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Climate Change Seeps into the Sea

(PhysOrg.com) -- Good news has turned out to be bad. The ocean has helped slow global warming by absorbing much of the excess heat and heat-trapping carbon dioxide that has been going into the atmosphere since ...

Oct 24, 2008 3.3 / 5 (43) 22

Igloo-shaped 'Poo-Gloos' eat sewage

Inexpensive igloo-shaped, pollution-eating devices nicknamed "Poo-Gloos" can clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities for towns outgrowing their waste-treatment lagoons, ...

Jan 09, 2011 5 / 5 (28) 6 | with audio podcast

Ecologists discover forests are growing faster

Speed is not a word typically associated with trees; they can take centuries to grow. However, a new study to be published the week of Feb. 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence that f ...

Feb 01, 2010 4.7 / 5 (28) 19 | with audio podcast

Global warming's ecosystem double whammy

Plants and soils act like sponges for atmospheric carbon dioxide, but new research finds that one abnormally warm year can suppress the amount of carbon dioxide taken up by some grassland ecosystems for up to two years. The ...

Sep 17, 2008 3.5 / 5 (38) 6

Cow power could generate electricity for millions

Converting livestock manure into a domestic renewable fuel source could generate enough electricity to meet up to three per cent of North America's entire consumption needs and lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse ...

Jul 24, 2008 3.8 / 5 (35) 6