Researchers clarify impact of permafrost thaw
As the Earth's climate continues to warm, researchers are working to understand how human-driven emissions of carbon dioxide will affect the release of naturally occurring greenhouse gases from arctic permafrost. ...
Global carbon dioxide levels reach new monthly record (Update)
In another ominous sign of human-caused climate change, US government scientists said Wednesday that global carbon dioxide concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million.
Whitening the Arctic Ocean: May restore sea ice, but not climate
Some scientists have suggested that global warming could melt frozen ground in the Arctic, releasing vast amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, greatly amplifying global warming. ...
Partially logged rainforests could be emitting more carbon than previously thought
Global carbon emissions from forests could have been underestimated because calculations have not fully accounted for the dead wood from logging.
Unexplained gap in global emissions of potent greenhouse gases resolved
Reported emissions of a group of potent greenhouse gases from developed countries are shown to be largely accurate, but for the wrong reasons, according to new findings from an international team, led by ...
Study blames global warming for 75 percent of very hot days
If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man's effects on climate.
Heat still on despite warming slowdown
The recent slowdown in the rise of global average air temperatures will make no difference to how much the planet will warm by 2100, a new study has found.
Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax
Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.
Wetlands continue to reduce nitrates
Wetlands created 20 years ago between tile-drained agricultural fields and the Embarras River were recently revisited for a new two-year University of Illinois research project. Results show an overall 62 ...
Finding ways to use excess carbon dioxide
When Chemical and Biomedical Engineering student Monica Padilla graduates this week with her Master's degree, she will have the satisfaction of knowing her research helped develop the science to answer the ...
Report highlights enormous potential of affordable solar energy
Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity's future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions—but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing ...
Japan eyeing 26% greenhouse gas cut: officials
Japan is planning to pledge a 26 percent cut in its greenhouse gas emissions from 2013 levels, ahead of a global summit on climate change this year, officials said Friday.
New federal rules on hydraulic fracturing a good start, say experts
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently revamped 25-year-old rules for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian lands to deal with environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing.
Japan eyes nuclear for a fifth of electricity supply
A fifth of Japan's electricity supply should come from nuclear power generation, the country's industry ministry said Tuesday, despite widespread opposition in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster.