing evidence of new methane gas leaks caused by oil and gas drilling, according to Penn State researchers. (2019-08-27)
Origin of massive methane reservoir identified
New research provides evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane -- methane formed by chemical reactions that don't involve organic matter -- on Earth and shows how the gases could have a similar origin on other planets and moons, even those no longer home to liquid water. (2019-08-20)
All-in-one: New microbe degrades oil to gas
The tiny organisms cling to oil droplets and perform a great feat: As a single organism, they may produce methane from oil by a process called alkane disproportionation. (2019-08-20)
Ice sheets impact core elements of the Earth's carbon cycle
The Earth's carbon cycle is crucial in controlling the greenhouse gas content of our atmosphere, and ultimately our climate. (2019-08-15)
New study: Fracking prompts global spike in atmospheric methane
As methane concentrations increase in the Earth's atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new Cornell University research published today in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union. (2019-08-14)
Making microbes that transform greenhouse gases
A new technique will help not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the potential to reduce the overall dependence on petroleum. (2019-08-13)
Natural-gas leaks are important source of greenhouse gas emissions in Los Angeles
Liyin He, a Caltech graduate student, finds that methane in L.A.'s air correlates with the seasonal use of gas for heating homes and businesses (2019-08-12)
Detention basins could catch more than stormwater
Everywhere you go there are stormwater detention basins built near large construction projects intended to control the flow of rainwater and runoff. (2019-08-12)
Methane not released by wind on Mars, experts find
New study rules out wind erosion as the source of methane gas on Mars and moves a step closer to answering the question of whether life exists on other planets. (2019-08-12)
Enhanced natural gas storage to help reduce global warming
Researchers have designed plastic-based materials that can store natural gas more effectively. (2019-08-09)
Stanford scientists create artificial catalysts inspired by living enzymes
Stanford researchers have made a significant advance in the development of artificial catalysts for making cleaner chemicals and fuels at an industrial scale. (2019-08-05)
From greenhouse gas to fuel
University of Delaware scientists are part of an international team of researchers that has revealed a new approach to convert carbon dioxide gas into valuable chemicals and fuels. (2019-08-01)
Scientists take step toward more efficient fuel refinement processes
Researchers at the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocesses Technology (QIBEBT) in China have made headway toward more sustainable and economic fuel production by developing a biochemical approach to allow more control over the conversion of natural gas into potable liquid fuel. (2019-07-31)
Study: Reducing greenhouse gas in rocky mountain region has health, financial benefits
Research by Drexel University and the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests that imposing fees on energy producers that emit greenhouse gas could improve the health and financial well-being of the Rocky Mountain region. (2019-07-25)
Fracking likely to result in high emissions
Natural gas releases fewer greenhouse gases than other fossil fuels. (2019-07-25)
What counts for our climate: Carbon budgets untangled
The more CO2 we emit from burning coal and oil and gas, the more we heat our climate -- this sounds simple, and it is. (2019-07-17)
Fluorine speeds up two-dimensional materials growth
By spatially confining fluorine, scientists could activate feeding gases while disabling its harmful effects. (2019-07-15)
Castor oil-based inhibitors to remove gas hydrate plugs in Arctic deposits
The castor-based waterborne polyurea/urethanes (CWPUUs) were synthesized on the basis of the waterborne technique. (2019-07-08)
Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows
An international team of scientists has shown it is possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions. (2019-07-08)
SMU's 'Titans in a jar' could answer key questions ahead of NASA's space exploration
Researchers from Southern Methodist University (SMU) could help determine if Saturn's icy moon -- Titan -- has ever been home to life long before NASA completes an exploratory visit to its surface by a drone helicopter. (2019-07-03)
Discovery linking microbes to methane emissions could make agriculture more sustainable
Common dairy cows share the same core group of genetically inherited gut microbes, which influence factors such as how much methane the animals release during digestion and how efficiently they produce milk, according to a new study. (2019-07-03)
Methane vanishing on Mars: Danish researchers propose new mechanism as an explanation.
Wind-driven erosion of minerals on Mars may be the reason why methane disappears so rapidly on the red planet. (2019-07-02)
Scientists discover processes to lower methane emissions from animals
University of Otago scientists are part of an international research collaboration which has made an important discovery in the quest to lower global agricultural methane emissions. (2019-07-01)
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