Climate

As climate warms, mice morph
November 28, 2017 01:40 PM - McGill University

New research by McGill University biologists shows that milder winters have led to physical alterations in two species of mice in southern Quebec in the past 50 years – providing a textbook example of the consequences of climate change for small mammals.

Disrupting sensitive soils could make climate change worse, Stanford researchers find
November 28, 2017 01:32 PM - Stanford University

Nearly a third of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere annually can be traced back to bacteria living in the soil, where they break down plant and animal matter for energy.

Brazilian Ethanol Can Replace 13.7% of World's Crude Oil Consumption
November 28, 2017 12:47 PM - Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

Expansion of sugarcane cultivation in Brazil for ethanol production in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could potentially replace up to 13.7% of world crude oil consumption and reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by as much as 5.6% by 2045.

Clean Sweep For Agriculture
November 28, 2017 12:01 PM - Rothamsted Research

Agricultural research and development features prominently under “Clean Growth”, one of the four Grand Challenges of the government’s new “Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future”, announced today.

Dark Ocean Bacteria Discovered to Play Large Role in Carbon Capture
November 27, 2017 01:52 PM - Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Marine bacteria that live in the dark depths of the ocean play a newly discovered and significant role in the global carbon cycle, according to a new study published in Science.

Floods Are Necessary for Maintaining Healthy River Ecosystems
November 27, 2017 11:59 AM - Oregon State University

Flooding rivers can wreak havoc on homes and roads but are necessary for healthy ecosystems, research at Oregon State University suggests.

Floods Are Necessary for Maintaining Healthy River Ecosystems
November 27, 2017 11:59 AM - Oregon State University

Flooding rivers can wreak havoc on homes and roads but are necessary for healthy ecosystems, research at Oregon State University suggests.

Carbon Capture is Helped by Oil Revenue, But it May Not Be Enough
November 27, 2017 11:52 AM - Imperial College London

The oil industry incentivises the development of carbon-capturing tech, but researchers say this will not reduce emissions to low enough levels.

'Lost' 99% of Ocean Microplastics to be Identified With Dye?
November 27, 2017 11:31 AM - University of Warwick

  • Smallest microplastics in oceans – which go largely undetected - identified more effectively with innovative and cheap new method, developed by University of Warwick researchers
  • New method can detect microplastics as small as the width of a human hair, using a fluorescent dye

Soil Researchers Quantify an Important, Underappreciated Factor in Carbon Release to the Atmosphere
November 27, 2017 11:13 AM - University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Soil plays a critical role in global carbon cycling, in part because soil organic matter stores three times more carbon than the atmosphere. Now biogeochemist Marco Keiluweit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues elsewhere for the first time provide evidence that anaerobic microsites play a much larger role in stabilizing carbon in soils than previously thought.

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