Switch from cattle fields to 'carbon farms' could tackle climate change, save endangered animals cheaply
(Phys.org) —Changing cattle fields to forests is a cheap way of tackling climate change and saving species threatened with extinction, a new study has found.
One tree's architecture reveals secrets of a forest, study finds
(Phys.org) —Behind the dazzling variety of shapes and forms found in trees hides a remarkably similar architecture based on fundamental, shared principles, UA ecologists have discovered.
Ozone-protection treaty had climate benefits, too, study says
The global treaty that headed off destruction of earth's protective ozone layer has also prevented major disruption of global rainfall patterns, even though that was not a motivation for the treaty, according ...
Research into carbon storage in Arctic tundra reveals unexpected insight into ecosystem resiliency
When UC Santa Barbara doctoral student Seeta Sistla and her adviser, environmental studies professor Josh Schimel, went north not long ago to study how long-term warming in the Arctic affects carbon storage, ...
Biofuels may damage health, researchers find
Concern is growing about finding alternatives to fossil fuels, but the negative impact of one of these—biofuels—may be greater than we first thought, say scientists.
Bengali forests are fading away
Rapid deterioration in mangrove health is occurring in the Sundarbans, resulting in as much as 200m of coast disappearing in a single year.
Researchers find microbes accelerate soil carbon loss
(Phys.org)—New research from scientists at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University suggests that the loss of carbon from soils in response to climate change could be accelerated by unexpected ...
Deep sea temperature reconstruction reveals 1.5 million years of global ice volume history
1.5 million years of climate history revealed after scientists solve mystery of the deep Study successfully reconstructed temperature from the deep sea to reveal how global ice volume has varied over the glacial-interglacial ...
Rising carbon dioxide in atmosphere also speeds carbon loss from forest soils: study
Elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide accelerate carbon cycling and soil carbon loss in forests, new research led by an Indiana University biologist has found.
New data and methods paint clearer picture of emissions from tropical deforestation
A team led by researchers at Winrock International, a U.S. environmental nonprofit organization, has developed an estimate of gross carbon emissions from tropical deforestation for the early 2000s that is considerably lower ...
Highway through Amazon worsens effects of climate change, provides mixed economic gains
Paving a highway across South America is providing lessons on the impact of road construction elsewhere.
Environmental crunch 'worse than thought': OECD
Pressures on Earth's ecosystem are now so great that future generations could be doomed to falling living standards, the OECD said on Thursday in a report looking to the mid-century.
Dry conditions spurred advanced photosynthesis
The need to conserve water played a vital role in driving plants to evolve a specialised form of photosynthesis, scientists have shown.
Food crops damaged by pollution crossing continents
(PhysOrg.com) -- Man-made air pollution from North America causes Europe to lose 1.2 million tonnes of wheat a year, a new study has found.