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Climate Change Has Caused Billions of Dollars in Flood Damages, According to Stanford Researchers

Flooding has caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage in the U.S. over the past three decades.

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Ocean Acidification is Transforming California Mussel Shells

New analyses reveal how over 60 years a critical marine species has responded to ocean acidification

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Global Warming Intensifies Precipitation Extremes in China

Changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather and climate events have impacted human safety and the natural environment.

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Positive ‘Tipping Points’ Offer Hope for Climate

Positive “tipping points” could spark cascading changes that accelerate action on climate change, experts say.

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New Process More Efficiently Recycles Excess CO2 Into Fuel, Study Finds

For years, researchers have worked to repurpose excess atmospheric carbon dioxide into new chemicals, fuels and other products traditionally made from hydrocarbons harvested from fossil fuels. 

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‘Swiss Army Knife’ Catalyst Can Make Natural Gas Burn Cleaner

Natural gas is the cleanest traditional fossil fuel source because it produces relatively low amounts of pollutants like carbon dioxide – a potent greenhouse gas and major contributor to climate change.

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Zombie Movies Prepared You for the Pandemic

Tales of post-apocalyptic landscapes in which few survivors emerge into a new and much different world have long been popular tales woven by screenwriters and authors. 

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'Galaxy-Sized' Observatory Sees Potential Hints of Gravitational Waves

Scientists have used a “galaxy-sized” space observatory to find possible hints of a unique signal from gravitational waves, or the powerful ripples that course through the universe and warp the fabric of space and time itself.

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New Climate Change Study: Number of People Suffering Extreme Droughts will Double

Michigan State University is leading a global research effort to offer the first worldwide view of how climate change could affect water availability and drought severity in the decades to come.

By the late 21st century, global land area and population facing extreme droughts could more than double — increasing from 3% during 1976-2005 to 7%-8%, according to Yadu Pokhrel, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in MSU’s College of Engineering, and lead author of the research published in Nature Climate Change.

“More and more people will suffer from extreme droughts if a medium-to-high level of global warming continues and water management is maintained at its present state,” Pokhrel said. “Areas of the Southern Hemisphere, where water scarcity is already a problem, will be disproportionately affected. We predict this increase in water scarcity will affect food security and escalate human migration and conflict.”

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Carbon Monoxide Reduced to Valuable Chemical

Rice University engineers are turning carbon monoxide directly into acetic acid — the widely used chemical agent that gives vinegar its tang — with a continuous catalytic reactor that can use renewable electricity efficiently to turn out a highly purified product.

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