Babbling brooks adding to climate change?
(Phys.org) —Studying stream bubbles isn't exactly a walk in the park. What, with the mud and ticks, the long days hiking and swimming through mucky streams, the sun exposure and scratching brush.
How climate change affects microbial life below the seafloor
Traces of past microbial life in sediments off the coast of Peru document how the microbial ecosystem under the seafloor has responded to climate change over hundreds of thousands of years. For more than ...
Stinky gases emanating from landfills could transform into clean energy
A new technique that transforms stinky, air-polluting landfill gas could produce the sweet smell of success as it leads to development of a fuel cell generating clean electricity for homes, offices and hospitals, ...
Researchers examine fate of methane following the Deepwater Horizon spill
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout discharged roughly five million gallons of oil and up to 500,000 tons of natural gas into Gulf of Mexico offshore waters over a period of 84 days. In the face of a seemingly ...
Newly discovered microbe holds key to global warming
(Phys.org) —Scientists from The University of Queensland have discovered a microbe that is set to play a significant role in future global warming.
Detecting biomarkers on faraway planets
(Phys.org) —On Earth, life leaves telltale signals in the atmosphere. Photosynthesis is ultimately responsible for the high oxygen levels and the thick ozone layer. Microbes emit methane and nitrous oxide ...
Taiwan, Germany seek methane hydrate—potentially vast new energy source
A research vessel carrying German and Taiwanese scientists set sail for waters off the island's southwestern coast on Sunday in search of methane hydrate, a potentially vast new energy source.
How the Asian monsoon affects methane emissions
(Phys.org) —Scientists at the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute have shown how changes in the Asian monsoon affected emissions of methane, a prominent greenhouse gas, from the Tibetan Plateau.
Not so dirty: Methane fuels life in pristine chalk rivers
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found that naturally high concentrations of the greenhouse gas methane contributes to energy production in chalk rivers, in a new study published today ...
Study: Methane leaks from gas drilling not huge
Drilling and fracking for natural gas do not seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.
Study provides new metric for comparing the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide
In formulating policies to address greenhouse gas emissions, or evaluating the potential impact of different energy technologies on global climate change, one of the thorniest issues is how to account for ...
Project aims to produce liquid transportation fuel from methane
(Phys.org) —How's this for innovative: A Berkeley Lab-led team hopes to engineer a new enzyme that efficiently converts methane to liquid transportation fuel.
By itself, abundant shale gas unlikely to alter climate projections
A Duke policy analysis appearing in Environmental Science and Technology finds that if natural gas is abundant and less expensive, it will encourage greater consumption of gas and less of coal, renewables and nu ...
Peat soils as gigantic batteries
Wetlands, including peatlands, have a high content of humic substances, which are organic compounds that form during incomplete decomposition of biomass. Under anoxic conditions, soil bacteria can use these ...