US methane emissions far exceed government estimates, study reports
Emissions of methane from fossil fuel extraction and refining activities in the United States are nearly five times higher than previous estimates, according to researchers at Harvard University and seven ...
Seeking signs of life at the glacier's edge
Microbes living at the edges of Arctic ice sheets could help researchers pinpoint evidence for similar microorganisms that could have evolved on Mars, the Jovian moon Europa, or Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Research highlights urgency of reducing carbon dioxide emissions
(Phys.org) —Just-published research from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Oxford highlights the urgency of reducing global emissions of carbon dioxide.
Ethanol blends carry hidden risk
(Phys.org) —Blending more ethanol into fuel to cut air pollution from vehicles carries a hidden risk that toxic or even explosive gases may find their way into buildings, according to researchers at Rice ...
Methane-eating microbes found in Illinois aquifer
Methane-consuming microbes live deep underground in pristine aquifers, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the Environmental Protection Agency. This type of organism, which ...
Mars methane linked to meteorites
Tiny amounts of methane in the Martian atmosphere may come not from living things, but from meteorites on the red planet's surface, the latest findings suggest.
Measuring the 'other' greenhouse gases: New method for evaluating short-lived pollutants
(Phys.org) -- New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that levels of methanea potent greenhouse gas emitted from many man-made sources, such as coal mines, landfills ...
Engineers seek ways to convert methane into useful chemicals
With natural gas production rising, engineers and scientists are seeking ways to convert methane into useful chemicals. A finding in Nature Chemistry suggests a pathway.
To address climate change, nothing substitutes for reducing CO2 emissions
The politically expedient way to mitigate climate change is essentially no way at all, according to a comprehensive new study by University of Chicago climatologist Raymond Pierrehumbert.
Analysis of ancient raindrop pits offers clues about early Earth atmosphere
Supramolecules spin promises for future
(Phys.org)—Microscopic particles that can be made to switch their magnetic state could mean computers of the future will be able to store much more data in much less space.
'Planetary emergency' due to Arctic melt, experts warn
Experts warned of a "planetary emergency" due to the unforeseen global consequences of Arctic ice melt, including methane gas released from permafrost regions currently under ice.
Indian Mars mission beats neighbours, sniffs for methane
Last Tuesday the Indian space agency launched a mission to Mars. Its goal is to place a satellite into orbit around that planet.
Energy Department seeks methane hydrate proposals
The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for research proposals that could advance what's known about methane hydrates, a potential new source of fossil fuel.