New research suggests economic stagnation is no excuse for climate inaction
Policymakers should be paying more, rather than less, attention to tackling climate change in economically tough times, a new study suggests. As economies have stagnated major emitters of CO2 seem unwilling ...
How climate-friendly is your cup of coffee?
Coffee drinkers are encouraged to buy environmentally-friendly coffee, whether it be certified, organic or shade coffee (grown under the shade of trees that are important habitat for birds), but how effective are these ways ...
Underwater survival story presents physics puzzle
(Phys.org) —When Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Maxim Umansky flipped through the news, a startling underwater survival story caught his attention. In May, a boat cook survived a 60-hour ...
Atmospheric CO2 likely altering ocean foodchain, research says
Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, according to a new study.
New catalyst could cut cost of making hydrogen fuel
(Phys.org) —A discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may represent a significant advance in the quest to create a "hydrogen economy" that would use this abundant element to store and transfer energy.
Chemistry researchers closing in on new atomic force microscope
(Phys.org) —A high-power atomic force microscope that could revolutionize the study of materials at high temperatures and pressures is coming into focus in a Wright State University lab.
Major changes needed for coral reef survival
To prevent coral reefs around the world from dying off, deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions are required, says a new study from Carnegie's Katharine Ricke and Ken Caldeira. They find that all existing coral ...
Projections of climate change impacts on wheat production uncertain: A call for model improvement
Crop models estimating wheat yields disagree considerably under climate change scenarios. The largest worldwide crop model ensemble study proves that uncertainties in simulated impacts increase with carbon dioxide concentrations ...
Research sheds light on coal seam gas versus renewable energy
(Phys.org) —A shift from coal-fired to gas-fired power generation will not significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions, new research by the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland has found.
Hunger affects decision making and perception of risk
Hungry people are often difficult to deal with. A good meal can affect more than our mood, it can also influence our willingness to take risks. This phenomenon is also apparent across a very diverse range ...
Study shows wind and solar plant benefits vary by location
Researchers explore 'inner space' to predict our water future
Leonardo da Vinci once remarked "we know more about celestial bodies than the Earth underfoot", and in 500 years not a lot has changed - especially where most of our fresh water is concerned.
Power plant limits at center of Obama climate plan
President Barack Obama is taking climate change efforts into his own hands, proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Clock ticking for Obama climate change push
President Barack Obama is running out of time to make good on his lofty vow to confront climate change head-on, and Congress is in no mood to help.