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Why are global CO2 emissions on the rise again?

Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the Global Carbon Budget 2017, released Nov. 13. Jain talked about this year's findings with News Bureau physical sciences ...

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How carbon farming can help solve climate change

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only ...

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How to save the rainforest—build a health centre

The roosters were still asleep when Sri Wayunisih woke her daughter, Puteri. They could not afford to sleep till dawn. Wayunisih had taken a day off from working on the oil palm estates and Puteri had skipped school for this ...

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Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops—and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.

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US state gives key approval for Keystone pipeline

Regulators in the US state of Nebraska on Monday granted a key approval needed for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the source of a nearly decade-long feud between environmental activists and the energy industry.

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Team studies evolution of climate change activism

Climate change is a topic that is debated, doubted and covered by news outlets across the world. Luis Hestres, in the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), is researching the evolution ...

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New NASA insights into the secret lives of plants

From rainforests to croplands, boreal forests to mangroves, NASA will take a new look at terrestrial vegetation across our living planet over the next two years with several unique instruments in space. The missions will ...

How our forests are adapting to climate change

How do trees adjust to the effects of global warming? EPFL researchers have studied how beech and spruce trees – two of the most common plant species in Europe – react to changing temperatures. And they discovered that ...

Video: The environmental impact of online shopping

With the busy holiday shopping season in full swing, have you ever thought about the carbon footprint of where and how you shop? The latest episode of the "Climate Lab" video series—produced jointly by the University of ...

Science update on climate change: from bad to worse

Scientists monitoring the Earth's climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks on how best to draw down the greenhouse gases that drive global warming.

NASA survey technique estimates Congo forest's carbon

The equivalent of 85 billion tons of carbon dioxide—a huge amount equal to three-quarters of the carbon stored in forests across the contiguous United States—is locked in the living vegetation of one African country that ...

How do atmospheric shifts affect soil-dwelling microbes?

Rising levels of carbon dioxide, ozone and other gases can affect crop growth. Microorganisms inside crops, on their roots or within nearby soil also influence crops by contributing nutrients, curbing disease and combating ...

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